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Fancy work Walt. And, yep I agree with your probe placement. Also, sometimes you get lucky with those hurricane lamps (mfg variance) and the will fit right on the lip of the cast base.
Thanks btreichel! I have welded the TC holder block to the hanger and shot it with a quick coat of BBQ paint (high temp stuff) and waiting for it to dry. I'll post pics later. Next I will have to mount it on the roast chamber and drill a bunch of holes through the wall... one for the TC probe, and maybe 3 or 4 more holes which will be tapped for the mounting screws.

I have 3 hurricane lamp glasses coming from Menard's but they have not yet arrived. I probably won't even use these, though... the design changed midstream before the order had even come in! I also just received a couple more items... my Bake-A-Round pyrex chimney, and the hunk of aluminum I will use for a base. Will post some pics later today... that's going to be the next phase of the build, and really the interesting part of this post and the reason I made this post in the first place.

The TC placement/mounting and the fan splitting etc (stuff before this entry) is relatively straightforward and anyone can do it. Maybe your TC is simply mounted straight into the wall of the roast chamber and doesn't have much of an angle; but it'll still work, its just a matter of aesthetics. But the Bake-A-Round (the regular one, which is about 3-1/2 inches diameter) is a much more difficult proposition, and that kind of base can't be built by the average do-it-yourselfer.

That's why I made this post, if anyone else wants these parts to make another unit like the one I'm putting together here, let me know. So far we have no takers, though... which is fine, if I didn't know what we were making I probably wouldn't sign on either :) Pics to follow.

I haven't run mine in years. But I learned a lot from it. Got bored with it after I made it run computerized profiles.
Today was shopping and maintenance chores, so not much time to do anything... the block has been welded to the brace and painted, I was going to screw it to the roast chamber but decided instead to just rivet it, simpler and the rivets are blind aluminum (so hopefully will expand at the same rate as the chamber and won't loosen with time):

I was then able to use the mount as a drill guide to run the bit into the roast chamber, and just slide the TC into place and lock it with the grub screw... turns out the TC is gripped so tightly its hard to move it, so the grub screw is probably overkill.

side view:

Thermocouple is in place! But the thermometer I ordered to read the TC hasn't come in yet. But these did:

The pyrex is difficult to see, but that aluminum piece is 4-1/2 inches in diameter, its honking huge and really heavy. I was initially going with 4 long uprights and a base and cap, but that would be very heavy. Now I'm thinking I should just stick to the same design in the first post in this section, and use a clamp on the bottom that bolts into the roast chamber. So I've ordered a big clamp off amazon: https://www.amazon.com/HPS-SSTC-108-116-108mm-Stainless-T-Bolt/dp/B0058W7XYQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1473657304&sr=8-1&keywords=108-116mm+stainless+steel+T-bolt
...and have to wait until it comes in.
Yep, that reminds me of how my probe set
Tried a quick roast (beans are espresso mix1 from Happy Mug) with the TC in place:
It was 150g of greens and I had to go darn near 130% on the fan control to get them moving. I took them about 20 seconds into 2C and boy do I have a lot to learn on this setup... its nothing like my P2 clone. The roasting chamber is larger, so I used a larger batch of beans (150g instead of 110g) but the beans at this weight are difficult to move, so although a visual inspection of the finished beans shows them pretty evenly done, I think I have to move down in batch size. Next I will try 125g. I also noticed as I cut airflow down, the temp really started moving higher... the effect is not that noticeable with the P2(also, I'm using a stick to stir on the P2), but on the P1 its very pronounced. Predictably, the roast time was also too long, about 18min where I'm used to a 2C in 12-13min. But I was not maxed on power yet, I could probably have upped the power a bit and got into the 12min mark, just wanted to keep something in reserve while I'm trying to learn this machine...

The TC seems to be reading much different as well, its indicating much lower than I'm used to... 2C started around 410F? and on my P2 that usually happens near 445F. I'm not sure if I can calibrate this TC, I haven't read any of the thermometer documentation yet.

So, all you guys with P1s out there, what is your normal batch size?
Edited by walt_in_hawaii on 09/15/2016 6:08 PM


2C started around 410F?

I say that is more accurate than 445. I get 2C anywhere from 385 to 405.

When I used a P1 I poured until it almost stopped spinning. I mean like just barely moving. It would increase in speed as the beans dried out.
Backwoods Roaster
"I wish I could taste as well as I wish I could roast."

As Abraham Lincoln said "Do not trust everything you read on the internet".
3rd roast, this is actually 3 separate roasts done back to back.

First in the batch is the middle, an Ethiopian Kochere which I took to an indicated 415F which is probably underdone, but I'm tryiing to get ahold of what this TC is telling me and I know its indicating lower than I'm used to.
Next was the one on the right, here is a closer shot:
This is the famous Ka'u bean, note the huge size... these were hard to get into motion! they are so big and heavy. These were taken to an indicated 425F, maybe a minute outside of 1C.
Lastly, was the one on the left, which is a Guatemalan Esperanza: this was taken to about 30 seconds into 2C, an indicated 440F? Its hard to tell, it is obvious that initial drying of the beans is much slower in the P1, by 4 minutes I always see light color change in the P2 clone. But in P1 I dont get yellowing until around 6 minutes so the delta T is very slow at first. But then it accelerates and delta T is very steep at the end. I was finishing these 3 roasts in about 14 minutes, better; but I was using around 95% power with little in reserve, which I don't like. Development time was round 3 minutes mostly, far as I could tell.
280 grams, 10 to 12 minutes. But then the tilt and the 'belly' of the chamber helped.
Hmmm, still no lantern glass from Menard's (so I can try a bigger roast sample size).
However, I found a new problem after the 3 back to back roasts above: I cannot pull the plug out from the router speed control (now heat control)! One of the prongs appears to have welded itself into the socket... one side can move slightly, but the other side can't move at all. I know the unit gets hot, but didn't think it would WELD itself together! Has this happened to anyone else??
Nope, but I did have to re-wire / repair the variacs more than once.
I'm back from a trip to California this weekend; did about 4 roasts back to back on the P1 today because I met a super nice guy on the plane, turns out he grew up about a block away from me in Pauoa Valley in Honolulu! small world. I promised I'd send him some fresh roasted coffee. On the 4th roast, after reaching about 330F the heat clicked off! Awwww man, the thermostat?!! I did some errands, came back and tried again; and it clicked off AGAIN at 330F so this is permanently reset for some reason... took apart the P1 today and destroyed the ceramic contact points in the thermostat, put it back together... lost the daylight and had no time to do another roast. A quick test confirmed that it seems to be working OK again, but I won't be able to tell until I do another roast. I finished off the short roast from earlier today on my old P2, it was an Ethiopian Agaro and I did a quick very small quantity of pour through with it; WOW, this is a very tasty bean! Dropped it around 427F.

Tonight, I was a bit restless from my trip and decided to just pile into the next phase of modifications and took apart the jaws on my lathe's chuck to invert them so they can hold the huge piece of solid aluminum... will post pics in a little bit.
Here is the chuck in its normal orientation, and the chunk of aluminum I will be working on. Its deceptively small looking in this shot, but trust me its large and very heavy:

Jaws of the chuck have been inverted and the round stock put into it:

I put a micrometer on it to measure the radial runout and turned it around by hand, it came to about 5 thousandths of an inch, which actually is very good, so left it there. First order of business is the skim off a thin layer from the front face of the round stock. This is called 'truing' the face so it will register dead flat in relation to the radial axis:
If you look very closely you can see I didn't cut quite deep enough, there are a few small scratches still on the face from the saw cut. But its good enough for me. Next order of business is to do the same thing to the side, take off a thin layer to true it up.. I ended up shaving off around 7 thousandths of an inch:
Note that the back where the jaws are gripping the thing can't be cut right now, I'll have to take it out and turn it around end for end and finish truing the sides later. I don't have the whole design in my head yet, I'm sort of designing it as I go and seeing what materializes in front of me... so the next step would be to drill the center the same diameter as the roast chamber, which is around 2.825":
The center is first drilled with a short stubby drill called a 'centerdrill' to ensure the hole is centered; then you follow it with a regular drill bit. What I can't show is the rotation of this much aluminum with so much mass, has to be kept very low as a piece turning this fast will overheat the cutting bits quickly, so everything takes much longer working at such low speeds.
Walt, either you have too many toys, or I have to few
Guilty as charged, sir! Although I humbly suggest the latter may be true as well...
The 1/2" drill bit is changed out to 1" and drilled:
Drill bits pretty much max out at 1". There are larger ones, but generally that's about as big as they go; but my hole has to be 2.825" so the hole has to be bored out bigger... first with a small boring tool:
Then with a much thicker, stronger boring bar:
Here the hole is approaching final dimensions:
Finished boring to final diameter of exactly 2.825"
Using a parting tool to cut the piece in half so that I have 2 shorter pieces. One for each of my P1s (why build one when you can build 2 for nearly the same price? the real cost is in the man hours of labor needed to build them; but once you figure out how to make the parts and build it, the 2nd one takes nearly no extra time!)
That's it for tonight, I'm bushed.
I am a bit confused. What part is being created here?

KKTO Roaster.
Jack, excellent question! but if all goes well, then this will be an adapter ring, the top of the ring will fit the 3-1/2" bake-a-round pyrex tube; the bottom of the ring will mate up to the P1's roast chamber. It's not that obvious, but as I get closer to finishing, it should be easier to see it.
I see. Excellent work Walt!

KKTO Roaster.
My hurricane glass from Menard's arrived today!
Unfortunately, none of the 3 lamps fit my roaster :(
So, I continued the cut I started last night:
Cleaned up the piece that was still mounted on the lathe:
Then cut a relief depression to fit the Bake A Round, I chose to make it 1/2" deep. The bake a round measures 3.710" to 3.720" diameter (its not exactly round), and I threw in an extra .050" for padding (have to put in some sort of gasket or soft seal) so that makes the hole 3.770" diameter and 1/2" deep:


trial fit:

Now I have to wait for the hose clamps I ordered, they should be here any day now.
My p1 has a outer lip and base / shelf that it might fit into. Normally, the glass is just a tad big. A use a small bead of silicone rtv to seal the two. Food safe and good to 500f. Basically like the adapter you are building.
Hmmmmmmmmm. Now you've got me thinking. I hate to see the glass from Menard's go to waste, and it would be a VERY simple operation to machine a simple, very short aluminum 'sleeve' that would go over the outside lip of the lantern glass, then slide over the top of the roast chamber/fan... you could rtv/silicone it to the glass, which is cooler, then just use a friction fit to the roaster/base and it wouldn't be this huge contraption I have here which only Frankenstein (and me) could love... I'll go and see if the bay has any aluminum pipe that is close in size. It would be a very simple project, and then these 3 glass globes would not go to waste.
Ha! in fact, I think I might get by with just a simple piece of turbo silicon hose coupling, it slides over a 3" pipe just fine and should accommodate the popper and the glass perfectly... these are used by speed shops for intercooler piping and very common. I'll call a couple shops down here and see if I can scrounge a small piece for a trial fitting....
OK, so the top of the adapter ring is pretty much done; tonight I finished up the bottom by removing most of the metal and leaving a small ring next to the internal diameter:
Trial fitting... it fits perfectly into the top of the roast chamber, BUT... I didn't read the dials correctly, and the 'lip' is too shallow, by exactly .100" ...
Bottom fits fine, I'll have to figure out a way to bolt it to the original bosses.
But for now I have to put this back into the lathe and cut a bit deeper to make the lip extend out another .100"
You will probably need to put a taper on the inside of your adapter to keep beans from just sitting on the lip.
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