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Topic: NEW Turbo Bean Cooler & 6 Lb RK Drum (12 msgs / 207 lines)
1) From: Jerry Procopio
About two years ago I built my first turbo bean cooler.  I used 
cardboard boxes to house a 1620 cu ft/min attic fan which sucked air 
through a wire basket that I bought at Bed Bath & Beyond.  (Gotta love 
those 20% coupons).  After two years the cardboard was showing quite a 
bit of wear so I decided to rebuild the bean cooler.
The cooler, along with my RK Drum setup (brand new 6 Lb drum as well as 
the 2 year old 4 Lb drum), new bearings on the grill and my beer (really 
gin) belly are posted athttp://javajerryscoffee.com/index.html. 
Pictures of the prototype cardboard model are posted at http://turbobeancooler.freehosting.net/This was my 1st 6 Lb roast with the new drum.  I was surprised that 
there is a bit of a learning curve associated with moving from the 4 Lb 
drum to the 6 Lb drum.  I can roast 6 pounds of greens in the 6 Lb RK 
Drum in less time than I can roast 5 pounds of greens in the 4 Lb RK 
Drum.  Apparently the larger drum allows the beans to stay airborne 
longer and roast quicker.  I roasted 6 pounds of greens in just under 23 
minutes.  I constantly struggled to get a 5 pound load to roast under 25 
minutes in the 4 Lb drum.
I'll keep y'all posted as I get a little more experience with the new 
drum.  So far, I'm smiling!
Java Jerry
RK Drum roasting in Chesapeake, VA

2) From: Brett Mason
Great to have you back on the list Jerry!
Your new cooler looks awesome - I have been thinking about doing something
like that, and now I am getting motivated!
What part of the country are you now in?
Cheers,
Brett Mason
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Cheers,
Bretthttp://homeroast.freeservers.com

3) From: Rich Adams
Hi Jerry,  Question...
Just wondering.....since you are blowing the chaff everywhere anyway,,,,,why 
not have the bean cooler blowing up?  It will eliminate your second step of 
having to turn the cooler on its side to blow off the chaff.
I use one of those "whole house air circulators" (big attic fan), facing up 
and with the beans in one of those wire mesh containers they cool and 
de-chaff rather quickly.  My thinking is the fact that heat rises so air 
from a fan blowing up would actually cool quicker with the added benefit of 
chaff removal.
Respectfully,
Rich Adams

4) From:
I want one, NOW please.
I will send you my shipping address Jerry my Lad!
ginny
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5) From: John Moody
I was looking at those baskets at BB&B as well. Does the coating melt or
burn from the heat of the beans?
John

6) From: Jerry Procopio
Thanks Brett.  Nice to be back.  I'm in southeastern Virginia - a couple 
miles from Virginia Beach.
Brett Mason wrote:
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7) From: Jim De Hoog
Jerry, Cool Cooler and setup.  I really like the roller bearings that you h=
ave.  I might have to look for some for my Ice Bucket Roaster.
Jim "Ic=
e Bucket Roaster" De Hoog
----- Original Message ----
From: Je=
rry Procopio 
To: homeroast
S=
ent: Thursday, August 23, 2007 5:17:33 AM
Subject: +NEW Turbo Bean Cooler=
 & 6 Lb RK Drum
About two years ago I built my first turbo bean coo=
ler.  I used 
cardboard boxes to house a 1620 cu ft/min attic fan which s=
ucked air 
through a wire basket that I bought at Bed Bath & Beyond.  (Go=
tta love 
those 20% coupons).  After two years the cardboard was showing =
quite a 
bit of wear so I decided to rebuild the bean cooler.
The co=
oler, along with my RK Drum setup (brand new 6 Lb drum as well as 
the 2 =
year old 4 Lb drum), new bearings on the grill and my beer (really 
gin) =
belly are posted athttp://javajerryscoffee.com/index.html. 
Pictures of=
 the prototype cardboard model are posted at http://turbobeancooler.free=hosting.net/
This was my 1st 6 Lb roast with the new drum.  I was surp=
rised that 
there is a bit of a learning curve associated with moving fro=
m the 4 Lb 
drum to the 6 Lb drum.  I can roast 6 pounds of greens in the=
 6 Lb RK 
Drum in less time than I can roast 5 pounds of greens in the 4 =
Lb RK 
Drum.  Apparently the larger drum allows the beans to stay airborn=
e 
longer and roast quicker.  I roasted 6 pounds of greens in just under =
23 
minutes.  I constantly struggled to get a 5 pound load to roast under=
 25 
minutes in the 4 Lb drum.
I'll keep y'all posted as I get a lit=
tle more experience with the new 
drum.  So far, I'm smiling!
Java J=
erry
RK Drum roasting in Chesapeake, VA=

8) From: Jerry Procopio
I thought of blowing it up but it tends to scatter beans with small 
loads... so I stayed with the two step method of cooling and chaff removal.
Rich Adams wrote:
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9) From: Jerry Procopio
I won't be building another one soon - but you can come over and use 
mine any time you wish.
J
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10) From: Jerry Procopio
I've been using the same basket since June 2005.  No visible wearing or 
burning of the paint in the basket itself.  The paint is a little worn 
on the top edge where I rest the drum when dumping, but nothing I would 
be concerned about.
John Moody wrote:
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11) From: Jerry Procopio
I'm really happy with the difference that the bearings have made.  I had 
to search all over town to find them.  They were less than $9 each.
Jim De Hoog wrote:
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12) From: Tom & Maria - Sweet Maria's Coffee
All I can add is "wow", very cool.
tom
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