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Topic: New BM/CO setup : experience and a question (46 lines)
1) From: van lam
Hi all,
I recently took up home roasting again after a long layoff. The combo of my
frustration with the stirrer of the Stir Crazy in my SC/CO setup and
all the great advice
with the bread maker approach prompted me to replace the SC with a thrift store
ostler BM. Instead of the HG I retained the use of the Sunpentown CO
in my previous setup.
After 6 1/2-lb roasts I must say I am really happy with the results.
At 1/3 the cost I paid for the SC, the BM beats it hands down in terms
of stirring
prowess / capacity. It did come at a tiny cost of increased noise. (I
swore I woke
up my neighbour's dog during one of my evening backyard roasts :-))
I feel the CO delivers a more evenly distributed heat source than the
HG, retains heat better,
but at the cost of keeping lots of chaff in the BM bin as well.
None of the cons are that big of an issue for me. One problem I have
with the CO is that
it delivers heat to a wider area, including the top of my BM where it
rests. I tried to
protect the bakelite-like material with aluminum foil, but by the 5/6
roasts, I am seeing
signs of melting. I know the material does not come in contact with
with the bin/beans,
melting any part of an electical device just does not sound good. So,
does any one
have a good suggestion for something to shield the top from the heat?
I am thinking
sitting the CO on top of a sheet of glass with a hole. (think rim of a
hat but 1/2 inch thick).
Ideally I would like the solution to cost less than my cheapo BM, so I
will not look stupid
for not following the "get all metal" advice in Vicki's FAQ)
cheers and happy roasting
Lam


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