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

Ben Treichel J.W.Bullfrog at gmail.com
Mon Aug 5 15:37:11 CDT 2013

Clean the gunk from the interior surfaces and reflector. (simple green or
espresso machine cleaner). This might make a difference. Smaller lot size,
2 minute pre-bean warm up.

See how that works.

On Mon, Aug 5, 2013 at 3:26 PM, Jamie Dolan <jamiedolan at gmail.com> wrote:

> HI;
> 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
> machine.
> 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 --
> undrinkable.
> 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
> tanks.
> 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.
> Thanks;
> Jamie
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