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Topic: Drum roasting and OSHA standards (5 msgs / 159 lines)
1) From: Ross
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Ray,
You bring up a very valid point people should consider before going down =
the road of barbeque drum roasting.  It is the most dangerous form of =
coffee roasting, (with the exception of the electrical hazard on some of =
the highly modified poppers) and would never pass OSHA standards.  It =
takes less than 10 seconds to stop, open, dump the drum and quench the =
roast but even with 2 ove gloves there is always that freak potential =
for a burn event, we know from experience that if it can happen it will, =
sooner or later.  If I was hiring someone to roast coffee in my RK Drum =
setup, I would have to change it to make it safer.  I should probably =
make it safer for me.  Keep those ideas comming. 
Ross
From: raymanowen 
  To: homeroast 
  Sent: Tuesday, May 22, 2007 10:44 PM
  Subject: Re: +Behmor 1600
  "...hard to stop quickly"
  The acid test for my Grand Slam blower/ cooler will be the RK Drumful =
of smoking, snapping beans, since I have resolved Not to touch the drum =
until it's cold. 
  The blower is from a forced air gas furnace rated at 120,000 BTUH out =
of the bonnet. Using one of the two intake venturis and a screen mesh =
colander, 400g of snapping, smoking beans are cool enough to stir with =
bare hands in five seconds. Roasting is stopped already. 
  I'll use the stronger airflow of the full blower at its outlet =
directed up through the BBQ and drum. All that has to happen is for the =
beans to lose 40 - 50F, and the roast will be all done. 300 =
more and I can play around with the drum without the red waffle imprint =
on my hands and forearms. Nasty would be rolling a hot drum above the =
gauntlet of my leather welding gloves. 
  I got an A in Clumsy 200, so a little caution is in order.
  Cheers -RayO, aka Opa!
  On 5/22/07, Edward Bourgeois  wrote:
    Many coffee consumers are used to the taste of fairly dark roasted 
    coffee thanks to a number of inc.'s. Rolling second and beyond. A =
city
    or c+ just wont taste like much to these drinkers.  1lb roasted to
    that level produces a lot of smoke period. 1lb roasted to that level
    is also very hot (451f is flash point) and is hard to stop quickly.-- 
  "When the theme hits the bass, I dance the Jig!" - -Virgil Fox at the =
Mighty Wichita (ex- NYC Paramount) WurliTzer- 1976 

2) From: Leo Zick
The beauty of life is that osha doesn't dictate home safety,
especially on home made setups, and I don't think it would apply even
if you hired someone. If anything, for residential apps, ul listings
would apply, as they would review applicable osha , I think.  No need
to open that can of worms, I don't need any more inspectors in my
backyard.
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3) From: Ross
Leo,
Maybe if I hired an illegal, it wouldn't apply.  I think the O stands for 
occupational (e.g. hired by someone)
Ross

4) From: Leo Zick
im assuming youre looking to bait me in.
if thats the case, and i sit at home and operate an ebay biz, should osha
come in and enforce iaq standards for the illegal mexican who boxes my
sales, because i happen to smoke in my house?
the occupation in occupational primarily refers to the construction
industry,or working trades.
the most it touches on residential is construction, and even then, i dont
believe its regulatory, but more suggestive.  the local DOB should be
enforcing res construction safety.
but, if you prefer to hire 2 people to roast your coffee because your
roasting area is a porch thats considered a confined space, plus an admin t=
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ensure paperwork is in order and filed, feel free.  but i suggest you dont
let the rest of the home coffee industry your doing as such, for your caree=
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will be short lived. ;)
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5) From: john nanavati
Alright. Lets be careful out there. We're starting to tread on thin PC ice.
On 5/24/07, Ross  wrote:
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John Nanavati, DHI, CIT
Plainfield, New Jersey


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