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Topic: OT: Grills (For Roasting and for Cooking) and my FIRE. (78 lines)
1) From: Jamie Dolan
Hello;
A bit on topic and a bit off...  I am having such a blast, I had to share.
I decided that with my new high speed roasting motor on it's way from
RK, that it was time to have a grill that was dedicated to coffee
roasting.  Well, I decided, but I was still going to wait a while for
a good sale.  But then 3 night ago, I was roasting 16 ounces of Sanani
with .8 ounces of robusta, My normal setup, grill pre- warmed to 500
or so, then I run it at that temp for about 10 minutes till I hit
first crack, then I slow it down.  Well during the first 10 minutes,
it's pretty uneventful most of the time.  I wasn't watching really
closely.  I was far enough away for a minute or two that I could not
hear the roast.  Well I wandered back to the grill around 7 minutes
into the roast, and there is cracking like mad, sounds like fireworks.
 I look at the grill temp gage and it is maxed out, red lined at 700.
Took me about  3 seconds to realize what happened, and during those 3
seconds I opened the lid, and fed the FIRE lots of oxygen.
Burn baby burn, my beans were gone, and I thought for sure someone was
going to call  911.  We had truly impressive flames coming from
everywhere.  I am sure that there were dripping / fat on the grill
that started the fire, then it pushed the beans over the edge, and
they went up also.  I am really glad it was only a pound of beans.
Even in my little drum, at capicity, 4 pounds of beans would be one
hell of a fire.  I got the hose and got the fire out.  The beans were
no less than fully carbonized, charcoal, burnt wood, you could write
with them except they just fell apart when you picked them up.  Now
Tom, I completely understand what you mean when you say you should
have called the first department before you took a large batch this
far (you comment on the roasting chart.).  It was a interesting
experiance.  But once in enough.
I decided it was time to clean up the 48,000 BTU Brinkman Grill, and
officially dedicate it to coffee roasting.  It has been fully
decreased, and is now a coffee roasting only grill.  I am happy to not
have to worry about any more grease fires.
Now the part about my new grill, but not about coffee.  I went on a
extensive search of new grills, we grill out on a nearly daily basis
in the summer, and often a couple times a week in the winter, so our
grill sees a lot of use.  I was just about ready to buy another
Brinkman from walmart for $298, it was on clearance from $398.  Then
decided to take a look at grills at some other stores.  I found my
grill at Lowes.  The Char-Broil Quantum Professional infrared Grill,
$499.  I also got the JenAir rotisserie kit that was on clearance for
$15, it is a great rotisserie and only required slight modification to
fit my grill.  The grill is simply amazing, I get steaks that taste
just like they are from a big steak house, criss cross seared and
everything.  I also cooked shrimp, burgers, and made rotisserie
chickens on it twice in the last 3 days.  The taste of your food is
just amazing, the way it sears in the juices with the high heat really
makes a huge difference.  If your looking for a new grill for food, I
highly recommend one of the Infrared grills.
The best part about this new grill, when your done cooking, and the
grates are a mess, simply turn the grill to high, and close the cover
for 20 minutes, It all turned to white ash that you can brush off.  I
am having too much fun with it!
So for all you RK users out there, now you have a convincing argument
for your spouse as to why you need a dedicated roasting grill.
(honey, I know this guy who's grill started on first and.......)
I just roasted a batch of Sanini on my dedicated roasting grill, and
it looks great!
Jamie
p.s. thaw your chickens all the way before you put them on the
rotisserie.  I didn't have a chicken all the way thawed and I was
struggling to put it onto the rotisserie this morning, and I ended up
putting one of the spikes half way though my hand, ouch...
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