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fredk01
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Posted Thu Feb 21, 2013, 4:03pm
Subject: Are thermoblocks ready for prime time?
 

From   this thread.  

JasonBrandtLewis Said:

thermoblock machines generally haven't been very good, nor have they held up over time.  That said, the CC1 seemed to be a real "game changer," as they say, but then hit some bumps in the road.  Several vendors here in the States stopped selling it due to problems they were reporting, and Crossland is (apparently) making some changes to the machine.  In theory, a thermoblock should work fine -- I'm just not sure it has . . . yet.

Posted February 21, 2013 link

The Quickmill Silvano has been out since 2010?  It has been upgraded once to put more power into steaming.  There don't seem to be any issues with the thermoblock other than the initial weak steaming.

The Crossland CC1 has been out since early 2011 and has gone through .5 of an upgrade to resolve issues with the diffuser block to retain more heat and has seen the addition of electronic filters to block electromagnetic interference.  There is not an avalanche of complaints about failing thermoblocks.

I have seen a number of positive posts from users after 1 year.  So, how long do they have to "hold up" before these machines are considered main stream?

EDIT:  To be clear, I am thinking of machines that use a thermoblock only for steam.
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Posted Thu Feb 21, 2013, 4:06pm
Subject: Re: Are thermoblocks ready for prime time?
 

Acaso just designed a new thermoblock. 1st line should have the new machines in a month

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RyY5-rtuUsg
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Posted Thu Feb 21, 2013, 4:39pm
Subject: Re: Are thermoblocks ready for prime time?
 

Interesting.  Breville is introducing (or has introduced??) a similar style thermocoil this year as well.
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Posted Thu Feb 21, 2013, 6:15pm
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I think that for a noncritical app like steam, if properly designed a thermo block will be fine but even the linked "coil" woont work well for brewing. I have two brand new Expobart thermo block machines. One I I took all he good parts out of to rebuild a Sylvia with. The other is sitting, waiting, to be offloaded to someone I am not very fond of. YMMV!

 
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Posted Thu Feb 21, 2013, 6:18pm
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calblacksmith Said:

The other is sitting, waiting, to be offloaded to someone I am not very fond of. YMMV!

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LMAO
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Posted Thu Feb 21, 2013, 6:23pm
Subject: Re: Are thermoblocks ready for prime time?
 

cuznvin Said:

Acaso just designed a new thermoblock. 1st line should have the new machines in a month

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RyY5-rtuUsg

Posted February 21, 2013 link

Really neat video.  Thanks for posting it.

What is the reason to do a thermoblock over a boiler?  Simplicity?  Space?
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Posted Thu Feb 21, 2013, 6:51pm
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AlexKilpatrick Said:

Really neat video.  Thanks for posting it.

What is the reason to do a thermoblock over a boiler?  Simplicity?  Space?

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I think the thermoblock is just for steaming.. but I'm not sure really
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Posted Thu Feb 21, 2013, 7:09pm
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cuznvin Said:

I think the thermoblock is just for steaming.. but I'm not sure really

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It looks like the Arc, which uses this thermoblock, is a thermoblock only machine.
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Posted Thu Feb 21, 2013, 7:21pm
Subject: Re: Are thermoblocks ready for prime time?
 

It seems like you could use a thermoblock for both.  Kind of like the difference between a hot water heater and a tankless water heater in your house.  Brewing and steaming are just a matter of temperature.  

Some of the advantages I could see for a thermoblock:

- More energy efficient (don't have to keep a big tank of water warm)
- Can't run out of heated water (assuming you have enough water supply)
- Smaller size

Seems like precise temp control might be harder, as well as scaling issues.
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Posted Thu Feb 21, 2013, 7:24pm
Subject: Re: Are thermoblocks ready for prime time?
 

AlexKilpatrick Said:

It seems like you could use a thermoblock for both.  Kind of like the difference between a hot water heater and a tankless water heater in your house.  Brewing and steaming are just a matter of temperature.  

Some of the advantages I could see for a thermoblock:

- More energy efficient (don't have to keep a big tank of water warm)
- Can't run out of heated water (assuming you have enough water supply)
- Smaller size

Seems like precise temp control might be harder, as well as scaling issues.

Posted February 21, 2013 link

I think that Acaso is using some special metal to avoid scaling..
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