Target has such baskets- what I use in my Grand Slam cooler. An 11inch round
one sits in the open intake venturi of my $2 3speed furnace blower. The
colander is just "stainless steel" screen mesh with a similar frame.
Inelegant, it's just shiny metal sitting on the blower, that's turned on
side so the integral motor is down. I wired it to run on high blow and just
plug it in when I think the roast is close to the finish line.
I disremember the price, but there is nothing in the way of a coating to
melt off the Target colander. It wouldn't make any difference if there were
some "melt or burn" coating- while the beans are smoking and snapping when I
toss them into the colander, the roast is cool enough to stir with my bare
hands in 5 sec or less. They are absolutely COLD in 15 - 20 sec.
Since I am positively disinclined to touch any appliance that's hotter than
the outskirts of Hell, I can't wait to complete my gas fired roasting
muffle. The full output of the blower will blow through a damper that will
direct the cool airflow right at the rotating drum and blow another vent
open in the top of the muffle.
Maybe the mass of the drum that isn't present with the loose beans in a
colander will retain a little heat. Not to worry- the beans in the colander
in one intake tend to throttle the airflow greatly- in the full output
stream, the blower blows much harder than it sucks. That's true of pumps in
general and is the reason there is a pump in the gas tank of fuel injected
Cheers and Mabuhay -RayO, aka Opa!
On 8/23/07, John Moody wrote:
"When the theme hits the bass, I dance the Jig!" - -Virgil Fox at the Mighty
Wichita (ex- NYC Paramount) WurliTzer- 1976