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Has anyone tried an Electric Skillet or Cookpot for roasting?
Has anyone ever tried using an electric skillet or fryer-kettle-steamer type pot for roasting? They are about 1300 watts and have a removable control and the element is in a circular pattern and cast into the bottom which would leave plenty of room for a hole to be drilled in the center and a shaft and stirring paddle inserted.

Some bread makers have the canister that turns 1/4 turn to lock it into the machine, One of these lock and shaft assemblies could be removed and riveted into the bottom of the cooker for the paddle.

If it didn't get quite hot enough to complete a roast it would sure supplement a Heat Gun or a Turbo Oven and allow much larger roasts. I can just visualize one of the pots with a glass lid on it looking kinda of like a Caffe Rosto.

A hole could be drilled in the side close to the top with a hole saw to insert a heat gun if necessary. I have been tempted to buy one of these cookers at a thrift store and try it but wanted opinions first, no need to waste my time if others have tried and dismissed the idea.

I am attaching a picture of the kind of cooker I am refering to.

PeteH attached the following image:

Edited by PeteH on 01/01/2009 12:46 PM
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I looked that one over Chad, it's a nice roaster. He is using a Turbo Oven on top, I was thinking of the cooker for the main heat source and maybe a heat gun if necessary.

Try to visualize removing the sheet metal from a BM and the electric cooker sitting on top of it in place of the bread baking can. The legs would probably have to be removed from the cooker to make it fit. it would really be a hybrid BM/Cooker/HG It might need a metal plate over the drive belt to shield the heat from the cooker from melting it.

I think a trip to the thrift stores is in order tomorrow to look for a BM with a twist lock loaf pan and an electric cooker.
You'll find the pot heater will be a nice supplemental conduction/radiant heater adding balance to an upper convection heater like the heat gun or turbo oven top. The bread machine drive will spin the beans well. My first DIY roaster used a BM like your planning. Check out my blog site and scroll down to early posts to see more pics. of my BM/TO
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Edited by farmroast on 01/01/2009 11:10 PM
Ed B.
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Koffee Kosmo
Yes I have tried one similar to this
I did not take any photos of mine when it was in use
This photo is from the sweet marias site

Pretty much the same as the one I used
However a perforated plate diffuser would prevent burning

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Bezzera Strega, Mazzer Robur Grinder, Pullman Tamper Convex,
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JonR's roaster from Coffee Geek if I'm not mistaken
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