My kill-a-watt finally came,
because I finally ordered it.
This only took a bit over a year.
Honestly, I was happy with the results I WAS getting, but now I am back
on my quest to see how much I can roast with 1500 Watts.
When I hooked it up to my PGR, which was doing just fine with about 600
grams, it only measured about 1350 Watts being used by the 1475 Watt
The bread machine draws 79 watts btw.
All this was connected to a power strip with about a 12' long cord on it.
So I plugged the watt meter directly into my special 20 amp circuit,
that I wired with 10 gage wire, with the receptical about 3 feet from
the breaker box.
Now the TO draws 1500 Watts!
No more power strip with all that extra cord.
This increase is not really surprising since I gutted all the stock
wires and timers and switches and connected the heating element directly
to a length of 10 gage wire that plugs right in to a switch box.
It should draw more than the label says it will, and it does :)
The internal cooling fan for the Turbo Oven is on another separate
circuit, which is also switched.
The temperature of the PGR now climbs faster during preheat.. about 3
degrees F per second now, or maybe a bit quicker.
It had been climbing at about a degree per second.
Now to test it..
I guess I was motivated by Tom's email that said that decaf does not
last as long as regular greens in storage.
Well, I had a Kilogram of decaf Harrar left over from over a year ago.
May as well try that.
I pre heated to 450 F and dumped in the beans.
Not as good a mixing motion as I would like to see but this is doable.
You can tell that it is a struggle with 1500 Watts.
It seemed to take forever to just get up to 350 F.
Although the temperature ramp was steady, first crack did not start
until 8 minutes into the roast!
Yup, I had to switch off the power so I could delay between first and
second, and as is usual when I roast decaf, I got shiny oily beans
and seemed to roast too dark :(
The roast is very even though :)
Roast time was thirteen minutes :)
Oh my, this is a LOT of beans to cool with just a hair dryer :(
I split the batch and cooled half at a time.
Next on my list to do is to make a bean cooler!
Is aluminum screening okay to use in one?
PGR = Pretty Good Roaster, here in LHC (Lake Havasu City, AZ)