[Homeroast] building a propane drum roaster

Michael Koenig koenig.mike at gmail.com
Thu May 8 09:46:06 CDT 2014


John,

I hope I didn't discourage you. I was relating my experience with my grill, but from what I read when I was working with my drum, cheap grills tended to work better, so your plan of IKEA and thrift store parts sounds good. 

--mike 

> On May 7, 2014, at 6:25 PM, John Nordling <john.nordling at gmail.com> wrote:
> 
> Thanks all for the feedback.
> 
> On balance, after reading all the responses - some of them several times, I
> think I'm going to hold off. The RK drum is out of the question right now.
> I was planning to operate on more of the Ikea colander, sheet metal fins
> and a Craigslist grill budget.  (We have a wonderful junk store near my
> house that has things like old motors and such - I might still go poke
> around there for ideas).
> 
> The idea still intrigues me, and I will figure out how to do it right one
> of these days, but in order to do it not on the cheap, and hopefully reduce
> the difficulty of learning a new way to roast, I figure I'll be on the hook
> for around $1000 (once I buy the RK kit, a decent grill and a good
> recording thermocouple), and still be left with a setup that I can't use 4
> months out of the year.  For my current 1- lb a week habit, my Whirly pop
> will have to suffice.
> 
> Now, on to those other 147 summer projects I have lined up . . . .
> 
> John
> 
> 
> 
> ~~
> "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
> 
> 
>> On Tue, May 6, 2014 at 4:39 PM, Brian Kamnetz <bkamnetz at gmail.com> wrote:
>> 
>> Hi Jim,
>> 
>> I of course read much about your ice-bucket roaster in days gone by, when
>> the list was quite busy. It was fun to see the photos. I have to say that
>> it is a very impressive piece of work.
>> 
>> Brian
>> 
>> 
>>> On Tue, May 6, 2014 at 4:05 PM, Jim De Hoog <jdehoog at sbcglobal.net> wrote:
>>> 
>>> John,
>>> 
>>> 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,
>>> 
>>> John
>>> ~~
>>> "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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