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Thread: Where do you roast?

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    Question Where do you roast?

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    Hey all, wasn't exactly sure where to put this but its now been on my mind for a little while. Roasting spaces and where do all you fine people roast.

    Currently i roast on a HotTop and it basically lives inside but I drag it out to the garage or outside under the lastolite alfresco area of the house.

    I'm in early stages of investigating a larger machine (1-2 kgs) to roast on and figuring that it would probably need a more permanent space. I've somewhat got the okay from the treasurer of the house to convert the garage into a bit more of a roasting/multipurpose space rather than a Car Hold.

    So in short, love to know where you roast?
    If at Home. Is it in the garage? Shed? Custom built setups?

    And if you could share any pictures of setups for inspiration - that would be great too.
    If its a bit more bigger than that, if its a little warehouse or something else i'd be curious to see that too!

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    Tannyboy, I think ventilation is your biggest issue. If you can get adequate ventilation into the garage all is good. There is some concern about the exhaust gases. I roast similar to your present setup, I have a 1kg home made setup which is on a bbq stand/trolley and wheel it out to an undercover open area to roast.
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    I have my 2KG roaster at the rear of my garage with the flue going out of a window. When roasting I open front and rear roller doors to create air movement to remove any smoke when dumping batches into the cooling tray.
    cheers Trevor
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    Wow, what a tidy setup you have there Trevor...
    Looks great.

    I just roast outside in a shed with three walls removed.
    The breeze easily accounts for both chaff and smoke...

    Mal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dimal View Post
    Wow, what a tidy setup you have there Trevor...
    Looks great.

    I just roast outside in a shed with three walls removed.
    The breeze easily accounts for both chaff and smoke...

    Mal.
    Similar Mal, Greenman's setup puts mine to shame.
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    I roast at work, sorry not very helpful

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    Greenman impressive to see both a fire blanket and extinguisher in your setup.
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    On the kitchen cupboard with all the doors and windows open.

    I just recently stumbled across the idea of sitting the roaster on top of the stove with the rangehood on.

    Yay for no smoke alarms!

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    Quote Originally Posted by IrisGanache View Post

    Yay for no smoke alarms!
    Hmmmmmm! not so sure about that.
    House on fire.jpg
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yelta View Post
    Hmmmmmm! not so sure about that.
    House on fire.jpg



    Hmmm, I'll rephrase it.....no more smoke alarms going off. I used to have hubby or my oldest standing under them with towels wafting away until they stopped.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 338 View Post
    Greenman impressive to see both a fire blanket and extinguisher in your setup.
    I'm equally impressed that he actually hangs all of his brooms up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IrisGanache View Post
    Hmmm, I'll rephrase it.....no more smoke alarms going off. I used to have hubby or my oldest standing under them with towels wafting away until they stopped.
    Fair nuff, I see what you mean now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yelta View Post
    Fair nuff, I see what you mean now.

    I'm glad that is cleared up

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    Quote Originally Posted by IrisGanache View Post
    I just recently stumbled across the idea of sitting the roaster on top of the stove with the rangehood on.
    I did similar for a few years using a Hottop. Works well, but really clags up the rangehood after a while, so you may want to keep an eye on that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GrahamK View Post
    I did similar for a few years using a Hottop. Works well, but really clags up the rangehood after a while, so you may want to keep an eye on that.

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    How do you control chaff, is there a collector in the roaster?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yelta View Post
    How do you control chaff, is there a collector in the roaster?
    Chaff in the Hottop generally falls to the bottom of the roaster where there is a collection tray that is removed and emptied at the end of each roast.

    My roasting spot is out on the back patio. A nice steady breeze generally stakes care of any excess smoke and the smell of roasted coffee wafts deliciously through the house!
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    Quote Originally Posted by GrahamK View Post
    I did similar for a few years using a Hottop. Works well, but really clags up the rangehood after a while, so you may want to keep an eye on that.

    GrahamK
    Will do.
    Thanks for the tip.
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    Great hearing of and seeing some setups!

    Am currently roasting out the back under a shelter, there's a great bench space there.

    But I'm now possibly considering switching to inside roasting... Weather can be so hard to plan around and seems to have such a large effect on the roast result... am thinking it might be more stable inside, but we shall see! Of course I could alter certain variables (drop weight of beans if too cold and vice versa), but wind is another thing that's hard to work around..

    I do enjoy roasting outside though, it's quite relaxing

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    Not such an issue with the Behmor compared to some other setups, but roasting location is still determined by my wife.

    So... detached garage, 140kms from our house..... (beach shack )
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    Behmor Coffee Roaster
    Wow! That's some separation...

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