[Homeroast] First Behmor Chaff Fire - Any Suggestions?

Seth Grandeau grandeau at gmail.com
Wed Dec 23 21:13:38 CST 2009


Thanks for the advice, guys.  roasted tonight without incident.  Funny how
it's always the same corner. :)

On Wed, Dec 23, 2009 at 12:18 AM, John Mac <johnt.mac at gmail.com> wrote:

> Seth-
> That's NOTHING compared to the 1/2lb. of Peru I incinerated the other day
> when I got distracted by the kids fighting while I was roasting. I turned
> the beans into pure carbon! I'm sure there was a fire but I wasn't there to
> see it :) I spent a couple of hours taking the machine completely apart to
> clean away the terrible burnt smell/residue ( have pictures) and put her
> back together and away I went  on to roast another four batches. My smoke
> suppressor coil went out some time ago but since I roast outside I didn't
> seem to notice/care. It the almost two years I've had the B16 I've done
> this
> more than once and it keeps bouncing back. Who ever says a Behmor can't
> produce dark roasts doesn't know what they are talking about. I also gave
> up
> on the cleaning cycle since it's a waste of energy and I'd rather have
> beans
> in there when it's on ;-) Hasn't slowed it down a bit.
>
> Cheers!
> John in Nor Cal
>
> On Tue, Dec 22, 2009 at 2:17 PM, Seth Grandeau <grandeau at gmail.com> wrote:
>
> > I was roasting 325 grams of IMV (saved it for Christmas gifts!) on P1 and
> > just after I hit cool, I smelled smoke and saw sparks flying inside.  It
> > seemed to die out after about a minute and a half, so I let it continue
> on
> > the cooldown cycle.  I'll do a full scrubbing with Simple Green and will
> > run
> > a cleaning cycle.  Any other suggestions.
> >
> > I was worried that it was too big a batch of very chaffy coffee, so I'm
> not
> > surprised I got a chaff fire.  I'll dial the batch size down next time.
> >  I'm
> > more concerned about anything I should do to ensure the roaster is fine.
> >
> > Thanks for any help.
> >
> > -Seth
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