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Topic: scto, bread machine, heat gun, (6 msgs / 156 lines)
1) From: bv welch
Greetings,
I've recently tried various methods to homeroast coffee. I hope what I've
learned will be useful to some of you out there. My goal was about one pound
per roast.
I found that used Turbo Ovens are pretty rare around here, but did find one
recently at a yard sale for $1. Works fine.  I immediately modified it to
disable the built-in thermostat. I use the built-in on/off switch on the
handle of the turbo oven as my main tool for controlling the roast
"profile". But unless you can find one cheap, I don't see any advantage of
the turbo oven over a heat gun.
I tried a 12 inch "mixing bowl" (steel) fastened to a stripped down
breadmachine. The Turbo Oven is a perfect fit, and the combination works
very well.  Probably could do two pounds, but I don't have a big enough
cooling system to try that.  Pecan Jim and others have examples out there of
this approach.
I also found a really good tip (homeroasters.org) about heat guns and bread
machine--  remove the original bread machine top/lid, and replace with a
simple flat sheet of aluminum.  Saw a hole just large enough for the "snout"
of the heatgun, and let only 1/4 inch of heat gun "snout" stick down into
the bread machine.  This will prevent the heat gun from recirculating its
own heat back into the intake of the gun.  This is a hands-free setup that
works really well.  I also added a small "view port" into the lid, so I can
see what is happening.
Bread machines are very cheap here locally--  $3 to $5 at most.  If you plan
to use its original "loaf pan" for roasting coffee, try to find a "vertical"
style bread machine.  The low/flat style doesn't work for me as well as the
vertical ones.  With the vertical loaf pan, you can get an approximate and
useful "bean mass" temperature reading by drilling a small hole near the
bottom of the pan.
I always replace the original bread machine "paddles" with home-made metal
ones.
In my opinion, even at $5 or less, the Stir Crazy just isn't worth the
effort-- the motor is too weak.  I've heard the Salton UFO has a better
motor, but haven't ever seen one.  Use the steel mixing bowl and a bread
machine platform instead of the Stir Crazy.
-bill
ps: Always have some heavy gloves  ( "welders" gloves are $5 at Harbor
Freight) and a fire extinguisher on hand.
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2) From: John Grubbs
Bill,
Thanks for your very interesting comments. Lots of good ideas for roasting
alternatives.
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I'd very much like to hear/see more details about your replacement bread
machine paddles. I've reduced/changed the profile of an original paddle (by
grinding), but haven't tried to replace one.
Best,
John
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3) From: John Grubbs
Bill,
Thanks for your very interesting comments. Lots of good ideas for roasting
alternatives.
Original message: from 
<Snip>
I'd very much like to hear/see more details about your replacement bread
machine paddles. I've reduced/changed the profile of an original paddle (by
grinding), but haven't tried to replace one.
Best,
John
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4) From: John Grubbs
Bill,
Thanks for your very interesting comments. Lots of good ideas for roasting
alternatives.
Original message: from 
<Snip>
I'd very much like to hear/see more details about your replacement bread
machine paddles. I've reduced/changed the profile of an original paddle (by
grinding), but haven't tried to replace one.
Best,
John
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5) From: raymanowen
"...the Stir Crazy just isn't worth the effort-- the motor is too weak."
Agreed-
Same motor and gear train as the microwave carousel turntable. Actually, the
SC was talking to me when I got it, "Abandon the eBay/ PayPal Archimedes
Spiral of the Turbo Oven. I am an excellent popcorn popper- roasting coffee
is prostitution for me. The HG/ DB is bulletproof; one of  the spare BM's
can complete the Hoover Dam connection if necessary."
Cheers, Mabuhay, iechyd da -RayO, aka Opa!
Ladies and gentlemen, Start your Grinders...
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6) From: Sean Cary
My SC is going on two + years (obvious break for 7 mo there last/this
year).  Other then having to redo the stirring arms, the motor is humming
right along.  I use my Dhbolten roaster also, but the SC/TO does a lb a
week...
Sean
On Sun, Jun 22, 2008 at 10:34 PM,  wrote:
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Sean M. Cary
Major USMC
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