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Shane, got the roaster up and running this past weekend, did a burn in and
two batches on Sunday (1 pound and 2 pound) and then had to hurry off to
other things. Last night i put the the roaster to work and roasted 15
pounds in about 2.5 hours! however i had to take about 20 minutes to make
some adjustments to the rotisserie rod, it must have been off center because
it was clicking pretty loudly. the largest batch i did was 3 pounds, wow i
am loving this thing already, and once i bump it up to 4 pounds things will
move much quicker. give me a few weeks of using this and i will write a
complete review you can share with others, i went to bed last night feeling
great that i had roasted a weeks worth of orders in a little over 2 hours,
and the coffee was packaged, labeled and ready to go to the store, and i
don't have to think about it until next week. Thanks for a great product
and excellent support.
I've only done a couple of roasts, and none more than about 3 pounds, But so far I've been getting good reviews from folks and I certainly like the coffee myself. The squeak has been minimized, the wobble in the spit largely goes away when it's loaded up and hot, and the clasp/door has not really caused me any problems. In short, I'm loving my new roaster. It has made my life a lot easier. And so far, without any modifications I'm roasting (albeit with smaller loads) at near "low" on the the three burners.
What I love about the RK drum is what I think scares most people away. At first look, an RK drum with a BBQ looks like you have no controls. The opposite is true! With a RK drum setup you have total control! It is the only home roast system that I know of where you have the power and control to roast from 4 oz to 4 pounds of coffee. Where people get in trouble is not realizing the flexibility of this system of roasting because they don’t go beyond the first look. After 20 years of homeroasting using every type of roaster from the new commercial home models to roasting over fire with an antique popcorn popper, I think I am qualified to say the RK drum is the best home roaster you can buy for less than $1,500.00. I have not found a limitation to my RK system yet. After spending $150.00 on a commercial machine a few years ago, it only took me a month to go back to my $3.00 popcorn popper.
The RK drum reminds me of roasting over fire with the popcorn popper except it gets rid of those dimensions that need to be consistent for a good roast every time. The RK drum moves the beans at a consistent rate. The RK drum keeps the beans at the right place to receive the heat they need to roast. The RK drum gives you a way to control the heat. So, instead of five dimensions to control, the RK takes care of three and leaves the roaster with the two most important dimensions to control, time and temperature. It lessens the
need to be accurate in how much coffee you roast because of its power. Try to vary the weight of an air roaster by more than an ounce without it having a major effect. As you will see below, load does make a difference, but again, you have control over it before you start the roast. All electronic machines handicap your roasting by their inherent limitations. Once you learn how to use your RK drum it is very easy to have perfect roasts every time.
The last thing I like about my RK is that it can be used to roast like a fluid bed (air) roaster or like the commercial drum roaster depending on your profile. Right now in my roasted supply I have an espresso blend that was roasted like a big commercial drum roaster. It has those deep complex coffee flavors that drum roasting is known for. On the other hand, I like the taste of a bright Central American coffee roasted in a fluid bed roaster. I have a Costa Rican coffee that is nice and bright and makes a wonderful vacuum pot of coffee. No other method of roasting that I know of gives that kind of flexibility. I have my thermometer mounted so it is even with the middle of my drum.
Personally, I have settled on one to two pound roasts most of the time. At Christmas I did two four pound roasts and at times I do as little as four ounce roasts
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 just wanted to let you know that everything worked out great for the shipping.
We christened the roaster this evening, and all went well. I am looking forward to my first cup tomorrow!
Many thanks for all your coordination.