[Homeroast] building a propane drum roaster

Archeobob archeobob at hotmail.com
Tue May 6 12:56:05 CDT 2014


I picked up an 8lb RK drum & his motor kit about five years ago, just after 
Shane took over for Ron. I then got a mid-level 4-burner Grillmaster grill 
from Lowes to run it.

I've likely put over 1,300 lb's of green through it and never had a bad 
batch that I was not responsible for. e.g., I really dark dark toasted a 
couple! (wandering away is not an option)

I routinely do 4 & 5 pound batches in my garage and both the motor and the 
drum work like the day I received them.

Big batches are fun, you just need to have a reliable method of cooling 



-----Original Message----- 
From: John Nordling
Sent: Tuesday, May 06, 2014 5:26 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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