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Topic: AeroRoast (23 msgs / 774 lines)
1) From: Scott Jensen
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There's a new 
roaster in Town.  It's the Aeroroaster.  A 3 lb drum
roaster that 
runs $270.  It does list roasting times between 30 and 60
minutes, seems 
like that could be a minor drawback.  Other than the small
detail about 
baking the beans it looks to be a pretty cool design.  You can
see it at 
ebay and follow the link to their homepage.

2) From: Derek and Pat Savanella D.B.A. Heavenly Beans
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A 3lb roaster with 950 watts? Yeah, can you say 
baked beans?

3) From: miKe mcKoffee

4) From: Scott Jensen
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Considering the WBII's are 1200 and the Poppery is 
1500 thats pretty low!

5) From: Scott Jensen
:)  They don't seem to know much about roasting- do they?
Hadn't even thought of this, might as well use a BBQ in that case!

6) From: Ron Kyle
snip from Scott Jensen:
sounds good to me, and boy have I got a drum for you.:O)
drum conversions
for gas grills.

7) From: Ron Kyle
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Im not sure a 6x8 drum would do 3 lbs. . the one I built is 
8x12 and will do 4 lbs. 

8) From: miKe mcKoffee

9) From: Ed Needham
It's pretty much a $50 drum placed into a $50 tabletop rotisserie.  Not much
design to it.  I saw it a few weeks ago and asked the guy about the roasting
temperatures.  I deleted his reply by mistake, but I think he said it got to
400F, and took an hour for a full pound of coffee.  Mmmmmmmm...good.  Three
pounds?  2 or three hours of 'slow roasted flavor'.
Maybe with a variac...heheheh.
Seriously, I saw a GE brand tabletop rotisserie at Wal-Mart for $50 that
could do 500F.  Now maybe with that setup it would work.  Only prerequisite
is a coffee drum that fits inside.
I can't find reference to it on the Wal-Mart web site, but here's a much
better and more expensive model that would most likely do the job nicely.
And with convection air too...http://makeashorterlink.com/?C6B2226F5***********************************************
Ed Needham
To Absurdity and Beyond!
homeroaster ... d.o.t ... com

10) From: Angelo
There is a convection oven / rotisserie w/ a mesh drum. included..It's 
called the Ultrex and can be found on ebay going for anywhere from $60- 
$150. It seems like it would do the trick. I don't know if anyone has tried 
it, although someone from this list(you?) looked at it in a store....

11) From: Ron Kyle
SNIP form ED :
prerequisite is a coffee drum that fits inside
That might work, Chaff and smoke being a problem, but 1700 watts sound OK. I
could build a drum to fit in a Toaster oven,  if there was enough interest
in this type of heat source
I've been think about cuting a say 6x6 hole in the hood of my grill and
mounting a piece of tempered glass, and installing and oven light in the
grill with a on and off switch. I need to get this first production run on
the new drum completed. I should have it done by Tuesday and I will tackle
the new mod in my own grill.
drum conversions
for gas grills.

12) From: AlChemist John
It looks like someone shoved a drum into a printer or monitor.  Very 
odd.  You had better hurry and steal the idea while the patent is still 
pending :-) Definitely little knowledge of roasting OR insulting 
underestimation of the homeroaster's knowledge of roasting.
Sometime around 20:30 9/20/2003, Ed Needham typed:
John Nanci 
AlChemist at large
Zen Roasting and Blending by Gestalthttp://www.dreamsandbones.net/blog/

13) From: Ed Needham
I really wouldn't think it would be much good as a countertop appliance
without a direct exhaust vent to the outside.  Hey...a pound of beans makes a
'lot' of smoke.  Way too much for anything but a commercial grade exhaust
hood or a dedicated vent.  I'd be more comfortable with it in a garage or
workshop, where a smoked up room wouldn't stink for days or set off alarms
and create irate family members.  In a non-family area, a fan could be placed
close by to blow the smoke from the room.  Chaff would be messy too, but
could easily be vacuumed out after each roast.
I have my entire propane grill in my workshop, and it gets really smoky at
times, especially if I'm giving a 5 pound batch a full city roast.  My
workshop 'always' smells like a roasting room, but that is definitely not a
problem for me.  I keep a fan in the window, and when the roast gets to
second crack, I turn on a 36" floor fan and blow the whole mess out the door
near the grill.
(By the way...grills create carbon monoxide gas, which is really deadly.  I
use a CO detector near the grill, and keep things well ventilated just to be
on the safe side.  With my setup, the detector never gets much past zero,
which is about 100 points less than the danger zone)
Ed Needham
To Absurdity and Beyond!
homeroaster ... d.o.t ... com

14) From: Dan Bollinger
They do?  I thought propane and natural gas had water and CO2 as byproducts.
That's why they are used in gas ranges. Propane and CNG are also used
indoors to power forklifts.

15) From: Ed Needham
CO is a byproduct of incomplete combustion of any carbon based fuel.  Even
gas ranges put off CO, but it is not considered dangerous unless you run all
four burners and the oven for long periods of time in a small non-ventilated
I know that my CO detector started climbing toward the danger zone with my
garage totally closed.  With the door cracked a few inches, it is almost zero
Ed Needham
To Absurdity and Beyond!
homeroaster ... d.o.t ... com

16) From: Ed Needham
I'd like to see someone get one of these things to do a decent roast.  I
think it could give homeroasters another alternative to small batch air
roasting if it works.  I'd do it myself, but I don't need another project
right now.
Ed Needham
To Absurdity and Beyond!
homeroaster ... d.o.t ... com

17) From: gin
I bought one of those last year from either QVC or HSN for the San Luis
house so the old folks could make bakers easier and not use the real oven
which they hated.
No one ever uses it, maybe I will bring it up here and try coffee.

18) From: Lowe, David
I came into possession of a 1500W convection oven (free) and was considering using it for roasting. The last mark on the temp control was 450F and it looked like you might get it a bit higher. After tweaking the thermostat I was able to get it up to 500F, but it took the better part of 30 minutes. I think it needed much better insulation and maybe a smaller volume of air before it could successfully roast. And it didn't have a rotisserie of any sort and would need a drum. 
I still have it but am focusing on what I can get out of the original WB that I recently acquired. (about $5.50 at Goodwill)
Dave Lowe

19) From: Ron Kyle
from ED
I'm wondering if the handles and such on a rotisserie that was capable of
going to 500 degress, dedicated on a regular basis would stand up to that
heat for very long. I beleive that is one of the reasons The one on ebay is
only 700 watts.
Just a thought.

20) From: Ed Needham
Handles?  The ones I've seen for these tabletop rotisseries are all metal,
and wouldn't be affected by heat.  The whole mechanism slips inside the oven.
Ed Needham
To Absurdity and Beyond!
homeroaster ... d.o.t ... com

21) From: Ed Needham
I kinda think these things might need a bit of supercharging to make them
work right for coffee.  Insulation would be a start.  Tweaking the thermostat
would be another.  Finding one with convection heat would definitely speed
the heat transfer to the beans.  Ducting to the outside would be another
With the low wattage ratings, I wouldn't expect to roast more than a half
pound in 20 minutes or so, no matter how big the drum is inside.  But hey, a
half pound is a half pound.
Ed Needham
To Absurdity and Beyond!
homeroaster ... d.o.t ... com

22) From: Ron Kyle
I was referring to handles on the side of the toaster oven not the drum .
Mabey my old eyes deceived me.

23) From: Ed Needham
Ahhh.  My mistake.

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