[Homeroast] RK DRUM- 4 OR 6 LB.?

miKe mcKoffee mcKona at comcast.net
Wed Apr 28 23:21:46 CDT 2010


It's a tool. The real question is how well you can use and control the tool.
Seriously. Knowing when and how to back off heat etc. so as to not fly
through 1st at break neck speed regardless the batch size is part and
parcel. 

miKe 

> -----Original Message-----
> From: homeroast-bounces at lists.sweetmariascoffee.com 
> [mailto:homeroast-bounces at lists.sweetmariascoffee.com] On 
> Behalf Of Bob
> Sent: Wednesday, April 28, 2010 8:53 PM
> To: A list to discuss home coffee roasting. There are rules 
> for thislist,available at http://www.sweetmarias.com/maillistinfo.html
> Subject: Re: [Homeroast] RK DRUM- 4 OR 6 LB.?
> 
> Randy,
> 
> Have been roasting with the smaller RK drum for 4 years now 
> and will give 
> you some contrarian advice. I quickly learned that if you 
> wanted to truly do 
> more than brown beans, to develop profiles that are 
> repeatable, the capacity 
> of the drum is 1 lb. Any more and the need for heat(and my 
> three burner has 
> plenty) results in a very quick interval between 1st and 
> 2-basically a 
> runaway roast.
> 
> People who have never had fresh roasted coffee will still be 
> amazed by the 
> taste, but in my opinion you cannot get close to the 
> potential of the beans 
> offered to us here if you go anywhere close to the advertised 
> capacity.
> 
> I love my RK drum--built like a tank, looks like a work of 
> art--and it will 
> roast 4, or 6, pounds. The question is, How well?
> 
> Bob in Vegas
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "g paris" <pchforever at gmail.com>
> To: "A list to discuss home coffee roasting. There are rules for this 
> list,available at http://www.sweetmarias.com/maillistinfo.html" 
> <homeroast at lists.sweetmariascoffee.com>
> Sent: Wednesday, April 28, 2010 7:13 PM
> Subject: Re: [Homeroast] RK DRUM- 4 OR 6 LB.?
> 
> 
> > Randy:
> >
> > ya gotta go big if you can because you will want the room 
> some day and it
> > gives
> > you that extra room to play with...
> >
> > smaller batch but larger drum will change the outcome so 
> you will actually
> > save yourself a learning curve!!
> >
> > ginny
> >
> >
> >
> > On Wed, Apr 28, 2010 at 6:36 PM, Randy Panduren 
> <fenster88 at gmail.com> 
> > wrote:
> >
> >> I like the way you think! <grin>
> >>
> >> Thanks for the sound advice. You are right of course, 
> better to have too
> >> much capacity and not use it, than to not have enough!
> >>
> >> Randy
> >>
> >> On Wed, Apr 28, 2010 at 9:00 PM, g paris 
> <pchforever at gmail.com> wrote:
> >>
> >> > Randy:
> >> >
> >> > kind of a no brain'r,
> >> >
> >> > get the biggest you can because with ONLY 4 pounds you will curse
> >> > yourself for not getting the 6 pound'r
> >> >
> >> > go for it, you do not need an excuse to go for BIG pounds.
> >> >
> >> > next week you will want and really need a 12 kilo
> >> >
> >> > you go guy?1
> >> >
> >> > ginny
> >> >
> >> >
> >> >
> >> > On Wed, Apr 28, 2010 at 3:57 PM, Randy Panduren 
> <fenster88 at gmail.com>
> >> > wrote:
> >> >
> >> > > Posted this on the forum, thought I would drop it here too...
> >> > >
> >> > >
> >> > > Hi,
> >> > >
> >> > > I'm preparing to build a RK drum/gas grill roaster. I 
> have a new 
> >> > > grill
> >> > with
> >> > > sufficient specs to handle a 6 lb. RK drum. In the 
> future I may need
> >> the
> >> > 6
> >> > > lb. capacity, as my roasting for friends and family 
> continues to 
> >> > > grow.
> >> > > However, for the time being I will probably stick to 1-3 pound 
> >> > > roasts.
> >> > >
> >> > > The drum manufacturer informed me that the 6 lb. drum 
> will perform 
> >> > > well
> >> > > with
> >> > > small batch sizes, down to 1 lb. However, it seems 
> like the majority 
> >> > > of
> >> > > folks go with the 4 lb. drum. I'm wondering if I am 
> better off with 
> >> > > the
> >> 4
> >> > > lb. drum for now, and upgrading to the 6 lb. drum if 
> and when I need
> >> the
> >> > > extra capacity? Or should I just go for the 6 now?
> >> > >
> >> > > Any advice from other RK drum users would be appreciated.
> >> > >
> >> > > Thanks
> >> > > fenster88
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