On Nov 10, 2008, at 2:54 PM, Brian Kamnetz wrote:
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?
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