On 2/3/07, Vicki Smith wrote: <Snip> Thanks for the tips. My big problem is that I only have one outlet in the back so I'm very limited in where I do the roasting. I think the cart will work well. I could just move it out of the way when I'm not using it. I'd have to pick up a grill cover that doesn't have mesh in it (my Weber grill cover does). I like the idea of a box fan blowing all the chaff away (although there hasn't been much left after the roast is finished). I could just put the strainer on top of it. Doesn't the wet still get into the electical bits of the bread maker and fa= n? I have a leaf blower and it's way too strong – you'd have to put the beans in a closed mesh of some type. But I'll do some nosing around and see if I can find anything on it. I now have 3 bread makers (!): my original small Panasonic which ran 10 minutes but didn't like to be restarted/reset to run longer (and this is after the thermostat removal); the second, used, larger Panasonic which threw half the beans out of the bread mixing bowl; and my new Sunbeam which arrived from Amazon with free shipping in less than 24 hours. It works great .... runs long enough and then some. I've using the Sunbeam now, of course. Maybe in the summer I could just put the strainer of hot beans on my air conditioner condenser :).
Do you have a few cookie sheets that you could use to dump the beans and spread them out? That's all I've been doing recently and it works like a charm...definitely under 5 minutes to room temp. I've been dumping it into a large metal strainer, spritzing it with a <Snip>
On 2/3/07, Tim Smith wrote: <Snip> Actually, I have a giant full sheet pan – like for a professional oven – that would work great. Definitely could spread out all of the beans on that. Good idea!
I have heard of people using an upside down cookie sheet to place their = laptop on. It apparently creates a heat sink. Maybe in this case you = could put 2 cookie sheets, one on top of the other... with the bottom one being upside down to create the heat sink. And with the top one being right side up, there would still be a lip to hold the beans in. Michael On Feb 3, 2007, at 9:39 PM, Carole Zatz wrote: On 2/3/07, Tim Smith wrote: <Snip> <Snip> Actually, I have a giant full sheet pan – like for a professional oven – that would work great. Definitely could spread out all of the beans on that. Good idea!
Carol: Does your heat gun have a cool setting? I'm doing HG/DB, but in a large strainer inside the dog bowl. When the roast is finished, I flip the heat gun switch to cool and pour the beans back and forth from the strainer to a collander a couple of times while playing the airstream over the beans to separate the last of the chaff. Then with the beans back in the strainer, I set the gun upside down and hold the strainer full of beans in contact with the nozzle, forcing cool air up through the beans for a minute or two. This gets them down to 140 or so, cool enough to set them in a flat bottomed strainer on a cooling rack to let them finish cooling to room temp while I start my next batch. There's no "right" way to do it, just whatever works for you. Michael Wade
On 2/4/07, Michael Wade wrote: <Snip> old <Snip> p <Snip> let <Snip> No 'cool' setting – I went for the cheap 2-speed one at Home Depot. When this one no longer works, I'll go for a better one. But the 1200watt one I have now seems to be roasting fine. Next, I think I'll try the cookie sheet approach. I also have a large marble pastry board that I could use in the kitchen. I'm going to give them all a try! Maybe the cookie sheet on the marble :) The one thing I really like about the bread machine / heat gun approach is that the chaff seems to be all floating up and out. I hoping this isn't something that's going to go away when the weather warms up. As the hot air rises, it takes the chaff with it.