[Homeroast] List Traffic at Zero and Roast Time Length

Yakster yakster at gmail.com
Sat Sep 25 03:37:23 CDT 2010

I wish I had a 220 V dryer outlet, but alas it's only 120.  It is on a
dedicated circuit, however and does result in the least voltage drop when I
run the Behmor.  Usually the voltage drops from 120 to about 117 or 116 at
the least, but on a hot summer day it can be worse.  I am using a heavy duty
extension cord to site the Behmor on a bench and not on top of the dryer so
that contributes a bit as well.

We ran 440 V in the desert to power some cameras because the power runs were
too long for 120 or 240.  Used step down transformers on the towers.  I
figured that was a wiser course then dropping down into the 38 kV vaults
that were available, didn't really want to deal with that for just the
surveillance equipment.  Voltage drop I understand, but some times it's your
house cabling that's the weakest link.  I remember a communication site in
Guasti (near Ontario Airport in California) that went down.  Came to find
out the line voltage from the temporary power poles dropped to only 90 V in
the summer, damn hot in Guasti and everyone running their A/C.  The electric
provider is not always keeping pace with demand on the sizing of their
outside plant.  Had to put in a voltage conditioner there to boost the

Alas, my email is probably not clear.  I didn't sleep much last night,
combination of jet lag and good espresso after dinner here in Milan.  I
think it's a robusta blend which I'm not used to drinking.  I'm starting to
feel like Balzac, I even stayed up into the wee hours working.

My batch size is around 430 - 460 g these days, except for the almonds which
I are 340 g batches.  No complaints there.

I'll have to get some sleep this weekend so I can start fresh on Monday.
Gotta learn some Metro Ethernet technologies to explain our new features.

-Chris (Vimercate, Italy)

On Sat, Sep 25, 2010 at 10:21 AM, <raymanowen at gmail.com> wrote:

> "I did pick out the hottest outlet to roast (highest voltage, least voltage
> drop) for best performance by using the washer dryer outlet that's on it's
> own circuit on a short run
> from the breaker box, I think that helps.
> I use a Kill-A-Watt to watch the voltage and once decided it was a no-go
> for
> roasting because I was smoking meat with the electric meat smoker in the
> back yard during a hot summer day and the Behmor on the pre-heat pulled the
> voltage down to 112 or 114 V which I knew was a no-go."
> EE-GAD! After those two sentences, I think it's going to precipitate
> something that will require a snow shovel in the morning. When some
> sentence
> understanding or meaning eludes me, I diagram it
> (Subject-predicate-object).
> Such a simple thing to do, but I failed.
> You should know that the 112 - 114v you measure represents a drop from the
> actual pole or neighborhood transformer secondary voltage. The power is
> usually dissipated in the steel cable used for the neutral line in the
> overhead wires to your home.
> If you measure the "220v" at the electric range or dryer receptacle, it
> won't vary by more than maybe 0.1 or 0.2 volts if you turn on every heating
> device in the appliance. 220v is all on copper wires, from the transformer
> secondary to the electric range or water heater.
> Electric toasters and other "110v" appliances use one copper wire and one
> steel neutral cable to supply power to your home. Newer homes with buried
> utilities use all copper supply wires. 112 - 114v is not very close to the
> actual transformer voltage- 120v - 125v is more like it, with 240v - 250v
> on
> your electric range or dryer.
> At 453.5924 grams per pound, you roast about 91g batch sizes with
> non-standard supply voltage. What other specification is violated, and you
> don't like WHAT about it?
> Cheers, Mabuhay -RayO, aka Opa!
> --
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