[Homeroast] Hottop Cleaning and Repair

Joseph Robertson theotherjo at gmail.com
Tue Feb 1 10:15:36 CST 2011


Confessions are a good thing. I took out the chaff screen in the top of my
IRoast2 when I first started roasting so I could move more air and chaff
right out the AI dryer pipe and casement window.
Results improved. Never put it back.
Joe

On Tue, Feb 1, 2011 at 6:48 AM, Tim TenClay <teejtc at gmail.com> wrote:

> I probably shouldn't admit this, but I've found that it roasts just fine
> without the back filter in at all.....
>
> On Tue, Feb 1, 2011 at 9:35 AM, Mike Koenig <koenig.mike at gmail.com> wrote:
>
> > When I have mine open, I usually hose down the main board with some
> > electronics cleaner spray, just in case there is any residue that can
> > affect
> > the operation of the electronics.  I've never had such a problem, but
> it's
> > a
> > habit I developed from my old i-Roast (where is was a problem).
> >
> > I don't open mine up as often as I should either (once every few months
> > roasting 2 batches/week),  and haven't had any issues.  The only thing
> that
> > worries me a little is the amount of oily residue that builds up on the
> > motor housing.
> >
> > I also keep the filters clean by putting it in the dishwasher. (I have
> two
> > and rotate between them).
> >
> > --mike
> >
> >
> >
> > On Mon, Jan 31, 2011 at 11:06 PM, Justin Schwarz <houstini at comcast.net
> > >wrote:
> >
> > > Just got back from a trip to Portland to pick up Barry's old Hottop and
> > > spend a nice day with the family that included some nice stops for
> > espresso
> > > and lunch @ Kennedy school.
> > >
> > > Barry made me a deal that I couldn't refuse on his old "P" model with
> the
> > > caveat that it may need some parts to get it in full working order and
> no
> > > promises were made about the roaster.  Well, a deal is a deal and I was
> > > excited to have a roaster that I can use at my house, without going to
> my
> > > parents to use my NG BBQ drum.
> > >
> > > I was home for less than 20 minutes and had it opened up to figure out
> > how
> > > to replace the element and the temperature sensor. When I took the back
> > > cover off, I was greeted by a small avalanche of chaff.  I grabbed the
> > > vacuum and got as much as I could right away, as I was doing this on my
> > > kitchen counter.  I realized that I would have to disassemble the
> roaster
> > > further to completely remove the chaff from inside of the back
> > compartment.
> > >
> > > After all of the chaff was gone and I got a good look at how the
> roaster
> > > operates I began to see how the roaster is able to build up chaff so
> > easily
> > > in that compartment and became aware that would be something I would
> have
> > to
> > > remember to clean.  How often?
> > >
> > > My next step was to pull the element that had warped over 5 or so years
> > of
> > > use and see if I couldn't bend it back straight and get some more use
> out
> > of
> > > it.  It was warped pretty badly and I tried to gently bend it back into
> > > place, and then snap! I was fully prepared to replace this part and was
> > not
> > > surprised when I snapped the element.
> > >
> > > I will wait until I get my replacement parts to replace the temp
> sensor,
> > > but it appears to be a pretty easy part.  It is nice that Hottop USA
> has
> > > such detailed repair instructions and I look forward to having the
> > roaster
> > > up and running soon.
> > >
> > > While I have the HT apart is there anything else that I should inspect
> or
> > > possibly replace while I am in there?  What are others doing about the
> > chaff
> > > buildup in the back compartment?
> > >
> > > -Justin
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Joseph Robertson
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