Royal No.5

Kyle Szukaitis

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Jul 21, 2009
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Matt -

I'm sorry I am unable to answer your question. I am writing you as I have the opportunity to restore a Royal #5 Serial # 1064.

If you could share any information with me I would appreciate it.

Kyle Szukaitis


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Aug 10, 2008
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Hi Topher,

I've actually never roasted on one before, are they difficult to regulate?

The reason that I ask is that I'm toying with adding some modern instrumentation/controls to mine. I'd like to make any necessary holes prior to sending the parts out for plating. And yes, they are very cool machines! :)

Out of curiousity, how did you date the roaster?



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Aug 14, 2003
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Date was on the motor. We had an in house engineer group that rebuilt the whole thing. I mean it was all original..just rebuilt. Leather belts drove the drum..pretty sweet. I didn't like the gas regulator. It was a bit scary. You opened the holes(pie shaped) to increase the gas. Someone opened it so wide once while I was out. When I came back to roast I turned it on and gas was pouring out the regulator....thing blew up and took half my 7 inch goatee...funny now, not funny then. Good luck with your mods!