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Date: 13 Nov 2006 01:39:11
From: Vicki Robinson
Subject: Coffee Roaster In Makezine.com
My husband subscribes to a nifty little publication called _Make: technology
on your time_ which has a website at makezine.com. This issue has plans for
constructing a small batch coffee roaster out of a camp roaster, a
battery-powered screwdriver and wire cloth, and a very cool little machine it
seems, too. <http://makezine.com/08/coffeeroaster/ > has a very truncated
version of the article.

Knowing the "boys and their toys" atmosphere in this newsgroup, I look forward
to seeing your reports.

Vicki
--
"Penetrating so many secrets we cease to believe in the unknowable.
But there it sits, nevertheless, calmly licking its chops."
- H. L. Mencken




 
Date: 13 Nov 2006 23:51:49
From: Flasherly
Subject: Re: Coffee Roaster In Makezine.com
Vicki Robinson wrote:
>
> Of course, you're right. But come on! How fun is this? It's a neat-looking
> set up, and I was interested until I read the instructions for use, that said
> to load the basket with "up to" half a cup of beans. Well, heck. I can do
> almost that much in my popcorn popper. I'm looking for a cheap and useful
> roaster that will do a quarter pound or more at a time, that isn't a dog bowl
> and heat gun that I'd have to take out into the snow in January in New York.
> Brrrr.
>
> Golly, you guys used to LOVE breaking out the power tools for any reason at
> all!

Generally right tool for the right job, unless it's a fab tackup layout
- oxygen/acetylene tanks and various torches, MIG or heliarc setups are
nice for that. Commonplace garage tools (why is that man in my
frontyard trash picking out bedrails?) except for the mini-mills or
lathes. [Warning: The following scenes are graphic.] The true grind is
the satori of patient corrections from sweat drenched blood, ascending
stabs and scrapes between tenuous breaths while toxious fumes plume
from a melt dispersed from slag -- which isn't a lovely incident until
a coat of fiery candy-apple red makes it so. [All clear. . . .]



 
Date: 12 Nov 2006 21:21:36
From: Heat + Beans
Subject: Re: Coffee Roaster In Makezine.com

jim schulman wrote:
Perfectly good coffee roasters can be made from
> convection ovens, bbqs, popcorn poppers; it really isn't such a big
> deal.
Heat + Beans = Roast
tin



  
Date: 13 Nov 2006 21:02:24
From: Ken Wilson
Subject: Re: Coffee Roaster In Makezine.com
"Heat + Beans"
> Perfectly good coffee roasters can be made from
>> convection ovens, bbqs, popcorn poppers; it really isn't such a big
>> deal.
> Heat + Beans = Roast
> tin



Reminds me of the "competition" there was a while back to make the simplest
roaster - the winner?


set fire to the tree.

Ken
(me? - nuts don't "do" metal bashing. :-) )





 
Date: 12 Nov 2006 21:16:38
From: jim schulman
Subject: Re: Coffee Roaster In Makezine.com
On Mon, 13 Nov 2006 01:39:11 +0000 (UTC), vjrnts@xcski.com (Vicki
Robinson) wrote:
>
>Knowing the "boys and their toys" atmosphere in this newsgroup, I look forward
>to seeing your reports.
>
>Vicki

The list of required tools reminds me of those cooking shows where
someone demonstrates how to use $28,000 of kitchen equipment to make a
ham sandwich. Perfectly good coffee roasters can be made from
convection ovens, bbqs, popcorn poppers; it really isn't such a big
deal.


  
Date: 14 Nov 2006 02:48:41
From: Vicki Robinson
Subject: Re: Coffee Roaster In Makezine.com
In a previous article, jim schulman <jim_schulman@ameritech.net > said:

>On Mon, 13 Nov 2006 01:39:11 +0000 (UTC), vjrnts@xcski.com (Vicki
>Robinson) wrote:
>>
>>Knowing the "boys and their toys" atmosphere in this newsgroup, I look forward
>>to seeing your reports.
>
>The list of required tools reminds me of those cooking shows where
>someone demonstrates how to use $28,000 of kitchen equipment to make a
>ham sandwich. Perfectly good coffee roasters can be made from
>convection ovens, bbqs, popcorn poppers; it really isn't such a big
>deal.

Of course, you're right. But come on! How fun is this? It's a neat-looking
set up, and I was interested until I read the instructions for use, that said
to load the basket with "up to" half a cup of beans. Well, heck. I can do
almost that much in my popcorn popper. I'm looking for a cheap and useful
roaster that will do a quarter pound or more at a time, that isn't a dog bowl
and heat gun that I'd have to take out into the snow in January in New York.
Brrrr.

Golly, you guys used to LOVE breaking out the power tools for any reason at
all!

Sniff. I'm so disappointed.

Vicki
--
"Penetrating so many secrets we cease to believe in the unknowable.
But there it sits, nevertheless, calmly licking its chops."
- H. L. Mencken


   
Date: 19 Nov 2006 02:15:55
From: Chris Staley
Subject: Re: Coffee Roaster In Makezine.com
On Tue, 14 Nov 2006 02:48:41 +0000 (UTC), vjrnts@xcski.com (Vicki
Robinson) wrote:

> I'm looking for a cheap and useful
>roaster that will do a quarter pound or more at a time, that isn't a dog bowl
>and heat gun that I'd have to take out into the snow in January in New York.
>Brrrr.

Well, I don't think I'd want to run it in the house, but a Stir
Crazy/Convection Oven combo is the cheapest way you can roast 1 pound
of green. I've gotten the SC for $3 at the thrift store, and the CO
for another $6. Granted, that's much cheaper than new, but it
certainly works reasonably well. I just roasted 16 ounces of green
the other day in one load, in about 18 minutes.

Chris


   
Date: 14 Nov 2006 13:38:04
From: jim schulman
Subject: Re: Coffee Roaster In Makezine.com
On Tue, 14 Nov 2006 02:48:41 +0000 (UTC), vjrnts@xcski.com (Vicki
Robinson) wrote:

> I'm looking for a cheap and useful
>roaster that will do a quarter pound or more at a time, that isn't a dog bowl
>and heat gun that I'd have to take out into the snow in January in New York

You may be looking for the wrong gadget. I moved apartments last year,
and had a real problem with smoke in the new place (no exhaust in the
kitchen). Instead of a new roaster, I mounted a squirrel cage exhaust
fan on a thin board, and stuck it in the window like an air
conditioning unit. That, along with some alu-foil dryer duct, does the
trick for the 1/3 pound P1 popper. The fan, Mcmasters item 19135K65,
is somewhat expensive at $160, but very quiet. I installed it
permanantly in the bathroom, where it does double duty.

If your building isn't under a lot of negative airpressure -- lots of
airflow in when you opne the window -- you can use a cheaper propeller
blade fan in the same way.


   
Date: 14 Nov 2006 05:58:53
From: Kasha
Subject: Re: Coffee Roaster In Makezine.com
Yah, the flabby old farts in this group prolly *used* to do a lot of things
but now their 'drill bits' have gone flacid, if ya know what i mean.

"Vicki Robinson" <vjrnts@xcski.com > wrote in message
news:ejbaq9$hk4$1@allhats.xcski.com...
> Golly, you guys used to LOVE breaking out the power tools for any reason
> at
> all!
>