archi Senior Member Joined: 4 Jun 2010 Posts: 101 Location: Redding, Ca Expertise: I like coffee
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Posted Wed Jan 11, 2012, 4:41pm Subject: DIY roaster project
I've been planning at doing a budget roaster project for quite some time and I've come upon some Christmas cash! I bought one of these from Home Depot for $25 and some steel mesh and some aluminum roofing ends that I'm going to roll into a drum. I'm hoping to get a rockin' roaster for under $50. I'm probably going to have to crank it by hand but I'm ok with that. The only thing I'm worried about is having enough room above the flames. I'm planning on doing half lb. batches.
Good luck with your build. Be careful with 1/2 pound roasts as they roast exceptionally fast and can catch on fire. Like my 1st drum conditioning roast on the grill did. Since then I have learned to have a glass of water standing by to toss on the drum if the beans catch on fire but haven't had to use it yet. But if you are going to be cranking the drum by hand maybe you want a fast roast. :-) Larry
Funny you should mention that... I used something like 1/6 lb of beans in it last night. I knew it would be fast but it was at 2nd crack in 3 mins...
I'm gonna have to build a lid extender out of sheet metal or something to get some distance from the burner to the drum. I also didn't use the flame diffuser thing because I needed the space. At least it's got horsepower :)
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