[Homeroast] Sucky decaf

Edward Bourgeois edbourgeois at gmail.com
Sat Jun 26 17:07:13 CDT 2010

I tend to not recommended lighter duty and leave those possibilities
up to the user. The reason I won't mention the long extension cord

On Sat, Jun 26, 2010 at 6:03 PM, Edward Bourgeois <edbourgeois at gmail.com> wrote:
> I tend to
> On Sat, Jun 26, 2010 at 4:11 PM, Michael Dhabolt
> <michael.dhabolt at gmail.com> wrote:
>> I fully concur with Edwards appraisal of the subject:
>> On Sat, Jun 26, 2010 at 12:33 PM, Edward Bourgeois
>> <edbourgeois at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> With a little patience a nice used 15 or 22amp. US made Staco variac
>>> can be had on ebay for $60-$125.(I've bought several for less than
>>> $100.in great condition) It will last for many years and maintain it's
>>> original value and be very dependable. Just about all the China ones
>>> I've heard roasters get have since met an early death. There will be
>>> no voltage loss as will happen with a dimmer and can be used to
>>> slightly boost if needed. Small ones to drive a fan can be had for
>>> real cheap.
>> There have been multiple threads on this list in the past concerning
>> duty cycle of reputable US built, brand name variacs, I believe miKe
>> mcKoffee wrote the seminal piece on the subject.  I believe the
>> consensus has been that non-24-7 use in a
>> non-heat-dissipation-challenged environment allows safe use of variacs
>> rated somewhat below the actual current draw.  I've used a variac
>> rated at 12 Amps for 15 Amp loads for several hours at a time many
>> times with no discernible heat build up, I've used it for years and it
>> is still kicking.
>> Small variacs wired for voltage increase in the fan circuit provides
>> approx. 138 Volts and substantially increases the green bean load
>> capability of a P1 (chimney mandatory at this load).
>> If anyone tries the router speed control course of action, I'd
>> certainly hope they would post their results.
>> Mike (just plain)
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> Ed Bourgeois aka farmroast
> Amherst MA.
> http://coffee-roasting.blogspot.com/

Ed Bourgeois aka farmroast
Amherst MA.

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