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Topic: [coffee] +Alpenroast Problems (41 lines)
1) From: Rick Farris
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The standard advice at this stage is to:
 
1) Shine up the interior -- you've already done this.
 
2) Make sure your AC input voltage is ok.   It is natural for heating
elements to produce less heat as they age.  Sometimes you can compensate
for an aged heating element by boosting the AC input voltage slighlty.
( .LTE 10VAC)
 
3) Make sure the cover is closing all the way.
 
4) Make sure the *doors* are closing all the way.  Just a little bit of
leakage here, and the fan will pull all the heat out of the chamber.
They are a real pain to get clean, too, because you have to clean the
surface they mate with, which is on the other side from the roast
chamber.  Also you have to be really anal about the places where they
meet in the middle.
 
5) Search the archives for "Craig Andrews" and, using his instructions,
increase the heat setting.
 
When all is said and done, though, I don't know anyone who went from an
Alp to a Hottop and regretted it.  Using the steps above you can
probably get another few months of use out of your Alp; perhaps this
would be a good time to set up a Hottop savings fund.
 
-- Rick


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