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Topic: Stainless Steel Mesh Source (14 msgs / 338 lines)
1) From: Eric B. Stauffer
I'm quite interested in the concept of a mesh drum for grill coffee
roasting. A little Googling came up with this:http://www.twpinc.com/stainless.htmlIt may just work.
   Eric
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2) From: Dan Bollinger
Eric,  You can buy small quantities of SS wire cloth in McMaster-Carr.  Dan

3) From: Ben Treichel
looks like good stuff.
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4) From: floyd burton
They have a $75 min-surprising that it is that low.  WHich mesh size and
note the presence of moly in one of the formulations-that is a heavy
metal-humor not intended-wonder if it would be better to use a mesh without
moly.
thanks

5) From: Eric B. Stauffer
They have brass as well. I was looking at the 8 wire per inch mesh. I too
was surprised at the minimum order. I figure for an 8" diameter chamber
you'd need about 26ish inches.
   Eric
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6) From: David Westebbe
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Wouldn't copper mesh transmit the heat better? I would think that Stainless
would act to insulate the beans from the heat source (compared to copper).
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7) From: Ben Treichel
In reality I didn't think it makes a difference, however copper could be 
easier to work.
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8) From: Rick Farris
David asked:
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That's the good news.  The bad news is that it would kill you.  :-)
Copper is very toxic.  Particularly when you're breathing it.  You can't
even eat out of something cooked in a copper pan except under very special
circumstances. (Like making candy or whipping egg whites where the
ingredients are known not to absorb copper.)
If you heat up a piece of copper to coffee-roasting temperatures, you'd
better believe you'll be breathing copper.
-- Rick
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9) From: Ed Needham
Minimum $75 per item and 25% more for restaurant grade 316 stainless.http://www.meshphoto.com/woven/008X008S028_data.html#Anchor%20PriceI think finding a common item at Wal Mart or someplace similar and using the
stainless mesh from that item would be cheaper and easier to get.  That's my
main way of saving money on hard to get items.  Not practical for a
commercial venture, but it works for me.
Ed Needhamhttp://www.homeroaster.comed
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10) From: Robert Cantor
Wouldn't it be cheaper to use the aluminum mesh for screen doors?  You might
need a double layer and extra support compared to stainless steel, but it
should work for a whole lot less money.  From what I've heard in experiments
in cookware, there's no danger to cooking with aluminum.
Bob C.
rcantor

11) From: Ken Mary
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Lowe's (and probably most hardware stores) has small sizes of sheet metal,
aluminum, steel, and stainless. One item that I thought might work is
perforated aluminum. The holes are small enough and it should be easy to cut
and form in any shape you want. Assemble with pop rivets.
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12) From: Eric B. Stauffer
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Damn straight it would! I know that in the past I have seen trash cans made
of this material. They have a solid disc bottom and mesh sides. I don't,
however, recall if they are made of mesh dense enough to work for roasting
(not allow the beans to fall out)
Eric
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13) From: Todd Vernaz

14) From: Ed Needham
Todd...
Interesting about the aluminum becoming weak and brittle after a few roasts.
Maybe aluminum is not a good choice for drum material after all.
I find that lids of various shapes and sizes work well for end caps.  A few
cuts with a Dremel cutoff wheel and tabs can be made to hold it in place.
Standard rotisserie hardware can be easily adapted to hold the drum on the
spit rod.
Ed Needhamhttp://www.homeroaster.comed
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