[Homeroast] building a propane drum roaster

Jim De Hoog jdehoog at sbcglobal.net
Thu May 8 11:14:53 CDT 2014


John,

The most expensive thing I paid for was the rotisserie kit.  Everything else was from a thrift store or I already owned it.  Have the fun was the adventure of looking for the supplies.  It was a grand quest.  

Jim "Ice Bucket Roaster"


________________________________
 From: John Nordling <john.nordling at gmail.com>
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Sent: Wednesday, May 7, 2014 5:25 PM
Subject: Re: [Homeroast] building a propane drum roaster
 

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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