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The importance of a good thermometer.

But, my built-in thermometer is just so pretty!!!

Please do not underestimate the necessity of a good thermometer.  In so many cases that I have seen, even on $400-$700 grills, the thermometer is horribly inaccurate.  Maybe fine for chicken, but not fine for coffee roasting as we need good temperature control.  These thermometers cannot  even be depended upon to be accurately inaccurate.  On many cases I have seen, people will roast thinking that they are at, say, 500 degrees F only to finish their roast late, and realize that they were not hot enough. Except then on Roast #2, after bumping up the temp to say 525 to compensate,

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Improving Profitability in Coffee Roasting with a few key steps.

Sheet Metal Mods and Roast Levels…

While there are several obvious things that you can do to help your bottom line when you are roasting for your customers such as buying bags and labels at good prices, and of course buying coffee at a great price, there other things that you may not have considered.

Don’t underestimate the importance of the sheet metal mods.  These can dramatically reduce the consumption of propane or natural gas by anywhere from 1/2 to 2/3 by doing the mods.   Most grills have quite a bit of open space

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Latch Installation Guide

L.  Instructions For Quick-Latch Kit

(This is only for owners with the old pin system, all new drums come with the latch already installed)

Kit consist of:

(2) Stainless steel blind rivets (pop-rivets)

(2) Stainless screws with nuts

(1) Stainless latch assembly


The latch can be mounted anywhere on the lid. We mounted the latch  1 ½” to the right of the door pin.  (You will just want to shift the latch to the right or left to where the holes match up.  Just try to keep it as close to the midpoint of the lid as possible. Hold the latch in position and close the latch over the lid to see that it will be snug.)

Place latch on drum and line up with holes in drum.  You may need to move the latch one way or the other to match holes.  Mark to holes with a felt tip marker.  Open the door and secure the latch with pop-rivets or machine screws.  Pop-rivets are used on all new drums.  However, the screws will work well if you do not have a rivet gun.

(Pop Rivet Assembly)


We recommend putting the nuts on the outside of the drum.  This allows you to peen or brad the screws.  ( See illustration)  Peening is denting or slightly smashing the nut so that it compresses it onto the screw.  This prevents the nuts from becoming loose during the heating and cooling of the drum.  Be sure to support the inside of the drum with a hammer or some other firm object as shown.  Your installation is complete.


(Screw Assembly)


Gil Scales’ Setup

Roaster Highlight…

Thought I would send you an update along with some pics of the new roaster,

My New Roaster

After some research on the web I chose this Broil-Mate unit rated at 44,000 btu with a twin H burner and cast aluminum construction for about $220 delivered at ace hardware online

I then sourced a nice 5″ dial analog thermometer on ebay with a 12″ probe that sits about in the middle of the drum 1/2″ above the top, it seems to adjust rapidly to heat changes and the probe only senses heat at the tip so it works out well

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