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  • Roaster Advice Please

    I dont want to jump right in and spend $100+ on a roaster and have read that many people use an air popcorn cooker like West Bend Poppery II. Im pretty sure I can find one at a thrift shop.
    Although we have an air convection cooker, a heat gun and a bread maker.

    Has anybody tried using an convection air cooker? They are table top cookers with a large glass bowl and a removable top with a thermostat, timer and fans to blow air down and around into the bowl for cooking. They are usually called hot air convection ovens or cookers. Here is a link to one.
    Ours goes up to 500 degrees.

    comments please

    thank you

  • #2
    Re: Roaster Advice Please

    I have thought of using a convection or turbo oven. What I would like to know is if the fan is strong enough to move the bean mass enough. It will be interesting to see what people say. I notice 2muchcoffeeman (2mcm) has convection oven listed as part of his equpment list so he might be able to shed some light on the subject. :-?


    • #3
      Re: Roaster Advice Please

      The beans need continuous - and fast - agitation.

      Those who have used turbo ovens (and a few have) had to drill a hole through the base and fit a stirrer inside (with a motor to drive it under the bowl) to keep the beans moving.

      One Ive seen used the motor in a Bread Machine to drive the paddle.

      The easier option is to use a bread machine and heatgun - AKA Corretto


      Works a treat!!


      • #4
        Re: Roaster Advice Please

        Turbo ovens are a good heat source for a roaster, but you need 2 things: 1. something to agitate the beans (most US TO roasters use either a stir crazy base or a salton ufo base, as they both have a stirring mechanism). 2. a way for chaff/smoke to escape.

        Turbo oven fans are not strong enough to move the beans around.

        My current project uses a TO, 12" stock pot, and a wiper motor (as soon as I can get one). I foresee an issue to overcome, which is getting the beans out when the roast is done.


        • #5
          Re: Roaster Advice Please

          I would recommend the bread machine and heat gun over a turbo oven. The BM/HG can do much larger and more even roasts than a TO can.

          Java "Hhhmmm...Fresh roasted beans!" phile
          Toys! I must have new toys!!!