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Clothes Dryer Roaster
Hello everybody! First post! Whoo!

I had a project in mind to convert a clothes dryer into a drum roaster.

I've done some roasting on an air popper that I got for Christmas, so I've got some experience roasting in general, but I'm a little new to drum roasting.

The inspiration for the project comes from this site:

My main question would be, how would I juice it up to make it hot enough to roast nicely?
Also, I'm thinking I'd have to get it to run a cooling cycle internally, as dumping the beans would be a bit of a problem, I'm thinking?
Any ideas anyone?

Well...that is some roaster. I'm gonna go out on a limb that the H B post might be purely for humor. I say this because the plastic paddles in the dryer seem to be in very good shape for a +400dg roast. I really like the 'dial-a-roast' feature.
That's not to say you shouldn't build yourself a nice machine....maybe not so large.:)
Welcome away ! -Scott
A stainless steel dryer (or washer) drum would make a good start for a large home roaster, perhaps as large as 10#. But other than the drum, and perhaps the housing, there' not much else you can use.
I hadn't thought of the platic paddles...Dang. But if it were that easy, everyone would be doing it, I guess.

Also, thanks Dan! I still do think that this is a "good start" type of idea...I'm going to think about how I can get to the next stage, maybe come up with a design that uses a drum, and maybe housing, and see what comes out of it...

It's clear you've got the bug. Looking forward to your ideas! -Scott
Find one of those compact apartment dryers, give it more heat, some industrial insulation and let her rip!

Roaster: CoffeeAir II 2# DIY air roaster
Grinder: Vintage Grindmaster 500
Brewers: Vintage Cory DCU DCL, Aeropress, Press, Osaka Titanium pourover
At least it would be easy to vent the smoke, and it does have a built in chaff collector :)
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Aren't most dryers belt drive? The one I took apart had a big belt around the middle of it. Might be a problem with a lot of heat.
Other than that, I think that it's a great idea.

Edited by Unta on 09/29/2011 9:01 PM
Sean Harrington
Yes, most are belt drive except for the higher end new ones that are direct drive.
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