[Homeroast] Heat Gun method (was List Traffic at Zero)

Scott Thile sethile.pipes at gmail.com
Mon Sep 27 16:03:03 CDT 2010

I'm using a whirly pop on the gas stove attached to my outside grill.
Starting to get some decent roasts with it, but I also have a good heat gun
and might like to try the heat gun method. Any good links where this method
is documented? I'll have to look around for a large metal bowl.

My main problem with the whirly pop has been my roasts are very fast (most
are under 6 minutes to FC+) and therefore a little tough to control. They
are not very even either, but I've had some very good roasts too. I seem to
have difficulty finding the middle ground between too hot (too fast) and not
enough heat and stalling the roast.

Whirly Pop Scott (at least for now)

> -----Original Message-----
> From: homeroast-bounces at lists.sweetmariascoffee.com [mailto:homeroast-
> bounces at lists.sweetmariascoffee.com] On Behalf Of Allon Stern
> Sent: Monday, September 27, 2010 1:28 PM
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> Subject: Re: [Homeroast] List Traffic at Zero
> On Sep 27, 2010, at 1:36 PM, Sheila Quinn wrote:
> > The heat gun was my go-to roasting method for quite a long time. I
> like that it's so hands-on and controllable. You can get some fantastic
> results, and you really learn a lot about how the beans roast. What I
> *don't* like is that it's so messy and smelly...the smoke smell gets on
> me so much that I have to take a shower immediately after roasting.
> Exactly.
> OTOH, the kids enjoy the "chaff storm" :D
> (I have my roasting bowl inside of a larger bowl that insulates my legs
> from the heat, and the chaff tends to collect in the outer bowl. The
> kids come and stand in front, and I aim the heat gun into the outer
> bowl to blow chaff all over them )
> -
> allon
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