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Topic: Ronco/George Foreman (9 msgs / 215 lines)
1) From: Dan Audette
I am thinking of using either a George Foreman or Ronco rotisserie for a
roaster. Can anyone advise me on either....good, bad, or indifferent!
My appreciation in advance...
Cheers,
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2) From: Dan Audette
I am thinking of using either a George Foreman or Ronco rotisserie for a
roaster. Can anyone advise me on either....good, bad, or indifferent!
My appreciation in advance...
Cheers,
-- 
Dan Audette
Corporate Event Management
All The Details, Inc.
6955 Harvest Rd.
Boulder, CO 80301
303-544-0359 (P)
303-449-7133 (F)
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3) From: Barry Luterman
Neither can generate enough heat to successfully roast beans. People have
modified them by adding halogen lights. However once you have done that you
are up to the price of a Behmor which will be a much better piece of
equipment.
On Tue, Mar 25, 2008 at 9:11 AM, Dan Audette  wrote:
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4) From: Ed Needham
I think both of those have fixed temperatures and only timers to adjust 
cooking time.  Maybe another option with a temperature controller?
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5) From: Oolan Zimmer
Dan Audette wrote:
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I roast using a roaster I made out of the bigger George Foreman
rotisserie.  Only do this if you have one for free or cheap, and you
want to make a roaster.
I wanted a drum roaster for cheap, and my garage sale GF (free!) was a
good start.
The first thing I did was tear out the controls.  The GF only lets you
turn on two of the 4 heating elements at a time.  Even with all 4
elements on, the temperature inside levels off at about 400F -- not hot
enough.
My first attempt involved a heat gun (already around).  The air blowing
in to it caused enough hot air to leave the roaster that it didn't get
much hotter. 
So, I scrounged an ancient 110V 2-burner tabletop electric stove
(cheap!), took the heating elements out of it, and figured out a way of
mounting them in the bottom of the GF roaster without either element
actually touching anything.  I turned my first test roast into charcoal
in less than 15 minutes, so I know it gets hot enough.
I also used some spare wiring from a remodel (free!), added a plug on
one end and a pair of switched outlets on the other end (cheap!), and
now can control the 4 original elements and the 2 new elements
separately.  
The wire basket that came with the GF works for coffee.  You have to use
safety wire to keep it closed because it will pop open at the worst
possible time.
I generally start with all 6 elements going, then back off to the
original 4 elements to slow down the roast.  I'll cycle the 2 big
elements based on temperature and how the roast is going.  Maybe one day
I'll pid the big elements.
To cool, I remove the wired-shut basket and shake it in front of a fan
(already around).  This also breaks up the chaff, which blows away.
Next I plan on replacing the gear motor that came with it with a faster
one.  After that, maybe I'll figure out a way of insulating the outside
better.
In summary, you can go this route and make it work.  But only do this if
you feel like experimenting.  I certainly wouldn't pay much for a GF
thinking it would work as a roaster.
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6) From: Jim Gundlach
You can check the archives and find several discussions about this  
over the past several years.  If I recall correctly, they won't work  
without substantial modification and I'd guess about one in ten  
actually were handy and persistent enough to get them to roast.  I  
would say that it is not a recommended route.
      pecan jim
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7) From: stereoplegic
good info. another thing to consider is the slow speed of the rotisserie 
gear motor (and if you open up the gearbox, you'll probably see plastic 
gears-doubleplusungood!!!). i'm working on one right now (i'll post 
results when i have them). insulation (ceramic, like Kaowool-thanks 
Alchemist!), a stronger/faster gearhead motor (w/ all-metal gearbox), 
extra heating element(s), and possibly losing the plastic from the body 
are all things i have in the works.
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8) From: Dan Audette
I was looking into it because it was inexpensive and I would be able to  SEE
the roast, which is important to me. My quest to find a roaster will
continue, as I don't care to have a huge undertaking here. I had noticed
that a drum is available for either on ebay, so thought I was on to
something.
I'll keep looking and thank you kindly for your input!
On Tue, Mar 25, 2008 at 11:17 PM, stereoplegic 
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9) From: True, Dennis W. FC1 (CVN69)
Oolan,
	I would love to see some pictures can you post them somewhere
and put out a link for us! This lil baby sounds awesome!
Dennis
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