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    Re: Easy Hands Free Heat Gun Setup

    Just changed my vote as well to BM and Imex. I may use the Imex again for smaller batches once the OAT increases as Summer approaches.

    I use a 2000W GMC heat gun. Cant remember the model but it came with a carry case and a few implements. Might have been around the $60 mark. It seems OK, but havent used it a heap yet. Mine did have a problem a while ago where it would not turn on again if I let it cool down too much between uses. I would have to wait until it had completely cooled down - weird. It has LEDs on the back to indicate temp and a variable heat control. They are helpful in setting the same approx temp again but how accurate I have no idea.

    I noticed with the larger batch size that once the beans approach 2nd crack, the roasting seems to speed up so you need to keep a close eye, keep sampling and possibly back off a bit on the heat or else they can over roast in a very short amount of time. I went from a little smoke to too much in a matter of seconds.

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    Hey gang,
    im upto roast 5 or so now, each with 300g, which is about perfect for my weekly consumption. I picked up a 2 heat ryobi HG at bunnings for $40, which is going ok, except for like what MattG mentions the cooling off periods. i have got around them slightly by cooling it with the hairdryer if needed (which i use to cool the beans after roasting).
    Ive had one OH&S issue so far while emptying the basket, when i put my leg up against the tip of the HG i had put to the side! of course before you realise with something so hot.... its TOO late, so i now have a decent blister on my calf muscle. ouch.

    Im getting really good even roasts, even a few pre roast blends have turned out well.

    One last thing is that i need to get some better oven mitts/gloves, because i roast outside my unit block which has an access driveway down the side... ive had a few embarassing moments when caught with the floral mitts..!!!!

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    Re: Easy Hands Free Heat Gun Setup

    Quote Originally Posted by KoNG link=1154442377/45#51 date=1157512004
    Hey gang,

    Ive had one OH&S issue so far while emptying the basket, when i put my leg up against the tip of the HG i had put to the side! of course before you realise with something so hot.... its TOO late, so i now have a decent blister on my calf muscle. ouch.

    Im getting really good even roasts, even a few pre roast blends have turned out well.

    One last thing is that i need to get some better oven mitts/gloves, because i roast outside my unit block which has an access driveway down the side... ive had a few embarassing moments when caught with the floral mitts..!!!!
    Know what you mean KoNG with the OH&S issues. My elbow clipped the end of the HG for a split second (after it had been off for 15 minutes) and it caused a nasty burn which lasted a few days :( Am really careful with it now ;)

    Whats wrong with floral oven mitts? They are soooo pretty ;D Do you get any funny looks while roasting with the BM in your unit block ? ::)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Corretto link=1154442377/45#52 date=1157519321

    Whats wrong with floral oven mitts? *They are soooo pretty ;D *Do you get any funny looks while roasting with the BM in your unit block ? * ::)

    Belinda

    Hi Belinda
    I think everyone in my unit block and the 2 sorrounding unit blocks are used to it *now!! i homebrew aswell and when you brew from scratch it requires huge 60 litre pots, a 60 litre round igloo esky, a big 3 ring gas burner and gravity feed stand... *all of this is carted outside *when i brew and i get alot of questions, most people are used to it *now and are asking better *questions... like what beer am i making.? what hops am i using this time... etc etc *8-) *(instead of the original looks from some people wondering if im cooking up some amphetamines)

    As for the breadmaker.... *the *is *all new to them again. *;D
    im definately getting looks again.. *:o
    but the worst was definately the oven mitts in front of the 3 young ladies.!! * :-[
    T.D. was there and took great pleasure in seeing my demise.

    But hey......
    damn it roasts well and i dont care once im having my morning coffee.

    Rock on... BM/HG member

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    Quote Originally Posted by KoNG link=1154442377/45#53 date=1157589265
    i homebrew aswell and when you brew from scratch it requires huge 60 litre pots, a 60 litre round igloo esky, a big 3 ring gas burner and gravity feed stand...

    damn it roasts well and i dont care once im having my morning coffee.

    Rock on... BM/HG member
    Looks like homebrewing and coffee roasting go together. I also brew beer from scratch, but in smaller quantities. I think its all about quality and the end result. ;)

    Think my neighbours think Im strange too .... with me sitting in the backyard staring into a whirling breakmaker on the ground with a heatgun on a bottle capper pointed into it ;D

    If theyve smelt the magical smell of freshly roasted coffee wafting about they havent mentioned it ::)

    Gotta get me some floral oven mitts though, could be the latest trend 8-)

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    Re: Easy Hands Free Heat Gun Setup

    Your not a home-roaster until you have floral mitts... * ;D

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    WOW.....
    Belinda, you have been pinned... ;D
    Congratulations.

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    Re: Easy Hands Free Heat Gun Setup

    Quote Originally Posted by rayzurhed link=1154442377/45#46 date=1156569200
    Well today was the day my BM was revamped! ::) Bullitt - who lives round the corner- was able to wire it up so that it doesnt stop when it gets too hot or after 15 minutes- which it did last time.
    Now there is a simple switch on the top.
    Got exactly the same model BM myself... and just thinking about trying out the idea - which looks fantastic...

    Just one question- after the "mod" to the BM does the paddle still reverse every 20 secs or so - or does it just continue to rotate in the same direction whilst the extra switch is operated?

    And just in case the other half asks - does it still work as a BM after the mod????

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    Quote Originally Posted by JavaB link=1154442377/45#57 date=1157625040
    Quote Originally Posted by rayzurhed link=1154442377/45#46 date=1156569200
    Well today was the day my BM was revamped! ::) Bullitt - who lives round the corner- was able to wire it up so that it doesnt stop when it gets too hot or after 15 minutes- which it did last time.
    Now there is a simple switch on the top.
    Got exactly the same model BM myself... and just thinking about trying out the idea - which looks fantastic...

    Just one question- after the "mod" to the BM does the paddle still reverse every 20 secs or so - or does it just continue to rotate in the same direction whilst the extra switch is operated?

    And just in case the other half asks - does it still work as a BM after the mod????

    Guess I can answer that,

    RHs BM has been designated "coffee roaster" only. Prior to fitting the switch to the paddle motor, he had disconnected a lot of internal wiring to heat coils and pressure switches, etc., which made the mod relatively simple ;)
    So his BM is now an agitator only, and goes in one direction, as long as the switch is on :)

    If you want a true double purpose unit, Mal has modified his unit with an override switch, which in his case makes the paddles (yes 2) operate for as long as they are switched on, or the unit can be used as a BM.

    So you can have it both ways if you want, but more care is required with the wiring mods to modify for dual purpose. Consulting an electrician or electronics person is always safer.

    Regards
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    Re: Easy Hands Free Heat Gun Setup

    i feel rather lucky that the $10 BM i picked up from the garage sale, stirs constantly after 2 minutes of pulsing. too easy.

    Cant wait to roast tomorrow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KoNG link=1154442377/45#59 date=1157698050
    i feel rather lucky that the $10 BM i picked up from the garage sale, stirs constantly after 2 minutes of pulsing. too easy.

    Cant wait to roast tomorrow.
    Good pickup KoNG !! anxiously await the results .... 8-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bullitt link=1154442377/45#58 date=1157695141
    RHs BM has been designated "coffee roaster" only. Prior to fitting the switch to the paddle motor, he had disconnected a lot of internal wiring to heat coils and pressure switches, etc., which made the mod relatively simple ;)
    So his BM is now an agitator only, and goes in one direction, as long as the switch is on :)

    So you can have it both ways if you want, but more care is required with the wiring mods to modify for dual purpose. Consulting an electrician or electronics person is always safer.
    Thanks for that....

    Might also go down that path myself!

    Ive removed the case and notice the motor has two windings..... so Im assuming it is a capacitor run motor.... with power applied to each side in turn to get the both way agitation.... :-/

    But where is the capacitor? I assume it is in the electronics "box" behind the front panel... :o

    When you hard wired it, I assume you rewired the capacitor into one winding leg only....

    (have done quite a bit of electrical work by the way..... just thoght Id pick the brains of someone who has done it - rather than reinvent the wheel and charge in "boots and all";) :D)

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    Re: Easy Hands Free Heat Gun Setup

    OK,

    Got the BM modified! ;D

    Can even change the direction of rotation (using a centre off switch) which may (or may not :-/) be useful during a roast.

    Now its off to purchase a heat gun and will give it a try.....:D ;D

    Seems like a great idea and the photos of the roasts from a BM so far has got me really enthoused..... 8-)

    Let you know how it goes.

    EDIT:

    Whilst reassembling the BM I noticed a large white bearing under the rotating "paddle".... This is PTFE (- which is a type of Teflon) as far as I can tell. Fine for breadmaking (very good bearing surface - low friction) and at baking temps - less than 200C with heat applied from the outside of the bowl and ingredients on the inside cooling the bowl and the paddle/bearing BUT

    From Wikipedia..
    While Teflon itself is chemically inert and non-toxic, Teflon begins to deteriorate after the temperature of cookware reaches about 500F (260C), and begins to significantly decompose above 660F (350C). These degradation products can be lethal to birds, and can cause flu-like symptoms in humans (see Teflon flu). :-X :(

    Now whilst Im not concerned about the coating on the walls of the breadmaker as the heat is being dissapated over the whole surface..... the paddle will get the full heat from the gun (as far as I can see) - this has nowhere to go (except into the bearing)- and will no doubt get far hotter than 260C.... :-[

    So the teflon coating on the paddle and the PTFE bearing might start to break down....

    Has anyone checked to see if the (normally pure white) bearing is starting to look as if it is being damaged by heat.... :o

    Also any idea how hot the paddle gets?

    Bit of a concern if extra "flavouring" is being added to the beans :(

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    Re: Easy Hands Free Heat Gun Setup

    In case you are interested, ALDI have a heat gun coming up from Thursday I think at $20.

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    Hi JB,

    Yes Im aware of the potential problems with Teflon/PTFE... I think Tepin posted in some info about it.

    With our bread-maker, the heat doesnt seem to get up high enough around the paddle shafts to be of concern as I aim the heatgun exhaust at the opposite side of the bread-pan where the beans and pan wall meet, more at the beans than the wall. In point of fact, I would say that the paddle bearings are exposed to higher temperatures during normal operation rather than when roasting coffee.

    Its a good point though and one that all BM converts should be aware of.... Dont point the heatgun directly at the paddles or the wall of the bread-pan, offset the nozzle a bit so that the heated air is directed at the beans between the paddle(s) and the pan wall. I dont have too many concerns with the coating on the bread-pan itself either, I think the beans will eventually abrade all this off in time, in the area where the heatgun is directed anyway.

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    Re: Easy Hands Free Heat Gun Setup

    Quote Originally Posted by JavaB link=1154442377/60#62 date=1157801171
    OK,


    Has anyone checked to see if the (normally pure white) bearing is starting to look as if it is being damaged by heat.... :o

    Also any idea how hot the paddle gets?

    Bit of a concern if extra "flavouring" is being added to the beans :(

    I cant see any bearing on my machine. Maybe its come off in the past, but it works fine without one.

    My paddle is turning brown after 9 roasts, but Id say this is coffee oils baking onto it. There is definitely no signs of any blistering of the teflon.

    The coffee beans definitely only taste like coffee. No extra flavours can be detected.

    I have no idea how hot the paddle does get, but no doubt its pretty damn hot .........

    Belinda

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    Re: Easy Hands Free Heat Gun Setup

    Picture of the paddle after 9 roasts .........

    nice pattern forming :) picture comes across more red than it really is. Its much more browny coloured.

    What do you think? No signs of blistering ....... some wear and tear but it is 10 years old and has made many a pizza dough in its long life. [smiley=grin.gif]

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    Re: Easy Hands Free Heat Gun Setup

    Quote Originally Posted by Mal link=1154442377/60#64 date=1157808480

    Its a good point though and one that all BM converts should be aware of.... Dont point the heatgun directly at the paddles or the wall of the bread-pan, offset the nozzle a bit so that the heated air is directed at the beans between the paddle(s) and the pan wall. I dont have too many concerns with the coating on the bread-pan itself either, I think the beans will eventually abrade all this off in time, in the area where the heatgun is directed anyway.

    Mal.
    I think you are more fortunate than the rest of us ;)

    Having two paddles and a wide base you can aim the gun away from the paddle :) The abraded Teflon is no health risk at all - only the fumes.

    Most MBs are deep single paddle bowls (Ive also got the Sunbeam - a Bakehouse) and it would be hard not to hit the paddle directly with the heat gun output (unless I aimed at the side wall rather than the beans - or lowered it well into the bowl :()

    I checked on the Dupont web site - apparently Teflon (as it is now formulated) is being phased out from use in food producing gear because of cancer risk from one of the fumes give off :(:-/

    They recommend not heating any of their Teflon coated cookware without contents in the pan - and never to a temperature where the oils in the pan smokes - above 260 degrees C.... or in an oven above that temp either!! (

    Quote from Dupont
    Temperatures of 500F (260C) to 550F (288C) are typically used for broiling. DuPont does not recommend use of non-stick coated cookware at those temperatures.

    I might give it a try and measure the temp at the paddle- unless someone does it sooner


    I still like the idea :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Corretto link=1154442377/60#65 date=1157808756

    I cant see any bearing on my machine. Maybe its come off in the past, but it works fine without one.

    Belinda
    Belinda,

    After you remove the paddle the shaft which goes through the bowl passes through a "bearing" of Teflon...... (it needs to be something very smooth so the bread wont stick to it as it bakes ;))

    It normally is bright shiney white (my machine has made countless loaves and still looks new)...

    If you are lucky it might be a brass bush rather than Teflon :)

    And a change in colour (according to Dupont) is an indication of breakdown ... or as you say, could be just the coffee oils... :-/(need to measure the temp I guess to be sure)

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    Re: Easy Hands Free Heat Gun Setup

    If youre hitting 260C, the beans would be charcoal. Id be worried more about carbonising beans than fumes from the teflon. If the paddles are that exposed to the heat then you might think about increasing batch size a bit to cover the paddles. Theyll still agitate the beans just fine.

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    Yep,

    I agree with nunu.... I know that all due care must be taken but reality has to creep in to the argument here somewhere too. I dont think the temperature is going to be anywhere near the critical 260 degrees C unless you poke the heatgun into the pan so far that it is practically sitting on top of the paddle.

    If my DMM was available (died recently :() Id whip out the t/c and do a few measurements just to put the whole thing into perspective. Ill be sticking with my BM for a while yet 8-),

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    Re: Easy Hands Free Heat Gun Setup

    Okay here is a close up picture of the bearing ( I hope ). Hard to get because the bowl is so deep.

    I believe its made of stainless steel. Certainly looks metal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nunu link=1154442377/60#69 date=1157810534
    If youre hitting 260C, the beans would be charcoal.
    If the beans were at that temp Id agree.....

    But the surroundings are normally hotter than the beans... which is why they roast.

    Oven roasting is recommended at 270 deg C
    Stovetop recommended temp ranges from 235-260 deg C

    So, yes the paddle and bowl could be hotter.... and you would not get charcoal (well at least not for a while ;))


    Dont get me wrong, I think this is a fantastic way to roast beans.... just trying to be careful...

    Many years ago I worked at Woomera (Rocket range in those days)! Local residents had scrounging rights at the local tip (the C of A threw out lots of good stuff)

    A resident of Woomera found a nice shinly thick steel plate.... U beauty!! will make a great barbi plate..... Took it home and cooked his family a barbi (the plate wasnt even rusty so didnt need cleaning)!

    Pity he hadnt checked - the plate had a thick Cadmium plating and he poisoned himself and his family!

    So you cant be too careful!

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    Here is a (very poor) picture of the PTFE bearing in my machine

    You can just make out some "crumbs" from the last bake around the edges!! ;D


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    Hi again JB,

    After dragging the BM out of the cupboard and giving it a much more thorough inspection, it seems the bearings on this unit are fully enclosed and well sealed, so it isnt possible to discern what the bearing material may be made from. I know that on bearings subjected to high temperatures in industrial applications, special Silicone based lubricants and greases can be obtained for these. Maybe that is what is being used in our BM :-?,

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    Quote Originally Posted by JavaB link=1154442377/60#72 date=1157812784
    Many years ago I worked at Woomera (Rocket range in those days)! Local residents had scrounging rights at the local tip (the C of A threw out lots of good stuff)

    A resident of Woomera found a nice shinly thick steel plate.... U beauty!! will make a great barbi plate..... Took it home and cooked his family a barbi (the plate wasnt even rusty so didnt need cleaning)!

    Pity he hadnt checked - the plate had a thick Cadmium plating and he poisoned himself and his family!

    So you cant be too careful!
    I hear they serve a mean Schnitzel in Woomera *(Cadmium free of course) ;)

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    OK, call me paranoid but I am concerned at the heat on the paddle and the PTFE bearing ..... Im sure these will get quite hot and, unlike the bowl, there is nowhere for this heat to go. :(

    So stainless steel wool (and a bit of elbow grease!!)

    And you have :D



    The same could be done to the bowl but would probably be overkill



    Ive (with brute force and flamin ignorance) removed the bearing. ::)






    The top (white) surface is definately PTFE and under that is a red "liquid seal which looks to be silicone rubber. As I dont need a liquid seal any more.... these are about to be replaced with a brass bushing... :)


    Then no more problems. And one more BM roaster into operation. :D ;D

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    Geeeez, just when i thought i had a nice, easy..... no issues roasting method.... * ::)

    The rain stopped me from roasting on the weekend too! stocks are dwindling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JavaB link=1154442377/75#76 date=1157944749
    So stainless steel wool (and a bit of elbow grease!!)

    And you have :D
    Do you have a before photo? Did it look similar to the photo of my paddle (back a page) ?

    Maybe this is a good idea for all to scrub them back to SS .............

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    Quote Originally Posted by Corretto link=1154442377/75#78 date=1157977766
    Do you have a before photo? Did it look similar to the photo of my paddle (back a page) ?
    Sorry, didnt think of taking a before photo :( - but the teflon did look a little the worse for wear and I figured, unlike the bowl which can get rid of the heat, the paddle is going to get pretty hot- probably too hot for the teflon (and in my case so would the PTFE that the shaft goes through....)

    Wasnt too hard to remove the teflon coating either- I think it might be a good idea (just to be safe) ;)

    Just finished fitting the brass bush which now replaces the PTFE...

    So all is ready for action.....

    Love the idea of the BM roaster :)

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    OK - at last - here is my BM roaster setup



    The fan seems to be a good idea as the heat gun gets quite hot from the hot air coming out of the BM bowl. The heat gun is held on a wooden frame in an old drill press I had lying around (pretty cheap to buy from a hardware store)....



    This shows the heat gun mounted on a piece of board... the board gives two left/right positions ( straight down and about 15 deg to the left) depending where the bolts are placed (you can see the second set of holes)

    In/out adjustment is made by tightening or loosening the two bolts which pass through the Ryobi heat gun "stand" - the black wire form attached to the base of the gun.




    This shows a closeup of the attaching method. Note the piece of dowel glued onto the backing board at the front of the handle- this gives the pivot point for in/out adjustment.





    This shows the rear of the mounting board and how it is "attached" to the drill press stand. With the drill press I took off the mechanism from the shaft and turned it over - but replaced the spring on the top again. This spring lifts the board/ heatgun- but the depth setting bar (vertical rod partially hidden by the power cord) now prevents the spring working..... locking it into the "down" position.

    When you release the screw which hold the depth setting bar... the spring raises the heatgun about 10cm (my gun is 2 heat 60 deg and 600 deg - so after first crack, loosen the screw and reduced heat) This also raises the gun well above the bowl for easy removal.

    So there it is.... now to give it a try!!

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    <Applauds and whistles>

    Brilliant. Ive sent the word out locally that I will buy old Bread Makers. I may be asking questions about substituting the brass brush for the teflon (like where would I buy the brass jobbie?)

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    Quote Originally Posted by JavaB link=1154442377/75#80 date=1158300727
    So there it is.... now to give it a try!!
    All I can say JB, is Wow!,

    This thing would stand up through an equivalent of Cyclone Tracy..... Through rain, sleet, ice or snow the roast must go on ::),

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    Very nice JavaB! Gotta love hands free! :)

    Java "Loves a good project" phile

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    Quote Originally Posted by grendel link=1154442377/75#81 date=1158305157
    I may be asking questions about substituting the brass brush for the teflon (like where would I buy the brass jobbie?)
    Are you located in Perth?

    Might be able to help you out (handy having a metal lathe in the shed) ;D

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mal link=1154442377/75#82 date=1158306417
    This thing would stand up through an equivalent of Cyclone Tracy..... Through rain, sleet, ice or snow the roast must go on ::),
    As has been discussed in another thread.... I like things that are solid and that will last!

    And I reakon this will :D ;D

    Rain or sleet OK - But if we get ice or snow in Perth ------ all bets are off ::)

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    Yup,

    Im in Perth. I have a BM but it is used for bread so I will find a cheap 2nd hand one. Once Ive got it Ill give you a call!.

    :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by JavaB link=1154442377/75#85 date=1158308914

    As has been discussed in another thread.... I like things that are solid and that will last!

    And I reakon this will :D ;D

    Rain or sleet OK - But if we get ice or snow in Perth ------ all bets are off ::)
    Well done Java, this HG wont fall over in a hurry !!

    Hope your first roast goes well. Im sure it will though 8-)

    Do my eyes deceive me or did you scrub all the teflon off the bowl of the BM too??

    Belinda

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    Quote Originally Posted by Corretto link=1154442377/75#87 date=1158326075
    Well done Java, this HG wont fall over in a hurry !!

    Hope your first roast goes well. Im sure it will though 8-)

    Do my eyes deceive me or did you scrub all the teflon off the bowl of the BM too??

    Belinda
    Nope, I only scrubbed the paddle and replaced the bushing.......

    Im not too worried about the bowl as the heat can flow around and escape.... the poor paddle on the other hand would get a right royal roasting.... :-[ and there was nowhere for the heat to go!

    Yep, looking forward to the first roast..... will let you know how it goes!

    Love the idea..... good lateral thinking by you!!! :D ;D

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    Well, as promised here is the first BM roast, It is Brazil Santos (250 grams) taken into the second crack.....

    Roast took just over 15 minutes and looks very, very consistant.

    What a great idea!!!


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    Mmmm,

    Those beans look extremely inviting JB...... Cant wait til my next roast ;D,

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    Ive just read this thread from go to whoa and the whole scenario has me intrigued.

    Belinda, you seem to have come up with a pearler of an application. But wouldnt you know it...that stupid bl**dy BM that sat in our kitchen cupboard for years taking up prime real estate was given away a couple of years ago as it got used possibly 5 times. *[smiley=rolleyes.gif]

    Oh well, I know that it is actually being used for its intended purpose and it was a blessing to the friends that we gave it to. Ahh! Doesnt matter! Just got to be on the lookout for a cheapy.

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    Nice roast there JavaB... As Mal put it... very inviting :-)

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    Im advertising at work for a breadmaker and offering magic beans in payment. Or cash. Somehow I think theyll take the cash.

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    I should have updated this a while ago now, but the BM HG story is continued in the following (main) threads:

    A problem arises!
    http://coffeesnobs.com.au/YaBB.pl?num=1158482597

    A problem fixed! Part II
    http://coffeesnobs.com.au/YaBB.pl?num=1158893099

    Pictures of a BM roast in progress
    http://coffeesnobs.com.au/YaBB.pl?num=1159261359

    Datalogging - has info on installing a temperature probe and datalogging it (not just for BMs of course)
    http://coffeesnobs.com.au/YaBB.pl?num=1159680974

    Its mentioned in others too of course but those are the main ones ..........


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    Im almost ready to rock and roll with my Corretto.

    HG - check
    BM with non-reversible, almost invisible (not) red go-button mod - check
    Beans - check
    New and improved bean cooler - check
    The drill stand - doh

    I checked 5 hardware shops, 2 auto parts shops, a specialty engineers supplies shop, all with no joy.
    I nearly resorted to buying one from fleabay *:(
    Ill just have to widen my scope.
    Luckily I just got some fresh, pro-roasted beans from Pioneer to tide me over for a while *:)

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    Way to go Lovey!! ;-)

    $12 at Bunnings according to Grendel :-)

    A datalogger is next on the list to?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Corretto link=1154442377/90#96 date=1162456194
    $12 at Bunnings according to Grendel :-)
    Our local one is tiny and doesnt have a huge range *:(. Im off to the big smoke in a few weeks and Im sure to find one on the way *:)

    A datalogger is next on the list to?
    Ive pushed the "I need more gadgets" line to the limit with the SO, so Ill have to hold off on that for the time being. Ive got a DMM with a thermocouple probe, Ill just have to learn to write really quickly during a roast *;D



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    Of course you can always use a bottle capper. Mine is very versatile, easily moved up and down, in and out :-)


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