[Homeroast] Chaff fire in Quest M3

Eddie Dove southcoastcoffeeroaster at gmail.com
Mon Mar 5 18:28:14 CST 2012


I have performed CPR on the equipment sent to the ER by Ginny.  I advocate
the eschewing of chaff in favor of more frequent disposal.

Respectfully,

Eddie
Docendo Discimus
Home Coffee Roasting Blog and Reference
http://southcoastcoffeeroaster.blogspot.com/


On Sat, Mar 3, 2012 at 3:17 PM, g paris p <pchforever at gmail.com> wrote:

> wow, this is the ONLY roaster I have not set on fire. I am either being
> more careful or simply lucky.
> chaff will light up fast. I still have burn marks on my deck when I totally
> burned up a Hot Top; it was on fire...
>
> CLEAN OUT THE CHAFF COLLECTOR EVERY ROAST, let's not be lazy. you will end
> up with not only less concern
> about fire but a better roast because of all around air flow.
>
> why would you not clean the chaff collector aster very roast?
>
> -g
>
>
>
> On Sat, Mar 3, 2012 at 12:50 AM, Jeff Bensen <jbensen-0007 at xemaps.com
> >wrote:
>
> > I also roast 4-5 batches back-to-back and have been cleaning the chaff
> > collector on my Quest after every roast using a small shop vac dedicated
> to
> > that purpose. It literally takes about two seconds to vacuum the inside
> > area and the mesh strainer. I do this mainly to keep the airflow
> consistent
> > from batch to batch, but it may also help reduce the risk of a chaff
> fire.
> >
> > -- Jeff B.
> >
> >
> >
> > At 09:29 PM 3/2/2012, sci wrote:
> >
> >  I had a little chaff fire in the Quest just now. I was roasting Sumatra
> >> Aceh Dry Hulled, hoping to hit V-, climbing up to 2C, around 425F I got
> a
> >> torrents of billowing smoke clouds coming out the back vent. Looking
> >> inside
> >> the chaff collector I found a little fire going, so I just let it burn
> out
> >> by turning down the fan a little. This is my first Quest fire. Nothing
> bad
> >> happened, except some smoke in the kitchen. I roast so the smoke mostly
> >> goes into my outdoor vented hood. I do clean out the chaff collector
> about
> >> every other roast, but will probably start doing it every time. I'm
> >> usually
> >> roasting 4-5 batches back-to-back.
> >>
> >
> >
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