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

Joseph Robertson theotherjo at gmail.com
Thu Apr 29 09:50:33 CDT 2010


Gin,
Farmers Markets and county fairs must be fun with the RK. What a nice way to
expose folks to Home Roasting. The smell alone would pull me away from the
cotton candy and caramel corn booth.
Joe

On Thu, Apr 29, 2010 at 7:35 AM, g paris <pchforever at gmail.com> wrote:

> Bob:
>
> Great points. I have an original RK  #33 and it is great. Even when I go
> the
> the local farmers markets it is large enough to roast for people to take
> away to have continually just roasted beans and of course show of the
> roasting process.
>
> ginny
>
> On Wed, Apr 28, 2010 at 8:53 PM, Bob <vegas89014 at cox.net> wrote:
>
> > 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
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> > 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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