I have a home-roasting friend I saw on Saturday. He's not a lister, so I thought I'd query for him. He has an iRoast (don't know the vintage, seller, etc) that's recently developed the habit of blowing it's lid during the cooling phase. At first, it seemed to be only when there were several roasts done back to back and the third would loose it's top. But recently, three straight were blown out onto the ground. I haven't seen the unit, have no idea of any qualities thereof. Suggestions to pass along from other iRoasters? Thanks, Jason -- Jason Brooks jbrookshttp://javajeb.wordpress.com
He needs a new top about $14. There is a gasket in the top that presses against the glass. In time the gasket flattens out and the top loses it's seal. The life of the gasket can be appreciably extended by storing the i-roast with the top on loosely. If stored tightened down it flattens the gasket prematurely.
Thanks. I'll pass that along. Jason <Snip> -- Jason Brooks jbrookshttp://javajeb.wordpress.com
Duct tape? I have seen pictures where someone drilled a small hole thru the top of the handle into the chaff collector and put in a nail to keep it from rotating. Ross
The gasket could be worn out, or one of the tits on the top part is worn / broken off letting the top not really lock correctly. Personally when I hit the cool button I untwist the top anyways and let it 'float' over the unit, it helps cool it a bit quicker. A word of WARNING though... the I roast is not made for back to back roasts, you will burn the thing out with extended back to backs like that and no rest time like they recommend. With that, it could have also contributed to your problem because the gasket not being able to cool down properly, and squishing down more / faster. On of my I roasts has a smushy gasket, I just a ring of gasket material and have it in the back of the gasket to push it out from the lid a bit so it engages tight again. aaron
Yuk. A gooey mess. With the heat. The very top lid on mine has a bit of plastic broken and will blow off during the roast and during the cooling period. I just have found a container that is the same height as the roaster and balance a cast iron steel pot on both of them. I cover very few of the venting holes and it seems to work fine. Your friend should be able to get a new lid, though they are pretty expensive.
On Feb 26, 2007, at 4:50 PM, "Jason Brooks" wrote: <Snip> It may be time for a new chamber and chaff collector assembly. I've had mine for about a year and 3 months now (iROAST 2) and I just ordered a new chamber and chaff collector assembly. The chamber goes for about $35 from both Sweet Maria's and the producer's web site. I emailed SM about the chamber they offer but the response was very vague at best. I inquired as to the model number, whether it was the original or the IR2 model. Their response: it will fit both. Of course it will. But I wanted to be sure it's the 2 model, as big time improvements were made in stem of the deflector making it more sturdy (as Tom writes in his review). I couldn't get that answer so I just ordered from the producer since I needed a lid as well. I ended up buying the entire top portion of the IR2. Over time and heat from multiple back to back roasting, the little tabs on the lid break off. One of mine are gone so there is no problem yet. I ordered the replacement parts before I "needed" to. I would hate to be without. My new parts should be here at the end of the week. Every time I roast, I do 3 batches, with at least 30 minutes in between each roast per the manufacturer's warning. The entire bundle cost me around $72 including shipping. -- Walter R Basil www.basilweb.net
a new lid, just the piece that locks in is about $15 i wouldnt say that is too expensive to replace. On 2/26/07, MSMB wrote: <Snip> -- "And we'd better not risk another frontal assault, that rabbit's dynamite!!"http://www.decasere.blogspot.com/