rreiner wrote:Thanks everyone for the responses! I'm wondering in general how much more smoke a 6k will put out than a 3k. We will be in a warehouse with out neighbors being mostly construction companies but we are in California (san diego) and want to stay off the radar if possible as well as be good neighbors. Would you say a 6k might produce smoke that would be intrusive? Any ideas or tips on inexpensive venting that could help keep our neighbors happy?
Thanks again Everyone!
In a word: Afterburner
. Inexpensive is relative but no they aren't. That or a much more expensive new style roaster that recirculates the exhaust. Even a 3k produces noticeable smoke from tanning on without an afterburner. And my darkest roast though only a couple seconds into 2nd produces quit a bit of smoke at the end. Awhile back was doing a special order French Roast batch, good 30 seconds into 2nd, and a guy driving by pulled over, came in, and said I think there's a fire outback! And another time doing the same special order someone actually called the fire department. And I'm in a light industrial not residential zone.
Check out your local air quality control requirements. Better to know what you should and need to do to operate legally than spend the bucks on a roaster, try to stay under the radar operating outside the requirements, and get shut down until you bring it up to local codes and possibly face fines on top of the expense of bringing to code. That does
And to answer your question of course the bigger the batch the greater the smoke at corresponding stage of roast. Whether intrusive or not depends on who's defining intrusive but it only takes one person reporting to the appropriate agency to shut you done if not operating legally.