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My Winter Project
I can try, over in your build thread you'll need to post a link to the thermocouple you bought and a picture of your current roasting setup.
I'll try to get some pictures of my setup soon (it pales in comparison to yours, lol), but this is the unit I bought: http://www.sweetm...ouple.html
Mad Mac
I been looking at your this setup for a long time. It's the best looking bread maker and heat gun setup I've come across. It looks very industrial.

Inspired by this, I made a plywood cover for my bread maker. The heat gun nozzle hole is insulated with fiberglass cloth. I have an oval slot for exhaust. I drilled a hole on the cover for the thermocouple cable. It works for now. I plan to make a metal cover too.
Thanks for the kind words, I do appreciate it.

My roaster is still performing very well, I have a little over 100 3/4 lb. roasts on it now. I hope you get as much enjoyment and great coffee out of your roaster as I do mine. To be honest though I'm really hoping the Aillio roaster performs as well as it's designers intend.
Mad Mac
Wow, that's some serious roaster.
Thanks for posting this build! It's great to have members showing their work, ideas and ingenuity. I find it a valuable resource! It's interesting how everyone finds what's available in their workshop or thrift store and adapts it to their roasting purposes. GREAT WORK!

Well, it's been a year and 164 roasts later, it's none the worse for wear and still turnin' out great coffee. Still the original heat gun!
Very impressive! You mentioned that a buddy sandblasted off the teflon coating?

Yes, took it to bare aluminum.
That's my next step. I'm wondering if sandpaper would do the job? Going to be using the Drill Master heat gun as well. I've never roasted before... I'm getting my shipment of green beans on wednesday. haha getting a little nervous actually

cross fingers
You could ask at an autobody shop to see if they would blast it for a nominal fee or at a local high school or VoTech. From what I've read sandpaper/wire brush/drill can do it, but it's not a pleasant experience

If you haven't got it already I would strongly suggest a router speed controller to pair up with your heat gun for heat control. Run the heat gun on it's high setting (II) and dial it in with the controller. Harbor Freight has them and Amazon has the same kind as well, which ever is more convenient for you. It will be $20 well spent. Make sure you remove the plastic cowling/cone at the base of the nozzle too.

Good Luck!!
Edited by MerlinWerks on 03/10/2015 9:18 PM


MerlinWerks wrote:

Well, it's been a year and 164 roasts later, it's none the worse for wear and still turnin' out great coffee. Still the original heat gun!

Man I wish I had the wherewithal to build something as clean as this. I love it.
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