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malzkaffee
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Posted Tue Nov 4, 2003, 6:27am
Subject: Boiler exploded
 

When I visited a friend yesterday we switched on his old Gaggia Classic to let it warm up and enjoy a cup..
30min later the boiler exploded.
The lower part of the boiler remained in the machine, the top of it was blown of with the steamwand still attached. The bolts connecting both parts were still in place at the lower part with fragments of the upper part around it.
The steelbase for the boiler bent outward about one centimeter. The top cover went through a dry-wall. Both machine and boiler landed on the floor about five feet apart. All the plastic switches exploded shrapnell-like and were later picked up some distance away. The ceiling was covered in water.
Three hours earlier we were sitting around the machine for a longer time.
Boy, we really had plenty of luck.

P.S. I will disassemble the remains of the machine soon. I presume that the safety-valve was packed with dirt and did not work properly.
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MrFollies
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Espresso: Isomac Tea
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Posted Tue Nov 4, 2003, 6:38am
Subject: Re: Boiler exploded
 

Not to be goulish, but could we see some pics of the damages?  As discussed on alt.coffee recently, it is healthy to respect the equipment.  Maybe seeing what could happen might just make someone get that urgently needed checkup.

Although, you shouldn't expect a boiler to blow....

-D
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malzkaffee
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Espresso: Gaggia coffee
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Vac Pot: neither...
Drip: ...nor
Roaster: I dont push it so far, yet
Posted Tue Nov 4, 2003, 6:56am
Subject: Re: Boiler exploded
 

I can shoot a couple of pictures, no problem. But I cant put them on the web, due to a lack of knowledge and equipment.
If someone vounteers, I will mail them to him.
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johannabanana
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Location: Vienna, Europe
Expertise: I live coffee

Espresso: La San Marco 1,2,+3group,...
Grinder: 2 LSM, 3 Tourmix, 1 demoka...
Vac Pot: not yet
Drip: Melitta aroma boy,...
Roaster: Precision & Mr. Gunter :-D
Posted Tue Nov 4, 2003, 12:38pm
Subject: Re: Boiler exploded
 

Hallo Alexander,

send me the pics.
Or I'll explain you how it works to put them on the CG site. If you have them digital and you can read these site - you can easily post pictures here, with just a click.
Or are your pics developed paper-pictures? You can send them to me, too, to scan them for you. As your name and nickname sounds German...and you say you are above the center of earth, I asume you are in Germany - as the center of the earth is Austria ;-)
...where I am from >sheepishly grinning<

"...dann könnte ich es Dir auch auf deutsch erklären"
(this was an language test :-)

I'd love to help, and I'm curious to see the rest of the boiler, too :-D

greetings
joey

 
"Do everything right.
You will gratify some people and astonish the rest." (Mark Twain)
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scook94
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Location: Scotland, U.K.
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Espresso: Izzo Vivi
Grinder: Mazzer SJ, Doserless
Vac Pot: Cona "Kitchen Deluxe" Size D
Drip: Chemex, Aeropress
Roaster: Gene Cafe
Posted Tue Nov 4, 2003, 2:25pm
Subject: Re: Boiler exploded
 

Wow, you guys sure were lucky! I can't wait to see the pics! Hope my Clasic doesn't go the same way, but then again it would certainly give me an excuse to "upgrade" to an ECM Giotto or Isomac Millenium. Does your friend have plans to replace his Classic or has this put him off for life?

Steve.
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Posted Tue Nov 4, 2003, 8:05pm
Subject: Re: Boiler exploded
 

Earlier this year the boiler on my Pasquini Livia exploded blowing off the bottom portion of the boiler (I had it for 15 months at that point).  Fortunately, no one was in my kitchen at the moment of the explosion in my case as well.  After having a dealer inspect the machine, there was a great deal of lime scale build-up (despite my always using water from a pour-over Brita filter) and the bolts holding the bottom portion of the boiler together appeared to have experienced some corrosion (I am not sure if this was due to the lime scale build-up or something else).  

I do have a new machine now - the Giotto Premium, and I am now using the Brita pour-over (changing it EVERY 3 weeks, no matter what the internal gauge of the filter says - the gauge usually does not indicate that it is anywhere near ready to be changed at this point).  In addition, I am using on water filter placed on the water intake line of the espresso machine.  I hope this prevents a repeat of the previous incident.  

Regards,
Matt
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espressotweek
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Posted Wed Nov 5, 2003, 6:03am
Subject: Re: Boiler exploded
 

Without a doubt, one of the most frightening things that can happen! I had a Moka pot blow once due to a cloged safty valve. It went up loud and just made a hell of a mess! I could only imagine this one. Well, at least no one was hurt:-) thanks for reminding us.

E.
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malzkaffee
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Vac Pot: neither...
Drip: ...nor
Roaster: I dont push it so far, yet
Posted Thu Nov 6, 2003, 11:31am
Subject: Re: Boiler exploded
 

Hallo Joey
Schick mir Deine Adresse an muffa@gmx.de, dann bekommst Du die Bilder.
vielen Dank im Voraus
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johannabanana
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Grinder: 2 LSM, 3 Tourmix, 1 demoka...
Vac Pot: not yet
Drip: Melitta aroma boy,...
Roaster: Precision & Mr. Gunter :-D
Posted Thu Nov 6, 2003, 3:33pm
Subject: Re: Boiler exploded
 

...ist unterwegs :-)
Joey

 
"Do everything right.
You will gratify some people and astonish the rest." (Mark Twain)
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tom_b
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Posted Sun Nov 9, 2003, 2:19am
Subject: Re: Boiler exploded
 

So the moral of the story is: cleancaf/citric acid powder? Is there any consensus on how often? Randy G lists every 6 mo at first, changing based on what muck you see come out when you do it..

tom
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