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mikek753
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Posted Thu May 23, 2013, 3:20pm
Subject: Crossland CC1 - how to get perfect steam (video)
 

hi all,

I hope this will help CC1 owners and others.
I've used CC1 for almost 1.5 year and steam power went down.
I have 2 inline filters for water supply for CC1 (OMB934XF Omnipure (OMB934-10) 10"x2.5" Carbon Block 10 Micron Filter, AF-10-3000 Aries (AF-10-3000) 10"x2.5" Water Softening Clear Body Filter) that I replace every 4-6 months.
I do required descaling for CC1 every 4-6 months as well.
I saw many complains about CC1 can't produce good steam or not as good as other with dedicated boiler can.
Regular descaling didn't help much.
So I went with extra step - took Steam Boiler block out and open it.
Take a look at pics before and after cleaning was done.
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IMPORTANT !!!
I must caution you that soaking the steam block can damage the heating element inside. The top of the steam boiler (where the heating element exits the block) should never get wet. Heating elements have a wire inside that gets hot. There is a filter material (magnesium oxide) between this wire and the outside cover of the heating element. The ends of the heating element are not water proof. If water gets inside it will be absorbed by the filler material. If the water creates a short between the wire and the outside of the heating element then there could be dangerous voltage on the outside of the steam boiler. Please be very careful.


There are resulting videos that show how CC1 can steam perfect micro foam:
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DeanOK
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Posted Thu May 23, 2013, 3:30pm
Subject: Re: Crossland CC1 - how to get perfect steam (video)
 

That is weird that you have issues. I have never had an issue with the steam on my CC1 and have always considered the steam to be good dry steam. When I descale, I do run descaler through the steam wand as hot water to clean the thermoblock. My only wish is that it was a little more powerful but not bad as it is.  I have had other issues though, the most notable is the fact that my steam wand occasionally will drip water when the machine is warming up.... like 4 oz or so of water.

I just started buying bottled water for my machine that is supposed to be less than 30 PPM of hardness. Actually it is distilled water with two trace minerals added back to the distilled water for taste. I know that people say not to use distilled water, but I am not sure distilled water with minerals added back is considered distilled water.
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mikek753
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Posted Thu May 23, 2013, 9:43pm
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hi,

No, I don't have any dripping.
Water in my area has a lot of minerals or calcium. Even softener doesn't help to clean it completely.
I didn't try any bottled water.
I'll think about it.
For now my plan is to descale more often.

Mike.
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