[Homeroast] New Hot Top- change drum?

David H.G. Hipwell gisdave at hotmail.com
Sat Sep 24 12:20:18 CDT 2011

Hi All, I recently cleaned my HotTop roaster and drum with Easy Off Heavy-Duty Oven Cleaner.  I'd done about 30-ish roasts with it (I haven't kept count), and there was a visible layer of roasting residue left inside.   If you spray it on and wait a few minutes, all the roasting crud on the metal just wipes off.  If you spray the drum inside and out (be sure to spray the inside from both ends to coat all surfaces), wait for it to do its stuff, and put it in the dishwasher, it will come out bright and shiney - just like when it was new.   I'm unsure whether the finer aspects of the dirty/clean roaster effects on the roast, but the method above is a quick and effective way to remove gunk from your roaster. Hope this helps.  
 > Date: Thu, 22 Sep 2011 09:53:05 -0700
> To: homeroast at lists.sweetmariascoffee.com
> From: ira at extrasensory.com
> Subject: Re: [Homeroast] New Hot Top- change drum?
> At 10:14 AM 9/21/2011, you wrote:
> >I don't have a Hot Top, but run a Behmor and I've followed lots of threads
> >on the Behmor stressing the same thing, keeping the metal clean and shiny
> >helps with the roast.
> I believe but don't know that keeping a Behmor clean is a requirement 
> for two reasons, one because it has no insulation and clean metal is 
> a better insulator than dirty metal and secondly because it uses a 
> thermostat that reads different when it's face is dark and better at 
> absorbing heat.  Both of those combine to make roast go much slower 
> when the inside of the machine gets dirty.
> Ira 
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