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Topic: BBQ grill roaster >was Re: +Long Roast Times (6 msgs / 289 lines)
1) From: Mike McGinness
Get the design down and market a kit for a few hundred $$$! Person just add
their gas grill... I'm not kidding. The big boys sure aren't providing much
that you can't already do with a popcorn popper. Who knows, you might even
be able to find a greens web-based retailer to carry it!
(Hey Tom, step in with encouragement anytime:-)
MM;-) aka Kona Krazy miKe mcKoffee
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2) From: Ed Needham
The thought rumbles in the back of my mind.  The thing that scares me is all
the crazy liability and patent stuff, as well as all the other legal issues
of bringing a product to market without dooming myself to too great a risk. I
might just build a dozen or so, sell them to those that know me (here and
alt.coffee) and be done with it.  I'd like to get my hands on a dozen or so
perforated cylinders acceptable for use as roasting drums.  It really
wouldn't be that big of a deal to put end caps, rotisserie hardware and
stirring vanes on them, combine that with a faster speed motor (30-50RPM)
that would readily adapt to a standard grill, and package it with hardware
and instructions.  Links on a retailers web site wouldn't hurt.
I've got two weeks off for the holidays, and so far I've been having a ton of
fun out in the workshop, roasting coffee, tinkering...and thinking.  I just
don't know if I want to ruin a perfectly good hobby by making it work .
Ed Needhamhttp://www.homeroaster.comed

3) From: floyd burton
Just a little FYI on my super dooper roasted bean cooler.  The first problem
was the bloody vent blew air the wrong way-easy to fix-just reverse the
motor.  Next I needed something to hold the beans while in the 8" pipe on
top of the unit.  Started with 1/4 x 1/4" hardware cloth-too coarse-beans
fall thru-tried to double-impossible stuff to work with.  Next tried a stove
hood vent filter-cropped it down to an 8" diameter circle to fit inside
pipe-put her in and too much resistance-no air thru at all.  In desperation
I picked up one of my large wire sifters-sucker is exactly 8" in
diameter-cost me 50 cents at a thrift store-will modify it and try it out on
a roast in the morning from my HWP.
What I want to do is to construct a bean cooler that can cope with 2 or 3#
of beans using a Menards thru the wall vent that has a fan rated at 180 CFM.
That project looks about done.  Will try it with 3# of green beans and see
what happens.
Looked over the Weber grills again-the notches can be made large enough to
accomodate a 1/2" drum shaft.  I am going to look around and see if I can
find some 10" OD cast iron pipe and try to determine what a 18" section of
that stuff would weigh.  The more I think about it-a drum with some heft
would be better than a really light one like the SS mesh material.  Also
working with that stuff and trying to turn it into a cylinder would be a
royal PITA.  The hardware cloth fiasco taught me something.  What about a
10" aluminum pipe.  Would weigh half of what a cast iron pipe would weigh
and would be much easier to drill.
ANy thoughts Ed-wow and I have at least 10 poppery's running around and a
perfectly good HWP.  But the thought of being able to do a slow controlled
roast and approaching the flavors Barry and Doug get from their roasters is
my goal.

4) From: Oaxaca Charlie
--- floyd burton  wrote:
 Is that for a big home made hot air roaster?
 I helped some Mexican friends figure out how to cool down the
10 lb batches they're roasting in a big tortilla plate over a
gas flame. It was taking 20 minutes just resting in a big bowl,
so by pouring the beans onto a jute coffee sack with a 24" fan
blowing over it it cools in 2 minutes. I've been pouring 4 lbs
from one big stainless bowl into another with a big fan on one
side.On top of a 4' high table. Takes about a minute, but some
beans blow away and it's a little hard on my back. I'm going to
try the coffe sack method today.
 Mine needed a special tool and a mechinist that knew how to use
it. Cost me 5 lbs of fresh roast.  My first rotisery experements
befor deciding on a roller system I used rebar for the drum
shaft. Easy to find and weld.
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5) From: floyd burton

6) From: Ed Needham
The only time I use my HWP anymore is for small beans and emergency roasts
when I've been too busy to go out to roast on my 1 pounder BBQ Grill roaster,
and I'm out of beans.  The flavor of the drum roasted beans is so much fuller
and interesting.
As to drum weight, I prefer a lighter drum.  More responsive to temperature
changes, and not so awkward and heavy when dumping the beans.  My latest
project, soon to be finished, is the larger Frontgate can paired with a 30
RPM motor from Dan Bollinger.  I can't wait to see how big of a batch I can
do successfully.
Ed Needhamhttp://www.homeroaster.comed

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