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Posted Sun Jan 21, 2007, 10:55pm
Subject: Introducing The AlumiDrum: My Homemade Sample Roaster!
 

Ok it's finished (for now I think).  Introducing...(drum roll please)

The AlumiDrum Homemade Sample Roaster!

Take a look at it and let me know what you think.  I'd love to hear comments and/or ideas!

How can I make it better?  What do you like or not like?

I have many more photos and details on the site linked above.  Please feel free to check it out and let me hear what you think.

I'll report on its performance very soon!

Thanks to all.

I dedicate the AlumiDrum to the Home Roasting Talk forum and to all my fellow home roasters!  Here’s to ya!

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Posted Mon Jan 22, 2007, 5:38pm
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I like it, Tim.  That's a nice design.  I look forward to your updates, and if you get a pic of a dialed in amount of beans of better quality, that might help in showing how it works.  I'm afraid people won't read your disclaimer about the junk coffee (and too much of it) in your picture and just assume the thing doesn't work because the roast is too uneven.
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Posted Tue Jan 23, 2007, 7:57am
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Looks nice ....  BUT (you knew that was coming, right) are you sure the can is aluminum?  It looks like steel to me.  Regardless, nifty idea!

 
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Posted Wed Jan 24, 2007, 12:54pm
Subject: Re: Introducing The AlumiDrum: My Homemade Sample Roaster!
 

TimEggers Said:

Ok it's finished (for now I think).  Introducing...(drum roll please)

The AlumiDrum Homemade Sample Roaster!

Take a look at it and let me know what you think.  I'd love to hear comments and/or ideas!

How can I make it better?  What do you like or not like?

I have many more photos and details on the site linked above.  Please feel free to check it out and let me hear what you think.

I'll report on its performance very soon!

Thanks to all.

I dedicate the AlumiDrum to the Home Roasting Talk forum and to all my fellow home roasters!  Here’s to ya!

Posted January 21, 2007 link

Tim,

Looks like you have a great coffee roaster for when you go out camping.  I got a name for it, "CampRoster".

Its gratis.  No need to send me royalties.

:)

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Posted Wed Jan 24, 2007, 12:54pm
Subject: Re: Introducing The AlumiDrum: My Homemade Sample Roaster!
 

TimEggers Said:

Ok it's finished (for now I think).  Introducing...(drum roll please)

The AlumiDrum Homemade Sample Roaster!

Take a look at it and let me know what you think.  I'd love to hear comments and/or ideas!

How can I make it better?  What do you like or not like?

I have many more photos and details on the site linked above.  Please feel free to check it out and let me hear what you think.

I'll report on its performance very soon!

Thanks to all.

I dedicate the AlumiDrum to the Home Roasting Talk forum and to all my fellow home roasters!  Here’s to ya!

Posted January 21, 2007 link

Tim,

Looks like you have a great coffee roaster for when you go out camping.  I got a name for it, "CampRoster".

Its gratis.  No need to send me royalties.

:)

Len
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Posted Wed Jan 24, 2007, 10:55pm
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xardoz Said:

Looks nice ....  BUT (you knew that was coming, right) are you sure the can is aluminum?  It looks like steel to me.  Regardless, nifty idea!

Posted January 23, 2007 link

Humm....good point!  It was a can of Wal-mart brand fruit coctail.  I assume it's aluminium.  ;)


CoffeeRoastersClub Said:

Tim,

Looks like you have a great coffee roaster for when you go out camping.  I got a name for it, "CampRoster".

Its gratis.  No need to send me royalties.

:)

Len
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Posted January 24, 2007 link

lol, thanks Len!  How about the AlumiDrum Camp Roaster?  HaHaHa!

Note to others:

I have updated the site above with more/better pictures and even a movie!  I also have a pic of finished coffee (60g).  Works like a charm!

Thanks to all!

 
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Posted Wed Jan 24, 2007, 11:21pm
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Cool stuff Tim!!, & that's only 5 grams less than the Freshroast! Come on, load er' up a touch more! {;-D

Cheers!

P.S. Oh yeah, I just re-read, 60 gr roasted, so you started with approx 70 gr green then?

 
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Posted Thu Jan 25, 2007, 1:59am
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Hi Tim,

It looks good.  I may copy it.

I agree with Brian.  It looks like regular tin plated steel to me.  If it is attracted by a magnet you can assume it is not aluminum.

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Posted Thu Jan 25, 2007, 9:59am
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The "AlumiDrum" is dead!  As it turns out the magnet trick has killed it!  A magnet did indeed stick to the can.  Man, I thought cans were aluminum!  Oh well...  ;)  Thanks Phil for the simple idea for testing that!  Now what to call it?  :)  Phil I hope you and others will take this design and use it!  That's the very essence of the home roasting community!  I'd love to see others roasters too and how they like this kind of setup.  Seems to work quite well for me so far...

Hi Craig as far as batch size I was being conservative with 60g (that was with greens).  I did try a 100g batch, but never really had a good roast with it.  Of coarse I didn't really preheat (like I did with the successful batch) and I roasted on low burner setting.  Once I did raise the heat (before the heat chimney) I did see nice roast progression, but by then the beans were already long gone!  I suspect that as I get more in tune with the roaster 100g shouldn’t be a problem!  I'll keep you guys posted!

My goal was a small roaster that I could roast with that would allow me to track bean temperature as well as pull samples throughout the roast.  I love my RK Drum (and still use it for large batches) but in it I cannot track bean temps or pull samples.  Something that I have learned to work around but with "The Tin Man" (? wink, wink") that's not an issue.

I'll update this thread after more roasts and log what I see.  Also waiting on the arrival of my infrared thermometer...

 
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Posted Thu Jan 25, 2007, 3:38pm
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TimEggers Said:

The "AlumiDrum" is dead!  As it turns out the magnet trick has killed it!  A magnet did indeed stick to the can.  Man, I thought cans were aluminum!  Oh well...  ;)  Thanks Phil for the simple idea for testing that!  Now what to call it?  :)  Phil I hope you and others will take this design and use it!  That's the very essence of the home roasting community!  I'd love to see others roasters too and how they like this kind of setup.  Seems to work quite well for me so far...
....snip....
I'll update this thread after more roasts and log what I see.  Also waiting on the arrival of my infrared thermometer...

Posted January 25, 2007 link

Tim,

In all seriousness, I think you are on to a campground roaster.  Don't give up on the AlumiDrum!  A company called Kramerica may offer you venture capital for its development!

Actually, just go to the supermarket with your magnet.  Maybe some of the coffee cans ARE aluminum.

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