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'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.
This is a note to let you know I have been having great success with my drum. Thanks for the effort you put into its design and construction.
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.
Your drum is awesome! I just roasted my first batch of beans on my new
RK drum and they came out great. I feel like a kid at Christmas! Oh
yeah, it is Christmas and this is my present to myself! I roasted 1 1/4
pound on my first try and chose a bean that I do not really care for so
that it did not matter what happened. My grill did a great job of
getting to temp fast and I was able to maintain temps even in the 45
degree weather with a little breeze blowing. I hit first crack at 9:11,
cranked back the heat some and
it lasted till about 11:00 minutes. I
normally stop my roasts at a C+ and rarely ever reach 2nd crack but I
wanted to gauge things so I kept on going. At 13:40 I hit 2nd crack and
at a 14:00 I shut it down and pulled the drum. I don't have a cooling
system yet so I had a little difficulty but I will get that squared
away in a day or two. I got a quick lesson in how much heat is
generated in even a pound of beans. It took me a few seconds on a small
fan to get second crack to stop. I can't wait to try again.
As to my bowed rod issues, things seemed to level out some when I
heated it all up for the first time and even more on this first roast.
I think some of my "thump" may have come from the fact that I can't
seem to get the coupler that mates to the motor to secure to the end of
the rod squarely. It always wants to have a slight tilt, just enough to
make things a little uneven. Nonetheless things went great, even with
my 80 year-old mother watching and talking to me the whole time! The
beans came out at a very nice FC+ or so and were probably the most
evenly roasted beans I have seen in a long time. Thanks again. I will
send some pics of my setup and success later. I've got to go now; I am
supposed to be roasting a turkey for dinner tonight, not coffee beans!