New Email List and Newsletter

In between everything else, we finally have a E-mail list and Newsletter set up. You can check it out on the Subscription Page. Basically, the E-mail list is where we can actually hold some conversations that are not in these comments. The Newsletter is a one-way email from me (Alchemist John) about new products, beans and other items of interest. I don’t know how often I will produce the Newsletter yet, but I expect not more than once a month.

BTW, like everything new, I expect a few bumps ahead in this. We will work them out. The first bump is that the Subscription page does not actively tell you you have been subscribed. It just resets. If you get an email confirming your subscription, then you are subscribed – if not, you are not.

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2 Responses to “New Email List and Newsletter”

  1. Here’s a link for a 15 lb capacity rock tumbler, with steel hexagon barren. It’s fan-cooled, overload protected and able to run 7 days continually. It is also reasonably priced at $145.09 without rocks and stuff.

    Do you think the hex shape will increase kinetic energy enough to do the job?

    Also, I found that Ebay sometimes has deals on chrome and steel shot.


  2. I think that one would work, but there are two major drawbacks that make it not perfect. One is that it is just steel, not stainless steel. We really want food grade material long term. For a proof of concept, I think it would be fine. The diameter looks good. I don’t really know of the shape would help or hinder the process. The 2nd major hurdle is that for a ball mill to be productive, it really needs to be 1/2 to 2/3 full, half of which needs to be media. In this case, again we want stainless steel, and that kind of media is expensive. This is purely an estimate, but I would not be surprised if that tumbler took 30-40 lbs of media. You are talking close to $500 in media. I ran these numbers some time ago when I was experimenting. My final conclusion was that even if it did work, expecting people to by $600-800 worth of equipment just for refining was asking a lot. I did not pursue it much past that due to that line of reasoning. You tell me, what do you think? If you do want to give it a try, I have a good source of media (the least expensive around). As for chrome and steel, they rust and really are not recommended for food. Again, maybe for proof of concept, but not much more. At least, that is my take.

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