[Homeroast] building a propane drum roaster

Greg Kerns gregjkerns at hotmail.com
Tue May 6 11:27:02 CDT 2014

Take a look at RK Drums, cannot remember if I saw this in Roast or on the SM
site.  I am getting a Weber propane soon with rotisserie, but cannot decide
if I want to do this or not.  Currently using a fresh roast 500 which seems
to do the job pretty well.


-----Original Message-----
From: Homeroast [mailto:homeroast-bounces at lists.sweetmariascoffee.com] On
Behalf Of John Nordling
Sent: Tuesday, May 6, 2014 7:27 AM
To: Homeroast Coffee; Homeroast Coffee
Subject: [Homeroast] building a propane drum roaster

I'm starting to think about building myself a drum roaster.  My preliminary
plan is to get ahold of a propane grill, and then use a rotisserie motor to
drive the drum.  The upside of this is that many grills come already
engineered for this sort of drive setup, so it shouldn't be terribly hard to
adapt the grill to this use.

I'll need to either build or buy a drum.  I have an old friend who is a
retired welder, and I think he and I could adapt something to make a
serviceable drum (a couple metal colanders with some fins welded or bolted
in might do the job - otherwise, there must be internet sources for this
sort of thing).

Any tips, ideas or "watch outs" that I should be aware of?  I'm sure this
has been done before, so "standing on the shoulders of giants" would
certainly apply here.

thanks in advance,

"Can't believe how strange it is to be anything at all."   Neutral Milk
Hotel, *In the Aeroplane Over the Sea*

Email:  john.nordling at gmail.com
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