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Topic: Gene Cafe Venting (4 msgs / 191 lines)
1) From: scott Bukofsky
Hi Folks, this is my first posting - hope it works!
I have been using an iRoast2 for some time, with very
good results.  I am looking to add a larger capacity
roaster, either a Gene Cafe or Hottop (no interest in
BBQ rigs, etc.). Since I live in New York, roasting
inside would be a big plus for me.  Currently I vent
the iRoast outside using dryer vent hose, which works
fine.  I notice that the Gene has a new chaff
collector that allows a similar vent hose to be
attached.  Does anyone have one who can attest to it
working?  I am leaning heavily toward Gene over
Hottop, but the ability to roast indoors would tip the
scales given our weather here in the winter.   Of
course, if anyone has thoughts on Hottop versus Gene
in general, I would love to hear them.
Thanks!
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2) From: Donald Varona
I too live in NYC and have a Gene Cafe.  I have to say though, I don't 
get much smoke.  I do get a coffee smell that lingers for a day or two, 
but no real smoke, and certainly nothing that I can see in the air.  My 
kitchen has a vent fan that goes outdoors, and this is usually sufficient.
I did a far darker than average roast once, and got some visible smoke 
out through the chaff collector, but not much.  My theory is that it is 
mainly the chaff that causes the smoke; I did a roast in a wok once 
where the chaff couldn't go anywhere but sit there and cook, and *then* 
I got a lot of smoke.  However, emptying the chaff shows it to be light 
brown, like toast, but not black.  Any chaff that doesn't get vented but 
stays with the beans is much darker.
The chaff collector does have a round cap, but it's not really for 
ventilation but to empty the collector.  If you hooked your hose up to 
that, it would wind up getting the chaff into the hose, and that is 
probably bad for the hose.  If you put the hose over the metal vent 
screen, that would probably be sufficient, assuming your hose is a metal 
one and not simple plastic.
I can't compare to the Hottop, but I've found with the Gene that a 
slower ramp is better (and some others will say that as well).  I 
usually run the beans at a 350 or 375 temp until they turn yellow, then 
turn up the heat all the way until at least first crack.  It adds two or 
three minutes to the roast time, but the flavor is better to me.
--dv
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3) From: Eddie Dove
Scott,
Welcome aboard!
On previous occasions, this topic has been discussed here and
elsewhere and I hope I can help you scare up some of that information.
 Below are some links for your perusal and the first link is to a
searchable archive of the Sweet Maria's Mailing list.  My goal is not
to stifle the discussion at all, but to help you with your decision as
it does not seem that there is much information forthcoming.
Personally, I do not own a Hottop, but I do own a Gene Cafe and in my
signature stuff below, there is a link to my blog that has a good bit
of information on the Gene Cafe.  I have no experience with the new
chaff collector, but will gladly answer any questions you have about
the Gene Cafe.
Now for those links:http://www.homeroasters.org/php/forum/viewthread.php?forum_id6&thread_idA2http://www.coffeegeek.com/forums/coffee/homeroast/274565http://www.coffeegeek.com/forums/coffee/homeroast/271040http://www.coffeegeek.com/forums/coffee/homeroast/267586http://www.coffeegeek.com/forums/coffee/homeroast/260266http://www.coffeegeek.com/forums/coffee/homeroast/272603http://www.coffeegeek.com/forums/coffee/homeroast/254581http://www.coffeegeek.com/forums/coffee/homeroast/271957">http://www.themeyers.org/HomeRoast/index.htmhttp://www.homeroasters.org/php/forum/viewthread.php?forum_id6&thread_idG3http://www.homeroasters.org/php/forum/viewthread.php?forum_id6&thread_idA2http://www.coffeegeek.com/forums/coffee/homeroast/274565http://www.coffeegeek.com/forums/coffee/homeroast/271040http://www.coffeegeek.com/forums/coffee/homeroast/267586http://www.coffeegeek.com/forums/coffee/homeroast/260266http://www.coffeegeek.com/forums/coffee/homeroast/272603http://www.coffeegeek.com/forums/coffee/homeroast/254581http://www.coffeegeek.com/forums/coffee/homeroast/271957
I do hope this is helpful and again, welcome!
Eddie
-- 
Vita non est vivere sed valere vita est
Roasting Blog and Profiles for the Gene Cafehttp://southcoastcoffeeroaster.blogspot.com/On 5/29/07, scott Bukofsky  wrote:
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4) From: scott Bukofsky
Thanks for taking the time for posting those links.  I
think they basically make up my mind for me.  I have
gotten very accustomed to roasting to temperature in
my iRoast2 since I have a thermocouple in there.  For
the Gene, I assume this is not possible, and you are
reliant on sound/smell/sight for when to terminate the
roast?  On the iR2 1st crack is very audible, but 2nd
is impossible to hear, which is why I went to a
temperature measurement.
Thanks again!
-Scott
Scott,
Welcome aboard!
On previous occasions, this topic has been discussed
here and
elsewhere and I hope I can help you scare up some of
that information.
 Below are some links for your perusal and the first
link is to a
searchable archive of the Sweet Maria's Mailing list. 
My goal is not
to stifle the discussion at all, but to help you with
your decision as
it does not seem that there is much information
forthcoming.
Personally, I do not own a Hottop, but I do own a Gene
Cafe and in my
signature stuff below, there is a link to my blog that
has a good bit
of information on the Gene Cafe.  I have no experience
with the new
chaff collector, but will gladly answer any questions
you have about
the Gene Cafe.
Now for those links:http://www.homeroasters.org/php/forum/viewthread.php?forum_id6&thread_idA2http://www.coffeegeek.com/forums/coffee/homeroast/274565http://www.coffeegeek.com/forums/coffee/homeroast/271040http://www.coffeegeek.com/forums/coffee/homeroast/267586http://www.coffeegeek.com/forums/coffee/homeroast/260266http://www.coffeegeek.com/forums/coffee/homeroast/272603http://www.coffeegeek.com/forums/coffee/homeroast/254581http://www.coffeegeek.com/forums/coffee/homeroast/271957">http://www.themeyers.org/HomeRoast/index.htmhttp://www.homeroasters.org/php/forum/viewthread.php?forum_id6&thread_idG3http://www.homeroasters.org/php/forum/viewthread.php?forum_id6&thread_idA2http://www.coffeegeek.com/forums/coffee/homeroast/274565http://www.coffeegeek.com/forums/coffee/homeroast/271040http://www.coffeegeek.com/forums/coffee/homeroast/267586http://www.coffeegeek.com/forums/coffee/homeroast/260266http://www.coffeegeek.com/forums/coffee/homeroast/272603http://www.coffeegeek.com/forums/coffee/homeroast/254581http://www.coffeegeek.com/forums/coffee/homeroast/271957
I do hope this is helpful and again, welcome!
Eddie
-- 
Vita non est vivere sed valere vita est
Roasting Blog and Profiles for the Gene Cafehttp://southcoastcoffeeroaster.blogspot.com/On 5/29/07, scott Bukofsky 
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