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Topic: decent IR thermometer?roasting in an SC/TO (3 msgs / 88 lines)
1) From: Ron Feroni
Looking to maybe get a decent IR therm so I can see what the bean temp is. =
 Hopefully going to upgrade to drum roasting also and thought the IR may be=
 useful there too.  Just wondering if anyone knows of a decent one(I know n=
othing about them)and where to purchase.  I thought SM use to carry them bu=
t I couldn't find anything on their site.
 
Thanks,
Ron  
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2) From: Ken Mary
An IR thermometer will not read metal surfaces or through glass. However, if
you build a drum of fine wire mesh like windowscreen, an IR will read the
bean temperature through the screen, but with a small error. I use a wire
mesh drum for roasting shelled peanuts. But here I merely open the oven door
for a quick shoot. Opening the door does not matter for peanut roasting, but
for coffee, the temperature profile would easily be ruined.
When I used to roast in a popper, I set up a fixture so that the IR could
look down onto the beans and give continuous readings. A window fan pulled
the hot air and chaff away from the IR.
Harbor Freight has an inexpensive IR thermometer.
Anyone can email me off list if you want to discuss this further.
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3) From: Ron Feroni
I know the IR's won't go thru glass or metal.  I have an opening in my SC/T=
O that I can use to get the bean temp.  If/when I go to drum roasiting I'm =
going to try to design it so I can use the IR.
 
I will check out Harbor Frieght....
 
Thanks,
ron> Subject: Re: +decent IR thermometer?roasting in an SC/TO> From: kdmary=
@fyi.net> To: homeroast> Date: Tue, 18 Dec 2007 07:12=
:08 -0500> > An IR thermometer will not read metal surfaces or through glas=
s. However, if> you build a drum of fine wire mesh like windowscreen, an IR=
 will read the> bean temperature through the screen, but with a small error=
. I use a wire> mesh drum for roasting shelled peanuts. But here I merely o=
pen the oven door> for a quick shoot. Opening the door does not matter for =
peanut roasting, but> for coffee, the temperature profile would easily be r=
uined.> > When I used to roast in a popper, I set up a fixture so that the =
IR could> look down onto the beans and give continuous readings. A window f=
an pulled> the hot air and chaff away from the IR.> > Harbor Freight has an=
 inexpensive IR thermometer.> > Anyone can email me off list if you want to=
 discuss this further.> --> > > ----------> >From: Ron Feroni > >To: > >Subject: +decent IR ther=
mometer?roasting in an SC/TO> >Date: Mon, Dec 17, 2007, 5:49 PM> >> > > Loo=
king to maybe get a decent IR therm so I can see what the bean temp is.> > =
Hopefully going to upgrade to drum roasting also and thought the IR may be>=
 > useful there too. Just wondering if anyone knows of a decent one(I know>=
 > nothing about them)and where to purchase. I thought SM use to carry them=
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