If you really think you are interested in a commercial 1kg or 1lb machine I have been researching them for a few months so shoot me an email if you want. The IR-1 fits me well but that doesn't mean it is the perfect machine for you.
I think the Quest is shaping up to be the best home roaster on the market IMO.
WinBoot Senior Member Joined: 12 Oct 2009 Posts: 17 Location: Belgium Expertise: Professional
Posted Mon Mar 22, 2010, 12:05pm Subject: Re: The Quest M3 Roaster
The latest group buy effort would have produced a savings of only about $60, if it could have been done. Go ahead and just order the M3 - it's definitely worth it.
Question for Arpi and other, more expert modders than I: I need suggestions for thermocouples and where to get them. I see the pics of your setup and would like to use the same thermocouple setup. How do I get the parts to replace the thermometer and the sheath (or whatever) leading into the area for the ET probe? I am content to do my own controlling. I forget what "PID" even stands for - "peripheral interface device" maybe?
He came up with the first thermocouples adapter for the Quest m3 roaster and now has the second one (different). The first one is for BT (where the gage sits). The thermocouple is thick and made of stainless steel to withstand the beans. The second one (ET) is thinner (faster response) also made of stainless steel but sits outside the drum. I don't have the second one myself, just came out public yesterday, but I will be getting it pretty soon.
Posted Tue May 18, 2010, 11:43pm Subject: Re: The Quest M3 Roaster
Sweet Maria's drum roaster forum has a topic about their video of the roaster. There's a comment at the start of the thread that they're looking at the roaster and they've had "some real issues with the reliability of the burners".
They don't go into any details, and I haven't any other mention of problems with the M3. Anybody know more? Roy
Whale Senior Member Joined: 12 Aug 2009 Posts: 114 Location: Montreal Expertise: I love coffee
Espresso: Vivaldi II, MCal,... Grinder: MXKR, Major, Mythos, Baratza... Vac Pot: Vintage Silex Drip: Press only, I don't do drip!... Roaster: Cafemino E and Poppery 1
Posted Wed May 19, 2010, 3:19am Subject: Re: The Quest M3 Roaster
My understanding is that Tom, at SM, had to replace the heating element a number of time.
I have read that the element has burned out (very early failure) on a few others machine. The current theory that I am inclined to believe is that there was a "bad batch" of heating elements. That is all I know.
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