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Topic: Farberware broiler (8 msgs / 146 lines)
1) From: Vicki Smith
Has anyone ever tried roasting using a Farberware broiler and a drum? My 
MIL no longer uses hers (at 96, she is a true hazard in the kitchen). It 
has a 1650 watt heating element.

2) From: raymanowen
We had one of those years ago. I reused it as a flash cure dryer for multi
color screen printing. It was way less efficient than a Black Body panel
rated @ 2500 watts, but it worked, in conjunction with one of my rebuilt
Master heat guns.
How about a Conveyor Roaster? It would resemble a pizza oven, with IR and
convection heat. I think the screen printing inks cure at 325 F. The ove=
were designed for that temperature with strong exhaust blowers built in.
Oh, the roasters waiting to be designed!
Cheers -RayO, aka Opa!
"The indisputable truth is that no coffee is fresh if it isn't fresh
roasted." - - Martin Diedrich

3) From: Vicki Smith
I guess I am big onto "found" roasting, sorta like found art. I have an 
old meat smoker. The box part could serve as a hood if I needed to 
increase the temp by catching the hot air and keeping it in. It has a 
vent in the cover, which could be augmented or at least adjusted during 
the roast.
I think I'll bring the farberware broiler back with me next time I go 
down south, and play a little.
At this point, if I wanted a serious roaster, I'd probably bite the 
bullet and ask Jeff to hook me up with one of his computer controlled jobs.
raymanowen wrote:

4) From: raymanowen
Honestly, Vicki-
We're on the same page. I absolutely like using equipment for an unintended
purpose. The meat smoker, insulated, would make a good heat cupola to avoid
the immense heat loss while roasting.
My enduring roadblock is- what can be done to incorporate a big red Stop!
button and the mechanism to halt the roast right when you want to. With my
HG/ DB setup, I can nurse the roast to whatever level I want to try. On the
back side, I could "pump the brakes," if I had a cooldown profile in mind.
After that, I can dump the roasted beans at my leisure when I won't risk
needing skin grafts to repair the red imprint of the roasting drum on my
hands or chest. Yeah, yeah, I have leather welding gloves with big gauntlets
like my bike gloves. But I can be supremely clumsy and unstable. Sometimes I
need a 12 foot pole for touching things- ten feet is too close.
Cheers -RayO, aka Opa!
"The indisputable truth is that no coffee is fresh if it isn't fresh
roasted." - - Martin Diedrich

5) From: Vicki Smith
In truth, my bread machine/HG roasting set-up gives me pretty much 
everything I need or want, at this point. My outside fan system for 
cooling is remarkably effective, too. I have periods of time when it is 
too cold for me (but not really for my setup) to roast outside, but the 
IR2 can plug that gap.
I guess the part of me that is looking at the Farberware broiler idea is 
more related to my joy in trying something new than it is to my need for 
a different/better roasting method.
raymanowen wrote:

6) From: Larry Johnson
I can vouch for that, Vicki. I used my BM/HG today, outside on my deck, temp
was 30-something, wind was ~15 mph, gusts up to 28 mph. With the bread
machine ("Mr. Loaf" - no lie) keeping the beans moving, my little $30 heat
gun and I roasted a full pound of Colombian Mesa de los Santos (from SM a
while back). Beans roasted to a nice FC while I shivered in the wind.
Cooling the beans was not a problem (see the photos on Vicki's website - I
did it the same way. Even got the same strainer.)
Thank you Vicki, for showing me the BM/HG way. I know, I promised you
photos. I'll try to get them soon, honestly.
Larry J (Lilboybrew)
"I hear, and I forget.  I see, and I remember.  I do, and I
understand."    -- Confucius
On 1/28/07, Vicki Smith  wrote:

7) From: Alchemist John
I use the heating element, two actually, in my roaster.  The main 
issues you will have is the low rotisserie speed (6 rpm) and the lack 
of control.  A variac will take care of the later, but the speed can 
give you some consistency and evenness issues.
At 08:24 1/28/2007, you wrote:
John Nanci
AlChemist at large
Zen Roasting , Blending & Espresso pulling by Gestalthttp://www.chocolatealchemy.com/

8) From: Vicki Smith
I figured someone on the list was using one--just had to wait and see 
who it was. I wonder if I could use my outdoor grill BBQ rotisserie on it?
Thanks John!!
Alchemist John wrote:

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