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Topic: My Lapse in Netiquette (9 msgs / 324 lines)
1) From: Jim Karavias
Hi Everyone,
I've been posting on occasion and reading religiously and I realized =
that I have never introduced myself. 
I've been roasting for a short period, 3-4 months now, using a =
ToastMaster popper ( I bought 3 when I saw them available for $9.95).  I =
got started because I'm a dot com casualty and wanted to save as much =
money as possible on my vices.  
I'm a bit of a tinkerer and would love to build my own drum roaster.  =
I'm a potter, thus interested in Kiln Building and a software engineer =
interested in automation and control.  
I live in the San Francisco Bay Area and have been thanking my lucky =
stars for SweetMarias move to Emeryville - its only 30 minutes away.  =
Surprisingly, given toll costs, UPS shipping is still an economical =
alternative to going there, but then I miss the chance to chat with =
Thompson.
I'm really looking forward to continued discussions with all of you and =
thank you for all the information I've been able to gather from your =
collective experience.
Best,
Jim Karavias
System Architect
DesignMind Inc.
415-538-8484 x125
jim
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2) From: John Abbott
Welcome to the group Jim.  I'm an escapee from Silicone Valley and was a
controller chip designer/programmer/salesman/clean the bathrooms/and work 18
hour days.  I was so devastated by my criminal activity that I went into the
ministry for 25 years but old habits die hard and I supported myself and my
church planting ministry by working for computer companies.  I really didn't
get into this addiction because of saving money but because of the quality
of coffee I could learn to produce. 20 years and I'm still learning.  If you
get it figured out you need to post the answers :)
John - enjoying retirement in deep southern Texas

3) From: Dave Huddle
Jim,
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stars for SweetMarias move to Emeryville - its only 30 minutes away.
Surprisingly, given toll costs, UPS shipping is still an economical
alternative to going there, but then I miss the chance to chat with
Thompson.
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Don't know about toll costs there, but it was ALWAYS worth the drive
for me to visit Tom & Maria, my favorite drug (caffeine) pushers when
the shop was in Columbus.
Welcome to the list!
Dave	Westerville, OH
just  25  minutes from the old location of SweetMaria's :)
about 41 hours    from the new location of SweetMaria's :(
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4) From: Ed Needham
Jim...Have you ever thought about making a pottery drum for roasting?  I was
thinking along those lines just the other day when I saw some red clay
cylinders at a home and garden shop.  I passed them by, but the seed was
planted.  Now you come along and say you are a potter.  Geesh.  Make a drum,
put it on a BBQ grill rotisserie and report back!  I think the heat retention
and the roasting qualities of pottery might make for a really interesting
roast...possibly better than the stainless steel drums on most drum roasters.
Consider tapering the opening like thishttp://www.k-point.com/images/drumtop.jpgand use the rotisserie prongs to
hold the thing in place.
I really hope you consider doing this.  I think it would be interesting.  I
bet you could sell some to this list too!  I surely would consider buying
one...
Ed Needhamhttp://www.homeroaster.comed
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5) From: Andrew J. Lynn
That's an interesting idea, very old school.  A massive drum would take 
a while to heat or cool, so you could heat it over the grill, drop the 
beans in and kill the heat at some early point, then let it "coast in" 
slowly.  You could get an interesting profile with tweaking, and not 
worry about quick changes - also, with the ceramic drum gets nice and 
seasoned, and all the chaff smoke you'd be retaining, the roast would 
have a hell of a lot of character.
Hmmm... now I've got myself excited about this.  I want some mokha 
roasted like that.
Andy Lynn
Ed Needham wrote:
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6) From: Jim Karavias
Hi Ed,
I just recently thought about making a drum from clay - it would be a good
idea.  At this point in time I'm doing all slab, pinch and coil work.
Meaning: I have no potters wheel.  And since I do mostly pit firing and wood
firing and live in an area where my neighbors probably don't want to see
alot of black smoke coming from my garage (from reduction firing),  I
haven't a kiln capable of firing vitreous ware.  BUT that may change in the
not too distant future if I can convince my wife its worth the $1200  to
upgrade our electrical service to 200 amps :-)  I'm quite thankful she's
tolerant of my corn-popper habit and don't want to push it too far.
Especially since I'm trying to figure out how to introduce her to Miss
Silvia :-)
Jim

7) From: Ed Needham
Well you just let us know when you're all set up.  That is one experiment I
want to see.
Ed Needhamhttp://www.homeroaster.comed
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8) From: AlChemist John
Sometime around 19:27 11/19/02, Ed Needham typed:
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This is quite nice looking.  Is this your drum also?  I noticed the 
reference to Monkey blend in the main site.
--
John Nanci 
AlChemist at large
Roasting and Blending by Gestalt
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9) From: Ed Needham
Not my web site.  It's a link I have on my web site to Dan Nathan's site.
It's his drum and the tapered opening was his idea.  The full link is...http://www.homeroaster.comed">http://www.k-point.com/page/drumroaster2.htmEd Needhamhttp://www.homeroaster.comed
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