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Topic: Another lurker whose I-Roast bit the dust...now what??? (7 msgs / 122 lines)
1) From: Julie Yarrington
Hi all,
I have been lurking and learning for a while.  I roasted with a poppery,
upgraded to an i-roast(that just died).  NOW WHAT?  HG/DB, Grill Roast,
Behmoor, or HG/BM(looks interesting).  I thought the HG/BM would be the way
for me to go, but can't seem to find a BM without teflon.  For the time
being I am using my son's pop corn popper........hope he doesn't notice!  I
wanted not to spend the $$$ on the Behmoor with Santa on his
way.......................PLEASE ADVISE.....I need to do something and
soon..........GLAD I AM A HOMEROASTER....can't stand any other coffee that
fresh wonderful beans................
the other Julie

2) From: Patrick R. Sklenar
Julie Yarrington wrote:
    I was using a Toastmaster 1148X with good results.  The only problem 
I had with it was that the mixer blade would occasionally bind on the 
green beans early in the roast and end up tossing up to a few 
tablespoons worth out before the beans were swollen enough to no longer 
get under the blade.  Vicki http://coffeecrone.com/)pointed me towards 
the Sunbeam 5891 that she'd been using.  I ordered one from Amazon and 
it's been working perfectly for me.  No more jumping beans and I still 
have the Toastmaster in the basement in case this one ever fails.
    Sunbeam 5891:http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00067REBU    pat----

3) From: Julie Yarrington
I have an old BM in the basement that I can modify(has a plastic blade), but
it also has a non stick surface.  Is that a problem?  I looked at the
Vicki's site...........love the idea of a cheap larger volume roasting
Thanks Pat!!!!
the other Julie
On Dec 10, 2007 6:48 PM, Patrick R. Sklenar  wrote:

4) From: Vicki Smith
Ahhh, Teflon off gassing. It off-gasses at 460ish degrees F. My Sunbeam 
uses a different coating, but it is not necessarily any better.
For an anti-Teflon POV see:http://tuberose.com/Teflon.htmlBeans get that hot if you go into second crack and beyond, but I doubt 
the sides of the bread pan do. At second the beans are having an 
exothermic party in the pan, but the pan itself doesn't party on.
Julie Yarrington wrote:

5) From: Vicki Smith
PS: I don't know if it means anything, but abused Teflon pans peel and 
even look dangerous. My bread pan does not show any signs of that after 
a whole lot of roasting in it.
For me there are two separate issues. The first is if some sort of 
noxious chemicals are getting into the beans. I have no idea of this is 
happening. The second is if it is safe to stand over the bread machine 
and breathe it all in. I've been using a mask because I have problems 
with the smoke from roasting these days. I don't know if it would also 
protect me from the gases the pan's coating *might* be releasing.

6) From: Demian Ebert
Julie -
Consider looking at to stir crazy/torbo oven combo. I've been using
this for a couple of years now. It's affordable ($40 SC and $60 TO).
However it does take some tinkering to modify the stirring arms. Take
a look at the archives for the list. There are a couple of folks who
have great SCTO websites. I just don't have access to them at the

7) From: Allon Stern
On Dec 11, 2007, at 6:48 AM, Vicki Smith wrote:
Note that the gasses given off by overheated teflon are especially  
dangerous to birds. I know someone who had a cockatoo; they didn't  
have any teflon pans in the house. A housekeeper brought her own,  
overheated it, and the bird ended up dying. If you have any feathered  
friends, be especially vigilant.
Theoretically, you could bead-blast the coating off of the pan. Any  
self-respecting machine shop should be able to help you there ;)

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