HomeRoast Digest


Topic: Selecting "the Best" Heat Gun (13 msgs / 338 lines)
1) From: Dave Kvindlog
I've been borrowing Brett Mason's HG/DB setup for the past month and am
hooked.  I'm looking to buy my own HG and have scoured through the info on
this list and others.  What I see are minimum temps, watts, and airflow --
all individually set.  Weight and reliability (ceramic, replacable heating
elements, etc.) are obvious criteria as well.  From my limited experience,
I'd say that airflow is one of the critical criteria to getting an even
roast.  But the HGs with higher airflow generally have lower temps.  And the
most reliable HGs are very heavy.
What's the best balance of these criteria in a HG for today's home roaster?
Any specific model recommendations?
-- 
Dave Kvindlog
iHomeroast
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Homeroast mailing list
Homeroasthttp://www.homeroasting.com/gallery/main.php?g2_itemIdx20">http://lists.sweetmariascoffee.com/listinfo.cgi/homeroast-sweetmariascoffee.comHomeroast community pictures 9upload yours!) :http://www.homeroasting.com/gallery/main.php?g2_itemIdx20

2) From: Jim Gundlach
If you go to ebay and look at item 330229902250 you will see the one I  
have and love.  I have been through several heat guns and find this  
one is powerful and light-weight enough to comfortably use for a full  
roast.  There is another model that is a little more expensive that  
has a LCD temperature display that would be a nice additional touch  
but I did not find out about it until after I had bought this one.
      pecan jim	
On Apr 21, 2008, at 3:53 PM, Dave Kvindlog wrote:
<Snip>
Homeroast mailing list
Homeroasthttp://www.homeroasting.com/gallery/main.php?g2_itemIdx20">http://lists.sweetmariascoffee.com/listinfo.cgi/homeroast-sweetmariascoffee.comHomeroast community pictures 9upload yours!) :http://www.homeroasting.com/gallery/main.php?g2_itemIdx20

3) From: Skydragon454
Heya Dave. I use this one - 
http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_12605_00927801000P?vName=Tools&cName=Portable+Power+Tools&sName=Glue+-+Heat+Guns+%26+Glue+Sticks_ 
http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_12605_00927801000P?vName=Tools&cName=Portable+Power+Tools&sName=Glue+-+Heat+Guns+&+Glue+Sticks)  
and I absolutely love it so far. Its $109. at Sears but I got it new on  ebay 
for $60. after shipping. Its heat is completely variable from 120-1050F  with 
3 fan settings. The heat is varied via a big wheel on the back of the gun  
that I can easily manipulate with my thumb while holding the gun with one hand.  
I have no idea how durable it is because Ive only had it for 2 weeks...but so 
 far its an awsome gun. Happy hunting!
 
Eric M.
 
In a message dated 4/21/2008 3:53:42 P.M. Central Daylight Time,  
ihomeroast writes:
I've  been borrowing Brett Mason's HG/DB setup for the past month and  am
hooked.  I'm looking to buy my own HG and have scoured through the  info on
this list and others.  What I see are minimum temps, watts,  and airflow --
all individually set.  Weight and reliability (ceramic,  replacable heating
elements, etc.) are obvious criteria as well.  From  my limited experience,
I'd say that airflow is one of the critical criteria  to getting an even
roast.  But the HGs with higher airflow generally  have lower temps.  And the
most reliable HGs are very  heavy.
What's the best balance of these criteria in a HG for today's  home roaster?
Any specific model recommendations?
-- 
Dave  Kvindlog
iHomeroast
Cedar Rapids,  Iowa
Homeroast mailing  list
Homeroasthttp://lists.sweetmariascoffee.com/listinfo.cgi/homeroast-sweetmariascoffee.com
Homeroast  community pictures 9upload yours!) :  http://www.homeroasting.com/gallery/main.php?g2_itemIdx20**************Need a new ride? Check out the largest site for U.S. used car 
listings at AOL Autos.      
http://autos.aol.com/used?NCID=aolcmp00300000002851)Homeroast mailing list
Homeroasthttp://www.homeroasting.com/gallery/main.php?g2_itemIdx20">http://lists.sweetmariascoffee.com/listinfo.cgi/homeroast-sweetmariascoffee.comHomeroast community pictures 9upload yours!) :http://www.homeroasting.com/gallery/main.php?g2_itemIdx20

4) From: Bill
Dave, I have really limited experience, I bought a Milwaukee 8986-20 off of
the recommendations of others on the list (I think that's what Pecan Jim is
recommending).  Anyway, I like it a lot.  I don't follow the accepted wisdom
on the list, and I suspend the HG with a piece of rope, so heavy isn't an
issue for me...
However, I like that the 8986 is light-weight, has variable heat, and
ceramic heating element.  Airflow is OK, not as much as some top ends, but
not terrible, either...
I think that the trouble you'll find with your question is that few people
have much experience with more than just a few HGs...  but I'll be
interested to see what people say on this thread.  Hopefully you'll get some
great insight (and so will the rest of us!!).
bill
On Mon, Apr 21, 2008 at 2:53 PM, Dave Kvindlog  wrote:
<Snip>
Homeroast mailing list
Homeroasthttp://www.homeroasting.com/gallery/main.php?g2_itemIdx20">http://lists.sweetmariascoffee.com/listinfo.cgi/homeroast-sweetmariascoffee.comHomeroast community pictures 9upload yours!) :http://www.homeroasting.com/gallery/main.php?g2_itemIdx20

5) From: raymanowen
I had a fiery relationship with a heat gun that looked identical, except for
the Color and the Hellacious Price. For my $9.99, I got a complete kit,
including everything you see here in the ref. site.
Mine worked fine a few times, then got real exciting. Probably the 126v
power.
What is your warranty, and who provides it?
Cheers, Mabuhay -RayO, aka Opa!
Got Grinder?
On Mon, Apr 21, 2008 at 4:22 PM,  wrote:
<Snip>
-- 
"When the theme hits the bass, I dance the Jig!" - -Virgil Fox at the Mighty
Wichita (ex- NYC Paramount) WurliTzer- 1976
Homeroast mailing list
Homeroasthttp://www.homeroasting.com/gallery/main.php?g2_itemIdx20">http://lists.sweetmariascoffee.com/listinfo.cgi/homeroast-sweetmariascoffee.comHomeroast community pictures 9upload yours!) :http://www.homeroasting.com/gallery/main.php?g2_itemIdx20

6) From: Vicki Smith
I use a Mastercraft gun, store brand sold only in Canada, so I have =
nothing much to add to the conversation. However, I did find the written =
report on an appeal by the store (Canadian Tire)  for this heat gun =
examining which import tariff category it should be covered by (it's =
made in China I believe) and it was such a hoot, I had to share.
I had to wonder though who exactly it is that pays for this sort of =
determination. I then wondered if they had known we used them for coffee =
roasting, and didn't always hold them in our hand, what the outcome =
might have been ;).
 From the appeal http://tinyurl.com/3kmev6):22.
With respect to the second condition, i.e. that the tools be “for =
working in the hand”, the Tribunal notes that, according to the =
Explanatory Notes to heading No. 84.67, “. . . [t]he heading covers such =
tools only if for working in the hand . . . ..” It is quite obvious from =
the documentary evidence that heat guns such as the goods in issue are =
tools for working in the hand. For example, the respondent’s brief
includes a picture of a heat gun being used by an individual, which =
clearly shows that such goods are held in the hand by a handle when they =
are used. In the Tribunal’s view, all jobs for which the heat gun can be =
used that are described in the product literature are performed when the =
heat gun is held in the hand of the user. Moreover, both witnesses =
testified that a heat gun is a hand tool, since it is designed to be =
hand-held. On that basis, it is clear that the heat gun is a tool “for =
working in the hand”.
Homeroast mailing list
Homeroasthttp://lists.sweetmariascoffee.com/listinfo.cgi/homeroast-sweetmariascoffee=.com
Homeroast community pictures 9upload yours!) :http://www.homeroasting.com/=gallery/main.php?g2_itemId=7820

7) From: Jim Gundlach
On Apr 22, 2008, at 1:55 AM, raymanowen wrote:
<Snip>
I would guess the made in China quality.  I've had a couple of them go  
on 112v current.
      pecan jim
Homeroast mailing list
Homeroasthttp://www.homeroasting.com/gallery/main.php?g2_itemIdx20">http://lists.sweetmariascoffee.com/listinfo.cgi/homeroast-sweetmariascoffee.comHomeroast community pictures 9upload yours!) :http://www.homeroasting.com/gallery/main.php?g2_itemIdx20

8) From: Paul Helbert
On Tue, Apr 22, 2008 at 8:03 AM, Vicki Smith  wrote:
<Snip>
I learned a long time ago (without legal advise) that anything with a
handle means work.
-- 
Paul Helbert
Prepackaged, roasted & ground coffee,,,
Some of the worst ideas since sliced bread.
Homeroast mailing list
Homeroasthttp://www.homeroasting.com/gallery/main.php?g2_itemIdx20">http://lists.sweetmariascoffee.com/listinfo.cgi/homeroast-sweetmariascoffee.comHomeroast community pictures 9upload yours!) :http://www.homeroasting.com/gallery/main.php?g2_itemIdx20

9) From: raymanowen
" I learned a long time ago (without legal advise) that anything with a
handle means work."
Or- the thing that looks like it has a handle only looks like things that
work... -ro
Beware the Orange Color on Heat Guns
On Tue, Apr 22, 2008 at 9:43 AM, Paul Helbert 
wrote:
<Snip>
Homeroast mailing list
Homeroasthttp://www.homeroasting.com/gallery/main.php?g2_itemIdx20">http://lists.sweetmariascoffee.com/listinfo.cgi/homeroast-sweetmariascoffee.comHomeroast community pictures 9upload yours!) :http://www.homeroasting.com/gallery/main.php?g2_itemIdx20

10) From: Brian Kamnetz
Good one, Ray!
Brian
On 4/22/08, raymanowen  wrote:
<Snip>
Homeroast mailing list
Homeroasthttp://www.homeroasting.com/gallery/main.php?g2_itemIdx20">http://lists.sweetmariascoffee.com/listinfo.cgi/homeroast-sweetmariascoffee.comHomeroast community pictures 9upload yours!) :http://www.homeroasting.com/gallery/main.php?g2_itemIdx20

11) From: Bob Hazen
Hey Ray,
Good one.  Does that mean you don't have a handle on your portafilter??  ;-)
As for me, I'm not afraid of work.  I can sit down right beside it.
Bob

12) From: an iconoclast
On Mon, Apr 21, 2008 at 1:53 PM, Dave Kvindlog  wrote:
<Snip>
Hi Dave,
Here is the heatgun I use:http://www.amazon.com/Milwaukee-8988-20-Variable-Temperature-Heat/dp/B00005Q7B0.This one has easily cleanable filters when chaff clogs them up.  It has a
slider control that goes up to 1100 degrees and a slider control
3 speed fan. My husband likes it because we can use it to bend plastic pipe,
take off paint, etc.  I hang it off the BBQ hood facing down
into the dog bowl/colander combination that's sitting on top of the (Front
Avenue grill from Costco made by Charbroil) BBQ side burner.
The heat gun is held down by an extra bag of beans on the BBQ hood.
We've used this gun for 3 years now and often roast 6-14 lbs of beans per
week and it's going strong.
Take care,
Ann
Homeroast mailing list
Homeroasthttp://www.homeroasting.com/gallery/main.php?g2_itemIdx20">http://lists.sweetmariascoffee.com/listinfo.cgi/homeroast-sweetmariascoffee.comHomeroast community pictures 9upload yours!) :http://www.homeroasting.com/gallery/main.php?g2_itemIdx20

13) From: raymanowen
"...you don't have a handle on your portafilter??"
Ouch- got me right between the eyes, Bob. That's the way it felt when my
confounded espresso (Capresso) machine went Pop, the group pressure dropped,
while a puddle formed under the machine. It was about the size of the shot
forming in my cup. Nuts!
Espresso will have to wait- the Capresso is meant to be a throw-away, with
the different fastener types used. Torx (4) plus one odd elliptical drive
head screw, disguised pins and invisible snaps. It has a slob 55W pump.
I'd like to dismantle it for an educational project and maybe assemble
something with standard group parts and an HX boiler. The thermoblock would
make a good flash steamer using hot water from the boiler. The thing is 2
years old and the gasket was easy to extract with my finger nails- in good
shape.
Maybe I could build in a mini Hotsy for a group autoclave/ steam cleaner
cycle- it is a bit of a crud collector. For now, it will just collect dust.
At $170, it could brew good espresso drinks but it's an expensive throwaway.
Cheers, Mabuhay -RayO, aka Opa!
On Tue, Apr 22, 2008 at 9:31 PM, Bob Hazen  wrote:
<Snip>
-- 
"When the theme hits the bass, I dance the Jig!" - -Virgil Fox at the Mighty
Wichita (ex- NYC Paramount) WurliTzer- 1976
Homeroast mailing list
Homeroasthttp://www.homeroasting.com/gallery/main.php?g2_itemIdx20">http://lists.sweetmariascoffee.com/listinfo.cgi/homeroast-sweetmariascoffee.comHomeroast community pictures 9upload yours!) :http://www.homeroasting.com/gallery/main.php?g2_itemIdx20


HomeRoast Digest