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Topic: Suggestions on a heat gun (14 msgs / 258 lines)
1) From: Jim Couch
Actually rather than suggestions on a heat gun what I need are suggestions
(amount of beans, distance from gun, tempsettings) for a Wagner HT3500. Has
anyone had experience with this one?
T. I. A.
Jim
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2) From: jon morgan
I use this gun and like it very much. I never roast less than a pound with
it and I have done 2. I use the gun on the highest heat setting and fan
speed. Using the second to highest heat setting works well but the circuitry
of the gun makes the lights flicker. The gun is on a stand 4to 5 inches
above the beans and a roast usually take me about 18 minutes.
On Sat, Dec 6, 2008 at 2:19 AM, Jim Couch  wrote:
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3) From: Tim Carter
I have this one, too.  I used to play with the temperature settings, but 
now leave it at top temp.  Usually:
- Run on low speed fan during slow part of BM knead cycle
- Boost to high speed fan.  Gun is about 4" from beans (might vary a 
little with wind/ambient changes).
- At beginning of first crack move gun up about 2-4" to stretch first. 
Stand is an Irwin Quick-Grip with the gun zip-tied to the movable jaw.
YMMV,
Tim
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4) From: Jim Couch
Problem for me is that it seems like it takes "Forever" to get to first
Crackand then First and second occur "on top of" eachother
On Mon, Dec 8, 2008 at 3:43 PM, Tim Carter  wrote:
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5) From: Jim Couch
what kind of BM are you using?
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6) From: Tim Carter
Jeez, I'll have to check when I get back from Hawaii.  It's a $7 
Goodwill special.  White, "9" is the knead cycle.  If I ever get the 
time, I'll rewire it to switch on directly, but I've never had any 
trouble with the panel yet.  I've got another model as a spare for when 
it croaks--don't recall what kind it is either.
I'll look and let you know.
Tim
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7) From: Jim Couch
That's okay....had ta ask though....can't seem to find em here as anything
but new. Donno if they just never caught on round here or if silly people
are still using 'em to make bread (some folks are just that way) Not like a
coffee roaster......:-)
On Tue, Dec 9, 2008 at 3:17 PM, Tim Carter  wrote:
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8) From: Allon Stern
On Dec 9, 2008, at 8:26 AM, Jim Couch wrote:
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Define "forever"
For how much coffee?
Roasts gain momentum. If you're afraid you're going too slowly,  
you're gonna push it too hard. Back off a little as you approach  
where you think 1st should be.
My last 220g roast of Espresso Monkey took about 8 or 9 minutes to  
start of 1st, then about another 5 minutes to start of 2nd.
-
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9) From: Jim Couch
2 1/2 cup scoops is my usual batch size........
forever is 30 minutes or more. Ithink my "Dog Bowl" size is too large) Maybe
I need to use a bigger batch?
Roast looks bad uneven...
seems counter intuitive but larger batch size could be the answer if i use
low and high of top setting on gun.
did a larger batch last night using these "settings" things are much
improved. still not where I wanna be but getting there.
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10) From: Tim Carter
Jim,
You are right, 30 minutes is forever.  I have used that heat gun with no 
problems on batches from 6oz to 24oz.  Times vary, but average 12-15 min 
to start of second.  That is also consistent when I do a 4oz trial batch 
in the DB for a new bean before going to BM.  I have had a couple of 
batches take longer when I forgot that the gun defaults to "Low" fan 
speed--it definitely takes forever then.  I'm not sure what the problem 
is with yours--is it a new gun on a short (or no) extension cord?
Tim
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11) From: Allon Stern
On Dec 10, 2008, at 9:42 AM, Jim Couch wrote:
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Wow, 30 minutes IS forever.
With 1500 watts, you'd think it'd be faster.....
Roast is uneven? Are you STIRRING?
What kind of bowl are you using? You put Dog Bowl in quotes.
The reason to use a dog bowl is that the bottom doesn't touch the  
ground, and thus it doesn't suffer thermal transfer to the ground.
I roast in a basket suspended in an aluminum container, which is in  
turn inside a large metal bowl; they only contact in a circle, not a  
flat side.
I hold the arrangement in my lap while I roast - the big bowl doesn't  
get too hot for my lap.
-
allon
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12) From: Jim Couch
It's a new gun, no extension cord, but I was starting WAY down on the low
end of the temp ranges. and as my house is almost as old as I am...old
wiring and such could be a voltage problem.
More than likley the problem is stuck right in between my ears, classic
ID10T error. Bowl is a Hueck "Classics" 8Qt. skew #36026 using a "Synthetic
(high melt point)" spatula.
On Thu, Dec 11, 2008 at 1:11 PM, Tim Carter  wrote:
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have my wife.."
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13) From: raymanowen
He's still roasting for *$. -ro
On Tue, Dec 9, 2008 at 9:56 PM, Allon Stern  wrote:
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14) From: jon morgan
Dont start down so low.I think according to the gun that is only 250.
On Thu, Dec 11, 2008 at 8:38 PM, Jim Couch  wrote:
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