Coffee Roaster Chaff Collector

Having an open top bread machine coffee roaster has two drawbacks, the first being that chaff flies all over your workspace with the second being there’s a lot of wasted heat.  I made a lid/exhaust vent/chaff collector in an attempt to solve these problems.

My bread machine came with a lid for the bread pan which would be used for its rice cooking mode.  I put two holes in this, one for the heat gun and the other for the exhaust pipe.  The pipe is a piece of galvanized ducting rolled into a tube, secured with pop rivets.  On one end I cut a series of slits to make tabs, these were used to pop-rivet the pipe onto the lid.  The tube is 2.25″ in diameter.

For the flexible tubing I found some 3″ corrugated aluminum ducting at Lowe’s.

The tube/duct join needs some cleaning up!  The end of the heat gun snout is slightly smaller that the rest so it nicely rests in the lid.  You can also see how the plastic body of the heat gun is melted, this is from when I would simply stick the heat gun into the pan.  With the lid in place the heat gun won’t melt anymore and there’s no chaff to get sucked into the gun!

Some of the chaff collected, about halfway through a roast.  There was a lot more at the end.

The most obvious drawbacks of this setup is that one can’t see the beans and they’re more difficult to hear.  I do plan on making a window on top with a small piece of tempered glass but the sound part is harder to tackle.  1st crack is audiable but I’m pretty sure 2nd crack is totally muffled.

2 thoughts on “Coffee Roaster Chaff Collector

  1. Hi DavidP perhaps you could use the temperature and raise an alarm when roasted enough? Some roasts eg decaf are done to temp. Cheers Al.

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