Just to let you know that I finally got my cooling stand put together, burned in the drum and did my first roast this evening on the patio. I was concerned about being able to hear the cracks (coming from using an iRoast2 that was an issue for me). I had my wife standing by to make sure I didn't miss the sounds. I needn't have worried. The sounds of First Crack were loud enough to be heard on the other side of the back yard. I backed the temp off a bit and let her coast. The first time trying to control the temperature is kind of like trying to back up an 18-wheeler but we managed just fine. I was going to pull at the first sign of 2nd crack and I overshot a few seconds but oh, well. The cooling stand worked great and for the maiden voyage of my RK Drum, I am very pleased. The rest will come with experience.
Thank you, Ron. We're off and running. Now if I could only find someplace I could lay my hands on some more of that Brazil Fazenda Ipanema "Dulce" that Tom and Maria had!! A number of my friends just rave about that one and I have only a small amount left. I'll know better next time to lay in a good supply when I find a great bean like that one. Of course, SM has many great beans.
Got the new clip, and pop riveted it on. Must have taken me all of 2 minutes!
Just completed roasting 20 pounds of various beans, and I LOVE the new clip!!!!
No more fiddling around with the pin, just pop it out, flip the clip, dump the beans, and on to the next batch.
As you mentioned in your review, a bit less noise, and much faster turnaround times between roasts.
Still regret not going with the 6 pound drum.
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.
Mike Simanyi wrote:
Just had to post. I received my RK drum and 50rpm motor setup last
week and fired it up for a few small roasts (1 to 1.5 pounds each). I
slightly over-roasted the first batch while trying to dial-in my
thermometer readings and reconcile them to the instructions I found at
Ron's site, but the next batches went like clockwork.
Three words: Oh. My. Gosh!
The scent of the roast is amazing. Using the I-roast, 2nd crack was
always exceptionally subtle. With the drum it's like firecrackers.
And darn near the most entertaining part is pouring the smoking mass
of beans into the sifter and holding them over the fan for cooling.
Within about 75 seconds they were almost to ambient temp... and
smelled AMAZING! One of my neighbors came
It's such a pleasure to roast on your equipment! I want to sell my Hot Top but end up recommending your drum to perspective HT buyers. :)