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Topic: leaf blower bean cooler (39 msgs / 1498 lines)
1) From: Kris Bhatti
I'm sure I'm not the first to try this, but I decided to hook up the leaf blower/vacuum to the box I usually set over a box fan for cooling  I have a mesh fryer basket that sits in a hole on the top of the box and the box covers the small box fan.  That works sort of ok, but doesn't really cool the beans fast enough and just blows the chaff out onto the patio.  I use the leaf blower in the vacuum configuration all the time and it was already out on the patio, so I cut a hole in the side of the box for the vacuum tube and taped up the bottom of the box.  Wow!  What a difference!  I thought it might be a problem that the beans don't completely fill the basket, but those little babies where up there hugging the sides of the basket all the way up like they were on the centrifugal force ride at the carnival.   They also didn't want to jump out when I stirred them, so I guess the dogs will be getting fewer snacks.  I completely cooled over a pound of beans in
 just about a minute and the chaff goes into the bag on the vacuum.  An added bonus I hadn't foreseen was that when I was finished, I could just vacuum up all the chaff that was on the patio from the HG/BM roasting.
Kris
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2) From: Jarred Vallozzi
I was roasting at my parents' house over the holiday in their garage.  I was
halfway through a roast when I realized I had forgotten to set up a fan to
cool the beans.  I quickly scanned the garage and happened across the leaf
blower.  I set up the vacuum attachment, flipped over the blower, and set my
colander right over the opening.  It cooled the beans in moments.  Very
effective.
-Jarred
On Jan 13, 2008 3:15 PM, Kris Bhatti  wrote:
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3) From: Lynne
Kris -
I used to use a fan to cool the beans out on the porch, but I got tired of
both dragging the fan outside, plugging it in (inside), going back outside
to cool, then do the reverse to take the fan back in the house.
Now I just put the beans in my wire basket (asparagus cooking basket
insert), shake (in the kitchen sink) till I don't see much chaff coming
through, add a squirt or two of water, then put them on a cookie sheet - and
in the freezer they go. They cool fast this way - may not be perfect, but
it'll do...
Lynne

4) From: ray
My kinda guy cooling with a leaf blower!!  All I can say it way to go! Love
the idea of the super strong vacuum to suck up the chaff even bet it makes
for cleaner beans!  You get 3 atta boys for that one!

5) From: Sean Cary
shop vac and a 5 gal bucket with a stainless steel bowl with very precise
hole alignment drilled in them to ensure that the vortex spins counter
clockwise...  CCW is the critical part.
Sean
They moved my get out of jail date...sigh.  Just a few days, but
dammit...sigh.
On Jan 13, 2008 11:15 PM, Kris Bhatti  wrote:
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7) From: Sean Cary
couple days...  It's kind of a moving target at this point.
Not bad though!
Still home around the same time - Valentines +/-
:-)
Sean
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8) From: raymanowen
Yeah, bit then one couldn't take it to the South Pacific or any place else
south of the whatcha callit. -ro
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9) From: Sean Cary
It alters the flow of the flux capacitor if they are not in precise linear
connectedness - nothing to do with the equator.
Any roasting authority would tell you to never cool your beans clockwise,
alters their rest requirements....
Sean
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10) From: gin
Kris:
why not refine that baby and enter the contest on homeroasters.org
ginny
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11) From: Brett Mason
I have been quiet on this for a while.  I can only imagine how quickly the
leaf blower will cool the beans.  My only questions are:
  1. How far will it blow the beans?
and
  2. How do you dig them out of the lawn when you are done?
Initial reactions....
Brett
On Jan 14, 2008 6:35 AM, gin  wrote:
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12) From: gin
heck Brett, he could have a whole field of trees in no time!!
g
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13) From: Rich
The leaf blower also is:
1) excessively noisy
2) internal combustion 2 cycle engine, contributes to air pollution
Brett Mason wrote:
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14) From: Jarred Vallozzi
I use a blower with a vacuum option.  The tube is much larger  and my
colander fits right into it.  I can't imagine using a blower without a lot
of preparation and modified equipment.  Would be fun though.
-Jarred
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15) From: Kris Bhatti
I guess I didn't make a few things clear. 
Rich:   The leaf blower/vac is electric.  The one minute that it runs for bean cooling makes no more noise than the bread machine and heatgun.  It also contributes less air pollution than the smoke off the beans :)
Brett:  As for blowing the beans all over, I use the blower/vac in it's vacuum configuration.  I live in Orange County and have a micro-yard, so I vacuum it and the patio regularly.  The blower/vac is always close by anyway, so I don't know why it took so long to think of trying this.  I can vacuum up the chaff that collects on the patio during the roast after I'm done cooling the beans and it empty the vacuum bag into the compost.  
Gin:  I will definitely take a look at the contest rules and put together an entry!
Kris
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From: Rich 
To: homeroast
Sent: Monday, January 14, 2008 6:11:10 AM
Subject: Re: +leaf blower bean cooler
The leaf blower also is:
1) excessively noisy
2) internal combustion 2 cycle engine, contributes to air pollution
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16) From: Rich
I had this instant vision of a big mass of smoking hot beans waiting to 
be cooled while you yanked furiously on the rip cord to get the blower 
started.  Beans extra dark and mangled leaf blower.  good cartoon skit 
in the making...
Kris Bhatti wrote:
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17) From: ray
Thanks for educating Rich that they do make electric leaf blowers and have
some have a vacuum attachment to them.  Rich don't get out much and must
have road the little bus to school!

18) From: Rich
Not really Ray,  I just consider electric leaf blowers and electric lawn 
mowers the Edsel of lawn toys.
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19) From: ray
No harm I was just having fun with  you so I teased you some sorry its in my
nature to do it in a sarcastic manner or left handed comment! Kinda like
dancing with a fat girl and giving her a complement like you don't sweat
much for a fat girl!!  

20) From: ray
The thing I love about people on here is there inventions'  Not afraid to
try things no one else has thought of like the stir crazy and turbo oven top
to roast beans or the bread maker and heat gun, ss bowl and shop vaccume to
cool the beans or a gas BBQ and using a Drum  all very cool and all work and
they recycled things like the bread machine everyone has one and haven't
used it in 4 years or the stir crazy.  Microwave popcorn put that in the
goodwill basket of things.   Matter of fact I have been thinking of in the
poorer country's thy use an old steel 55 gallon drum to roast beans over a
wood fire have a home made hand crank on the side like a big spit!  They use
what is at hand, but it may be a real good cup of coffee with a hint of wood
smoke in the bean?  I was even thinking of using a flower mister and some
liquid smoke to spritzz some beans and roast them just to see?  I use the
bread maker now far better bean action than the stir crazy and don't stall
out like the stir crazy can and it reverses it self?  So the electric leaf
blower will blow and vacuum to harness it to cool beans is a very cool idea
and recycles a Edsel back to usefulness. Now if he can use the blower part
to get the chaff blown off the beans we all will want to buy one!

21) From: Rich
Something like electric lawn mowers and leaf blowers are the Edsel of 
lawn toys.  Just clean fun.  I still can not get the picture of trying 
to start a gas leaf blower to cool the beans out of my mind.
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22) From: Rich
If you use a heat gun with adequate air capacity the chaff will be on 
the floor and not on or in with the beans.  Wimpy heat gun will not blow 
the chaff out of the bowl however.
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23) From: ray
Ya that would be a hoot!!!!

24) From: Kris Bhatti
You guys are missing the beauty of this whole thing.  The chaff IS taken care of.  Some chaff blows out of the bread machine during the roast.  I was surprised to find that my new wonderful heatgun blows less out than the old orange one did, but it's much quieter and better all around.  But the bean cooler is a VACUUM and the bean container is mesh.  A few stirs with the wooden spoon and the chaff is gone gone gone into the vacuum bag.  After the beans are cooled, a quick swipe with the EdselVac around the bread machine and all is clean.  Electric lawn equipment may not work for the big suburban lawns, but the electric leaf vac and my non-electric non-gas reel lawnmower are perfect for my little micro-yard.  
Kris
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From: Rich 
To: homeroast
Sent: Monday, January 14, 2008 1:52:46 PM
Subject: Re: +leaf blower bean cooler
If you use a heat gun with adequate air capacity the chaff will be on 
the floor and not on or in with the beans.  Wimpy heat gun will not
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the chaff out of the bowl however.
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25) From: Rich
If I thought I could keep the dogs from harassing them, I would be 
cutting the lawn with Nubian goats.  There is no level / flat spot to be 
found.  The wind does fine with the leaves, packs them into the garage, 
into the fresh air intakes of all vehicles and any other place you do 
not want them.
If you are using a push mower and not having a potential cardiac event 
every time you mow then the electric vac / blower is a good choice.
Kris Bhatti wrote:
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26) From: Tom & Maria - Sweet Maria's Coffee
Kris- can we PLEEASE see a picture of this. I gotta see this contraption
Tom
I'm sure I'm not the first to try this, but I decided to hook up the 
leaf blower/vacuum to the box I usually set over a box fan for 
cooling  I have a mesh fryer basket that sits in a hole on the top of 
the box and the box covers the small box fan.  That works sort of ok, 
but doesn't really cool the beans fast enough and just blows the 
chaff out onto the patio.  I use the leaf blower in the vacuum 
configuration all the time and it was already out on the patio, so I 
cut a hole in the side of the box for the vacuum tube and taped up 
the bottom of the box.  Wow!  What a difference!  I thought it might 
be a problem that the beans don't completely fill the basket, but 
those little babies where up there hugging the sides of the basket 
all the way up like they were on the centrifugal force ride at the 
carnival.   They also didn't want to jump out when I stirred them, so 
I guess the dogs will be getting fewer snacks.  I completely cooled 
over a pound of beans in just about a minute and the chaff goes into 
the bag on the vacuum.  An added bonus I hadn't foreseen was that 
when I was finished, I could just vacuum up all the chaff that was on 
the patio from the HG/BM roasting.
Kris
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27) From: Kris Bhatti
Why, you most certainly may!  I think you'll like the box I used too.  http://lh6.google.com/krisbhatti/R4uoPEFapbI/AAAAAAAAAj8/c-vxCyY5mxw/BeanCoolerA.jpg?imgmaxQ2Kris
----- Original Message ----
From: Tom & Maria - Sweet Maria's Coffee 
To: homeroast
Sent: Monday, January 14, 2008 4:24:54 PM
Subject: Re: +leaf blower bean cooler
Kris- can we PLEEASE see a picture of this. I gotta see this
 contraption
Tom
I'm sure I'm not the first to try this, but I decided to hook up the 
leaf blower/vacuum to the box I usually set over a box fan for 
cooling  I have a mesh fryer basket that sits in a hole on the top of 
the box and the box covers the small box fan.  That works sort of ok, 
but doesn't really cool the beans fast enough and just blows the 
chaff out onto the patio.  I use the leaf blower in the vacuum 
configuration all the time and it was already out on the patio, so I 
cut a hole in the side of the box for the vacuum tube and taped up 
the bottom of the box.  Wow!  What a difference!  I thought it might 
be a problem that the beans don't completely fill the basket, but 
those little babies where up there hugging the sides of the basket 
all the way up like they were on the centrifugal force ride at the 
carnival.   They also didn't want to jump out when I stirred them, so 
I guess the dogs will be getting fewer snacks.  I completely cooled 
over a pound of beans in just about a minute and the chaff goes into 
the bag on the vacuum.  An added bonus I hadn't foreseen was that 
when I was finished, I could just vacuum up all the chaff that was on 
the patio from the HG/BM roasting.
Kris
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28) From: Kris Bhatti
oops - wrong link.  Try this one: http://picasaweb.google.com/krisbhatti/RoastingEquip/photo#5155399175203628466----- Original Message ----
From: Kris Bhatti 
To: homeroast
Sent: Monday, January 14, 2008 5:05:32 PM
Subject: Re: +leaf blower bean cooler
Why, you most certainly may!  I think you'll like the box I used too.  http://lh6.google.com/krisbhatti/R4uoPEFapbI/AAAAAAAAAj8/c-vxCyY5mxw/BeanCoolerA.jpg?imgmaxQ2Kris
----- Original Message ----
From: Tom & Maria - Sweet Maria's Coffee 
To: homeroast
Sent: Monday, January 14, 2008 4:24:54 PM
Subject: Re: +leaf blower bean cooler
Kris- can we PLEEASE see a picture of this. I gotta see this
 contraption
Tom
I'm sure I'm not the first to try this, but I decided to hook up the 
leaf blower/vacuum to the box I usually set over a box fan for 
cooling  I have a mesh fryer basket that sits in a hole on the top of 
the box and the box covers the small box fan.  That works sort of ok, 
but doesn't really cool the beans fast enough and just blows the 
chaff out onto the patio.  I use the leaf blower in the vacuum 
configuration all the time and it was already out on the patio, so I 
cut a hole in the side of the box for the vacuum tube and taped up 
the bottom of the box.  Wow!  What a difference!  I thought it might 
be a problem that the beans don't completely fill the basket, but 
those little babies where up there hugging the sides of the basket 
all the way up like they were on the centrifugal force ride at the 
carnival.   They also didn't want to jump out
 when I stirred them, so 
I guess the dogs will be getting fewer snacks.  I completely cooled 
over a pound of beans in just about a minute and the chaff goes into 
the bag on the vacuum.  An added bonus I hadn't foreseen was that 
when I was finished, I could just vacuum up all the chaff that was on 
the patio from the HG/BM roasting.
Kris
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29) From: Larry Johnson
Excellent, Kris!  I got the blower and the colander, now I wonder where can
I get a box like that.....
On Jan 14, 2008 8:08 PM, Kris Bhatti  wrote:
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30) From: homeroast
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"Real Men" have 2 cycle lawn tools...and a ride on mower with a trailer
attachment.
At least I do...
But honestly, I figured it was an electric leaf blower from the get
go...finely home Marine Corps Communicator instincts...
Sean
Can't wait to get home to my leaf blower...and lots of other things.
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"Real Men" have 2 cycle lawn tools...and a ride on mower with a trailer attachment.
At least I do...
But honestly, I figured it was an electric leaf blower from the get go...finely home Marine Corps Communicator instincts...
Sean
Can't wait to get home to my leaf blower...and lots of other things.
On Jan 14, 2008 11:04 PM, ray <pilgrim5
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Thanks for educating Rich that they do make electric leaf blowers and have
some have a vacuum attachment to them.  Rich don't get out much and must
have road the little bus to school!

31) From: homeroast
SHE IS A BEAUTY KRIS!

32) From: homeroast
Real man let the wife mow the grass on the rider and they go to the ball
game or roast coffee the hard things in life!

33) From: homeroast
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Kris-Great pictures, love em both.  It's hard to find good help, =
picasaweb photo shows a loyal worker.  thanks for sharing!

34) From: homeroast
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35) From: homeroast
Kris,
Is the Peoples Glorious Orange Heat Gun still working?
Brian
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36) From: homeroast
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No, sadly it is not.  I was going to throw it away, but the low temp does still work and I thought I might actually use it for something one day, something like it's original purpose maybe.  I guess it's probably safer to let my dog just have it for his roasting in his bowl - he tends to let the beans go to Spanish and says he can't even tell the difference.  He also eats poop though so I don't always trust his judgment.  Come to think of it, I bet he'd love some Kopi Luwak!
I ordered the Milwaukee 8986-20 from Dealmonger on eBay last month and I love it.  Hopefully it will last for years.
Kris
----- Original Message ----
From: Brian Kamnetz 
To: homeroast
Sent: Tuesday, January 15, 2008 9:17:56 AM
Subject: Re: +leaf blower bean cooler
Kris,
Is the Peoples Glorious Orange Heat Gun still working?
Brian
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<!-- DIV {margin:0px;} -->No, sadly it is not.  I was going to throw it away, but the low temp does still work and I thought I might actually use it for something one day, something like it's original purpose maybe.  I guess it's probably safer to let my dog just have it for his roasting in his bowl - he tends to let the beans go to Spanish and says he can't even tell the difference.  He also eats poop though so I don't always trust his judgment.  Come to think of it, I bet he'd love some Kopi Luwak!
I ordered the Milwaukee 8986-20 from Dealmonger on eBay last month and I love it.  Hopefully it will last for years.
Kris
----- Original Message ----
From: Brian Kamnetz <bkamnetz>
To: homeroast
Sent: Tuesday, January 15, 2008 9:17:56 AM
Subject: Re: +leaf blower bean cooler
Kris,
Is the Peoples Glorious Orange Heat Gun still working?
Brian
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37) From: homeroast
Hey that looks just like mine! I even use a similar box. The only
difference is I use my shop vac, which sits just inside the garage,
right next to the table I roast on.
-- 
Dave
Some days...
It's just not worth chewing through the leather straps
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38) From: homeroast
Perfect!

39) From: homeroast
Reminds me of some dates back when I was young did not want to kiss them
either "mans best friend but no kissing"


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