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Topic: (aromaroast) (4 msgs / 236 lines)
1) From:
almost missed this thread.
I started on the aromaroast 1.5 years ago.
Use a cardboard box to recycle heat because it usually just bakes the beans. Be careful though, you can end up popping the thermostat but that is easily fixed by wiring the connection permanent (same as the popper fix) just don't start a fire.
Kevin @ my treo

2) From: Ed Needham
I used the Aromaroast for quite a few years back in the '80's.  With a few 
easy modifications to the unit and to procedure, you can roast beans without 
baking them.  A soup can chimney allows you to add more beans and increase 
the temp to the beans.  Tilting the machine about 1/2" (I would lean it on 
one of my stove burners under the exhaust hood) allows the beans to do a 
'vertical agitation', that seems to work well.  When the beans were green 
and heavy, I would use a chopstick or the end of a wooden spoon to stir them 
if they got stuck and stopped agitating.  Once they lost moisture they 
lightened up a bit and agitated freely. I think some have had success using 
a variac and bumping up the voltage a bit so the fan and heater put out a 
little more ommmmph.
Basically, it's a well made, underpowered coffee roaster.  The chaff 
collector and the sliding air control were both genius, and if the fan were 
a bit stronger, and the heater a bit more powerful, the amount of control 
you would have with that simple little feature would be invaluable.  A 
merging of the Aromaroast and a Hearthware Precision would really be nice, 
especially if they were designed a bit bigger to handle a half pound load at 
a time.
*********************
Ed Needham
"to absurdity and beyond!"http://www.homeroaster.com*********************

3) From: Andy Thomas
Thanks. I'll try that.
----- Original Message ----
From: "ckevinj" 
To: homeroast
Sent: Tuesday, July 8, 2008 5:02:32 AM
Subject: [Homeroast] (aromaroast)
almost missed this thread.
I started on the aromaroast 1.5 years ago.
Use a cardboard box to recycle heat because it usually just bakes the beans. Be careful though, you can end up popping the thermostat but that is easily fixed by wiring the connection permanent (same as the popper fix) just don't start a fire.
Kevin @ my treo

4) From: Andy Thomas
I don't remember what I tried during my first round of attempts, but I'll surely try the chimney and tilting techniques. There is probably a thermal thingy that can be by-passed as well. The chaff collector is nifty for sure, but I never figured out how to make use of the air control feature. More experimentation is obviously called for.
----- Original Message ----
From: Ed Needham 
To: homeroast
Sent: Tuesday, July 8, 2008 9:14:48 AM
Subject: Re: [Homeroast] (aromaroast)
I used the Aromaroast for quite a few years back in the '80's.  With a few 
easy modifications to the unit and to procedure, you can roast beans without 
baking them.  A soup can chimney allows you to add more beans and increase 
the temp to the beans.  Tilting the machine about 1/2" (I would lean it on 
one of my stove burners under the exhaust hood) allows the beans to do a 
'vertical agitation', that seems to work well.  When the beans were green 
and heavy, I would use a chopstick or the end of a wooden spoon to stir them 
if they got stuck and stopped agitating.  Once they lost moisture they 
lightened up a bit and agitated freely. I think some have had success using 
a variac and bumping up the voltage a bit so the fan and heater put out a 
little more ommmmph.
Basically, it's a well made, underpowered coffee roaster.  The chaff 
collector and the sliding air control were both genius, and if the fan were 
a bit stronger, and the heater a bit more powerful, the amount of control 
you would have with that simple little feature would be invaluable.  A 
merging of the Aromaroast and a Hearthware Precision would really be nice, 
especially if they were designed a bit bigger to handle a half pound load at 
a time.
*********************
Ed Needham
"to absurdity and beyond!"http://www.homeroaster.com*********************


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