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Topic: wok roasts (2 msgs / 108 lines)
1) From: John Abbott
Jim,
I think you've crossed the line from small home roaster to small production
roaster!! 2 1/2 pounds!! That has got to be some large Wok. And my arm is
clearly NOT up to that! I was well pleased with myself getting 200 grams
done :O) If my friends knew I could do 2.5# at a time I would have a
constant line out to the patio waiting on theirs. Not all bad - great
hospitality. But I've become so spoiled in switching beans every other day
that I'd probably have a couple of 5 gallon buckets full in no time!
But... It does make for some interesting thoughts :O)
John
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2) From: James Gundlach
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On Friday, September 6, 2002, at 04:58 PM, John Abbott wrote:
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The amount you can roast in a wok depends on several factors:  The size =
of the wok, the heat you can apply to it, the size of your spoon, and 
the strength of your stirring arm.  I have a large wok, a 38,000 btu 
burner, a large military stainless spoon - I even used a small frying 
pan for the spoon a few times, and my arm is up to the task of profile =
roasting 2.5 pound batch  in under 15 minutes.  If I needed to and had a =
even larger wok I could throw more heat into it with the wood stove.  
But, 2.5 pounds will last about a week, if I roasted more it would  get =
stale and that would defeat the purpose of home roasting in the first 
place.
Jim Gundlach
roasting in La Place, Alabama - eight days from Sweet Maria's
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On Friday, September 6, 2002, at 04:58 PM, John Abbott wrote:
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Lacking any data I did what most guys do - guesses. I used 200 grams
for the test - seemed to work (wok) well. It'll be a bit before I wok
again because I'm a little ahead on roasted beans. But I'll step right
up to the 250 gram load next pass.  I just cheated an made a press
from the roast last night - better than the standard FR but not quite
up to the drum roaster.
The amount you can roast in a wok depends on several factors:  The
size of the wok, the heat you can apply to it, the size of your spoon,
and the strength of your stirring arm.  I have a large wok, a 38,000
btu burner, a large military stainless spoon - I even used a small
frying pan for the spoon a few times, and my arm is up to the task of
profile roasting 2.5 pound batch  in under 15 minutes.  If I needed to
and had a even larger wok I could throw more heat into it with the
wood stove.  But, 2.5 pounds will last about a week, if I roasted more
it would  get stale and that would defeat the purpose of home roasting
in the first place.
Jim Gundlach
roasting in La Place, Alabama - eight days from Sweet Maria's 
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