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Topic: Barbecue drum roaster (11 msgs / 236 lines)
1) From: Kevin DuPre
I saw that someone on this list built a barbecue drum
roaster with a Stainless perforated drum
I have a question.  If I had access to a stainless
steel canister that didn't have any holes in it, would
there be any downside other than maybe a longer roast
profile.
I'm thinking of using the existing rotisserie (sp?)
rod, and the prongs used to hold a chicken in place to
hold the drum in place.  The canister would be cut
down the side to fit a hatch to pour the beans in and
dump them out, similar to the home roasters used long
ago, with modern day amenities.
The inside of the drum would contain some baffles to
insure tumbling of the beans for evenness of roast.
Any comments would be helpful and greatly appreciated.
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2) From: Jim Gundlach
On Tuesday, August 20, 2002, at 03:47 PM, Kevin DuPre wrote:
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If you need to see and or smell the beans when roasting, a solid 
canister would be a problem.
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3) From: Gary Zimmerman
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Maybe the smoke retention, and coating the beans would affect the taste.
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4) From: Charlie Herlihy
Keven DuPre wrote>I have a question.  If I had access
to a stainless
steel canister that didn't have any holes in it, would
there be any downside other than maybe a longer roast
profile.
 It would be more like a profesional drum roaster, but
you wouldn't be able to see the beans very well, if at
all. Heavy, too,. Lots heavier than a chicken, though
I suppose you're thinking of using a pretty small
drum...
 I like my stainless mesh basket because It lets the
smoke and chaff escape and I can see what's going on.
The conductive heat of a solid steel drum is one less
complication to deal with, too, but then I have plenty
of heat which might be in shorter supply for you
depending on how large and powerfull your barbeque is.
You may end up with a shorter roast profile as the
heat from the roasting beans is more contained in the
solid drum, along with the conductive heat from the
drum itself. Post photos! Good luck,
Charlie
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5) From: JKG
Similar roasters have worked.  Take a look at:http://makeashorterlink.com/?W34D24191I "talked" with the guy who made this roaster via
the message board at:http://groups.msn.com/CoffeeLoversCommunity/1.msnwLook at the thread on "BBQ Coffee roaster"
I'm sure if you have other questions about design of
a solid drum, he would be happy to answer your
questions.
My own drum roaster is perforated aluminum.  I'm now
roasting 3 cups by volume and am very happy with
the results.  The 3 cup batches have been more even
than the 2 cup batches.
JKG

6) From: Gary Zimmerman
JKG wrote:
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Might shed some light on roasting evenly in a wok...?  Larger batch more 
even (and slower) heating, bean-for-bean?
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7) From: Irene and Lubos Palounek
" ...if I had access to a stainless steel canister that didn't have any
holes in it..."
"...it would be more like a professional drum roaster, but you wouldn't be
able to see the beans very well..."
In the HotTop bean roaster design, the holes in the stainless steel canister
do NOTHING for the visibility of the beans; you look at the beans through
the glass window at the end.  I am quite happy with the bean visibility in
the HotTop.
Lubos.
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8) From: Charlie Herlihy
Lubos wrote>In the HotTop bean roaster design, the
holes in the stainless steel 
canister
do NOTHING for the visibility of the beans; you look
at the beans 
through
the glass window at the end.  I am quite happy with
the bean visibility 
in
the HotTop.<
That's interesting that the hot Top is a stainless
steel drum, and that it has holes in it. Does the
glass window revolve with the drum. that is, is it an
actual part of the end of the drum? And, while we're
on the subject, where is the secret bunker where all
the other Hot Top buyers are being held incomunicado?
 The silence from all the other so very exited HotTop
trialers is deafening ;o)
Charlie
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9) From: Irene and Lubos Palounek
"Does the Hot Top's glass window revolve with the drum?"
No, it is stationary.  I do not know how to send a picture to this list; if
you send me your email address to PAL(at-sign)IEEE(dot)ORG -- I will send a
picture.
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10) From: 2old2
There is an excellent picture along with some descriptions.http://www.coffeegeek.com/news/hottoproasterOn Tuesday 20 August 2002 08:05 pm, you wrote:
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11) From: Ed Needham
As long as it can discharge the smoke, I can't see why it wouldn't work.
Can't see the beans, and the chaff cant get out, but that shouldn't be a
problem.  Use a funnel with at least a 2" opening on the end and you wont
need a hatch to open or close.
Report back!
Ed Needham
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