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Posted Wed Oct 17, 2012, 8:50am
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I only roast indoors and I have have no problems with smoke.   I just put a little fan in front of the window and I'm good.   Its about as smoky as my old behmor or just a little more.    I actually expected it to produce much more smoke so it was a pleasant surprise.
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Posted Wed Oct 17, 2012, 8:51am
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pngboy Said:

I only roast indoors and I have have no problems with smoke.   I just put a little fan in front of the window and I'm good.   Its about as smoky as my old behmor or just a little more.    I actually expected it to produce much more smoke so it was a pleasant surprise.

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Good info!  Thanks :-)
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Posted Wed Oct 17, 2012, 9:09am
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Endo Said:

<snip<

Left side is 100V x 600W and cooler right side is the Euro model 116V x 600W.

What do you think of that?

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Posted October 16, 2012 link

I think they ran low on 116V heating elements. I especially enjoyed term 'asymmetrical heating'.
Who coined that phrase, Molly?
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Posted Wed Oct 17, 2012, 11:55am
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BLrdFX Said:

endo, you have done a great job in documenting the use of the Quest roaster and heaping kudos on you is definitely in order!  You have become the Beta Tester for this micro roaster and I for one really appreciate your work :-)

Posted October 17, 2012 link

Thanks for your kind words. Although my Quest seems a bit unique, there are certainly many others out there (like Dave) who have done extensive testing as well.

BLrdFX Said:

Are you planning to install that 116V so the heating elements glow equally?

Posted October 17, 2012 link

I'm trying to get my hands on one of 116V heaters. I've asked the Quest folks, but they keep insisting there is nothing wrong with my Quest and I shouldn't need a replacement. I'm trying to explain I simply want the option of balancing out the heat with two identical 116V elements (since I don't need the extra power and shortened element life because I don't roast in an igloo :-) ). They don't seem to understand so I might need to keep it simpler and say "my 116V right heater is broken....can I have another?"

oldgearhead Said:

I think they ran low on 116V heating elements.

Posted October 17, 2012 link

Very likely could be that! It would explain why they aren't forthcoming with a spare.

oldgearhead Said:

I especially enjoyed term 'asymmetrical heating'. Who coined that phrase, Molly?

Posted October 17, 2012 link

That was me. Just being a bit too cute I guess.
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Posted Wed Oct 17, 2012, 12:10pm
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Endo Said:

Thanks for your kind words. Although my Quest seems a bit unique, there are certainly many others out there (like Dave) who have done extensive testing as well.  I'm trying to get my hands on one of 116V heaters.  They don't seem to understand so I might need to keep it simpler and say "my 116V right heater is broken....can I have another?"

Posted October 17, 2012 link

That idea might just work, unless they are reading these Posts...

Have you tried to source those elements locally???  Or Internationally WITHOUT Quest being in the loop?
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Posted Wed Oct 17, 2012, 1:15pm
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BLrdFX Said:

That idea might just work, unless they are reading these Posts...

Have you tried to source those elements locally???  Or Internationally WITHOUT Quest being in the loop?

Posted October 17, 2012 link

Perhaps they are running low on 116V stock, but I should be able to get a spare heater if I ask (although I may have to wait until they are back in stock). I suppose I could always go through Coffeeshrub. Perhaps they have spares in stock. I assume the new US heaters are 116V x 600W? Does anyone know for sure?

I tried finding the source of the heater. I think the first 2 letters "TU" or "YU" refers to a heater company in Taiwan. Perhaps this one?

http://www.superheater.com.tw/en/products/
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Posted Wed Oct 17, 2012, 1:30pm
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I don't have a clue about where you might find such an element.  I do know that the Coffee Shrub folks are not real savy with electricity judging by there terminology in their response to me.
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Posted Fri Oct 19, 2012, 5:48am
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When a speciality item such as a Quest Coffee Roaster is compared to a popular comsumer item, I often wonder; How do they do it?

For instance, take one of the most dangerous items in your home, the Revlon 1855 watt, electric, hair dryer. It is:
1) 45% more powerful than a Quest.
2) Much, much, smaller and lighter.
3) Has UL and CE labels.
4) Has internal heating element fuses.
5) Has a ground-fault detector.
6) Could be set-up to roast coffee.

So how do they do it for $19.95?
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Posted Fri Oct 19, 2012, 6:04am
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Jim,
You're comparing apples to oranges (a Porsche to a Russian Lada lol) here, & look as the huge size difference between the two., not to mention all that stainless steel in the roaster versus what.., 99% PLASTIC in a cheap hair dryer?

 
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Posted Fri Oct 19, 2012, 6:57am
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oldgearhead Said:

When a speciality item such as a Quest Coffee Roaster is compared to a popular comsumer item, I often wonder; How do they do it?

For instance,  Revlon  So how do they do it for $19.95?

Posted October 19, 2012 link

How do they make a comparison?  I have no idea, but how Revlon does it might be as big as the elephant in the room.  Just think GIANT COMPANY/CORPORATION that can afford the loss of dollars for failure or research and getting tax deductions from many angles of development and marketing.  

Quest?  Micro company, no tax incentives and maybe not so motivated to work at the consumer level.
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