On Nov 5, 2007, at 11:58 AM, David Morgenlender wrote:
I enjoy using the Heat Gun to roast. Especially after I got a
bow mounted to the stirring mechanism of a bread machine. Hand
stirring next to the heat got a bit tiring. I have been through five
heat guns in my years. I started with a Wagner (sp?) paint stripper,
its frame melted from feedback heat. I then went to a Master Tools
good solid professional model, it was a bit heavy and my arm would
start to ache. Then I got a Milwaukee 8986-20. It is a great gun, by
far my favorite. I picked up the two ten dollar Harbor Freight ones
just to see how long they lasted. That is, I got the planning to keep
track of how long they ran before they died. One of them does not get
as hot as it is supposed to and will barely roast half a pound. It
has two roasts on it and is still running but I doubt if I will use it
enough to wear it out.
My current efforts involve using a Sunpentown turbo oven with a 1500
watt micro carbon fiber heating element on a set of nested stainless
steel bowls which are in turn mounted on a modified bread machine for
stirring. Once I figure out how to insulate the bowls so I don't lose
so much heat, I think I will have a two pound roaster that will give
me good, manual, control over the heat profile for less than $150.
Cooling is rather neat. All I do is remove the turbo oven top and set
a small fan face down in the bowl and the heat and chaff are gone in a
couple of minutes. If anyone has an idea on something to insulate the
bowls with, I would appreciate it.