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TheArtfuldodger
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Posted Sun Aug 1, 2004, 9:46am
Subject: New Rk Drum Setup
 

Picked up a Char-Broil Lp7000 Grill this morning. I took about 45 minutes to get my RK Drum setup and running. I'll post a step by step setup.

George

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Posted Sun Aug 1, 2004, 9:52am
Subject: Re: New Rk Drum Setup
 

The first thing I did was to remove all grates and the diffuser. I then replaced it with a 10x13 Jelly Roll Baking sheet I got from Wal-mart $3.98. Then placed some Charbroil Diamonds (kinda like Lava rocks) $10.95 Home Depot.

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Posted Sun Aug 1, 2004, 9:55am
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Next I mounted the RK Drum on the Spit.

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Posted Sun Aug 1, 2004, 10:00am
Subject: Re: New Rk Drum Setup
 

Next I placed the RK Drum ($210) on the Charbroil Rotisserie ($39.95). And mounted and leveled on grill.

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Posted Sun Aug 1, 2004, 10:09am
Subject: Re: New Rk Drum Setup
 

Next I had to drill a 13/16 hole to mount the temperature gauge (Braunfels Professional Grill Temperature Gauge $18.95 Wal-mart 700 degree heat range) first I drilled a 1/4 inch pilot hole at the level of the spit (had to remove handle while I did this). Then used the Step bit to drill a perfect 13/16 inch hole (the step bit was worth the $35) then mounted the gauge and replaced the handle.

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Posted Sun Aug 1, 2004, 10:22am
Subject: Re: New Rk Drum Setup
 

Then I was ready to do a test burn and my first roast. I loaded 1# Bolivian Canapoc Co-op in to the drum. Preheated to 475 degree's opened grill loaded drum and started rotisserie. The temp drop to about 450 then came back up to 475 in about 6 minutes. First Crack at 8:50; lower temperature to low it read 445 at 11:00 minutes coasted into Second Crack at 12:50 Pulled drum at 16;00 fast second crack.It was a nice even Full City++.

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Posted Sun Aug 1, 2004, 10:27am
Subject: Re: New Rk Drum Setup
 

Next I reloaded the drum with 2#'s SM French Roast and got another real nice even roast, Not one burnt bean. No beans stuck in the drum. It will take a little practice unloading the drum into Shop vav/bucket Bean Cooler. The cooler had the beans cold down in under 3 minutes and removed quite a bit of he lose chafe.

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Drip: Bodum French Press
Roaster: Hot Top-RK Drum
Posted Sun Aug 1, 2004, 10:42am
Subject: Re: New Rk Drum Setup
 

I'm loving this RK Drum Setup; 3 pounds of coffee roasted in less then an hour.
Do think I'll have to invest in a pair of Zetex Gloves they are rated to 650 degrees. I had a pair of welders gloves ($12.95 at Lowe's) they are not getting it. That spit gets HOT!
Zetex Gloves

So this set came to:

Grill $139
Rotisserie $39
Charbroil Diamonds $10.95
Cookie Sheet $3.95
Gloves $12.95
Temp Guage $18.95
RK Drum $210
#4 Step Bit $35

For a total of $469.80
To me it is well worth the investment.
Do think I will up grade to a gear motor

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Drip: Bodum French Press
Roaster: Hot Top-RK Drum
Posted Sun Aug 1, 2004, 10:48am
Subject: Re: New Rk Drum Setup
 

Note the placement of the temp gauge dead center to the drum.

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Posted Sun Aug 1, 2004, 12:51pm
Subject: Re: New Rk Drum Setup
 

Awesome report, George.  You should think about doing a consumer review at some point.

Thanks,
Bob
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