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

Joseph Robertson theotherjo at gmail.com
Thu Apr 29 09:52:14 CDT 2010


I know when I go to fairs and such I am attracted to smells first then
things that turn or move. Must be why big rides do well too. ;)
Joe

On Thu, Apr 29, 2010 at 7:50 AM, Joseph Robertson <theotherjo at gmail.com>wrote:

> 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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