July 17,2004 Allen M
(This a review by Thomas Owen from Sweet Marias. I sent Tom 3 sample roasts, roasted in a gas grill, with the RK Roasting Drum. Below are Toms remarks.)
I love my RK drum - I think I've probably roasted 100 pounds in it by
now. As bad weather begins to creep into Northern Indiana I have a
little more time on my hands and I realized I neglected to let you know
that a friend of mine wrote an article about my roasting. If you go to
www.thebeacher.com - go to past issues for 2011, select October 6 and
you'll get a pdf version of The Beacher. If you scroll down to page 36
you'll find Charley's article. The RK drum gets honorable mentions
there. I hope you enjoy it.
January 14, 2004
I received the drum and I am impressed the way you have made it. People tease me that I over build when I make anything, but there is no substitute for strength and quality. I can see how the drum will last forever, great work.
I haven't roasted coffee in it yet, but I did the initial burn. I have a small BBQ, but the heat
quickly climbed to 500 degrees and then slowly up to the 600-degree range, way more then I had expected or need. I am looking forward to roasting. Feel free to use my comment on your web site.
Bob Wuest #44
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.