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Roast Control Options ???
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Hello to all my fellow FB roasters...

As I build out my larger capacity FB roaster I was thinking about integrating more control/monitoring over the roast and profiles. Currently I only measure a simple rate of rise on incoming heat into the RC to make sure my heating element didn't blow on my Roflmao in addition to visual/audio cues from the glass RC.

I've been searching around for monitoring/control options for FB Roasters and wanted to know what you (who use them) use?

Do you control air/heat with something? Do you control nothing and just measure temps, ROR, etc.? Can you utilize electronic controls with a FB like you would a drum roaster?

Cheers!
renatoa
FB is more controllable electronically than a drum, which is a high inertia roaster and needs to know the machine, to plan in advance any heat change.
snwcmpr
TC4. ET, BT and RoR.

I have a graph on the laptop, but I mostly watch the numbers and make notes as I roast. I have a set of changes to the heat I do as I watch what is happening. What I put in the notes are the pressure of the propane, BT and time. All details are saved on the graph, laptop. I have used the graph to get a more consistent rise of temp to 1C.
With RoR I can generally predict the temp and when.

I mostly follow a routine with the heat, propane, but adjust the air as need be. I currently have no way to measure or track the air flow.

Air flow then is to keep the RoR where I want at the start of 1C, and then not let it drop too far as the crack progresses. I go really low before it starts to rise again.

Ken in NC
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"I wish I could taste as well as I wish I could roast."

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