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Topic: Turbo Crazy Roasting system (4 msgs / 94 lines)
1) From: classicalcup
 Holiday Greetings Everyone,
I might suggest you take a look at the SM archive
(7-31-02, under the heading Turbo Crazy) as Ryuji
Suzuki and I sent in a number of posts concerning this
topic, our methodoligy and results.  If you check the
dates prior and after you will find other posts as
well.  I use this system as my primary setup and find
I can do most any type of roast with it.  I have used
my oven, freshroast, hearthware and Alpenrost to roast
coffee (both of the latter purchased from Tom) but I
enjoy using this setup and the coffee which comes from
it better than any other. 
Best of luck with your endeavor,
Bob
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2) From: Chris Beck
I fiddled with the Turbo portion of this setup, using just the oven.  I 
was not impressed.  The roast was uneven due to the temperature 
difference between the outside and center of the oven (must be the 
swirling air flow), and I couldn't roast much more than 1/2c of green 
without having to take the lid off to stir.  I also found that the oven 
itself really doesn't get hot enough for a real rolling second crack.
I never went any further with the Crazy portion of it.  My wife would 
kill me if I roasted coffee with her beloved Stir Crazy, and I'm not 
going to buy one just for roasting.  I prefer either my Alp or the 
Poppery Mk.1 or 1400 watt Pumpers.
However, the Turbo oven is WONDERFUL for making small pork roasts or 
chicken, and it does a sublime job on fish.  Not bad for a thrift store 
find...
Chris
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3) From: Angelo
Chris,
You don't state which brand you Turbo is...When I was looking into buying 
mine on ebay, I noticed that many did not go up to 500 degrees. This may be 
the case with yours....I believe most models of the  very popular American 
Harvest brand lack enough heat...
I did manage to get a good oven on ebay for $19, and then not long after I 
found a brand new one in a neighbor's trash...It always seems to work that 
way...  :-)
Although I also have a StirCrazy($5 at Goodwill), I have not bothered to 
put them together as I don't drink enough coffee to warrant roasting such a 
large amount...
Ciao,
Angelo
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4) From: Chris Beck
Hi, Angelo.
My oven is a Betty Crocker, but not the latest version.  It is identical 
to the Sunpentown SO-2000 that Ryuji Suzuki uses.  It will go up to 500 
degrees, but just barely.
I just found roasting that way more a hassle than it was worth.  A 
Poppery Mk.1 or 1400 watt pumper will roast just as much coffee, and a 
lot easier.
Chris
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