I purchased a used AlpenRost off of Ebay and cleaned it up according to information that I found on the Internet. I ran it without beans to see if everything worked, but without the manual I didn't know what was supposed to happen. Lights, heat, fan that was it, no turning drum. So I have to ask does the drum start turning after running for awhile or is there something wrong?
Yes. When you hit start, it should clost the fan doors, rotate the drum and start heating. The drum starts as soon as you hit the button, and continues to rotate the entire time. Chuck Sorry for the bad news... Bruce Petersen wrote: <Snip>
Hmmm - Plug in, set roast select to '8' , hit start - hear a clank! as the back 'doors' shut, then a low groan as the drum begins to turn within seconds of the roast starting. BTW - it's OK to lift the lid if heat profiling isn't an issue - I don't think the Alpenrost had an interlock - I'd open the lid and carefully pull the drum clear as the machine was working and see if the small cogged wheel in the right back quadrant was turning. My initial failures with the AR were almost all caused by failing to properly align the drum up on the guide wheels so that the cogs engaged the sprocket holes in the drum. Now, it's sort of second nature to emplace the drum while giving it about a 10 degree whiggle to ensure that the cogs get locked in. Otherwise, if the cog isn't spinning, there's a plastic gear wheel and axle assembly which can be moved out of alignment by brute force - one assumes that the proper application of cunning force could re-align them. have a Merry CMOS and a Joystick Novell Jim
Jim's appraisal is correct. I had to uncover my Alp from it's lonely hiding place (haven't used it in a while). I would expect that you could hear the drum drive motor running if it's assembly is out of whack - pretty quiet motor if the drum isn't in place - the fan runs in slow also during this. There are a couple of threads on the Coffee Geek Forum (old threads - you'd have to search on the forum for Alpenroast) that have a lot of troubleshooting and repair info for these machines. Mike (just plain) On 12/20/05, Jim Mitchell wrote: <Snip> of <Snip> l <Snip> el <Snip> he <Snip> e <Snip> t <Snip> le <Snip> if <Snip> d <Snip> ask <Snip> ng <Snip> ribes) go tohttp://sweetmarias.com/maillistinfo.html#personalsettings<Snip>