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Topic: cold weather roasting (13 msgs / 229 lines)
1) From: K. Sue Hodgson
 
I was talking with a friend (who usually benefits from my coffee roasting 
efforts) about the difficulties of roasting in cold weather.  I also told 
her I was going to try the "box method" of roasting (putting the roaster in 
a box if the temperature was above 40 degrees).
She suggested taking two boxes, one smaller than the other, and using 
newspaper as insulation between them.  I think it's a good idea, but 
thought of using some of the "packing peanuts" I've got in my garage which 
might provide even better insulation.  Once the space between the boxes was 
filled with peanuts, I'd tape and/or cover the top rim to keep the peanuts 
from blowing out.  I even though of lining the inner box with aluminum foil 
to reflect the heat.  It wouldn't be that hard and it might help me keep 
roasting when the temperature dips below 40, as it has been lately.
What do ya'll think?  Has anyone tried something like this?  Any warnings 
about how this could be a stupid maneuver (particularly from a fire 
perspective)? Would you be interested in hearing if it works?
Thanks,
Sue

2) From: Glen Sutherland
I have used a lawyer's box with no lid in 30 degree weather. No problems.
Peace,
Glen
ICQ 34239611
Drago Dormiens Nunquam Titillandus
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3) From: cationic
My only suggestion is, try it with the single box first. It probably works
at temps lower than 40.
Regards,
Rafael

4) From: K. Sue Hodgson
At 12:28 PM 12/8/00 -0500, you wrote:
I have used a lawyer's box with no lid in 30
degree weather. No problems.
Peace,
Glen
ICQ 34239611
Drago Dormiens Nunquam Titillandus
Excuse my ignorance, but what's a lawyer's box?
Thanks,
Sue

5) From: floyd burton
What roaster are you using-my HWP does just fine at around 40 degrees.  Do
not think you need to use two boxes-do not think the extra "insulation" will
matter since the top is open.

6) From: Glen Sutherland
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Also 
called banker's boxes.
Here 
is a link to a picture:http://www.uline.com/ProductDetail.asp?model=S-6521 

Peace, Glen ICQ 34239611 Drago Dormiens Nunquam Titillandus Abit BX 6r2 1.8v | PIII 700 | Alpha PAL-6035


7) From: Angelo
Sue,
If you're going to go through all that trouble, might I suggest going to
your local supermarket and buying an Igloo (or other brand) insulated
cooler? They come in a variety of sizes and, as an added bonus you can fill
it with your favorite beverage and bring it to some tailgate parties..:-)
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8) From: OligoNuk
I just roast smaller batches- it's about 30 F in my garage, and my roasts 
have turned out good.
-Todd L.  ALP

9) From: richard kennedy
I have a question.  At this point my Behmor is 'in the mail', but I was wondering about the effects on roasting in <40 degree ambient  temperatures.  I will be roasting in my unheated garage which, right now has ambient temperatures in the range of 30-40 degrees.  I am concerned that the low ambient temperatures might have an adverse effect on my roasting.  
 
Does anyone have any experience with cold weather roasting with a Behmor?  Please keep in mind that I have never roasted before...this will be my first roasting experience.
 
Thanks!  -rich-
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10) From: Rich
Keep the roaster and beans in the house and go to the garage when ready 
to roast.
On 01/16/2011 10:41 PM, richard kennedy wrote:
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11) From: ricky carter
Pre-heat the Behmor by running it on P1 for up to 2 minutes (no more or you
won't be able to re-start) before putting the beans in.
This will give you a consistent starting temp
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12) From: richard kennedy
Thanks!  -rich-
 
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13) From: Mary Vivit
I've done cold weather roasting outside here in Utah, Rich. Never with a 
Behmor, but with a small roaster and a popper. Trying to roast (here) 
with ambient less and 40 is challenging. The good thing about your 
situation is that you'll be out of the wind. My husband put together a 
small windbreak for me, and it helped a lot. That said, I still won't 
roast in less than 40 degrees. You might be able to get away with a 
small space heater in your roasting area. Should help a bit. Enjoy!
Mary in cold Utah
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