[Homeroast] New Roaster

sci scizen at gmail.com
Sun May 12 12:31:58 CDT 2013

This 110v issue is why I put a thermal blanket (insulation) on my Quest. I
feel that should have been standard on the unit, but not a deal breaker. It
is inexpensive to do it and very easy. It preheats very fast now, retains
heat better, and has no problem roasting 300g at any ambient temp. I use a
Kill-o-watt meter and can roast 4-5 batches with 1 kilowatt, and the meter
allows me to set the power at precise watt output levels. Even doing 300g
batches, I never go above 75% of the heat output capacity of the Quest.
Theoretically, I could try bigger batches, but they would probably go
longer. It is really a locomotive doing back-to-back roasts with little
delay in between.
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Hold onto your checkbook. Before I bought the Quest I went so far to get
pricing on a small shop roaster.  Back then $5000 and then there is
installation. Venting and gas.  You will find a significant improvement in
the roast quality with the quest. One thing I determined in my search,
110VAC can only do so much and that's what you get with the quest.  I would
not buy a 1 pound roaster that roasted using 110VAC.  The issue with 220 is
safety.  I believe the reason the big Hoptop has not hit the market yet is
specifically these reasons.  In my experience with th Behmor, it didnt get
hot. Enough and i couldnt shut down the roast fast enough.  Anyway, good

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