It is so nice to be able to roast 4 pounds of greens in around 20 minutes. My wife sells most of my coffee at her work place and they (office) could tell a big difference in the quality of coffee than the previous roaster I had. It really does an excellent job for the money that you invest.
I received the Drum and Motor setup on Thursday, I had
to make a few adjustments to get it level and in line
on my Weber grill, took about 10 minutes and then let
the drum burn in for about 15 minutes.
Today (Saturday) I did two roasts, the first roast was
a little over done but the second roast came out very
nice. Each roast was 1 pound. It is going to take
some practice with roast times and getting the drum
into the grill without losing too much heat and
getting the beans into the cooling tray but I think
after 3 or 4 roasts I should have it down.
The motor is very quiet and I have no problem hearing
the first crack.
I am pleased with the drum and motor and look forward
to many roasts, you have a great product.
I bought the 8 lb. drum from Shane about a year ago and since then I have easily put over 500 lbs through the beast! The drum is flawless! I had my learning curve of course, but after a handful of not perfect (yet very tasty) batches, I caught on. Now I never miss a beat. My roasts are flawlessly even across the whole drum. Shane probably wouldn't approve of this, but I cram 12 lb. into the 8 lb. drum, and 26 minutes later I have a perfectly even 10 lb. batch of Full City+. I also have a grill that could take the place of my furnace in a pinch;) When I do fairs/bazaars I punch 100 lbs through this beast without even a hiccup. AMAZING!!!!! I really can't say enough good about these drums. They are built like tanks and infused with a little piece of Shane's heart. Skip the cheap thin gauge junk on ebay. Once you buy one of Shane's drums you will never want anything else. It's worth the coin, plus it will outlive Armageddon;)
I also purchased the new "RK Model T" cooler and I love it! It looks good, runs like a champ, and, like the drums, is one solid piece of machinery!
What is really amazing is not just the drum... it's Shane! He made the process of transitioning into small batch commercial roasting easier for me. Not only does he stand unwaveringly behind his products, but he loves to help the novice overcome the learning curve. Thank you Shane... You Rock!
One RK Convert,
Just did my first two roasts using your profiles. The results are beautiful!
Thanks for a great product!!