[Homeroast] Quest M3 is headed my way!!

Robert Bedwell rlb at triad.rr.com
Thu Jan 6 07:18:51 CST 2011


Hank..makes sense get a feel for the roaster by logging data.  I did this with my Hottop in every roast.  I only had a BT
probe with it..

I will keep the beans inside before roasting.  Good tip.

I appreciate any tips...thanks.

Bob


On Jan 6, 2011, at 7:17 AM, Hank Perkins wrote:

> I also would bring the roaster inside before firing it up and get the
> beans above 70F before you drop them in the roaster.
> 
> Also, do several roast with the roaster out of the box.  I would log
> the temps every 30 seconds by hand.  I also log amps and fan speed.
> After several roasts you will be able to react a bit better to adjust
> the temps.
> 
> We are dealing with electric not gas and it doesn't react fast.  This
> is one reason you get better results with 120g vs. 225g.
> 
> After a week install Eric's thermocouples.  These add capability and complexity.
> 
> On Thu, Jan 6, 2011 at 6:08 AM, Hank Perkins <hankperkins at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Bob,
>> 
>> Get a couple of space heaters around the roaster.  The roaster sucks
>> air from underneath and if the air is not warm it won't get the job
>> done.  Been there, done that.
>> 
>> Hank
>> 
>> On Thu, Jan 6, 2011 at 6:01 AM, Robert Bedwell <rlb at triad.rr.com> wrote:
>>> Hank....my Quest is out for delivery today.
>>> 
>>> Frankly I don't think any roaster should be left unattended.  I know I didn't my Hottop and it was UL approved.
>>> 
>>> Unfortunately the only place I can roast is in the garage and the 65F temperature is not available now.  However I
>>> did purchase the insulating blanket material that Jim Schulman refers to in his posts on the Quest on HB.  Hopefully
>>> it does the trick and allows me to use it in the garage at lower temps.
>>> 
>>> I have the thermocouple kit from EricS ready to install.  It replaces the dial thermometer that comes with
>>> the Quest.  One TC reads BT and the other ET.
>>> 
>>> Thanks for all the information you post.  It helps.
>>> 
>>> Bob
>>> 
>>> 
>>> 
>>> 
>>> On Jan 6, 2011, at 6:41 AM, Hank Perkins wrote:
>>> 
>>>> Sorry guys, been busy with work.
>>>> 
>>>> Quest is not UL.  I think you could make it UL but not without some
>>>> serious changes. With it not being insulated it gets serious hot.  My
>>>> ET probe has measured temps in the 700F range.  I have not pointed my
>>>> laser surface thermometer at the outside but the cage will burn you.
>>>> Make no mistake, DO NOT RUN THIS ROASTER UNSUPERVISED.  It can burn
>>>> your house down.
>>>> 
>>>> Safety stuff aside.
>>>> 
>>>> I think you are going to love this roaster.  It is what i have always
>>>> wanted.  A 250g commercial roaster.
>>>> 
>>>> The sweet spot is 125g loads.  This is where it will act the most
>>>> consistent, and provide the best results.
>>>> 
>>>> You need to use it in  a room where the ambient temp is over 65F.  It
>>>> is NOT a garage roaster in the winter.  I recently built some duct
>>>> work to vent mine out the stove venting in my kitchen for cold weather
>>>> roasting.
>>>> 
>>>> It weighs in at ~20 pounds and is easy to move, unless it is hot then
>>>> it will burn you.
>>>> 
>>>> With a little work you will figure out how to roast fast, slow, start
>>>> slow-end quick, start quick end slow and any profile in between.
>>>> 
>>>> For me, the Quest is way better than the Behmor (got one for sale now)
>>>> and the Hot Top (had one).
>>>> 
>>>> There is a Quest M3 page on Google, ask Apri to let you join.
>>>> 
>>>> It is a fun tool and in my opinion considering the market, a steal at $1,200.
>>>> 
>>>> 
>>>> On Thu, Jan 6, 2011 at 12:02 AM, miKe mcKoffee <mcKona at comcast.net> wrote:
>>>>> Yeah, don't believe it's been UL certified for home use. Definitely don't
>>>>> see any UL on the label pictured. Oh no, it's not UL certified for home use!
>>>>> 
>>>>> Anyone who has purchased one and is now afraid to use it at home, I'll
>>>>> kindly alleviate your fears :)
>>>>> 
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