Brian Bircher (Black Dog Coffee)

Brian Bircher
I’ve been meaning to write but I’ve been too busy roasting! The drum is working great and you were right, once it gets seasoned and “settled in” it just keeps getting better. I’ve also become more adept at controlling the heat and of course the movements of getting the drum in and out
quickly become more second nature as you go along. I’ve been turning out some excellent roasts 
and have been able to hit the roasts just where I want them whether it’s for a dark roast or a beautiful City+ or Full City on an island coffee.

Taking the ceramic briquettes out madeall the difference in the world as far as being able to reach roast temps faster, bring my roast times down to where they should be and to better control temps during the roast. It’s funny since I had thought it would be easier to do all that with the briquettes. I haven’t gotten the steel plate made yet and am still using the cookie sheet. It’s working fine so I may just leave it.

Anyway, I’m thrilled to death with your drum and am wondering why I didn’t do this sooner! Regards Brian