Just did my first two roasts using your profiles. The results are beautiful!
Thanks for a great product!!
Thanks to all who steered me right after my poor experience with the Ronco 4000. A genuine RK drum arrived in the mail today. It's a beefy rig---no joke! I headed out to the local welder's supply store for a pair of good gloves, then returned home to test the drum out. I fired up the BBQ, burned off the oils etc. from the drum for 15 minutes, and let it cool. Once it was safe to touch, I got the grill back up to heat, added a pound of the Zambia AA to the drum, and was off. A bit farther off than I'd hoped, as it turned out...took 22 minutes to get to second crack, but the emptying & cooling went E-Z. And man, those beans taste great! Thanks, Ron!
I echo everyone else's comments on the extremely professional quality of this drum. Ok, we all agree on that of course, one look and even a fairly non tech/mechanical person such as myself can see that level of quality you ensure.
I usually experience some form of "buyer's remorse" on large purchases, I don't know why, but that's me. Not so on the RK Drum though! I am so glad I finally bought this! I thought my SC/TO would be the one and only, (as I roasted my 12oz smugly, thinking of those "other" 3 or 4 oz roasters)
Roasting coffee with the RK Drum is like "printing money"! The RK Drum paid for itself fast.
Your customer service, attitude and willingness to answer questions, make suggestions about everything from roasting to buying beans to bags etc. You return civility and customer service to a professional level seldom seen anymore.
You even took time out on your Alaska trip to "talk me down" during a difficult roast. I was using a different motor than the one you offer and you made several suggestions that helped me overcome a problem.
I am sure I will one day get your motor after I tire of I have now been using the RK Drum for 6 months or so and still getting an even roast with my average of 5 -6 # is now routine for me. Roasting the sometimes fussy Dry Process greens is now a pleasure, the RK Drum tosses the beans
customizing ice packs etc to keep my motor cool for 5 or 6 roasts.
perfectly, enabling me to get very even roasts.
I read with longing your description of your new cooler. The fact that you now offer the new latch system is wonderful! I must say, the RK Drum is just about perfect! The previous latch was doable, but I wont miss it. I found a different latch pin at H. D. that actually seems to be a bit easier to work than the cotter pin., but I am ordering the new latch!
Nice unit. This is built sturdy and should last forever. Unfortunately I dropped motor unit while installing and crushed the plastic fan. I will epoxy it together and see if it runs without shaking. You did a wonderful job on the parts no sharp edges and even the drilled holes have no burs. You must have been a machinist or an engineer or just one talented guy. I am not used to seeing quality with everything made in china now a days.
It's been a week since I received and put together my new 6Lb DIY combo and in short, I'm thrilled! I had a few small challenges with the installation but engineering the solutions was part of the fun.
With this 10 year old Weber grill, the square tubes were about 3/4 inch too low for the base plate-motor mount combo at the highest position so I cut a pair of 1x2 shims to sit between the base plate and the tubes and got some 3-inch bolts for the muffler clamps--just right! The rotisserie cutouts in this grill were tiny and wanting to avoid using the Charbroil mounting brackets, I used my Dremel to cut those slots in the grill deep enough to accomodate some extra bearing-bushings that I bought at a grill parts supplier. Now the rotisserie spit is strongly supported on each side of the grill and I think it makes the motor's job easier since the spit and drum aren't hanging on the coupler. By the way, the motor , motor mount and baseplate is very well made and I especially appreciate the holes being pre-threaded for the electrical boxes. I chose to mount an unswitched duplex outlet on the back position to give me a place to conveniently plug in a fan to blow on the motor when I start doing big long roast sessions. To make the grill more efficient on gas, I blocked off about 70% of the rear vent with a piece of carpet threshold that fit perfectly and already had a slight bend which makes it press against the grill base nicely when the hood is closed.
Enough tech-stuff--forgive me, I'm an engineer--the drum is a work of art and the motor and mounts are terrific and the whole kit is well thought-out and it makes GREAT COFFEE! I've done several roasts using your
suggested profile for 1lb batches and I'm getting the hang of it! I will graduate to larger batches when I decide what kind of beans I want to order in quantity. The only bad thing about this setup is that I want to roast all the time and you need lots of beans in your inventory to have all that fun! The picture attached is Guatemala--Villa Herminia at a very even roast...delicious.
Thanks for your great products, and even more for your superb customer service! Keep up the good work!