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Topic: Heat Gun Temp Controls (9 msgs / 165 lines)
1) From: Dave Kvindlog
With all the recent talk of HG roasting, it's got me thinking of moving up
from popper roasting.  Not sure which method I'll jump to next, and I'm
thinking through the options.  One drawback I've read about HG roasting is
the weight of the gun, yet the need to hold it to control the roast.
Putting it in a clamp doesn't allow for variable heat control.  Thus my
question:
Has anyone put a variable control on the heating element of a HG to control
the heat?  That way, the gun could be mounted on a clamp and just control
the heat electronically rather than by distance.
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Dave Kvindlog
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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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2) From: Bill
Dave, I use the Milwaukee 8986-20.  It has 5 heat settings, between 90 and
1100 (so it claims...haven't checked output!).
Got it from ebay.  Anyway, I vary between the 3rd, 4th, and 5th heat
settings, depending on what's happening in the roast.  I haven't been using
it long enough...only a few months, so I'm still learning.  Anyway, as I
said in a previous post, I started hanging my HG with a rope...  I also use
a BBQ (generally on lo or med) to help control heat input (helped when it
was 0 here... 30F feels tropical now!)...
So in answer to your specific question, no, I haven't put a control on the
HG, I just use the controls the gun has...
HTH
bill
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3) From: raymanowen
The control you can exercise by waving the HG around is instantaneous. If
you think you made a misteak, you can almost "back up three spaces," and
resume roasting.
Too heavy? I never heard complaints about the M-1 carbine. 9 pounds is what
they told us when I originally qualified, and nobody suggested nailing it to
a tree and convincing your opponent to stand in front of it for you so you
could just pull on a lanyard...
Cheers, Mabuhay -RayO, aka Opa!
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4) From: Bob Hazen
How about using a spring-loaded cable or "sky-hook" device?  They're 
commonly used on assembly lines where a heavy tool is constantly in use.  It 
keeps the operator from risking injury from repeated use of heavy tools. 
Since the tool is hanging on a cable, it can be moved around as necessary. 
You can buy them with different weight capacities; perhaps from Harbor 
Freight.  Of course, you need to attach them to something, so open-air use 
would be a problem.
Bob
P.S  I couldn't find one on the Harbor Freight website; doesn't mean its not 
there, though.  McMaster Carr has one for $19, but their website is too 
clever for me to extract a link to the item.  If you're interested, go to 
www.mcmaster.com and search for Tool Retractors, Balancers & 
Counterbalancers or part number 6739A41.

5) From: Jim Gundlach
Why not just get a variable temp heat-gun?
     pecan jim
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6) From: Ronald Nepsund
I looked into the HG/BM thing recently.   Some people were using  
camera tripods that could adjust the height of the camera with a  
small hand crank.   They were using it to raise or lower the heat gun  
over the roast.
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7) From: Jim Gundlach
Home roasters are so innovative.   I wish I had thought of that.
      pecan jim
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8) From: Allon Stern
On Feb 25, 2008, at 8:21 PM, Jim Gundlach wrote:
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Just sling a cable over a tree branch, then counterweight the Masters  
751b with all the people's glorious orange heatguns you burned up  
before buying it.
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9) From: bv welch
Since it seems to be a slow day, I thought I would try again to post my
reply to this topic. I'm not sure why it didn't make it to the list
previously...
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Good idea-- a similar idea would be to look at some of the home-built
projects that amateur astronomers use to support their larger binoculars.
Mine has a counter-balance to offset the weight of the binocs.  I plan to
try it with my heatgun soon.
Another idea would be to try the "router speed controller" from Harbor
Freight ( $10 on sale ). I've heard it will drive the cheap heatguns OK. I
haven't tried it yet myself though.
-bill
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