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Topic: used Zass grinder - smells like smoke! (13 msgs / 261 lines)
1) From: ginny
I think soap and water, Dawn is good, will get your Zass back in shape. I would be leary to put too much oil, other than coffee oils into it's already soggy pores.
Maybe clean really good with soap and water, roast to oil stage some beans, grind them through and leave them a few hours, do this several times but make sure you box is dry, dry and more dry before you add anything.

2) From: Sue
I was just cleaning out a cupboard and found my Zass grinder. I bought
it on e-bay last year. It looks like it's in really good shape - but
it smells like tobacco! I don't know what the deal is, but this smells
like it sat in a smokehouse or something! I actually wondered if they
tried to grind tobacco in it or something. I don't have very good luck
buying used items!

3) From: Michael Lapeyre
It wouldn't surprise me if somebody used it to make snuff--powderized
tobacco you shoot up your nose.  I can't believe so many people in the 19th
century were able to do that...there are still a few people out there

4) From: Sue
oooohhhhhh :(
On Mon, 21 Feb 2005 21:41:37 -0600, Michael Lapeyre

5) From: Brett Mason
try to put a cup or two of rice through it - see if this will pull out
the ouls from the tobacco... (can't hurt).
Now if it were me, here's what I would do ... 
- I would remove the grinder mechanism from the wooden box.  
- Then I would disassemble it carefully, with digital pictures all the
way through so I could remember how to rebuild it after....
- I would then clean each piece with lemon juice, scrubbing with a
clean toothbrush...
- Then I would rinse, and dry it all off, with a cloth to make sure it
is nice and dry.
- Then I would use a cloth with a few drops of olive oil, and
carefully wipe it all down to leave just a tad of oil on the workings
and prevent rust.
- I would wipe it down again with a dry cloth.
- Then I would reassemble.
- Then I would put another cup of rice through it.
- then I would coarse grind 1/2 lb of any coffee through it.
But that's just me...  The scientists can clarify, there's probably
some more effective methods which I don't know about.  But this is
what I would do...
On Mon, 21 Feb 2005 22:48:08 -0500, Sue  wrote:
Brett Mason
   _(( )_  Please don't spill the coffee!

6) From: Jerry Procopio
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I would skip the step with the olive oil.  I think there is a 
possibility it might eventually give you a rancid taste or smell if you 
don't get it all wiped off well and I don't think it would be a 
necessary step to prevent parts from rusting.  Nothing mioist goes 
through the grinder so the metal parts shouldn't form any oxidation.  I 
purchased two used Zass grinders thru e-bay; one relatively new and one 
dates back to  pre-occupied Germany.  I disassembeled the grinding 
mechanisms on each of them, thoroughly cleaned them by brushing, then 
washing, then blowing them with compressed air (from a compressor, not a 
can) then reassembled them.  I don't see any signs of rust on the 
grinder mechanisms or any of the metal parts.  Just my 2.
Brett Mason wrote:

7) From: Ken Mary
You will get a tobacco-ashy smell when old stale coffee grounds are exposed
to high moisture. I suggest you take the Zass apart and thoroughly scrub it
with soap and water. Dry everything carefully with a hair dryer.

8) From: David M. Lewis
At 9:01 PM -0800 2/21/05, Brett Mason wrote:
You'd want to use food-grade mineral oil, not olive oil, because the 
latter will dry out and become very sticky. Trust me on this...
"A fool and his money are soon elected."
	- Kinky Friedman

9) From: Dennis Parham
anyone ever tried espresso grouphead cleaner?? dissolved in water??  
just checkin.. since it removes coffee oils as its job... but haven't 
tried it on wood so I don't know....
On Feb 22, 2005, at 7:46 AM, ginny wrote:

10) From: David M. Lewis
At 8:11 AM -0600 2/22/05, Dennis Parham wrote:
Backflushing detergent is basically a stronger version of 
enzyme-enhanced dishwasher detergent. You'd never get it out of the 
"A fool and his money are soon elected."
	- Kinky Friedman

11) From: Brent - SC/TO Roasting
I'd try removing the burrs and cleaning them.  Then put a box of
baking soda (the box with vents for the fridge or a bowl of baking
soda) in the grinder box, close it and let it sit.  The baking soda
should absorb the smell.  It might take a week or longer but it won't
leave any other taste or odor in place of the tobacco smell.
Roasting in an SC/TO
For a Drip/Moka/Presspot Brew

12) From: miKe mcKoffee

13) From: Sue
Thanks for all the advice and tips. I was so disappointed  when it
came, I just stuck it the cupboard and forgot about it. I'll have to
read all these again this weekend and see what I can do. I'll let you
know!  Sue
On Tue, 22 Feb 2005 11:44:00 -0800, miKe mcKoffee  wrote:

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