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Topic: temp monitoring and roast control progression >was Re: homeroast digest, Vol 1 #1052 - 42 msgs (2 msgs / 123 lines)
1) From: Mike McGinness
From: "Kai-La-Sha" 
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We all start at the beginning. Whether with a wok, hot air popcorn popper,
stove top whirley-pop etc. commerically built home roaster. As far as using
a thermometer goes it's use is suggested for basic whirley-pop roasting and
Tom even includes the how to. So using a thermometer for measuring temp' is
not that advanced IMO. Drilling a hole in a new commercial roaster like the
Rosto is admittedly a "scarier" proposition. I didn't add it for around 6
months, didn't want to "break" it. But it was the next step to improving my
roast consistency. Sure, gaining total control through modifications and
devices is another ballgame. And no way would I have gotten this far if
others hadn't led the way. My first using a variac was to compensate for
cold weather. My idea? Absolutely not. Others were using variacs to
compensate for low voltage. Then some people attended the Dietrich workshop
and at the same time the Black Bear profiling popped up. So instead of just
using the variac for cold weather compensation (instead of previously using
a cardboard box) off I go, thanks to this list, into profiling with the
variac. Separating the fan from the heater was just the next logical step fo
r better profile control. Then controlling the fan the next logical step to
finer profile and batch size control...
Ok, maybe I'm taking the fluid bed roaster controller to an extreme,
actually no maybe about it! It'll be awesome me thinks. The cool thing is it
could be used for any fluid bed home roaster with separate heater and fan
voltage inputs (and no smart/stupid electronics, which seem to keep failing
anyway. But then, I imagine they could be modified to by-pass the
electronics and let you control the roast:-). I have an old Wear-Ever
Popcorn Pumper that the top broke (unfortunately the 1200w model). Never
been used for anything but popcorn. I plan on playing with it once the new
control station is built and put it thoroughly through it's paces.
MM;-) aka Kona Konnaisseur miKe mcKoffee
Dual Variable Transformer Rosto Roasting
Rocky grindin' - Miss Silvia brewin'
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2) From: Ed Needham
Next step, Mike...
Adapt your controls to a larger air roaster of your own design.  You, of all
people here need to add a 'McGinness Rockin Air Roaster' to the lineup.
Ed Needhamhttp://www.homeroaster.comed
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