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flathead1
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Posted Sat Feb 23, 2013, 9:54am
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I really think you are getting into the Propane grill and drum roaster range. I have a 4lbs RKDrum and a cheap CharBroil grill I modified for the drum. All told I spent about $600 on it and about $75 on the cooler (Box fan mounted horizontal blowing up through a tight mesh screen mounted on a 2x4 frame). Figure you're gong to have purchase bags, scales, labeling and storage stuff so that will use up your $1000 budget.

I can crank out 3Lbs roasts all day with no stopping for cool down. Also on the RK site you can read/contact others who are using their BBQDrums as an intermediate step from a 1lb max home roaster to a 10-30lb Pro drum.

I have no financial interest in RKDrums, they just happen to be who I got my rig from, Coffee Roaster Club is also highly recommended.
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Posted Sat Feb 23, 2013, 10:59am
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on the 2 behmors (pushing it) but with the 2min pre heat prob 4/6lb hr depending on degree of roast . you will have to dry burn and clean after several runs though. here is a old post with built to order roasters for 975.00 hand cranked unless you add a motor. I have seen a youtube of it working and a few post on it.

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Posted Wed Feb 27, 2013, 4:49pm
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I was on the same budget and in the same situation as you.  I found a metal fabricator to make me a 7'' x 20" stainless drum ($280) and I bought a new bbq that fit the drum perfectly ($450).  I used an old lathe motor that I got for free from my dad, and with a bit of effort, I was turning out amazing 4 to 5 pound roasts.
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Posted Thu Feb 28, 2013, 12:36pm
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kboom1 Said:

another pic, I direct wired a 20a breaker with a 15a receptical for my beamers. using a killawatt meter  neither roaster drops below 119v.

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Do you roast for your own business?  How much coffee do you roast on a given day?
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Posted Fri Mar 1, 2013, 10:04am
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lol no I just drink alot of coffee and I do give some away(and exept donations). I like to try alot of different varitals in a given month. when I find a few I really like I'll stock 20lb or so of it, mostly nats and dps because they store well.  I like 3rd wave espresso and can run alot for S.O. espressos. I like I can go back over my bean stock over a 2yr span or so and make a outstanding blend so I experement alot. after a 2 week span(my scale for past prime coffee) I'll give the rest of the roast away to friends or family to use for drip or presspot since they have a longer window. I'll also roast for people apon request  and have donation cans set up by my espresso machines wich fund my bean stock and machine repair ect. for myself I roast 4-6lb a week in 1-2 sessions, takes a hr or 2 depending on clean up,bagging ,restocking and such. never really kept track of what I roast for others in a week, but I do watch my bean stock closely. (I'm considered by alot of people to be a close friend of theirs but I know they just drop by for the coffee).........Just joking
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Posted Fri Mar 1, 2013, 10:31am
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Burner0000 Said:

+1 HRO.org is the place to go if you are looking to build a home roaster. oldgearhead's roaster is awesome! :)

I can roast in the Behmor back to back (1lb roasts) If I allow 15min+ for the machine to cool. I would also have to do a dry burn to clean every 5 roasts.  That sounds like a good business importunity.  If you don't end up building I would consider leasing or financing a commercial roaster or looking into an RK bbq set up if you have the place for it to set up. HRO.org has info on that too.

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3 Behmor 1600's woud get you a net of about 2.5 #'s per 20 minutes (allowing for water weight evaporation)...of course, you'd have to have enough electrical current and protection to use all 3 concurrently.
Cost...$900. Allow a 20 minute cool-down for the roasters before starting again. basically, you could net 15 pounds in less than 7 hours.
I also like the gas grill (I'd use natural, not propane...don't want to run out of fuel in the middle of a 3# roast.

 
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