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Posted Fri Dec 26, 2003, 12:17am
Subject: Buzzroasters BBQ Drum vs. RK Roasting Drums
 

Anyone recommend one drum over the other? I'll be using an inexpensive GrillMaster 430 that puts out 30,000 BTU's.

I'm currently leaning towards Buzzroasters BBQ Drum because Buzzroasters has kindly replied to all my emails while RK Roasting Drums has ignored both emails I've sent over the past month. I would hate to base my decision on this, but great customer service is always a plus in my book.

Thanks in advance and Have a Safe and Happy New Year!

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Posted Fri Dec 26, 2003, 10:55am
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I just got the RK roasting drum for Christmas. I havenít used it yet because I need to buy propane grill with a rotisserie.
Looks like a Weber grill will be coming home soon.

Before I ordered I had a number of questions that Ron answered promptly. Are you sure you have the right email address.
Check the bottom of his page. http://rnk10.tripod.com/rkroastingdrums/

The drum is solid and very well built. The reason I when with Ronís is that a number of Sweat Mariaís
Home Coffee Roasting Mailing List members uses Ronís Drum. If you really want to learn about home roasting
You should seriously consider joining the list.

Tom
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Posted Fri Dec 26, 2003, 11:45am
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I bought the Buzz roaster based on the following:
I owned an Alpenrost with a drum that had 3/16Ē holes Ė a bit too big for small beans but large enough to allow chaff to fall out.  The Buzz Roaster drum uses perforated stainless with 5/32Ē holes which are small enough for small beans but still large enough to allow chaff removal.  The holes are offset allowing lots of open space (63% I think) which means I can see the roast and progression of oil emersion.  The 2 pound size was right for me.  I think that the 4 pound roaster is too big for my needs and brings the beans that much closer to the flame which I see as a negative.   Several people complained about the door mechanism on the RK roaster.  The fit and finish of the Buzz Roaster appeared better based on pictures.  The price of the Buzz Roaster was about Ĺ of the RK unit.  I couldnít find any specs on the perforation size/arrangement of the RK drum but it appears that the holes are smaller and that seeing the roast would not be easy.  These are the things that helped me in my decision.  I have not seen the RK roaster in person and I believe that you couldnít go wrong with either unit.  The buzz roaster had the design and size that worked for me and Iím very happy with it.  In fact after receiving it Iím really glad that I didnít buy the larger unit.  I also received prompt email response, fast shipping and answers to my questions from Terrence McCann at Buzz roasters.  - carl
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Posted Sat Dec 27, 2003, 8:03pm
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I will have Close up pictures to post in the next couple of days and a more detailed review of the construction.

Tom (who is a Certified Welding Inspector and likes Welds better than rivets)
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Posted Tue Dec 30, 2003, 6:37pm
Subject: Re: Buzzroasters BBQ Drum vs. RK Roasting Drums
 

Bob I'm sorry about the Emails and not responding. You may have been sending them to and old innova.net address. I always answers emails about my drum. BTW it is 8" X 12" with 1/8" perferated holes with a 3/16" spacing.
It is All Stainless Steel and is 16 guage. If you need further information please email me at rkdrums@charter.net
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Posted Tue Dec 30, 2003, 7:33pm
Subject: Re: Buzzroasters BBQ Drum vs. RK Roasting Drums
 

Here are Pictures as promised.

Hole size is 1/8" with a 3/16 spacing

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Posted Tue Dec 30, 2003, 7:36pm
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Posted Tue Dec 30, 2003, 7:38pm
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Roaster: RK Drum Roaster/Hottop
Posted Tue Dec 30, 2003, 7:45pm
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Vanes used in the drum are solid and welded in place.

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Posted Tue Dec 30, 2003, 8:12pm
Subject: Re: Buzzroasters BBQ Drum vs. RK Roasting Drums
 

There is a reveiw of the RK Roasting Drum here on Coffee Geeks
Click Here (www.coffeegeek.com)
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