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My actual self-made 1.5 kg copper drum roaster
This is my self-made copper 1.5kg drum roaster.

I put it on my kitchen stove (the kitchen of my coffee shop), with a self made "burner", well it is technically not a burner but a flame breaker... I don't know if it's its correct name, I literally translate the word from Italian.

Everything costs me around 400 euro.

What do you think about it?

I believe it is very reliable since it has just 1 thing that can broke, that is the motor that rotate the drum. I actually broke it afer 2 years of intense activity and it costs me 30 euro to replace it.
Ruben, Please post a picture!

In English, I think you mean "heat deflector."
Sorry, the pic was too big. I'll try another time.

Can you see it now?

What are your first thoughts about it?

The drum is made of copper, beleive it! It's not reddish because the direct flame contact turn it into grayish. Well, it is not really directly in contact, when the flame is 100% there are still 10 centimeters between the flame and the drum.
I don't like perforated drums because the residual chemical substances from gas burning can go into the coffee. The beans in this drum are 100% protected since is a 99% "closed" drum...there are only 3 little holes on the left side to let the smoke go outside. To maintain a bright coffee profile I usually stop the motor from rotating 3 times during roasting, then open the drum from the left side, blow some "fresh" air from my longs :) , then start the roasting process again.
Rubens attached the following image:

Edited by Rubens on 01/22/2011 9:23 AM
This is the opening, where I put green beans, where I blow the air during roasts, and where the roasted coffee comes out
Rubens attached the following image:

Edited by Rubens on 01/22/2011 9:34 AM
And this is the heat deflector
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Very nice! (I hope this translates to Italian.) I would like to know how you deal with smoke, and also how do you cool the beans?

Fantastic project!

Roaster: CoffeeAir II 2# DIY air roaster
Grinder: Vintage Grindmaster 500
Brewers: Vintage Cory DCU DCL, Aeropress, Press, Osaka Titanium pourover


seedlings wrote:
I would like to know how you deal with smoke...CHAD

Here is how I deal with smoke
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seedlings wrote:how do you cool the beans?CHAD

I dump the roasted coffee into that big stainless steel colander, then I leave it there for a couple of minutes, then I pass all the coffee from the colander into the rounded home-made perforated tool that you see in the pic for a more efficient cool action and chaff removal, using a "air blower" (I don't remember the English word for it!)
You can really understand how much I can define myself an "artisan" roaster! Grin
Well I'm following with great interest the "boom's profile roaster project" posted in this forum...that would be my next roaster improvement!
Rubens attached the following image:

Edited by Rubens on 01/22/2011 10:08 AM
Ruben, Nice pictures. That is a unique, practical, and inexpensive roaster. At 1.5kg (3 pounds) it is also large by hobbyist standards, and I can see how it would be a good size for a coffee shop or restaurant.

I thought you were using your stove's burner, but that looks like an auxiliary or alternate burner, so 'heat deflector' is the wrong term. Sometimes those are also called 'pipe burners.' I think the distance between flame and solid drum is just right. If you are roasting in the 15-25 minute range then your heat is OK, too.

When you are stopping the roast to blow air in, you could be stalling the roast. This could give your coffee a 'flat' or baked tastes and aroma. I understand you wanting to purge smoke from the beans. Why not drill some holes at both end of your drum near the center? Since the beans are tumbling around the outside, none will fall out of those holes, and you'll be venting air constantly and won't have to stop your roast.

Your beans keep roasting until cooled, so I would find a better way to cool your beans more quickly. For instance, you could plact your colander over a fan (blowing up or down) and stir constantly until cool.

I have a vent hood over my 1kg sample roaster that vents to the outside. It doesn't have a grease filter like yours, but then I'm not cooking under it. If you cannot remove all the smoke with your vent hood you might want to look into a larger blower, or increasing the speed on your exisiting blower. Many use belt drive. What I've done is increase the pulley size on the motor to increase blower speed. You will need a longer belt, too.

Well done that's a great work, i like it.
sam chn
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