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

Bonnie Polkinghorn bonnie.polkinghorn at gmail.com
Wed Aug 7 20:23:53 CDT 2013

I agree with Ira.  I am covering part of the mesh section, all but a small
1 inch square so I can still peak at the beans.  I don't know if the chaff
tray is dull.  I did see a newer Behmor than mine once, and the inside
walls were so much shinier.  It may be the early models are a little
different, I don't know.

I don't preheat because I figure the Behmor is like an oven, and if I
preheat, then open the door to put the beans in, I have just lost all of
the heat that was in there.

As with most anything, this method works great for me.   I don't want to
add another 2 minutes to my roast times to preheat when I shaved two
minutes off with the foil.  To be honest about when I change the foil, its
also when it tears or when I see the 1C times creeping up.  Since I started
using the high heat aluminum tape (make sure it is high heat, there are
aluminum tapes that are not) - the foil doesn't tear very often.  I do
clean the foil like I do the inside walls.

Also, if I don't use a chaff tray, and I have tried it, especially with
decafs (since they have little to no chaff), the time to 1C (and therefore
the total roast time) is longer.

Wow, I am totally out of lurker mode with this discussion!


On Wed, Aug 7, 2013 at 5:57 PM, Ira <ira at extrasensory.com> wrote:

> Hello Seth,
> Wednesday, August 7, 2013, 3:04 PM, you wrote:
> > Interesting. Had your chaff collector dulled or is it that you're
> > covering part of the mesh section?
> > I tried the new "low profile" collector, but it extended the roast
> > times significantly. I switched back to the old one.
> I found that same reduction in roast time and I attributed more it to
> insulation and less to reflection. I only change that piece of foil when it
> finally tears and I probably put the shiny side facing in but I don't
> really think it's very shiny any more after the 30 or more roasts it's been
> in there.
> -- Ira
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