Quickly put the drum in the grill and get it back up to 480 asap (within 1 to 2 minutes)
1st crack happens around 11-12 minutes
2nd crack is right around 15-16 minutes
This makes a really nice City roast and since I've gotten the timing down I've put about 10 pounds through it in the first few days. Each batch has come out the perfectly online casino the same.
Thank you again for making such a great product and if I keep roasting like this I'll be back with you shortly for your bigger motor!
P.S. Thank you also for the extra collars...I've got them in a safe place for if/when I need them!
P.P.S. One design enhancement you might consider - The retaining pin that holds the drum closed has a small washer attached to a chain. If you could solder that washer in place (or just attach the pin directly to the chain) it would stay out of the way. I've been using needle nose pliers as you suggested which helps, but that washer does get in the way and can hamper the pin removal.
I've only been roasting coffee since June of this year (09). I needed to get a larger roaster, seems like every week I roast more and more. I did alot research and just did not want to pull the trigger on a $3500.00 plus roaster.
I contacted Shane and talked to him about a drum. I ended up ordering the 4# roaster, bought a new grill and did the sheet metal mods. Shipping was fast and correct. The drum is built to last a lifetime, the only thing that I should have done different was to get the 6# drum for $90.00 more. (Shane should have talked me into getting the 6# roaster.) LOL
It was simple to set up and get it going. I've more than maxed it out a couple of times, beans came out great. You can see the mods i've made to the grill and the simple bean cooler I built on Shane's web site.
Bottom line is that the drum is top notch, works great and is well worth the money! Shane is also a great guy to talk to and will treat you right.