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1) From: neal
What brand/model of heat gun does everyone recommend for HG/BM?
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2) From: Gary Townsend
Neal,
I picked up 4 heatguns last year at yard sales, about $5. for a cheap orange
Black and Decker model that is about $30 at the local Walmart.
I read reports that it would not last too long, but I'm still on Heat Gun
#1...and roast 1 to 1.5 # batches at a time, still going strong.http://www.homeroasting.com/gallery/main.php?g2_itemIdy42Gary
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3) From: Patrick R. Sklenar
I've done 80 batches since April '07 with a Wagner HT3500.  I had it in 
the basement from an old project around the house.  A quick search found 
it's still available and costs about $40:
   http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0006H4B02Two other's that are often recommended by list members are:
    Milwaukee 8988-20 ($142)http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00005Q7AZAlso, several members have recommend some "Master Appliance" models on ">http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00005Q7B0    Milwaukee 8986-20 ($145)http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00005Q7AZAlso, several members have recommend some "Master Appliance" models on 
eBay, but I'm not sure of the model numbers.
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4) From: Rich
If you want to go first class then it is a Master Appliance model HG-751b.
You get what you pay for...No free lunch, ever.
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5) From: Jim Gundlach
I have a Milwaukee model 8986-20.  I am very happy with it.  The best  
price, around $75 including shipping,  I found was from an eBay seller  
in Georgia. There is a similar model with digital temp readout that  
costs a little more that would be a little nicer.  I guess it is about  
the fifth one I had.
    pecan jim
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6) From: Vicki Smith
I went cheap, and got 100+ roasts out of a $35 heat gun. Then, because 
it had a warranty, I got it replaced for free and I'm still going 
strong. Weight was important to me, and my gun weighs less than 2#. It 
has two settings and works very well.
It's a store brand from Canadian Tire.
Vicki
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7) From: Tim Carter
I use that one, too.  Mostly because I already had it for stripping 
paint and heating shrink tubing.  I'm crazy about the airflow when doing 
HG/DB, but it doesn't matter when the bread machine is humming.  Nice 
level of heat control, but I have mine zip-tied to and Irwin quick-clamp 
and usually just run it full-blast, raising and lowering to control heat.
Tim
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8) From: Jim Gundlach
I have a Master Appliance HG-751b and I find that it is uncomfortable  
to use during those last few minutes on a fifteen minute roast.  Some  
mount them on a bracket but that takes away one of the elements of  
immediate control that the heat gun offers.  Much happier with the  
Milwaukee 8986-20.
       pecan jim
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9) From: Bill
I use the Milwaukee 8986-20, and am very happy with it.  It's my first.
 Perhaps a gun with a bit more airflow would move the beans a bit better?
 Dunno...  Anyway, I hang mine on the BBQ with a bit of rope... I generally
do about 3-5 roasts at a time, and (call me a weakling!), I couldn't hold
that gun with my left hand while stirring with my right.  Enjoy roasting
more now that I don't have to hold it...  I'll sacrifice a bit of control
for enjoyment!  And I got mine from the same place as pecan jim... ebay for
about 75 bucks...bill
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10) From: neal
What about the bread machine? Are they all pretty much the same? or are some
kinds better than others?
Neal
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11) From: Vicki Smith
Nope, they aren't all the same. Some have thermometers built into the 
wall of the bread machine, which have to be relocated or taken out. 
Others have paddles that don't play well with the beans--either because 
of the distance between the floor of the roaster and the paddle or 
because the paddle throws the beans out of the bread pan.
I use an inexpensive Sunbeam and have used several others as well. If 
you are buying at a thrift store, you might have to try a few to get one 
you really like.
If you have a bean thrower, using a larger quantity of beans sometime 
solves that problem.
vicki
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12) From: mirrera
I did three back-to-back roasts using by 751b yesterday (total roast time of about 50 minutes) -- didn't feel like digging the grill out of about a foot of snow that we got Friday in Boston.  I don't have any problem holding and waving the gun for that amount of time. 
I nailed all three of my roasts: India MNEB, Brazil Moreninha Formosa, and Ethiopia Kochere District Yirg (traveling to three continents -- fun).  I have so much more success with the HG than I have so far with the RK drum and grill.  Still need a lot more experience there.
Anyway, this morning, I'm drinking the Yirg, out of the new Hario vac pot (you may remember that I ordered one a couple of weeks ago).  I was sick last week, so no coffee, and I couldn't try out the new pot.  Now that I have, I love it.  Still have used only the paper filters, but it makes a tremendous, clean cup.  No news flash there for the rest of you vac pot users, I know.  
The Yirg is perfect for the vac pot.  It's a City+ roast (first at 8:15, pulled at 11:15 with no sign of second's smoke).  I could barely grind it in the Zass, it was so lightly roasted.  A bit coarser than drip, 40g for the 5 "cup" pot.  About a 1:15 brew time, with a huge bloom.  In the cup, it's exactly what I've been trying to get from this bean: really, really bright, with lots of citrus (lime?) tones.  Some floral smells waft up from it, but I cannot discern the actual flavor components.  It's just bright from start to finish, but that acidity doesn't linger, leaving just a pleasant aftertaste.  Success!
-AdkMike
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13) From: Brett Mason
Yesterday the sun and blue skies brought the temp to 37, and my BBQ became
available - so quickly I ran a 4lb load thru the drum - A nice FC Costa Rica
SHB, drum roasted and snow cooled, today will be the first cup.
I can't wait, and just in time - we have winter weather warning, gog, rain,
sleet, ice and snow - should make for a fun evening, and another lockout
from using my BBQ...
Winteroast is awesome!
Brett
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