Posted Tue Jun 4, 2013, 8:43am Subject: Re: Behmor finally died - get another or try something different?
I think you'll probably be annoyed by the slow cooling and the smaller capacity of the Gene-Cafe. I'm running into the limits of mine, and I've been considering _up_grading to a Behmor, but it's hard to beat the chaff separation and smoke extraction via a dryer vent that the Gene-Cafe offers. This allows me to roast in the (shared) basement comfortably in the depths of a NE winter, something I don't think I could consider with a Behmor or Hottop. Plus I like the hands on control of the GC.
I have found that cleaning with a regular vacuum and the brush I can clean the Behmor in under 1 min. As long as the Behmor is stored in a warmer area you should have no issues. I used to store mine in a Rubbermaid bin. I wouldn't get the Gene. You are losing yield size. If you decide not to get another Behmor I would upgrade to the Hottop, RK or commercial.
Have you considered building a roaster? homeroasters.org has a library of info on building one. I know a 20A variable speed heater and a modded metal cone will get you started for $200. Check out user: oldgearhead's setup.
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