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Topic: rotisserie motor speeds (+stainless drums for roasting) (20 msgs / 642 lines)
1) From: Marchiori, Alan
I also was looking for those frontgate stainless cans for roasting without
any luck, but the other day I was in Home Depot or Lowes (we have both and
now I forget) and found a usaeble substitute.  It's 8" round by 13" long.
With rectangular holes, just small enough to not let beans fall through.
(might be close with very small green beans)
I have yet to actually roast with it.
If anyone is interested I'll look at the box and find the brand or some
other way for other people to find one.

2) From: Dan Bollinger
8 x 13?  That ought to be good for a 2 pound roast.

3) From: floyd burton
Am very interested in finding a roasting drum-let us know the brand and
store source.  Lots of gas powered grills w rotissary units on sale here at
big box stores.

4) From: Dan Bollinger
Now is a good time to buy a grill, too!

5) From: Ed Needham
Lowes trash can.  Looks like the holes might be a tad large from the picture,
but the price is definitely right $14.92.  Good job Alan!
(PS...can you measure the size of the holes and report back?)
Ed Needhamhttp://www.homeroaster.comed

6) From: Alan Marchiori
I just measured; the holes are 5mm square.  The only green I have at the
moment is some Ethiopian and it did not fall through, even if I try to
force it through.  I took a digital picture; maybe tomorrow I'll have
time to put it online.

7) From: Marchiori, Alan
Here are pictures of the can/drum with some green beans if anyone is

8) From: Dan Bollinger
YES!  Very nice, thanks for doing that, Alan.

9) From: Jim Gundlach
Have you tried to see if the 8 inch stove pipe cap fits it?
Jim Gundlach
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10) From: Marchiori, Alan
Yes, it may be possible for beans to become lodged in the holes.... I am not
sure if this will be a problem or not... Maybe by the weekend I can get the
system up and running and report back.  

11) From: Marchiori, Alan
Well, I don't have an 8" stove pipe cap, but I'll check it out as I need a
top of some sort.  I assume I can also pick one up at Lowes/Home Depot?  The
inner diameter at the top is 7.5"  (there is a 1/4" lip making the overall
diameter 8").
I was going to build something out of sheet metal that was more cone-shaped
starting at 7.5" and tapering to a 2-4" opening at the top to facilitate
easy bean loading/unloading, ...

12) From: Owen Davies
John Abbott reasonably asked:
Great pictures!  The box even tells the size, which was not
available at the Web site.
As for the holes, every time this question comes up, I wonder
what would be wrong with lining, or wrapping, the cylinder
with stainless window screen.  Anyone see problems, other
than maybe abrading the beans?
Owen Davies
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13) From: John Abbott
	It looks ideal for a roaster! However looking at the drum with greens
in it, I wonder if you would have a problem with beans lodging in the
holes - or even dropping through them.  Any such problems??
John - the retired version
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14) From: Dan Bollinger
Alan, a sheet metal shop can fabricate the cone for you and even make it out
of stainless steel.  Dan

15) From: jim gundlach
On Wednesday, December 4, 2002, at 10:24 AM, Marchiori, Alan wrote:
That means the stove pipe cap will not work.  It is such a small amount 
under 8" so it will fit inside a 8" inside diameter pipe but it will 
not fit inside a 7.5" hole.  So I guess you are back to building 
    Jim Gundlach
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16) From: Jim Brockman
I purchased the stainless steel drum today at Loews for
$15.00  I have compared it to the original Frontgate drum.
1.The "new" drum for Loews is of similar quality, has square
holes vs. round on the Frontgate. The Frontgate has many
more holes which allow for at least a partial visual check
of bean color. The Loews model would limit visual checks.
2. The lid opening appears to be approx. 2-3 mm smaller.
The lid that fits great on the Frontgate is very tight on
the Loews but could probable be adjusted to fit with
crimping of the rim edge-roll.
It appears to be more than acceptable.  My Loews here in
central Florida had 6 units in stock.  Good luck. Jim
Brockman in Florida
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17) From: John Abbott
Owen, we're on the same page here. I thought about doing an external
wrap with screen. That would be easier to maintain and a lot easier to
install. The drum is so perfect otherwise I hope it runs the beans
without any problems out of the box.  
John - sucking on a Kona that's pretty good
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18) From: John Abbott
  Do you have a part number for that? It sounds like a winner.
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19) From: AlChemist John
Sometime around 08:57 12/4/02, Owen Davies typed:
I don't know about window screen, but I was wondering about courser 
fencing/mesh of some sort.  Something that would not allow the beans 
through but would provide enough surface variation to let the beans tumble 
and not slide.  That was no extra fins.
John Nanci 
AlChemist at large
Roasting and Blending by Gestalt
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20) From: Dan Bollinger
I"ve seen SS 1/16" mesh wire cloth for sale, cheap.  Also, expanded metal
should work, too.   Dan
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