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Topic: Drum Roasting in a Gas Grill (5 msgs / 116 lines)
1) From: Brian Mitchell
Good Afternoon everyone. I am new to the site, but have been doing a lot of
reading. I have been working on a custom design drum roaster for a gas
grill. My question lies here. I would like to cut out a 12" X 6" piece of my
grill's lid and replace it with some sort of clear material (that way I
could watch the roast). I have been trying to do some research as to what I
can put in there.
What I have come up with so far, which I am not sure will work, is a piece
of heat resistant Lexan Polycarbonate. The only problem is I am not sure how
"heat resistant" it actually is. I am worried about it melting.
Do you think glass would be a better way to go? Any suggestions? Anyone done
anything like this before? Thank you for the input.
Brian Mitchell

2) From: Coffeenut
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Brian,
I'd go with glass.  It doesn't scratch as easy as some plastics, stands up
to household cleaners, etc.  A glass door from a discarded toaster oven
might even be a good/cheap solution.
Rick  
From: homeroast-admin
[mailto:homeroast-admin] On Behalf Of Brian Mitchell
Sent: Friday, January 26, 2007 3:50 PM
To: homeroast
Subject: +Drum Roasting in a Gas Grill
Good Afternoon everyone. I am new to the site, but have been doing a lot of
reading. I have been working on a custom design drum roaster for a gas
grill. My question lies here. I would like to cut out a 12" X 6" piece of my
grill's lid and replace it with some sort of clear material (that way I
could watch the roast). I have been trying to do some research as to what I
can put in there. 
What I have come up with so far, which I am not sure will work, is a piece
of heat resistant Lexan Polycarbonate. The only problem is I am not sure how
"heat resistant" it actually is. I am worried about it melting. 
Do you think glass would be a better way to go? Any suggestions? Anyone done
anything like this before? Thank you for the input. 
Brian Mitchell

3) From: Ed Needham
Lexan is plastic.  Lexan is not heat resistant.  If there is some that is 
heat resistant to, say 1000F (my grill can easily max out an 800F 
thermometer on the lid), you could likely buy a new Diedrich roaster for 
what it would cost to have it cut, shipped and installed properly.
There are quite a few gas grills with a glass window in the lid.  Maybe they 
are older style grills, but I'd look for one at a thrift store or salvage 
yard and take the glass.  Now, the other thing is how useful will it be. 
After the first roast, it will likely be brownish and the color of the roast 
will not be accurate.  Second, third, tenth roasts will progressively color 
it darker and darker.  Oven cleaner will probably be needed to get it clean. 
I roast without glass and do just fine.  Your confidence will increase the 
more you roast.
A better way to see the beans is to build in a 'tryer' or 'bean thief', 
which allows you to sample the beans, look at them closely at any time 
during the roast, then put them back.  Commercial roasters all use these.  I 
wish my setup had one, but I've been too lazy to add one on.
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4) From: Scott Marquardt
On 1/26/07, Brian Mitchell  wrote:
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Nah.http://www.robaxglass.com/I obtained some of this stuff. Pretty amazing. If you ask for a
sample, be sure to get the clear stuff.
- Scott

5) From: Robert Joslin
Brian
     This sounds a little wacky, but if you are intent on having a "window"
you might try woodstove dealerships.  My woodstove has four glass panels
that have endured hot fires for the last 15 years and they clean up
beautifully.  Find a model with the glass size close to what you need, have
the dealer order the piece for you.  I presume this stuff can be cut if
needed.  Cost?  Pretty expensive I would bet.
Robert Joslin    aka Josh
On 1/26/07, Scott Marquardt  wrote:
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