[Homeroast] Why I will be selling my Behmor and buying an M3

Rich rich-mail at octoxol.com
Fri Dec 10 22:08:42 CST 2010

The max time for each profile was reduced due to the ease of reaching 
3rd crack which was uncovered in the beta testing phase.  It is a bit 
inconvenient though.

On 12/10/2010 09:40 PM, Bob Hazen wrote:
> Ivan,
> Your post got me to thinking. . . . (no small feat on a Friday evening)
> I have also struggled with the Behmor's inflexibility. I have been
> content, mostly, with P2. I think I have it psyched out, but it annoys
> me to jump through hoops to outwit the roaster. It sure seems that the
> control board could be replaced with an array of switches for the
> various operating modes. Full manual control (and responsibility) would
> result. This could be done by most anybody with a bit of do-it-yourself
> mindset. Slippery slope for sure. The next step for folks with
> microcontroller knowledge would be a replacement controller board.
> I'd venture that the built-in limitations were mandated by the safety
> agency (UL? ETL??) that listed the product. Clearly, bypassing the
> safeguards may increase the user's risk. Having worked with these
> agencies, though, I don't expect their requirements ensure a safe
> product anyway.
> Bob
>> Today I found a real treasure while shifting some stuff in my deep freeze
>> (non defrosting).
>> It was a vacuum sealed 1/2 pound of '07 crop IMV, a legendary bean
>> everybody
>> here will remember. It must have slid down past the box I keep my
>> beans in.
>> So it has been lurking there for nearly 4 years!
>> So I let it thaw, and against my better judgment decided to roast it
>> in the
>> Behmor, aiming for a modest C+
>> So I preheated (without beans) and loaded the full 8oz with P2 and 13
>> minutes.
>> Launch.
>> At 10 min. no sign of first crack near. I added the maximum amount of
>> time.
>> At just one minute before the time ran out, first crack started.
>> I was angry that I could not add a little more time. Why not? Why does
>> the
>> dang thing have to strictly limit how much time you can add. Even my IR2
>> allows you to add as much time as you want at the end.
>> Anyway, I only got to a C roast, and barely. First crack was starting to
>> subside a little right before Cool started. All I needed was another
>> 15-30
>> seconds on that roast.
>> This is why I'm ditching the Behmor. Far too many times it has left me
>> sitting with an underdeveloped roast because I can't add a little more
>> time.
>> I have great line voltage (125 under load) so that isn't the problem.
>> So I will start saving my pennies today for the M3 and I will be
>> selling my
>> B1600.
>> Ivan
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