[Homeroast] Thanks for Behmor-garage advice

Brian Kamnetz bkamnetz at gmail.com
Mon Jan 19 13:21:28 CST 2015


There's no substitute for time and experimentation. Sounds like you have a
pretty good system down.

Brian

On Mon, Jan 19, 2015 at 12:08 PM, Howard B <howardbandy at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi Brian --
>
> I used a FreshRoast for two years, 800 roasts.  I roasted in the garage.
> In winter, the temperature dropped to the mid 30s and low 40s.  I did
> exactly what you suggest.  I built a cardboard chamber that allowed the
> FreshRoast to recycle warm air rather than draw cold air.  I use a digital
> thermometer with thermocouple sensor into the roasting chamber of the
> FreshRoast, then use the heat and fan settings to manually control the
> roasting profile.  Everything worked very well.
>
> The FreshRoast is showing signs of fatigue.  I still use it to roast
> decaf.
>
> I recently purchased and began using a Behmor 1600 plus.  The Behmor uses
> quartz heat lamps, rather than hot air, so is less affected by ambient
> temperature.  I do light roasts of small batches in the kitchen -- the
> Behmor controls smoke very well.  For larger, darker batches, I roast in
> the garage.  I considered an enclosure for the Behmor, but found that the
> outside surface of the Behmor gets very hot -- well over 200oF.  I think
> the cardboard box would be a fire hazard.  And part of the roasting process
> with the Behmor is (at least for me) visual.
>
> So my procedure is:
> Store the Behmor and green beans in the house.
> On roasting day, weigh out the green beans and charge the drum while still
> in the house.
> Move the roaster to the garage and begin roasting with little delay, but no
> other accommodation.  It begins before it realizes it is in a cold
> environment, and everything works well.  At least so far.
>
> Best regards,
> Howard
>
> On Mon, Jan 19, 2015 at 9:44 AM, Brian Kamnetz <bkamnetz at gmail.com> wrote:
>
> > John,
> >
> > Just my .02. I use hot air for roasting, not a Behmor, but a trick for
> > roasting in cold weather with a popper is to put the popper into a
> > cardboard box. I would think that a person could do something similar
> with
> > a Behmor, perhaps placing the box over the roaster instead of placing the
> > roaster into the box (of course exercising appropriate caution to prevent
> > fire). In a building with sufficient counter space, the enclosure could
> be
> > permanent, perhaps similar to the appliance garages in some kitchens but
> in
> > a way that allows constant monitoring. Again, just thinking out loud...
> >
> > I would be interested in follow-ups regarding what you try and how it
> > works.
> >
> > Brian
> >
> > On Sun, Jan 18, 2015 at 11:07 AM, John Bloom <bloomjc at gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> > > Roasters,
> > >
> > > Thanks for your input.  I'm ready to move up to a drum after 30 years
> of
> > > hot air.
> > >
> > > John Bloom
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