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Topic: Ultrex (3 msgs / 86 lines)
1) From: John Abbott
I see two problems with the Ultrex.   1) venting is going to be a problem -
unless you do it on your patio.  2) Ultrex rates the oven "up 450? F  Which
could probably get the job done - but I think you'd have baked beans.
HOWEVER you can alter the temperature from the front panel as the roast
progresses - if you can see through the smoke.    We've talked about this
guy a couple of times - and for the $89 current E-bay bid - that might not
be a bad deal for a patio roaster.
John - still only 20% down the to-do list and now 55% down the time line

2) From: Angelo
John,
I don't see the venting as any more of a problem than say a stovetop 
roaster. The fact that there is a pretty strong fan inside as part of the 
design would aid in getting rid of the smoke via a venting hose which maybe 
could be cut into the roasting chamber.
As to the temp, it's true that it's not clear whether that 450 number 
includes the turbo action of the fan....I would think the fan would help 
the beans in NOT being baked even at 450F. I don't think I ever let my 
beans go higher than 450F in any of my poppers....
  Considering that it generally sells for less than some of the other 
roasters (Precision, Rosto), I think that if it were given the same mods 
(Variacs, Dimmers, Venting), it might be a nice little  1/2 - 3/4 lb roaster...
ciao,
Angelo
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3) From: John Abbott
Angelo,
  The smoke wasn't a knock, the exhaust area is LARGE on the back side. I
suppose one could build a box fitted with a dryer hose to slip on the back
if it was to be used indoors.  Carolyn and I looked seriously at this the
last time it came up in discussion and considered it a good candidate for a
patio roaster.  Living here in the heat of Texas, many folks have patio
roasters along with some pretty complex grills. When its 101 degrees as it
was yesterday, you really don't want to introduce additional heat in these
small homes.   I think it would be a killer patio roaster - for more than
coffee - well sometimes.
John


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