Posted Wed Jan 15, 2014, 10:36pm Subject: Re: Your Experience With Huky 500
Another update: I installed the range hood yesterday and tried a pretty dark roast last night to celebrate the accomplishment. One pound taken 15 seconds into second crack so a good amount of smoke. I left one of the range fans on low overnight-- this morning there's no smoke smell at all. The fans in this hood are fairly powerful (760 CFM) so take that into consideration.
I am curious on the amount of smoke your current hood vent captures during the roast. You mention that you leave one of the two fans on over night, can I assume a vent-a-hood or similar multi-motor setup?
My wife and I are building a new townhome and will be installing a hood vent. I am limited by code in my area to a limit of 300 cfm's as I cannot alter the exterior of my property for make-up-air via condo board rules, this includes the roof. Luckily, I have a 6 inch external ducting, so I'm not totally limited. I am interested in a vent-a-hood as it claims it is an 'open cavity' as opposed to having mesh or slated screens to capture the smoke, meaning it claims industry equivalent of approx 450 cfms. As with anything there are trade-offs, and in this case, it's price. However, we will be installing something regardless so the coffee roasting is a bonus.
That having being said, Gregr I am using some numbers to form my basis of choice. The huky is a solid 1 lb roaster, and I'm on a quest m3, roughly 1/2 to 1/3 the size by batch volume. Your hood vent is just over/under twice the size if I can believe the vent-a-hood 450 cfm equivalency claim. This seems on paper that I should be ok with my proposed set up. My goal is as little smoke escaping into my kitchen as possible.
Does anyone have any insight/advice to this thought process, or other considerations I should perhaps consider?
Additionally, I've a way to direct 95% of the smoke from the quest to within any desired distance to the hood intake acting as a chimney to reduce smoke billowing over the sides of the hood.
masonjer Senior Member Joined: 17 Feb 2014 Posts: 15 Location: United States Expertise: Pro Roaster
Posted Wed Feb 19, 2014, 12:10pm Subject: Re: Your Experience With Huky 500
I am looking at the Huky 500 as well. It looks like modifications can be made with ease. I've also heard the heat source can be replace with anything, even possible a stove burner. Might help with the smoke problem if you could roast on the stovetop?
I don't think there is an "American Roaster Corp. " But if you mean "US Roaster Corp," it's true that communicating with them by email can be -- shall we say -- uncertain.
If you were specifically interested in the USRC 1lb Sample Roaster, it's $6K. Worth it for what it is, but way beyond your stated limit.
The best choices within your budget are the HotTop, Quest and Huky. Each has its set of strengths and weaknesses, and, price aside, is worth serious consideration on its own merits. I know that sounds like something Coffee Lover's Mag would say, but it's true. The each fill a slightly different set of needs; without more specifics about you it's hard to make a specific recommendation which goes beyond our own prejudices.
You said you found the Huky's greater capacity interesting. If you're planning on roasting more than four or five pounds one day per week, you need it. But, that's a lot of coffee.
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