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Topic: cold weather iRoasting (10 msgs / 217 lines)
1) From: Allon Stern
My GOODNESS this certainly is an active list! Less than 12 hours on  
list and already 73 messages. I can see my mailbox is gonna be even  
more active than usual :)
Anyway, a brief introduction...I've been into coffee for quite a  
while; I bought 1st edition of Home Coffee Roasting wayyy back when  
and experimented with a popper, then put it aside.
Earlier this year I decided to try it out again and did quite a few  
popper roasts. The kids love "helping" :)  With cold weather  
approaching (I'm in the Northern Virginia area) I was looking for a  
way to continue to roast, possibly indoors, venting to the outside. I  
found SM and I'm now the proud owner of an iRoast2 and am looking to  
expand my roasting experience.
I took a wooden board, put a 4" pipe fitting through it (okay, it was  
a tin can) and ran dryer vent hose (the rigid kind) from the iRoast2  
to the outside, and fired up a batch of Sumatra Mandheling. Well, the  
roast went well, but the venting didn't. The whole house ended up  
smelling of roasting, which in MY opinion isn't a bad thing, but tell  
that to the wife.
Next step is adding a muffin fan on the outside of the board to draw  
the exhaust - I don't think that just running the hose is enough.  
Will this potentially draw the air through the roaster too fast,  
affecting the roast? Anyone have any suggestions? (I'd like to keep  
the wife, if possible ;)
I can see I have a lot of archives to catch up on...

2) From: Dave Kvindlog
Welcome to THE List, Allon.  Believe you'll definitely find some worthwhile
thoughts and opinions from some great and experienced folks here.  Then
there's the rest of us who are eagerly learning and enjoying the journey...
Yes, the list is active.  And in addition to the great coffee advice, you'll
make some great friends and have fun at the same time.  You may want to
create an e-mail account just for this list from one of the free services (I
use gMail) to keep your hard drive from getting eaten up by all the posts.
I know I've seen some discussion on your question a month or two ago, so you
may want to search the archives.  Of course, you can also expect some new
thoughts from new friends.
Again, glad to meet you!
Dave Kvindlog
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
On 11/5/07, Allon Stern  wrote:

3) From: Larry Williams
Install a sheet metal flange on the wood to connect the duct  Seal all 
the connections as well as you can.  Don't run the heater or AC or a fan 
that  might create a low pressure  and compete with the small IR2 fan. 
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4) From: Mike Koenig
I used to roast outside in the winter by putting my I-Roast inside a
cardboard box (stand it up on end, and leave the flaps partially open)
so it recycles the warm air.  Worked on all but the coldest days.  Was
always too lazy to make a contraption to vent it outside.
On 11/5/07, Allon Stern  wrote:

5) From: Allon Stern
On Nov 5, 2007, at 11:43 PM, Larry Williams wrote:
Actually, I had a Tahini can which is exactly the same size as the  
iRoast adapter ring. I cut a hole in the wood which barely fit the  
can; then I snipped 1" around the can in 30 degree increments, bent  
over the tabs, and nailed to the board; I sealed it on both sides  
with metal foil tape.
I observed briefly from outside, and while I could feel some heat  
venting, I noticed that as the wind blew, it stopped briefly, like  
from pressure differential. I'm hoping that a forced vent fan will  
help. Maybe what I want to do is forced venting, but not seal the  
roaster too tightly, so it draws some inside air as well. Just a  
One potential problem is that the window opening is low down, so the  
vent pipe has to go down a little bit. Either that, or I roast on the  
floor (carpet - not a good idea).

6) From: Sean Cary
Where in NoVA?   I just moved from Fredericksburg, and my career track
in the USMC will most likely take me back after this tour in
Jacksonville NC.
I never found it too cold to roast in the garage (and I am a Floridian
with VERY thin blood) - I had a radiant heater that I would run off a
different circuit to keep the breakers from tripping and I would roast
away - would go from the 40s into the 60s...not too uncomfortable.
In Fallujah - 94 and counting....
On Nov 6, 2007 7:16 AM, Allon Stern  wrote:

7) From: Brian Kamnetz
Welcome to the list!
Yes, the list is very active. As another list member mentioned, gmail
is something to consider. I have a gmail account that I use only for
this list. Gmail also does a nice job of separating by threads, which
is very convenient.
On Nov 5, 2007 11:16 PM, Allon Stern  wrote:

8) From: Allon Stern
On Nov 6, 2007, at 12:12 AM, Sean Cary wrote:
I'm in Leesburg. We have a nice little coffee roaster in town, though  
they moved the roaster out of their shop after a fire or two; they  
now roast in nearby Hamilton, VA.
You haven't seen my garage. Hoo boy.
Not even hot enough for first crack :-)

9) From: Steve
On Nov 6, 3:45 pm, "Brian Kamnetz"  wrote:
The interface is a little hokey but what also works is Google groups.
You can start a private group and then subscribe SM to it, and that
way, there is no size limit whatsoever.  Being a member of the group
allows you to reply to emails posted to the Google group, and the
threads are intact, like when using GMail.  It is what I am doing
right now, and its pretty nice.

10) From: Allon Stern
On Nov 6, 3:45 pm, "Brian Kamnetz"  wrote:
On Nov 7, 2007, at 6:09 AM, Steve wrote:
I have a private mail server, and I use tools I like for mail, so I  
don't worry about these things.
(eating a bowl of ceral and drinking some Sumatra Mandheling roasted  
FC+. Maybe I'll try for a little lighter next time...kinda got away  
from me.)

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