[Homeroast] IR thermometer with heat-gun/dog-bowl?

Brian Kamnetz bkamnetz at gmail.com
Thu Apr 24 08:44:34 CDT 2014

Hi Phil,

I roast a pound at a time with a Master Appliance 751b heatgun. It's heavy,
nearly 4 pounds, so I suspend it from a tripod.

I purchased an IR thermometer expressly to monitor temp in the beans. I
think it worked ok for monitoring the temp. I didn't like using it, though,
because I hold the heatgun in one hand and stir with the other hand, so I
don't have a hand for the IR thermometer. I had to either put the wooden
spoon down and quit stirring or let the heatgun do what it wanted to, and I
didn't like either of those options.

I use this digital  thermometer that I got from Tom:


I roast with a sieve that fits quite snugly into a stainless steel mixing
bowl, both from Target about 10 years ago. I threaded the end of the
thermocouple into the wire of the sieve, and it stays there, so all I need
to do to prepare for roasting is to plug the thermocouple into the


On Wed, Apr 23, 2014 at 12:28 PM, Phil Ferrante-Roseberry
<philfr at gmail.com>wrote:

> Hi list!
> I was on the homeroaster list years back when the volume of posts was
> overwhelming. Dropped off for a long time, and now returned! (Been enjoying
> SM beans for the whole time though.)
> I've been roasting with a heat-gun/dog-bowl for most of the 13 years I've
> been at it. (Does anyone still do that?)  But I'd like to get just a bit
> more data around bean-temp. Has anyone tried using a IR
> thermometer<
> http://www.amazon.com/Meters-PIRT30-Temperature-Infrared-Thermometer/dp/B005FU5NFW/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top
> >?
>  Not having to find a place for a probe seems like a huge benefit, but I'm
> wondering if you can get an accurate reading.
> Thanks!
> Phil, near Boulder CO
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