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Topic: Bean cooler/chaff remover (12 msgs / 227 lines)
1) From: R.N.Kyle
Cathy, your simplicity, never ceases to amaze me.
what a wonderful, simple way to clean the beans of chaff.
thanks.
Ron Kyle
Anderson SC
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2) From: Kai-La-Sha
Everyone already has the perfect bean cooler cum chaff remover in their
utility closet.  It just requires a few items of kitchenware and a hole
cutter to perfect.  Will remove chaff and cool beans rapidly.http://www.lhasa-apso.org/private/chaffer.jpgRegards, Cathy
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3) From: Oaxaca Charlie
--- Kai-La-Sha  wrote:
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  I guess that works for one lttie home roast at a time-great
for this list. However, I followed a string on the SCAA Roasters
Guild once where the roasters were trading funny stories of the
various people who set their vacume cleaners on fire cleaning
chaff from their drum roasters.
Charlie
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4) From: Lee XOC
< On Behalf Of Kai-La-Sha
< Sent: Friday, January 03, 2003 11:22 AM
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< Everyone already has the perfect bean cooler cum chaff
< remover in their
< utility closet.  It just requires a few items of kitchenware
< and a hole
< cutter to perfect.  Will remove chaff and cool beans rapidly.
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<http://www.lhasa-apso.org/private/chaffer.jpgPerfect timing!  I was just fiddling around trying to come up with a
cooling solution for roasted beans.  I was playing with a PC cooling fan
and a 9V battery ... not so great but something.  By coincidence I am
about to get one of those cordless Shark vacuum cleaners for general
kitchen use, and this idea should work perfectly with some plastic
thingy I can probably get at Home Depot which will fit one of my large
strainers.  Yay!
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5) From: Ed Needham
How did they damage the vacuum?  By sucking 500F air into the lint?  Chaff
itself shouldn't be hot at all.  Beans at 450F might be a real hazard though.
The container with a vac hose stuck into it and a strainer looks like cool
beans to me.  Similar to mine that sits on a squirrel cage blower intake.
Ed Needhamhttp://www.homeroaster.comed
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6) From: Michael Horowitz
I think she should get at least 10 points for artwork - Mike
At 02:21 PM 1/3/03 -0500, you wrote:
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7) From: Oaxaca Charlie
--- Ed Needham  wrote:
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Just one little bit of smoldering chaff'll set off the hot dusty
stuff, I guess. Sucking up bucketfulls in a shop vac appears to
have it's hazards, not Cathy's idea.
Charlie
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8) From: Angelo
I did something similar using a vac cleaner. I put a small screen in the 
end of a spare wand. I would suck the beans into the wand, then release 
them back into their container. I would do this 2 or 3 times. It worked 
quite well. The wand held exactly the amount of beans I roasted 
(80grms).  The wand I used was a plastic one and got very warm. I'm 
thinking that if I used a metal one the beans would have cooled much 
faster. As it was, they cooled in about a minute...
I've have since moved on to just reversing my exhaust fan to cool my 
beans... a lot easier.
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9) From: Ed Needham
I take a zip lock baggie full of dryer lint on camping trips for lighting
fires in damp rainy conditions.  It compresses to almost nothing in the bag,
and lights with no less than a spark.  I guess it might be a hazard around a
speck of smoldering chaff.  Hmmm...better get a squirrel fan on Ebay folks
.
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10) From: David Westebbe
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Dump a quart of water into the bottom of the shop vac (assuming it is a
wet/dry vac) to eliminate the fire potential.
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11) From: steve_w
Quoting David Westebbe :
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I made up a Bean cooler/chaff remover based on Cathy's description
over the weekend and have since used it with two 1/2 pound batches.
It cools great, cleans chaff nicely and I had all the parts to make
it with around the house.  I'm using a regular Electrolux canister
vacuum and I haven't set the place on fire yet.  I did pop in a fresh
bag for the first batch though.  Maybe I should set aside a bag just
for coffee chaff.  
Steve Wall
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12) From: Oaxaca Charlie
--- steve_w wrote:
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I was the someone who wrote that. I didn't write it very well. I
meant to say that Cathy's idea probably doesn't have the
hazzards that vacuming chaff from a big drum roaster does.
Sorry for any confusion.
Charlie
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