[Homeroast] behmor afterburner was: Behmor Fire

Doug Grove dgrove.wa at gmail.com
Thu Apr 12 13:25:21 CDT 2012

Hi Len,

I repaired my afterburner at least 6 times before finally giving up
and leaving it broken.
Not having the afterburner running gives more power to the elements and shortens
the roast time a bit.

I suspect that is was my use of a Variac that caused the afterburner
issues.  As near
as I could figure out, it would blow out when the cool cycle came on.
Perhaps too much
power being directed to it at that time??  Not an engineer so have no
clue if that's reasonable
or not.  I only used the Variac since I have poor line voltage in my
old house and only set it
to around 125 V, which is high-normal ASFAIK.


On Thu, Apr 12, 2012 at 11:11 AM,  <Lalpern2 at aol.com> wrote:
> On April 11,2012 at  2:41 PM, Bill wrote:
>>One oddity that I've noticed that I cannot explain, but seems to  repeat
>>Roasting times seem longer during warm weather than during cold  weather.
> It
>>might simply be my imagination, but I doubt it. I find myself  hitting the
>>cool cycle sooner during the winter than during the summer.  It might be
> the
>>case that the thermostat controlling the heat cycle is  tricked into
>>overdrive by cold weather.... I don't know.
> Being of the engineering persuasion, and C/O (and maybe A/R), I've always
> kept extensive notes on every roast I've ever done including the six
> hundred or so using my Behmor.  I always record the ambient  temperature and have
> noticed the shorter times to first  crack when the temperature is lower.  In
> fact, I always estimate the  expected time to first crack based on previous
> roasts and the current  temperature.
> I'm guessing that this is due to the longer on time of the heating elements
>  to satisfy the thermostat at colder temperatures.  Since much of the heat
> energy transferred to the beans is radiant, this shortens the time to first
>  crack (and total roast time) for the same beans and roast profile.
> Maybe someone with technical expertise in the Behmor (Alchemist?)  would
> weigh in on this phenomena.
> Speaking of the Behmor,  does anyone else find they need to  frequently
> repair or replace the afterburner?
> I've had to fix mine five times so far, with the nichrome wire opening up
> right at the lug.
> Still like the roaster though, and the roasts it produces.  Almost  never
> use my IR1 anymore.
> Len
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