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Topic: Roaster physical demensions? (3 msgs / 92 lines)
1) From: Ben Treichel
Hey Guys (and Gals),
I am going to build a 'bookcase' to house my roaster and hold my beans, 
etc. Currently I use a FR+, but expect to use other roasters as time 
goes on. The bookcase's top shelf will have glass door(s) and a vent van 
to carry the roast smoke away. In order to fit other roasters I'm hoping 
you all will tell me the footprint, height, and required clearances (get 
beans in, open doors, etc) needed for your roaster(s). That way I can 
size the shelf with some reasonable demensions.
For the estically driven amoungst you I'm thinking 1/2" x 12" red oak 
planks, with an oak plywood veneer for the back of the bookcase. Should 
be a really sweet setup.
Ben
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2) From: floyd burton
Make the shelves adjustable-consider routing in the steel strips which hold
the shelf clips.  I use a large cabinet to store all my coffee goodies and
do the roasting on top.  I would not put a roaster into the cabinet-simply
because of the lack of ventilation and the potential for fire.  When I am
roasting I sometimes get phone calls from people I can not dump and really
do not want to meet the local fire brigade guys under these circumstances.
Also if u roast inside of the cabinet-the chaff will get all over
everything-really messy stuff-I use a HWP and on occasion a Poppery I/II and
chaff is all over - particularly when roasting with a popper.  Be careful
with your finishes-do not want to use anything that has a lasting
odor-remember a brewry in NO using a high performance finish in their old
brewery-they had to throw away a huge batch of beer because of odor
contamination.
Also if anybody is planning a new kitchen and want to enhance the usability
of the kitchen-design in 30" deep worksurfaces-this provides enough storage
room for your toys with tails and leaves some working area.
End of rant-oh I design/sell storage and workstation systems for hospitals.
Oh the scent when you open a cabinet full of green beans is great.  have fun

3) From: John
The HotTop is a top loader. It is 15" tall then if you use the funnel to
load, that's 3 additional inches. Since you are making the roaster the
top shelf, you might want to consider making the top a hinged piece as
well as the front.  Or you might want to give some consideration to a
pull out shelf which would facilitate cleaning.  The HotTop has a pull
out chaff tray which will extend the 20" length another 8". A pull out
shelf would work well.
John 
On Thu, 2002-10-10 at 10:57, Ben Treichel wrote:
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