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Kyle BBQ Roaster - Paul Cordes's Review
Posted: November 16, 2003, 11:46am
review rating: 7.4
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Ron Kyle BBQ Coffee Roaster
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Arrow The Kyle BBQ Roaster has 11 Reviews
Arrow The Kyle BBQ Roaster has been rated 9.05 overall by our member reviewers
Arrow This product has been in our review database since November 4, 2003.
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Shane Lewis 9.20
Tim Eggers 8.83
Les Albjerg 8.50
Charles Cowdrick 8.00
George Holt 8.00

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 8.8
Manufacturer: Ron Kyle Quality: 10
Average Price: $210.00 Usability: 8
Price Paid: $210.00 Cost vs. Value 8
Where Bought: Ron Kyle Aesthetics 9
Owned for: 1 month Overall 9
Writer's Expertise: Just starting Would Buy Again: Yes
Similar Items Owned: Alpenrost
Bottom Line: Great BBQ roaster for up to 5# of coffee.
Positive Product Points

Will roast 5# easy.

Negative Product Points

Handling a hot stainless steel drum is.....errr....exciting.

Detailed Commentary

This is a large stainless steel perforated drum with a hatch or door at one end that pivots on a hinge and is held with a pin.  The drum comes with mounting hardware that allows you to place the drum on a standard rotissary spit.  Fit and finish is excellent.  Welds are secure and the drum should last a lifetime.  The holes are small enough that even small beans will not fall thru.  The interior of the drum has four "vanes" that run the length of the drum for good mixing.
Heat up the grill to about 450F then add the drum with beans already in it to the grill.  First crack is anywhere from 12-14min depending on the amount of beans.  Second crack in 15 to 18min.
Then just remove the pin, open the door and using heavy duty welding gloves, tilt the drum and empty the beans into a cooling collander or pan.  Handling a hot drum is about the only negative on this product.  Even heavy welding gloves do not allow holding the drum for more than a few seconds.  Fortunately a few seconds is all you need to empty the drum of beans and replace the drum in the grill to cool.
Roasts have been very even thanks to the effective mixing by the vanes in the drum.  I'm using a standard rotissary motor which turns at 6rpm but that seems to be adequate.
The small perforations in the drum results in retention of most of the chaff which is then blown out during cooling.  Chaff everywhere!  As long as your outdoors this is not a problem and outdoors is where you want to be doing this as a pound or more of coffee really produces the smoke!

Buying Experience

Drum was shipped immediately on order and arrived without damage.  (You'd have to drive over it with a truck to damage it!)

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