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Topic: Used Hot Top (15 msgs / 316 lines)
1) From: Mike Chester
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I don't know if it was a wise thing to do, but I just bought a used =
Analog Hot Top from a seller on eBay.  He said that it had been used for =
about 75 roasts and he is including a new set of filters, some valve =
bags and some greens from SM.  I paid $440 for it and it is close enough =
to pick up so I don't have to have it shipped.  I don't know if that is =
a good price or not.  You don't often see them used.  I imagine that I =
will need to learn to roast all over again as this will be a lot =
different than my I-Roast 2.  Any suggestions would be appreciated.
Mike Chester

2) From: Woody DeCasere
my suggestion sell you iroast to me a a very low bargain bottom price, othe=
than that, good luck i would like to hear how well those are roasting, and
if they are worth the investment.
On 1/26/06, Mike Chester  wrote:
"I must crush you"

3) From: Barry Luterman
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I moved from an I-roast to a hottop about 4 months ago. I like both =
roasters but have to give the edge to the Hottop. Can do roasts back to =
back.Roast enough for an entire week in one session. It is well built =
and I think would outlive at least 2 I-roasts. It is a personal decision =
as to the additional expense. At 440 for a slightly used one with no =
shipping sounds like a winner to me. Most of my roasts are right to the =
verge of 2nd crack. That translates, on my machine, to 19 min 30 sec for =
most beans. The cracks are easy to hear and define. Just don't walk away =
after 1 st crack begins.

4) From: Robert Avery
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Mike .... sounds like you did good !!! I just bought on two weeks ago =
and like it a lot. They all have their place, but I do like the results =
I get on the Hottop. I also have the analog one. I just set it on 7 and =
leter rip .... eject the beans when they look right for the particular =
type of coffee. Haven't been disappointed yet. Good luck ... Bob

5) From: Terry Stockdale
At 02:33 PM 1/26/2006, you wrote:
Congratulations on the new toy^Hol, Mike.  You'll enjoy the new Hottop.
[by the way, ^H = Control-H = backspace in the old Mainframe and DOS 
days -- here, it's a joke]
Here are four quick tips to get you started:
1)  When you eject the beans, pull the bean chute cover, pull the 
chaff tray and pull the filter most of the way -- that way the Hottop 
cools a lot faster for the next batch.  The Hottop _must_ cool down 
and beep before it will start a new heating cycle.
2)  Get the digital thermometer that SM offers and snake it  through 
the bean chute into the _END_ of the bean mass.  This will let you 
monitor the bean temp and eject based on bean temperature.  If you 
insert the thermocouple too far, it will catch on the drum internal 
supports and start pulling into the drum.
3)  Consider a variac and digital voltmeter.  Try just a digital 
voltmeter first (borrow one if you don' thave one) and watch the 
voltages when you roast.  The Hottop's timer focuses on time, not 
bean temp -- low voltage = underroasted for any given time and high 
voltage = too roasted.
4)  Pay close attention as you near 2nd crack.  My RK Drum/gas grill 
setup has a lot longer stretch on the beginning of 2nd crack.  Beans 
roasts are more homogeneous in the Hottop - 10 seconds is a lot of 
difference at the end of the roast.
Terry Stockdale -- Baton Rouge, LA
My Coffee Pages:http://www.terrystockdale.com/hottopMy RK Drum pages:  http://www.terrystockdale.com/rkdrum">http://www.terrystockdale.com/coffeeMy Hottop pages:http://www.terrystockdale.com/hottopMy RK Drum pages:  http://www.terrystockdale.com/rkdrum

6) From:
Congrats on your new roaster!  You're sure to enjoy the extra dimension
the drum brings.  One aspect you'll really like is the sound relative to
your I-Roast, decidedly not a Hovercraft.  With a used Hot Top, you
won't have to waste any beans breaking it in.
My only suggestion would be to do your first few roasts with beans you
know have a loud and distinctive 1st crack.  I totally borked a batch of
Iskandar triple pick in the new RK drum by not knowing what timing to
expect.  With a 1/2 lb batch I got one (1) pop at around 8 minutes, then
nothing.  Figuring it was a fluke, I left the heat at 480 F.  Started
getting pops at around 11 minutes and thought it was 1st crack.  Wrong.
Since this was at night, the smoke didn't tip me off until it was
already way too late.  2nd crack develops fast when you don't back the
heat off.  No fire, just another learning experience.  
Good luck with your Hot Top!

7) From: rnkyle
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I have received permission to post this on the list. Maria was kind =
enough to let me offer to a list member a used Hot Top home roaster.
I acquired this machine in a trade for a RK Combo. it is in excellent =
condition and has a new filter, BTW it a digital.
The Price will be $375 + actual shipping charges.
The only request from Maria our host is that ALL replies be made OFF =
LIST OFF LIST. Please adhere to her request.
You can reply to 
Ron at this email address

8) From: rnkyle
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IT IS SOLD thank you

9) From: miKe mcKoffee
Wow, sold posted 49 minutes after for sale post!
	From: homeroast-admin
[mailto:homeroast-admin] On Behalf Of rnkyle
	Sent: Thursday, July 27, 2006 2:34 PM
	IT IS SOLD thank you

10) From: Barry Luterman
Think the record has got to be 5 min for my Rocky. Then within 10 min of the 
sale two more offers

11) From: Scot Murphy
On Jul 27, 2006, at 5:04 PM, Barry Luterman wrote:
Similar time span on the BBQ list when someone offered up a Weber  
Smokey Mountain grill they found at a yard sale for $20. (They  
normally go for around $200.) That thing was hopped on as soon as the  
mail hit the list. I know this because I was the one who hopped on  
it. :)  I was doing my e-mail when it came in , and as soon as it  
did, I responded. Good deals don't last long. :)
Scot "just had some leftover pork butt for lunch" Murphy

12) From: steve olock
Barry Luterman wrote:
The purchase was actually made 5 minutes after the post... So it may not
have broken the record, but Im pretty happy with a tie for the record,
and a great deal on a hottop!
Thanks for allowing this in the list Maria, Ill show my thanks by
ordering some more beans tonite!  Some Harrar greenstripe and a few
others sound to be in order...

13) From: Maryann & Dave Schellenberg
Welcome to the HotTop club, Steve.
I bought a used HotTop at the end of April, and I'm happy I did.
No more fussing with those little 1/4 lb batches!
Dave S.
steve olock wrote:

14) From: rnkyle
actually it was posted at 4:49 pm and was sold 4:53pm
so it was 4 min. I was a bit slow to post the sold sign to the list.

15) From: Howell Ite
I don't know if I am glad it sold so fast.  I know my wife is.
rnkyle  wrote:  actually it was posted at 4:49 pm and was sold 4:53pm
so it was 4 min. I was a bit slow to post the sold sign to the list.

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