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BOTR
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Posted Wed Jul 24, 2013, 10:35am
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What I do with my Behmor.........

I set the roaster up on a tray table near a window. I put a box fan in the window and have it blowing out. Couldnt be simpler.

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Posted Wed Jul 24, 2013, 10:25pm
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germantownrob Said:

...taken to second crack even with the afterburner will produce as much smoke as burned toast or more.

Posted July 24, 2013 link

OK, I admit, this is useful information and know I know what I need to do.

germantownrob Said:

This is your birds health/life you are willing to play with for a $8 worth of beans?

Posted July 24, 2013 link

OK, OK! I honestly didn't know! Don't worry.. I won't gas our birds. Besides, I'd have the wrath of my wife to deal with! Being repeatedly bludgeoned with the portafilter from my Alex is not something I would look forward to!
(Not to mention the crying and grieving she'd go through, she really loves her birds... then I'd have to bury them in the yard. No, I can certainly say that $8 worth of beans isn't worth replacing $340 worth of birds.)

germantownrob Said:

The Gene Cafe has a good settup for directing the smoke through a dryer hose.

Posted July 24, 2013 link

That's something to think about. Venting through a window is certainly an option if I can create a negative pressure in the room.

BOTR Said:

I set the roaster up on a tray table near a window. I put a box fan in the window and have it blowing out.

Posted July 24, 2013 link

I think this is probably the best solution. Keep the roaster in my bedroom, close the door and have a window fan blowing outside. In winter, the heat from the house will push the smoke outside.

I also think that the recirculating kitchen fan is a dick move by the builders, but we didn't have a choice. It means I can't legally use a gas stove in the kitchen and with that, every time we cook something in the oven,
the electric bill goes up by $20. (It doesn't help the stove is a cheap builders special.) It was hard enough to sell my wife on getting a gas dryer, the electric bill went down an easy $50 a month after replacing it.

 
Garbage In, Garbage Out, for every step of the process. From Beans to grinder, grounds to machine, coffee to cup.
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Posted Thu Jul 25, 2013, 11:08am
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for what it's worth, since I have the same situation.

I, we, have a cockatiel, to be 26 years this august.
I use a genecafe under the kitchen "fan" - there is no fan, but the air is circulated up and out by pressure alone. I don't do french roasts, so I usually don't ever have a problem with smoke.

The wife don't like the smell of the roast, though. Bird can be in the same room as the roast, and never has he showed sign of any problem - NOT to say they don't, just that we never had any problems.
Been roasting now for about six years - same machine, same room, same bird - and same wife :-).

I would recommend the gene with it's extended chaff collector and to buy and extraction pipe and maybe a fan at the end to help it vent outside.

(don't have the extended chaff collector myself, but would love to)

edit: Bird is free. the kitchen is his "cage". he is free to fly to the living/tv room by himself, but only if we are at home. Other wise kitchen door is closed. He has a cage but rarely goes in. He's been living like this for 24 years now.
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Posted Fri Jul 26, 2013, 2:07pm
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The winters where I live are not fun to spend time outdoors roasting either. But roasting your own coffee beans is worth doing even if it is only in the spring, summer and fall.  
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