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DIY 002 Roaster Kit
Glad we're having some discussion on the DIY 002. Is anyone interested in reading Sonny's blog? He would fit right in on this forum, with all the tinkering around he and his friends are doing.

When I was there a friend had a fluid bed hack under his roaster for an experiment. That's why I gave him a plug here; nothing to gain for me, don't own one or looking to buy.

I've seen it in person, and it's on a different level than a Huky (which I've owned since 2013). A base Huky is a great deal, but if you buy every conceivable option it's gets pricy. A complete machine is well, complete. Chinese Roaster are much less expensive than Taiwanese roasters, that's a different discussion. So yeah you can get a 300-500g Chinese roaster for about what a Huky with accessories goes for.

I've never had my Huky apart, but I can report it's a cinch to take the 002 down and re-assemble. If your the kind of person who likes to mod that's a big plus. It's still a home/hobbyist/experimentor's machine, not designed for continuous use. That's basically where I draw the line between hobby and pro coffee roasters.

The appeal is kind of limited, and if someone is an owner chances are continued involvement with the builder is possible. Just a guess, I've had no problems communicating.
I requested a price quote as well. Mine came in at $1800 USD and is current as of about 2 weeks ago. Shipping to Hawaii from Taiwan was quoted at $181. They also charged a bank processing fee of $35. I ended up buying a Kaldi Wide, about $525 from the evil bay. The pictures of the DIY looked like it was a nice product; but the Kaldi at about 1/4 the cost is so far turning out pretty nice. Quality is excellent. I just got my TCs in the mail and about to try my hand at drum roasting this weekend...
I asked for a quote as I find the set very nice. But it came in for $2000 for the base model. Which seem very steep to me. The maker said it can roast 600-800g of beans but based on a YT video, the 800g limit is IMO overstated. So it is not that much bigger than the Kaldi Fortis and it costs $600 more. So I will be going for the Fortis most likely...
Or consider building a TO based roaster, for the tenth ! of the money...
Not so scary as you could think...
I currently roast on home-built Artisan/TC4-controlled fluid-bed roaster, so a TO build in definitelly not scary for me. But I am looking to move to a more traditional and profesional roaster (gas powered drum roaster with full heat/airflow control). I am not in a hurry to move there but I don?t want to get stuck halfway there with some DIY project just for the sake of lower cost and higher capacity.
Seattle Pete
Resurrecting this old thread.

Mr Tsai (member, solider86) now sells this fully assembled.

I?m nervously waiting for mine to arrive. If there is any interest or replies I?ll certainly share my experience.
I think your going to like the heavy build of the roaster, and hopefully get by without any duty fees. :)
Seattle Pete


hankua wrote:

I think your going to like the heavy build of the roaster, and hopefully get by without any duty fees. :)

I hope no duties as well.

Thanks for your blog. It helped with my decision. I almost went with Huky or Cormorant. Just something about this design that is appealing.
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