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Topic: Drum Roasting 20lbs (6 msgs / 145 lines)
1) From: Dennis Parham
hey all... Im about to embark on drum roasting with BBQ grill... was  
curious how well this works lets say with a 20lb drum? and RK are you  
still here making them? also grill choices??  Im now going through  
enough coffee ( not just me of course!!! lol ) that I could justify  
this! Ive gone almost full circle! after this drum experience in BBQ,  
Ill have to go to a commercial roaster! lol 10 - 20 lb batch roasts is  
what Im needed... Im loving my Behmor but I do not have 20 hrs a week  
to roast! lol
Dennis Parham
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2) From: kevin creason
I have an RK capable of 5#'s, possibly. Physically I think 15# could be
stuffed in it and I can see some less that honest marketers calling it a 15#
drum if they wanted to.
I do 5 # roasts on occasion but they take way too long in my large double
burner grill (45k btu ??). 3# is about right.
I really doubt any double or triple burner grill is going to be able to
handle 20#'s without some serious modification to conserve and boost heat. I
think you'll end up with  baked beans.
On Tue, May 19, 2009 at 8:20 AM, Dennis Parham  wrote:
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3) From: Allon Stern
On May 19, 2009, at 9:20 AM, Dennis Parham wrote:
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RK passed away last August, but the company is still going, and the  
website is now back.http://www.rkdrums.com/tribute.htmThe tribute forum is somewhat spare. Maybe we should fill it up with  ">http://www.rkdrums.com/index.htmTribute page:http://www.rkdrums.com/tribute.htmThe tribute forum is somewhat spare. Maybe we should fill it up with  
some posts.
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allon
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4) From: miKe mcKoffee
I've invested ~$9k in very solid commercial roaster that is NOT capable of
10# roasts. (Plus another $4k for the PLC automation control) I can roast
24# an hour, 8# at a time simultaneously roasting and cooling previous
batch, but certainly not 20# at once. I HIGHLY doubt you're going to get any
quality roast from the biggest baddest home purpose BBQ Grill and batches
this size. The USRC 12k (the batch size capacity you speak of needing), with
efficient heat retention and excellent air flow control, has 100kBTU with
optional more powerful max burner of 150kBTU. If you don't mind 30min plus
flatter than a pancake lifeless roasts go for it. If you want quality
roasts, think again about 20# batches on a BBQ.
Yeah, yahoos on eBay sell drums that size for home Q roasting. Wouldn't
touch 'em with a ten foot pool. Besides the roast quality factor do you have
any idea how dangerous it would be manually yanking out a drum full of 20#
of hot smoking beans weighing 50# or so total and attempting to dump for
cooling? Think about. Have a good fire extinguisher, lots of burn ointment,
good health insurance and an ambulance on speed dial. Foolishness at it's
worst.
If you want to roast commercial size batches, get a commercial roaster. 
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5) From: Les
Mike you nailed it!  You might be able to roast 20 pounds on a BBQ,
but how are you going to properly cool those beans!  I remember the
disaster with my RK drum when I roasted 5 pounds and burned out a 150
dollar vacuum by trying to suck all that hot air through the cooling
tray.  That was expensive coffee!
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6) From: J.W.Bullfrog
Dennis,
Why do you need 20 lbs a week?
Ben
On Tue, May 19, 2009 at 8:20 AM, Dennis Parham  wrote:
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I've seen things you people wouldn't believe.
Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion.
I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser gate.
All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain.
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