This is a multi-part message in MIME format. I regularly roast 300 grams in my Hot Top. With a line voltage of 122.7V = here in Oregon in the summer, I can get to second crack easily at a = setting of four with two plusses. Now that the line voltage has dropped to 115.7, I can't make second = crack even with a setting of seven with all the plusses. Conclusion: This is a job for a variac! The one on Tom's website is a bright shiney red, so there goes another C = note. On the other hand, it will make my Hot Top happy.
At 03:55 PM 12/23/2004, you wrote: <Snip> You'll love having a variac. Control of the voltage will enable you to repeat your roasts even more effectively. Plug a multi-plug adapter into it, if you need to. Then, hook the Hottop into one connection. Hook your digital voltmeter into the other for continuous monitoring. I made an adapter for mine by putting two _plastic-shell_ banana plugs from Radio Shack onto a cut-off extension cord -- much easier than trying to use the voltmeter's probes for continuous readings. Terry -- Terry Stockdale -- Baton Rouge, LA http://www.terrystockdale.com
Alfred, I have a nice shiny red Variac from SM's that I use and set around 122F,; Had it when I used "other" roasters, (fFresh Roast,etc(. My Hottop has never been without it! In Indiana the temperatures get very cold,; roasted most of my Christmas coffee in 20F temps. (just above zero, now). My roast s to a very "little" into 2nd, probably average around 18 min. for 300gr.; just slightly longer than summmer (minute or less). The heater has to heat the colder air vs warmer, but in the confined area of the Hottop, doesn't take much longer; the metal is a good conductor and reflector. Merry Christmas to all! -- Jeff jeff.braman
<Snip> doesn't your hottop get jealous when you talk about "other" roasters?
Randy: My Hot Top is very sensitive to criticism Ever since I installed the LED because I can't hear the beeper, it is resentful that I would modify it in any way. Hey: Thanks again for the electrical trade school tips. Please send me that post again as I would like to keep it. Both my sons are elevator mechanics and really dig the juice. This morning I checked the line voltage again and it was down to 111.4. No wonder I was having problems. Can the power company do anything to fix this? I will order the variac from Tom on Monday. Have a blessed Christmas