[Homeroast] building a propane drum roaster

Jim De Hoog jdehoog at sbcglobal.net
Tue May 6 16:05:49 CDT 2014


I built an ice bucket coffee roaster using a stainless steel ice bucket, a stainless steel mixing bowl, cut up a stainless steel tray for vains, a rotisserie kit and turn it with my cordless drill.  Use an old two burn gas grill.  Have a thermo coupler going inside the bucket.  I know there are pictures of it on my facebook page.   

 From: John Nordling <john.nordling at gmail.com>
To: Homeroast Coffee <homeroast at lists.sweetmariascoffee.com> 
Sent: Tuesday, May 6, 2014 6:26 AM
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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