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Topic: The "Perfect" Roaster? (4 msgs / 114 lines)
1) From: Brice D. Hornback
Hmmm... after beginning the 9th day of roasting today... I am pretty much
convinced my Poppery II (black version) is the "perfect" roaster.  It works
so well I'm having trouble even thinking about replacing it at some point
with a "real" roaster.  I simply dump in some green beans (2.75 oz. seems to
work best)... turn it on... a few minutes later I have great roasted FRESH
coffee.  What more could anyone ask for?  (Oh yea... 1/2 lb. at a time
*would* be nice!)
I'm sure eventually, I'll want to start making changes - lots of temperature
probes (ambient air temp, heated air temp, chamber temp, bean temp, chaff
temp (just kidding), etc.), temp controller, fan speed controller,
microcontroller for logging and/or actually controlling the roast....  but
for now...
I'm HAPPY!  ...and also already pretty highly caffeinated today!  ;-)
I have a little of Sweet Maria's Salvador SHG Salaverria (100% Bourbon) that
I ground and topped off (didn't have enough left roasted) with some nice
Costa Rica beans and brewed thick in a French Press.  YUM!
Has anyone ever considered scaling up the size of a Poppery?  It doesn't
look like it would be *that* difficult to build.
Best regards,
- Brice

2) From: miKe mcKoffee

3) From: Ed Needham
Yeah...
I still piddle with it.  I built the lower portion of the roast chamber a few
months back, and recently found a glass cylinder that is a 'perfect' fit for
the roast chamber.  I even figured out how I wanted to mount it and have the
retaining rings ready to install along with the glass.
Shop time is at a premium these days.  I am swamped with duties outside my
workshop and when 'in' the workshop, am trying to get these 22 small drums
working the way they should.
I am not a very methodical type of person at times.  Roaster design and
fabrication is more of a 'blowin in the wind' kind of thing to me.  As
inspiration strikes, I move on it.  Makes my wife crazy.  She's a bit more
regimented than I.
I think life should be enjoyed, I'll be darned if I'm going to let
responsibilities get in the way .
Ed Needham
To Absurdity and Beyond!http://www.homeroaster.comed
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4) From: AlChemist John
I have to add one more thought I just recalled when I was throwing ideas 
around in my head on the subject of designing my "perfect" roaster from the 
ground up.
I gave serious consideration to coming up with a  way so that the roaster 
could be either a vertical fluidized bed or horizontal drum  roaster with 
either just mounting the drum/roast chamber in different positions or with 
two roast chambers.  With all of the other talks of "modular" additions, I 
think that is the ultimate modular addition.
Knowing myself, I gave up that idea.  I like consistency way too much and 
figured it would be wasted design as I would try both ways for a little 
while and pick the "best" and never use the other option.
--
John Nanci 
AlChemist at large
Zen Roasting and Blending by Gestalt


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