[Homeroast] Behmor Fire

John Nanci john at chocolatealchemy.com
Sat Apr 14 15:46:20 CDT 2012

Opening it the side further will do nothing to 
allow more air - the fan is doing that (and I 
speak from the experience of trying it).

Just for completeness, have you contacted Behmor 
about troubleshooting it.  The newer models I've 
roasted with are entirely strong into 2nd with 
time to spare.  As a token check - have you checked your voltage?


At 08:49 AM 4/14/2012, you wrote:
>On Thu, Apr 12, 2012 at 11:24:27AM -0700, John Nanci wrote:
> > chamber is cooler, so it keeps the elements on more.  Conversely, in
> > hot whether, heat is not dissipated as fast from the thermistor, so
> > they system interprets this as the chamber being hotter, so it
> > cycles it more to keep it 'in spec'.
> >
> > Clearer?
>Just as a confirmation of what I've observed recently.  Unfortunately,
>I found the thermostatting entirely beneficial for the first four
>months, when the ambient was around 60°F.  Since it's warmed up
>outside, the room has been nearer 70°F, and I find that the
>thermostatting starts sooner and is probably hitting a slightly lower
>duty cycle, with the result that where I used to reach the doorway of
>second crack with time left, I'm now at least sometimes running out of
>time before I hear a single snap of second (though the cycling does
>help stretch things out, which is why I used to like it just fine, so
>there are a smattering of late pops of first, and it's not always clear
>which category an isolated noise belongs to).
> > I will also note that the newer models with the additional cooling
> > fan on the side panel are much less prone to this as they are
> > keeping the air in the side chamber exchanged more, so you see less
> > variances with weather.
>It's not enough, clearly, since this is one of those later production
>articles.  I have had some passing thoughts about opening up the
>perforations in the cover more to give that fan a freer draw... or
>maybe even cut it open and mount a guard with a cleanable filter to get
>both a freer draw and less dust sucked into the machine.  But now I'm
>wondering if it might be more to the point to add a bit of series
>resistance to the sensor to compensate for the ambient - get back to
>the operating conditions that I found so conducive to happy roasting.
>My main concern is that once I start modding the thing I doubt it will
>stop until it's gotten a whole new brain.  The more you do, the more
>you want to do more...
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