[Homeroast] Yep, Take apart the GeneCafe screens

Bob Glasscock eglasscock at centurytel.net
Mon Sep 13 15:10:50 CDT 2010

Good question, Jay. I've been following this discussion since I have a 
GeneCafe that I've been using for about six months. I blow out the 
(large) chaff collector religiously after roasting and brush out any 
other particles. I roast about every three days or so and haven't seen 
any clogging or experienced overheating. (It helps to be a bagpiper). 

Bob Glasscock
Greenville, AL

Quoting "Poutinen, Jay" <jpoutine at uwsp.edu>:
> Are you talking about the standard chaff collector here, and not the large
> collector?
> Jay
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> Subject: [Homeroast] Yep, Take apart the GeneCafe screens
> So, I've been meaning to clean the chaff collector on my GeneCafe
> for... a while (probably not a whole year).  I've been going to boil
> it but didn't want to heat up the house. 
> Then Ken had his thread about his GeneCafe and the revelation that
> you *really* need to take the screens apart. 
> So today, as I was getting ready to roast I decided, what the heck,
> and got out the screwdriver.  I filled the sink with hot water and a
> good sized slug of Simple Green. 
> Turns out, Ken (and the others) were right - you *REALLY* do need to
> take the screens apart.  My chaff collector *looked* clean(ish) - you
> could see some internal gunk but nothing really objectionable and
> looking through the screens the light came through just fine. 
> Took the collector apart, looked at the screens - still didn't look too bad. 
> Took the screws out that hold the inner screen in place... 
> *WOW*
> A *LOT* of crud can accumulate in there - there were parts where
> there was just a little tunnel through the crud from inner screen
> hole to outer screen hole. 
> Didn't seem to affect my roast, but I have to wonder how much longer
> I had before *not* cleaning the screens would have. 
> >Time and time again I had been told to clean my chaff collector... 
> >and I did!  I swear!  I even used detergents, brushes, etc!
> >
> >Time and again they said - Take Apart the Two Screens!!!  And I did
> >NOT - because I could see just fine through all the holes in the
> >screen so clearly they were not clogged... 
> >
> >Well, I was wrong... I took apart the two screens and they were
> >clogged - All to hell....  No wonder it has never worked right since
> >I got the new heater... No wonder the last one died... 
> >
> >
> >Now I just wish I hadn't just roasted 3 lbs of coffee... I have to
> >wait 2 weeks to try it out again!!!
> >
> >Sorry to one and all... I guess I'm stubborn... 
> >
> >Ken
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Bob Glasscock
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