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Topic: FR +8 won't hit 2nd ? (3 msgs / 42 lines)
1) From:
Well my year old Fresh Roast +8 in the last few weeks has lost some "oomph" when it comes to heating.  When I first plugged it in, a standard batch (just under two scoops) would take about 5 minutes to get to second crack, regardless of the bean.  Lately, I can't get second crack after even 8 minutes.  It seems to be very close, just not quite there.  I have tried different plugs on different circuits in the house with no change.  I'm inside the house, so the ambient temp hasn't changed.  Yes, I could increase the batch size, but that doesn't solve the underlying problem.  Does anyone have any ideas for me?
Scott

2) From: Jeffrey Copeland
I have 2 Fresh Roasts (one was a warranty replacement) Each had wiring
issues. In one a heating coil (there are two in parallel) disconnected
reducing heat output and increasing roast times. In the other a diode on
the blower motor disconnected reducing fan speed. Sounds like one of
your heating coils is out. I just got a Gene Cafe for the larger batch
size and its great.
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3) From: Dave Nielsen
Sounds like an issue with the machine, maybe a failing heating
element...  Has the air volume movement changed?  Could be a blower
fan issue... After talking with the owner about 3 years ago I started
doing all roasts in the FR+ by weight not volume.  Don't use the FR+
much any more, but I keep it as a backup, just in case.  Looking at my
roasting log it looks like, depending on variables, sometimes took in
excess of 7-8 minutes for 2nd.
--Dave


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