[Homeroast] building a propane drum roaster

Tom Ulmer tom at transtate.us
Tue May 6 12:55:20 CDT 2014

I started roasting using a WhirlyPop but it quickly became too labor
intensive. I've been using my homemade drum roaster for almost a decade. You
might find some inspiration as I did at

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From: Homeroast [mailto:homeroast-bounces at lists.sweetmariascoffee.com] On
Behalf Of John Nordling
Sent: Tuesday, May 06, 2014 7:27 AM
To: 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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