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Posted Tue Jun 19, 2012, 10:14am
Subject: Re: Behmor Fire
 

Ian Said:

I think you're generally right, if someone has never roasted before it is probably a good introduction but for anybody who has roasted before it can be a frustrating machine.
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I think any consumer roasting machine can be frustrating at times.  

But with practice and care, most any such machine can yield great roasts.  That's my experience with the Behmor.

 
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Posted Thu Jun 21, 2012, 12:45am
Subject: Re: Behmor Fire
 

Prof Said:

I think any consumer roasting machine can be frustrating at times.  

But with practice and care, most any such machine can yield great roasts.  That's my experience with the Behmor.

Posted June 19, 2012 link

Can't remember exactly but approximately 18 months ownership, say 75 weeks. On average two roasts a week, that's about 150 roasts. Even my patience has a limit ;)


If you're happy doing pre-heating, opening and closing doors etc. and generally trying to cheat the control panel, that's fine. I'm not.


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Posted Thu Jun 21, 2012, 8:28pm
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Ian Said:

Can't remember exactly but approximately 18 months ownership, say 75 weeks. On average two roasts a week, that's about 150 roasts. Even my patience has a limit ;)

If you're happy doing pre-heating, opening and closing doors etc. and generally trying to cheat the control panel, that's fine. I'm not.

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Posted June 21, 2012 link

For $300 I've been very pleased.  

Your new setup looks like a turbo-oven.  I made many roasts in the TO/SC system but got tired of setting it up and taking it down each roast.  It did a great job and I had pretty good control over the roasts.  When I stepped up to the Behmor, the roasts improved noticeably.  

Perhaps the nextgen Behmor will have more controls in place.  I hope so (too).

 
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Posted Thu Jun 28, 2012, 3:37pm
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I've had the same issue with my drums falling apart.bad welds and broken wires. on arrival of my 4th replacement today after inspection found a broken weld on a fin and 4 broken wires. was told they were working on a design change for drums righn now because of all the probs with them.
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Posted Thu Jun 28, 2012, 5:43pm
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Option 1- Go manual
Option 2- Boat Anchor and replacement.

So my guess is option one if you're handy, then option 2. I still have my Behmor and used it for two years, then bought a fancy roaster.  Now that I understand more about roasting, a dog bowl and heat gun sounds interesting
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Posted Thu Jun 28, 2012, 5:53pm
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I've read a few fire stories.

It scares me enough that my eyes never leave the roaster when it's on, and I always clean it with Simple Green after every couple of roasts to remove oils.

That said, I have about 50 roasts on my Behmor in the last 3 years, and not one fire (knock on wet wood).
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Posted Thu Jun 28, 2012, 10:22pm
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A fire needs the three things we all know about. In the case of roasters, the fuel is usually either the beans or the chaff. For the beans to burn it takes an inattentive operator, a too-small batch, or some other over-roasting event. The chaff, if allowed to build up, can be a serious fire hazard. A home-roasting appliance to get enough oils in it to catch fire would be a very neglected or very poorly designed device.

 
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Posted Fri Jun 29, 2012, 12:37am
Subject: Re: Behmor Fire
 

hankua Said:

Option 1- Go manual
Option 2- Boat Anchor and replacement.

So my guess is option one if you're handy, then option 2. I still have my Behmor and used it for two years, then bought a fancy roaster.  Now that I understand more about roasting, a dog bowl and heat gun sounds interesting

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I went with option 1 ;)  See here.

It is nearly back together now but there are a couple of other improvements to be made which also require testing. Unfortunately, other jobs take priority.


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