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13 years 10 months ago #1759 by BP101
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After years of roasting with a popcorn popper in the garage, I purchased an iRoast at a good price. It's OK, but it doesn't do much that I can't do with my poppers, and in the cold weather (I roast in the garage) the poppers are better. I would scrape together the $4 a good popper will cost you at the Salvation Army store. The Poppery I is the gold standard, but the Poppery II is quite acceptable, as is the Popcorn Pumper.
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13 years 10 months ago #1760 by colin
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This is what I tell everyone that is itching to shell out hundreds of dollars for largely untested and unreliable mini-coffee roasters.

Most people are not aware of the hazards nor are they told about the hazards of home roasting by the manufacturers.

Coffee, when being roasted, quickly approaches its flash point - that is, it is moments from bursting into flames... putting life, limb and home in danger.

As a result, home roasting should never be done in apartment buildings and within homes -- this is why the garage or outbuilding was invented.

Again, as a trusted poster to the coffeecrew site, our previous guest has made a good point:
Why spend hundreds of dollars when you can do the very same thing (sometimes better) for $15?

Think about it.
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13 years 10 months ago #1762 by Blues
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Thanks for the advice - will try out the popper solution first!
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13 years 9 months ago #1775 by taming
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colin wrote:

As a result, home roasting should never be done in apartment buildings and within homes -- this is why the garage or outbuilding was invented.

Colin, you've been a figure in the wonderful world of coffee for far longer than I've been around, and I'd be very interested to hear something more substantive about the dangers of in-home roasting--especially with one of the roasting appliances designed to be used indoors.

I roast outside using a bread machine/heat gun combination, weather permitting, but when it is Central-Alberta-in-winter cold, I sure am glad to have my little IR2 with the handy dandy venting attachment. I'd never leave it alone, just as I'd never leave a number of other kitchen appliances unattended; I follow the manufacturers instructions to the letter; and, I have a kitchen fire extinguisher (as should we all); but, with those simple precautions, it seems safe. I know that in my journeys around the on-line world of coffee roasting, I haven't seen any reports to the contrary.

You'd be doing the roasting community a great service by documenting the dangers of in-home roasting with the examples you know about.
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13 years 9 months ago #1776 by colin
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taming wrote:



You'd be doing the roasting community a great service by documenting the dangers of in-home roasting with the examples you know about.


You are right - this is worthy of a whole article outside the forum.

I will get right on it and thanks for the wake-up call.
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