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The Dangers of Aluminum Drums

How does the RK Drum compare to other drums on the internet?..


In recent years, there have come a number of other Aluminum, or mixed Aluminum and Stainless Steel drums onto the market. The reason these drums have arrived is because these drums are very inexpensive in terms of purchasing of the aluminum metal and very easy to work with from a labor standpoint.  These drums may appear to look nice, and carry a nice price by comparison to Stainless Steel drums.  Make no mistake however, these drums are very poor investments in the long term because they are very likely to fall apart within a short time, and have been shown to cause health issues in food grade machines.

Strength, Durability and Conduction.

While Aluminum does indeed enjoy better heat conductivity than Stainless Steel, which means the drum itself will heat up faster, it does not however have the strength of Stainless Steel.  As the Aluminum drum is heated above 400F, the metal begins to harden and age and become brittle, which weakens the metal and subjects it to cracking.  We believe this makes Aluminum unsuitable as a coffee roaster.  The weak structure of the Aluminum additionally will cause the drum to dent or crush.

Aluminum and Alzheimer’s and other Diseases in Food Grade products.

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Roaster Highlight

Las Vegas Coffee and Roasting Co…


Tomorrow is the big day! Grand opening at our 1st farmer’s market – final health inspection at 8:30 AM and we will be completely licensed through the city and state as roasters! Deb and I have been working around the clock getting everything ready, Thank you again for all of your help and advice along the way! We will be taking a bunch of pics tomorrow as we will be roasting on site, but am attaching a pic of the roasting setup for you to see. We will touch base with you after the next couple days of markets and let you know how it went. Still have another 30 lbs to roast…and about a million minor last minute things!  Thanks Again for helping us get here!

Just thought you would like to know we roasted our first 2 roasts at about 11pm PDT last night! I found a 14 gauge piece of stainless scrap

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