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    Construction on my post-roast bean cooler started this morning at 9 am.

    Materials cost about $40 - although many could be recycled without cost (eg if you already have some timber)
    • Arlec D-I-Y 250mm extraction fan (with plug)
    • 1200x300x19mm pine board
    • 2400x38x18mm pine
    • 4mm mesh
    • 400x400x3mm MDF
    • screws etc


    Took me about two hours to put it together, then I cleaned off the bench and set up to roast.

    I didnt have the camera to record the process - mrs grendel took it elsewhere today, so I took some quick shots tonight - will take some shots of it in action tomorrow.

    What I will say is that this cools the beans faster than anything I have ever tried - yes it cost more to build that some of the great methods I have seen - but I had it in my head and it wouldnt go away. It is a bit over-engineered but I dont expect to replace it ever.

    The few beans you can see trapped under the mesh are the result of a couple of missing cross pieces in the old piece of mesh I had in my garage.

    The bench is about half done - Ive installed the power points, cool and grinder - next will be some slide rails underneath to hold the green bean bins.




  • #2
    Re: Its the Cooler for you Herr Grendel

    Oh! and it is dead quiet.

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    • #3
      Re: Its the Cooler for you Herr Grendel

      Looking good Grendel !!

      I want one too ;D ;D

      Not much of a wood worker though

      Belinda

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      • #4
        Re: Its the Cooler for you Herr Grendel

        The mesh might still be a bit large for some beans. If youve got another piece, just cut it to criss-cross the other (diagonally), problem solved.

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        • #5
          Re: Its the Cooler for you Herr Grendel

          Originally posted by grendel link=1157809739/0#0 date=1157809728
          Construction on my post-roast bean cooler started this morning at 9 am.
          :-[ Puts my old cardboard box cooler to shame. Still does the job though, and I really will get around to doing something more permanent one day, really I will ,

          Mal.

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          • #6
            Re: Its the Cooler for you Herr Grendel

            Beauwdiful!
            Ive just scored an extraction fan from a garage sale for $5, now for the blue print Herr Grendel, can we see the inside?

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            • #7
              Re: Its the Cooler for you Herr Grendel

              I did some peaberrys yesterday - just used an old sifting ring and sat that on top of the fan. As for woodworking - not too hard to knock one up - I can probably supply paper templates if I put my mind to it.

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              • #8
                Re: Its the Cooler for you Herr Grendel

                Just finished mine!
                I had to go with a pot plant holder!


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                • #9
                  Re: Its the Cooler for you Herr Grendel

                  Love that electric pot plant ;-)

                  what goes over the top? A large seive?

                  Belinda

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                  • #10
                    Re: Its the Cooler for you Herr Grendel

                    Yup

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                    • #11
                      Re: Its the Cooler for you Herr Grendel

                      Is the fan secured inside the pot or does it just get squished 1/2 way down?

                      Belinda

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                      • #12
                        Re: Its the Cooler for you Herr Grendel

                        grendel how do you get the beans out of your cooling contraption?

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                        • #13
                          Re: Its the Cooler for you Herr Grendel

                          Originally posted by Corretto link=1157809739/0#10 date=1157890299
                          Is the fan secured inside the pot or does it just get squished 1/2 way down?

                          Belinda
                          Sorry about the delay,

                          The fan is a little like me, not very secure and always turned on.

                          I havent tested it yet, wet weather has put a dampener on things for a while. :-/

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                          • #14
                            Re: Its the Cooler for you Herr Grendel

                            Looks very interesting... Maybe use mesh and you get a cooler and chaff remover all in one (i think)

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                            • #15
                              Re: Its the Cooler for you Herr Grendel

                              I just scrape them off the top - not much effort there. They dont get stuck in the mesh unless they are very small.

                              I like Pressos - it would be easy to mount a fan inside a plastic bin also.

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