It’s been a while since I bought my roaster. Great work, have been having good times & roasting plenty of coffee. I have even had it reviewed by the crew at Royal NY, who loved what I sent them.
I just wanted to let you know I did my first roast on my 8lb. drum yesterday. It went really well. I was able to get the universal rottisserie to work with a little modifying. I tried to follow the 6lb. drum roast profile from the roasting guide. I did experiance a uneven roast for my first try, but the coffee was still, delicious! It is very exciting roasting with this system. My cooling tray will blow the beans up in the air if its not on low! Otherwise the fans air swirling motion actually stirs the beans like there was a sweeper arm. I cant wait to give it another go. I can really see a perfect profile that will easily be developed with a few more times. Thanks alot and I'll get you out some photos soon. Jay S.
I can't tell you how pleased I am with the new drum/motor combo you sent me. Installation took about 45 minutes and after that I was up and running. I've got the Charbroil Quickset grill (35k) and installed the big thermometer from Home Depot.
My grill seems to like 480 degrees so here's what I've been doing:
Preheat to 500 degrees
Put 1 lb beans in the drum while
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 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.
Picked it up this evening and we just roasted our first batch – WOW! We are very impressed with the result. Can’t wait to do more :)
I love my RK drum - I think I've probably roasted 100 pounds in it by
now. As bad weather begins to creep into Northern Indiana I have a
little more time on my hands and I realized I neglected to let you know
that a friend of mine wrote an article about my roasting. If you go to
www.thebeacher.com - go to past issues for 2011, select October 6 and
you'll get a pdf version of The Beacher. If you scroll down to page 36
you'll find Charley's article. The RK drum gets honorable mentions
there. I hope you enjoy it.