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Topic: Master PH-1100 - was Question on Hot Top roaster (3 msgs / 83 lines)
1) From: Brian Kamnetz
Allon,
I've been looking for info from you regarding your Master PH-1100. You
got a good deal on that heat gun... it sells for $70-80. I'd seen them
listed occasionally on eBay but assumed (wrongly, from what I've heard
so far of your experience) that it wouldn't have the oomph desirable
for roasting. (I roast with a Master Appliance 751B.) Now that you
have a few roasts under your belt, maybe you can give us a bit more of
your impression of the PH-1100 as a roasting device.
Brian
On Mon, Nov 10, 2008 at 2:47 PM, Allon Stern  wrote:
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2) From: Allon Stern
On Nov 10, 2008, at 2:54 PM, Brian Kamnetz wrote:
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Oh, the PH1100 I have is plenty powerful. It's an older unit, and  
thus maybe has more oomph than current models.
It's lightweight, which is nice.
I use the low temperature setting for warm-up until around 5 mins,  
maybe an inch or two from the beans; since I use a basket with a  
handle to hold the beans (nestled inside a bowl to retain heat) I can  
agitate the beans by shaking very easily. After warm up, I kick it to  
high to push the roast to 1st, then back off with the distance to  
keep the heat down, but spread it more evenly over the bowl. Roasts  
complete in about 10 minutes or so.
It's nice having the basket; I can transition to cooling just by  
moving the basket over the fan - no pouring from a hot bowl.
I've had excellent results using this arrangement; the only thing I  
may add is a screen over the intake on the heat gun to prevent chaff  
from being sucked into the works. Of course I'd make sure not to  
restrict the airflow - easy enough by having the screen stick out a  
couple of inches.
Here's a picture of the arrangement:http://www.radioactive.org/pix/IMG_0489.jpgAnd the whole setup. Not sure why this is upside down, but I'm too  
lazy to fix it :)http://www.radioactive.org/pix/IMG_0490.jpgI was experimenting with a thermocouple, but results were  
unsatisfactory. I couldn't get a decent reading on the temps, I think  
due to the uneven airflow. If I aimed the heat gun away from the  
roast, I could get a reading, but who wants to do that?
-
allon
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3) From: Brian Kamnetz
Thank you, Allon. Very interesting info. I was interested in seeing
your thermocouple in the photo, and a bit disappointed to learn that
it didn't work very well. I have a thermocouple and was hoping to
sometime figure out how to use it to track roast progression. I have
an IR thermometer that is quite a lot better than nothing, but I have
to turn the heat gun away to get a reading. Interestingly, Bill has
said he can get good readings without diverting heat gun output.
Brian
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