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Topic: using KitchenAid mixer for roasting? (7 msgs / 131 lines)
1) From: Kim Phipps
Has anyone ever tried using a heat gun with a Kitchen Aid standing mixer for roasting beans? I was trying to find a breadmaker to try that with a heat gun, but I realized that I already had a strong motor and a metal bowl with my Kitchen Aid. The beaters are metal. Is there any obvious reason why this might not work that I'm just not thinking about?
Thanks,
Kim
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2) From: Michael Wascher
Looking at mine, there isn't much of an opening between the body & the edge
of the bowl.
And the beater is painted/coated. I doubt it is designed to take the heat.
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Wolfgang von Goethe
On Sun, Dec 5, 2010 at 4:25 AM, Kim Phipps  wrote:
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3) From: Allon Stern
On Dec 5, 2010, at 4:25 AM, Kim Phipps wrote:
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My. I love my kitchenaid. Not sure I'd do that, though...but it should work...the only concern I have is how hot the mixer beater will get. It's a porcelain covered metal; it might be able to stand the heat. If not, they should be inexpensive to replace.
Also, the heating of the bowl while it's in the base...might cause it to bind.
I have a K45 mixer from my mom, the mixer I used to sit next to on the counter, licking the beaters.
Still works like a charm.
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4) From: Derek Bradford
My Kitchenaid (a Professional 600) has a thermistor that shuts the machine
down when it gets too hot.  I'm sure it's meant to sense the motor being too
hot, but if I try to whip a few pounds of hot boiled potatoes, the machine
shuts off after about one minute.  It won't start again for several minutes,
even though the motor itself never overheated.  I override this by fanning
the steam away from the machine as I work, but I don't think this would be
good if you were roasting since it would draw away the heat and mess up the
roast.
--Derek
On Sun, Dec 5, 2010 at 5:25 AM, Kim Phipps  wrote:
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5) From: Allon Stern
On Dec 5, 2010, at 12:52 PM, Derek Bradford wrote:
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My K45 has never shut down, though the whole motor section gets pretty dern hot when smashing pasta through the rollers....
The service manual states:
HEATING
Under normal conditions, the mixer will not show any tendency to heat because of the built-in ventilating system in the motor. Under heavy loads with extended mixing time periods, the mixer head may heat up to the point of being uncomfortable to touch.
The schematic diagram does not show any heat sensor; then again, the ground wire is shown as "optional"....
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6) From: raymanowen
I had the same thought about our Kitchenaid mixer but thought better of it
when I considered the elevated heat of roasting. Nothing about the mixer is
designed to be in 450 F direct heat- it will get to the motor and gearbo=
x.
The dough hook is plastic coated aluminum, so would have "telegraphed" the
heat right up to the drive spindle and cooked the gears after it stripped
the plastic coating off.
A bread machine Is designed to knead a doughball, so has plenty of torque to
agitate loose beans. The motor is likely a split-capacitor type and is
thermally insulated from the 325 F baking temperatures. The whole machine
is designed to handle Heat every time it operates, unlike the mixer.
The whisk might be less likely to plastic-coat the batch of beans in the
mixer, but the Kitchenaid is one of the few memory aids I have of my Celtic
Coffee Critic honey. I wouldn't dream of risking it over a bread machine. A
thrift store bread machine is much cheaper than the K-A and accessories that
would become useless if the gear motor or speed control were cooked.
Cheers, Mabuhay -Ray Owen
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7) From: Allon Stern
On Dec 5, 2010, at 11:31 PM, raymanowen wrote:
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Come to think of it, I believe there is a sacrificial nylon gear in the geartrain.
I'm guessing heat would not be good for it.
I recommend finding the service manual for these machines, if you have one.
and you can get parts (and the service manual) here:http://www.mendingshed.com/kitaidparts.html-
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