We've just received our roaster.... THANX .... very impressive service and
product!!!!!!!! will recommend you anytime!!
I bought one of Ron's drums years ago. It is drum #7 . Out of curiosity, do yo know (ballpark) how many of these have sold so far?
I checked on the "reviews and found an old post dated 2003. See below.
"This was a unsolicited post on Sweet Marias forum by Adam Jahiel on 11/2/03"
Just wanted to check in. My roaster has been sitting outside for close to 6? years now here in Wyoming, sometimes covered with snow and ice. Can't believe how well it has held up.
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
Wow, thanks for the amazing drum. It's so strange to
me to go from an inconsistent 1/2 pound of dog-bowl
roasted beans to 2 lbs of a consistent roast!
Since I manage a BBQ store, I was thinking I'd serve
free coffee samples on the weekends. I'm just gonna
brew a pot or 2 and put out some 4/6oz cups. I would
really like to show people that I roasted on a BBQ, so
how do you feel about supplying me with either
business cards or flyers if you have them? Or if you
just sent me a p.o.p. 4x6 or 8x11 I'll just put it in
a plexi stand!
Let me know if you need parts/supplies
traegergrills.com makes a great thermometer for people
to mount in the center of grill hood!
Shane-- drum is working great, developing a very nice patina, if you will. 7 roastings so far, fantastic flavor which to me is fuller than the fluid air bed roasts. I am getting to 2nd crack at about 12 minutes. I'd like to slow it down slightly but that's a good time in my book.