|How to build a Stir Crazy/Turbo Oven (SC/TO) coffee roaster is very well documented on the internet and can be found through google searches and YouTube searches. I'm only providing a way to modify this type of roaster to faciliate larger batches with even roasts.
IMO: This is the best modification you can do for a few bucks to eliminate the weak motor of a homemade SC/TO coffee roaster and increase your roast size.
This modification will make your roasts more even and allow larger roasts up to one pound and more.
I normally roast 1 lb 2 oz at a time (~3 cups) and can easily do 5 lbs/hour without hurting myself. If you want to do smaller roasts, I suggest you play with the stir arms to get good agitation of the beans tumbling them over the stir arms without pushing the beans too much. I put small roll pin sleeves over my stir arms to get it right for my roast size.
|In order to increase the heat to meet my particular basic roasting profile at different times during the roast (in addition to the turbo oven adjustments) I added a 1000volt/50amp diode and SPST switch in series with the heating coil and thermostat of the base. I used 1/4 of a bridge rectifier for the diode. Although the diode is not necessary, using a diode made the heat transfer smoother than without it when switching the base heat on and off. Be sure to use high temperature insulated wire when doing this modification.
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