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Upgrading to a new roaster
Dann-Oh
I'm considering upgrading from my popcorn popper roaster to either the the Fresh Roast SR500 or the Nesco Pro. The price is pretty darn close, roughly a $20 differance. Can you guys and gals share your experience with either roaster.
 
Johnh
I use the SR500 and like it - but I have nothing else to compare it to. Sweet Marias carries both the roasters you're looking at and lists their pros and cons. If you haven't already, I'd read their reviews of both roasters. I kind of wish I'd spent a few extra $ and got the SR700 because you can more precisely control your roast profile.
 
renatoa
What about upgrading your actual popper instead ?
Increase the motor voltage, extend the RC with a lamp glass, you can reach 200 grams easily.
Add a Roastuino controller, and you are in the big boys league !
DIY: TurboOven with drum, Popcorn
Moded commercial: Dieckmann RoestMeister, Nesco
PID/ramp/soak controllers
Grinder: mod'ed Porlex to 47 conical burrs
 
oldgearhead
I have extensive experience with the Nesco (I ran 2 at the same time and owned three Nescos and two Z&Ds). It takes extensive modifications (separation of the heater and fan) to get a good roast from them. Also they will not sell parts unless the entire unit is returned. The main bearing is located too close to the heater and bearing failure is often the result. I WOULD NOT BUY A NESCO!
No oil on my beans...
x2 x1
 
Dann-Oh
renatoa wrote:

What about upgrading your actual popper instead ?
Increase the motor voltage, extend the RC with a lamp glass, you can reach 200 grams easily.
Add a Roastuino controller, and you are in the big boys league !


Renatoa,
I already have the Lamp glass mod done. Im currently roasting in 100g batches. See the photo below for my roasting station setup.

I could be interested in a Roastuino controller, can you point me in the right direction please? I have no experience in arduino programming so im heasitant about diving into those kind of systems.

I forgot how much I liked the actual roasting process. I roasted 6x 100g batches this Sunday morning. I roasted a bean from Peru to a nice city/full city/+ roast level. Some batches went into the plus and some stayed at city, all 6 were blended together and then put into smaller bags to be given out to valued friends.
Edited by Dann-Oh on 04/18/2017 10:48
 
Dann-Oh
oldgearhead wrote:

I have extensive experience with the Nesco (I ran 2 at the same time and owned three Nescos and two Z&Ds). It takes extensive modifications (separation of the heater and fan) to get a good roast from them. Also they will not sell parts unless the entire unit is returned. The main bearing is located too close to the heater and bearing failure is often the result. I WOULD NOT BUY A NESCO!


Thanks for the heads up. Much appreciated.
 
renatoa
In my popcorn days my batch was 120 grams, even if not moving from the start I helped the beans moving in the drying phase with a wood spoon.
After 3 minutes the beans start to move by themselves.
Other guys from my community are using another popper, that seems to have a particularly very powerful motor, able to move more than 200 grams without any mod ! check the video below:
https://www.youtu...LUTDdr4jqM

Roastuino page is here:
http://www.cybere...org/?p=574

The author is from my country, I know him from my local coffee community, and we can offer great support if you decide to try.
Edited by JackH on 04/18/2017 17:22
DIY: TurboOven with drum, Popcorn
Moded commercial: Dieckmann RoestMeister, Nesco
PID/ramp/soak controllers
Grinder: mod'ed Porlex to 47 conical burrs
 
Dann-Oh
Okay now you have my attention on this Roastuino addition. I am defiantly going to need some help with this project to get it going. First off I cant seem to find the hardware parts list needed for this project. Can you please help me out?
 
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