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Topic: roasting outdoors - help (5 msgs / 195 lines)
1) From: Stephen Carey
Hi all.  It seems I am totally confused on something, roasting 
outdoors.  I use an IR2, which we know roast hot.  I live just 
outside DC, so we know that summers are high 80's to mid 90's, lots 
of humidity.  Is it worth trying to roast outside in those 
conditions?  I did one roast when it was 73 F and low humidity and 
did fine - and it was great not having smoke in the house.
I just don't get the do's and don'ts of roasting outside.  You know, 
when to do it, when to avoid it, that sort of thing.
I would like to keep the smoke out and have tried the dryer hose to 
the fan and our fan is such that I think it blows smoke back in 
:)  Plus, I love having the yard smell so good.
Any help is greatly appreciated.
Thank you,
Stephen

2) From: Randall Nortman
On Sun, Jul 29, 2007 at 11:10:03AM -0400, Stephen Carey wrote:
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I live a bit South of you near Raleigh, NC, so I know what you're
dealing with.  If you roast in 90F ambient without a well-controlled
roaster, your roast will likely proceed too quickly.  Plus it's just
uncomfortable with all the humidity.  I suggest that you wake up early
and roast first thing in the morning if you can -- this is the coolest
time of day.
Personally, I gave up on outdoor roasting, and now I roast inside in
my fireplace -- not roasting over the fire, but rather I just put my
whole roaster (a modified Poppery I) inside the fireplace, with the
exhaust pointing straight at the chimney.  The majority of the smoke
goes up the chimney, with just a little aroma coming into the room.  I
also crack open a nearby window to provide make-up air and help
establish the draft up the chimney.  If you have a suitable fireplace,
you might give that a try.  With the IR2, you could even stuff a short
length of dryer vent up the chimney to make sure the smoke ends up
where it's supposed to be.

3) From: Jerry Procopio
I would avoid roasting outdoors in the rain, especially thunderstorms.
Seriously though, the first year I had my IR1 I used to roast on my back 
(uncovered) deck and didn't have problems.  Our climate in southeastern 
Virginia is not much different than yours.  As winter approached I moved 
everything to the garage and ran the dryer hose that comes with the IR 
out the garage window.  I didn't have smoke problems and it worked fine. 
  I ultimately abandoned the IR1 for HG/DB and then the following summer 
I  graduated to an RK drum and back to the back deck again.  The only 
thing that seriously affected the RK Drum roasting was wind which caused 
me to move my roasting operation back to the garage again.  I have kept 
it there ever since.  In the winter, when ambient temp is below 60, you 
may have to preheat the IR with a hair dryer(I did with the IR1 anyway)
Java Jerry
RK Drum roasting in Chesapeake, VA
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4) From: Stephen Carey
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Whether this works or not, it is worth the fun of trying.  I would 
need to put my roasted on an extension cord, but that is fine, it 
roast pretty hot and I tried it once and got decent results, but 
presents a slightly new learning curve.  This could be a lot of 
fun.  Will let you know how it turns out.
I have thought about the early morning thing and can do it on work 
days, but week-ends are out.  But, at 8:30 or even 8:00 I would be 
okay outside.
Thank you,
Stephen
At 11:31 AM 7/29/2007, you wrote:
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Whether this works or not, it is worth the fun of
trying.  I would need to put my roasted on an extension cord, but
that is fine, it roast pretty hot and I tried it once and got decent
results, but presents a slightly new learning curve.  This could be
a lot of fun.  Will let you know how it turns out.
I have thought about the early morning thing and can do it on work days,
but week-ends are out.  But, at 8:30 or even 8:00 I would be okay
outside.
Thank you,
Stephen
At 11:31 AM 7/29/2007, you wrote:
On Sun, Jul 29, 2007 at
11:10:03AM -0400, Stephen Carey wrote:
> Hi all.  It seems I am totally confused on something, roasting
> outdoors.  I use an IR2, which we know roast hot.  I live
just 
> outside DC, so we know that summers are high 80's to mid 90's, lots
> of humidity.  Is it worth trying to roast outside in those
> conditions?  I did one roast when it was 73 F and low humidity
and 
> did fine - and it was great not having smoke in the house.
> 
> I just don't get the do's and don'ts of roasting outside.  You
know, 
> when to do it, when to avoid it, that sort of thing.
I live a bit South of you near Raleigh, NC, so I know what you're
dealing with.  If you roast in 90F ambient without a
well-controlled
roaster, your roast will likely proceed too quickly.  Plus it's
just
uncomfortable with all the humidity.  I suggest that you wake up
early
and roast first thing in the morning if you can -- this is the
coolest
time of day.
Personally, I gave up on outdoor roasting, and now I roast inside in
my fireplace -- not roasting over the fire, but rather I just put my
whole roaster (a modified Poppery I) inside the fireplace, with the
exhaust pointing straight at the chimney.  The majority of the
smoke
goes up the chimney, with just a little aroma coming into the room. 
I
also crack open a nearby window to provide make-up air and help
establish the draft up the chimney.  If you have a suitable
fireplace,
you might give that a try.  With the IR2, you could even stuff a
short
length of dryer vent up the chimney to make sure the smoke ends up
where it's supposed to be.
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5) From: Patrick R. Sklenar
Stephen Carey wrote:
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I've done eleven batches (either 225g or 455g at a time) during the 
month of July.  Lowest ambient temp was 80F (today), highest was 91F 
(late evening).  Dewpoint was 73F today ... can you say "Oppressive" 
boys & girls?  I thought you could. :)  while it hasn't been super hot 
yet during my roasts, it has been very oppressive ... The coffee still 
tastes darn good and that's the whole point.
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I avoid roasting outside (which means I don't roast all) if there is 
active precipitation (rain, snow or hail) ... electricity and water is 
not a good mix *and* the BM is open at the top when I roast.  Otherwise 
... I've not let heat, cold (39F/3.8C is the coldest I've gone SO far) 
or humidity stop me yet.  I *am* considering to try & put together 
something like the 1Kg roaster that Ed showed last week ... just so I 
COULD roast in the garage during precipitation events.  Right now, I 
dare not due to the fact that I use my garage to park my car and there's 
just no controlling the chaff from BM/HG roast. :)
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