A thread to say who you are (if you dare) and that you roast coffee for fun or profit. It's a place to show a bit of your resume. As more folks join this community it's good they know who is using what type of gear, and why.
I am Dan - Mister M'oo
SC/CO - three years (four stars - the go-to guy for up to a pound)
Electric BBQ - three years (three stars - still on the active reserve list for larger batches of single origin beans)
Poppers - two years (four stars - king of the learning curve)
The roasters are rated on a five star max; the times I used the various roasters overlapped - I've been home roasting about six years.
The SC/CO is by far the best combination of capacity, control, cost. quiet and simplicity of operation and rep[air (should that day ever come).
The electric BBQ is great, but requires at least 15-minutes of warm up time and requires more attention to safety. If I had a gas BBQ, it would probably be my primary means of roasting.
I have used lots of poppers with great success. I'm a huge fan of poppers for someone wanting to have some fun or learn the game without investing an arm or a leg.