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New Smoker Grill Roaster
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I've used a grill roaster for the past 13 years, and although my old faithful roaster still worked flawlessly, I had the desire to upgrade to a roaster that used a smoker grill body that routed most of the smoke up through a 3" vent in the top of the body. Using a Char Broil wood smoker and retrofitting it with propane, a powerful gearmotor and reusing my faithful home-made perforated stainless steel drum, the project is now finished. The pictures are below and the first two 8 pound roasts are very nice.
Specifics:
Drum is made from a Frontgate waste can and can handle a 10 pound load.
The gearmotor os a 59RPM Japanese motor purchased 10 years ago from surpluscenter.com
The burner is an off the shelf stainless H shaped Brinkman from Home Depot.
The propane regulator is a low pressure taken from a propane grill.
The gas valves are also from an old BBQ grill and retrofitted to turn the wood smoker into a propane fueled roaster.
homeroaster attached the following images:
first_roast_2.jpg gearmotor_and_switch.jpg new_roaster_burner.jpg burner_brinkman.jpg drum_inside_shot.jpg drum_outside_shot.jpg new_roaster_1.jpg

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Omega
That's very impressive!

An 8 pound capacity sounds like an incomprehensibly huge amount of coffee, as least for me, since I'm roasting 4 or 5 ounces at a time at this point!

Barry
allenb
I don't think I've seen a grill/smoker converted to roasting as you've done with this rig. Great work! I'll bet you get more than another 13 years out of this one. BTW, I think you need to tweak your air/fuel ratio. BBQ grill

Allen
1/2 lb and 1 lb drum, Siemens Sirocco fluidbed, presspot, chemex, cajun biggin brewer from the backwoods of Louisiana
homeroaster
I tweaked and tweaked and that was the best I could get. I would love to see the yellow go away. I'm hoping it might be from debris and oils on the new burner and will go away. Good call on your part!
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sdanderson21
Where did you get the materials for your drum? It appears your ends are stainless steel bowls, but did you get the sheet metal from a commercial store? Are you able to view your roast during the process to see where the beans are at during the roasting process?
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