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Topic: Propane Emissions (21 msgs / 577 lines)
1) From: Ed Needham
For the record, and discussion.
Per document by EPA concerning propane emissions:http://www.epa.gov/ttn/chief/ap42/ch01/final/c01s05.pdf" Criteria Pollutants -
LPG is considered a "clean" fuel because it does not produce visible 
emissions. However,
gaseous pollutants such as nitrogen oxides (NOx), carbon monoxide (CO), and 
organic compounds are
produced as are small amounts of sulfur dioxide (SO2) and particulate matter 
(PM). The most
significant factors affecting NOx, CO, and organic emissions are burner 
design, burner adjustment,
boiler operating parameters, and flue gas venting. Improper design, blocking 
and clogging of the flue
vent, and insufficient combustion air result in improper combustion and the 
emission of aldehydes,
CO, hydrocarbons, and other organics. NOx emissions are a function of a 
number of variables,
including temperature, excess air, fuel and air mixing, and residence time 
in the combustion zone. The
amount of SO2 emitted is directly proportional to the amount of sulfur in 
the fuel. PM emissions are
very low and result from soot, aerosols formed by condensable emitted 
species, or boiler scale
dislodged during combustion. Emission factors for LPG combustion are 
presented in Table 1.5-1."
Ed Needham®
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2) From: Dan Bollinger
Ed, I've wondered about what emissions might be doing to roasts.  Coffee is 
somewhat porous and there is a lot of surface area there.  Yet, open flame 
cooking on propane is commonplace, so I guess the risk is low. Probably the most 
important risk is CO. Always roast outdoors!

3) From: Tom & Maria - Sweet Maria's Coffee
Thanks for the quote Ed. I think it is easy to forget that burning 
propane has consequences. I was looking for a heat source for the 
warehouse when we had a frigid week, and thought about those exterior 
patio heaters. I found propane garage heaters for sale, isn't that 
the same thing? Then I thought about the risks and nixed that idea 
quick. Remember too that the effluence from roasting coffee in larger 
quantities requires venting to the outside. The amount of roast smoke 
in a dark roast of even as little as a Lb or 2 of coffee is not good 
to inhale.
                   "Great coffee comes from tiny roasters"
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4) From: Tom & Maria - Sweet Maria's Coffee
As far as roast quality, that is an issue too, especially if there is 
no forced air movement and you are relying only on convection. I use 
propane for the 3 barrel sample roaster, but it has solid drums, and 
pulls air from the front to the back of the drum during the roast. 
But (while most burn natural gas) many old sample roasters are 
perforated drum, just like a bbq setup. The greater issue, in terms 
of flavor, with no air movement in a drum roaster is smoking the 
coffee in its own effluence. But I do think that even the smallest 
exchange of air could alleviate this. My .02 cents... Tom
                   "Great coffee comes from tiny roasters"
            Sweet Maria's Home Coffee Roasting  -  Tom & Maria
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5) From: Dan Bollinger
Tom, there are all kinds of localized heaters.  Any with open flames must be 
used with some ventilation, such as opening a window.  This applys to 
construction heaters, too whether they are fueled by kerosene, NG, or propane. 
However, the heaters that use the ceramic burners are near 100% efficient and 
venting is not needed. You don't have to worry about CO, but you do have to 
worry about O2 consumption, so again, cracking a window is advised.
Many warehouses use the overhead heated tube type that warm people with IR. They 
are vented out the sidewall or roof.

6) From: Ed Needham
CO is a product of incomplete combustion, and I've never measured anything 
much more than '0' with my CO detector, unless I place the detector right up 
on the grill when I start the burners.  I use my grill/drum setup in my 
workshop and although I keep the door cracked open a bit, I don't see a 
threat from CO.  My grill is vented, but if there was a significant CO risk, 
I wouldn't use it indoors.  Pooling LP gas is more of a threat in my 
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7) From: Ed Needham
If I roast after about 8pm, the roast smoke has enough caffeine in it to 
keep me awake.  I never had any effect when roasting in 3 or 4 ounce batches 
indoors, but with a five pound load, the smoke can be enough to make my 
clothes and hair smell.  Most of the smoke goes up the vent, but when I pull 
the hot beans out the smoke can get fairly thick and intense.  I have not 
suffered any bad health effects though.
Ed Needham®
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8) From: Ed Needham
I have never noticed a smoky taste to the beans I roast, even before I 
installed the flue, which draws most of the smoke into it by convection.
Ed Needham®
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9) From: Kit Anderson
Does this mean one should not own or use a gas stove?
Tom & Maria - Sweet Maria's Coffee wrote:

10) From: Tom Ulmer
I suppose one could own a gas stove without too many consequences. Moving it
might be a consideration if one was transient.
Using a gas or propane stove on the other hand does require some
forethought. Particularly considerations to oxygen supply, fuel leaks, and
keeping items that were not intended to in the flame or heat away.

11) From: George Birchard
Kit Anderson wrote:
A gas stove should have a hood that vents outside.

12) From: miKe mcKoffee
Yes I suppose the preponderance of professional restaurant kitchens don't
have too many consequences from using gas ranges other than better cooking
control. Our Viking gas range at home hasn't had too many negative
consequences either, but sure is a joy to use. I did once set a paper towel
down too close to a burner in use. But gee, an electric burner will ignite a
paper towel too. Oh, have you ever noticed how long it takes electric burner
elements to cool after turning them off, even those glass top electrics.
Much more apt to get burned from an electric than gas IMO.
Kona Kurmudgeon miKe mcKoffee
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13) From: Tom Ulmer
There was a television series at one time titled "Great Chefs of the =
The premise was basically an appetizer, entrée, and desert each =
prepared on
location in a different part of the world. Besides watching world class
dishes being prepared by masters, I always found it interesting to see =
passed for professional kitchens around the world.
Viking an enviable appliance and I must confess that I have had my eyes =
on a
dual fuel model. The stopper for me is putting the damn fuel tank in the
yard. When I get around to remodeling the kitchen I think I'll go with a =
burner ceramic cook top and a double Thermador convection.

14) From: derbyrm
In the electric range manufacturing design group where I worked for eleven 
years, the ceramic cooktops were referred to as "never cleans."  Any drop of 
water instantly left a ring of lime which took much effort to remove.  Come 
back an hour or so after you finish cooking for the day and they'll have 
cooled down enough for you to scrub.  I never heard of anyone buying a 
second one.
We also called them the "hot rock" school of cooking -- once hot, they 
stayed hot.  When the kettle boils, you'd best have an insulated place to 
put it since you can't turn down the heat fast enough.
Note, this also applies to the Euro style solid cast iron heating elements 
except they don't look any dirtier after cooking than before.
Gas cooktops are awfully nice, but we weren't allowed to say that out loud. 
Off is off with gas.

15) From: Justin Marquez
On 2/17/07, derbyrm  wrote:
We absolutely fall into the "won't buy a second one".
They are fragile. You can't use regular cast iron skillets on them.
They heat slowly and then cool down slowly.  And when they need
cleaning (frequently, too), it's a frustrating job.
Ours in Snyder was a "two-in-one"... "first and last".
Safe Journeys and Sweet Music
Justin Marquez (CYPRESS, TX)

16) From: raymanowen
Aw, Blazes- Just when you get things figured out a little, and a hat trick
going too, man say:
"...roast smoke in a dark roast of even as little as a Lb or 2 of coffee is
not good to inhale."
   1. that's all I roast with the HG/DB, soon to be HG/BM- 1->2lbs, and I
   Pay Taxes to smell the smoke coming from C2,
   2. keep roasted beans in capped Mason jars for 1 - 100 hours; after
   4hrs I could charge admission to smell the aroma,
   3. the bouquet of stirring down the initial volcanic bloom in the TV
   basket after a minute of the boiling water- Fabulous. = Advance token to
   Boardwalk, inherit espresso coffee roaster/ shop in Boardwalk Convention
Cheers -RayO, aka Opa!
"The indisputable truth is that no coffee is fresh if it isn't fresh
roasted." - - Martin Diedrich

17) From: Steven Dover
Get an under-ground tank. - Steve D

18) From: Mailing Lists
On Feb 17, 2007, at 10:36 PM, Justin Marquez wrote:
We've had ours for a year and 2 months now and love it.  While it  
does heat up a little slower than we'd like, it cools down about the  
same as our old electric.  And since I'm a messy cook the cleanup is  
a breeze with the no-scratch Scotchbrite and the cleaner.
Not sure about old ones, but the newer ones are more durable than the  
old ones.  They say you could dump cold water on a red hot heating  
pad and not crack it (I'm not going to try to find out) and I've put  
a cold pot on a glowing red element and not cracked the top yet.  You  
do have to ditch the cast iron - broke my heart (my wife loved that),  
but we only had a couple pieces anyway.  And it's an excuse to get  
some new cookware anyway! :)
That being said, we'd buy another again - we're very pleased with the  
performance of this unit.

19) From: derbyrm
Yes, my knowledge is dated (pre-1988).
The tops look more fragile than they are.  Since they are part of what the 
Underwriter Labs consider an "electrical enclosure" they get lots of severe 
tests like steel balls dropped from several feet above and cold water poured 
on the hot surface.  If the top ever does crack, stop using it immediately 
and call an electrician to disconnect it until it's fixed.  The electricity 
inside is potent and spilled water is a good conductor!
Electric cooktops have different styles of heating elements.  The efficient 
ones use small diameter tubes, flattened on the top.  Unfortunately, on the 
showroom floor, they rattle and are perceived as being of lesser quality. 
If you're comparing the glasstop to cooking with one of the big tube styles, 
you'll find the difference in responsiveness is less.

20) From: Tom Ulmer
A reasonable option and the only one I seriously considered. For me however,
the effort / reward of a fuel tank remains heavily weighted on the effort

21) From: Larry Johnson
We got ours a couple of years ago ('04?) and we like it very much. I
would prefer the "when it's off, it's off" of a gas range, but ours has a
convection oven, which I never want to do without again. Cleanup isn't so
bad, when you get the right stuff (made especially for glass-topped ranges)
and, as for the cast iron, I only use that for baking cornbread, which is ok
in the oven.
Larry J
"The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it."
  - Flannery O'Connor
On 2/18/07, Mailing Lists  wrote:

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