[Homeroast] Not sure how to go about roasting now - Behmor close to death

Jamie Dolan jamiedolan at gmail.com
Mon Aug 5 15:26:12 CDT 2013


I've not posted anything in a while, but do read the posts.  I bought a
Behmor from SweetMaria's, I think it was 2 years ago last christmas.

We mainly roast to the dark side (city +) for espresso, which I know isn't
ideal for the Behmor.  The Behmor has progressively gotten slower at
roasting and can barely get a 1 pound batch through first crack.  We
noticed one of the burners was burnt out.  My dad ordered a new set of
burners from Behmor and replaced them along with a full disassembly with
cleaning of every part of the machine.  There is basically no difference
now, even with it totally clean and with the new burners, still the same
problem.  It's being used at normal temperatures (70's) in a house with
good wiring and little voltage drop.  No extension cord.

We've not contacted behmor again yet about this,  but I have the feeling
that it's electronics are dying and that it may not be long for this world.
 I'm thinking that our tendency to do darker roasts has been hard on the

My dad has been roasting lately and when they don't turn out dark enough,
he just roasts them twice, I tried telling him what a bad idea this was --

We generally use about a pound a week for espresso, plus roast a few pounds
a month of lighter roasts for family.  I still have my RK Drumm and coffee
cooler I built and was thinking of going back to that, but I have a new
grill now (and got rid of my dedicated coffee roasting grill - probably a
mistake), a wide 5 burner Char-Broil.  The Charbroil has a rotisserie that
we use for meat, but it only runs at around 4 rpm, so can't be used.  I
can't even find my old rotisserie motors anymore that I used on my old
grill.  If I'm going to go to the effort of roasting on the grill them I
would want to get it setup on my current grill as opposed to a dedicated
one because my main grill runs on natural gas and I don't have to mess with

I looked at the RK site now and a rotisserie mount and motor from them is
around $280, which is almost the same cost as just getting a brand new
behmor.  The only other roaster that I see that seems worthy of any
consideration is the HotTop, but that's $500 more than either of the 2
mentioned options.

Has anyone had much luck with fixing a Behmor that has gotten to this
point?  Do you think it's worth it to get another behmor again or do I put
in the effort and cost to go back to grill roasting?

The Behmor is quite convenient when it works right.



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