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Topic: Heroic FreshRoast+8 Bites the Dust (6 msgs / 191 lines)
1) From: David Morgenlender
Here I was yesterday desperate to roast some beans, with my GeneCafe not =
due
back from being repaired until the beginning of next week, and my heatgun=
 not
having yet arrived from Harbor Freight.  I had been drinking some Terroir=
 Costa
Rica La Minita Tarrazu, which while not quite as good as my homeroast, =
was still
quite good.  But there was only enough left for one day, and being used =
to
having 2 or 3 kinds of roasted beans to choose from ... I was BORED!  =
There's
nothing like having no homeroast for awhile to generate some real =
excitement &
anticipation for doing some roasting!
So, that's a long way of saying that out of desperation I pulled out my
FreshRoast+8, which was covered in dust, having not been used since =
getting my
GC last fall.  I hesitated to use good beans, since I really didn't feel =
like I
really knew what I was doing on the FR+8, but I wanted something great so=
 badly
that I chose some Kowali Farm Typica Kona.  I think I nailed the FC =
roast.  But
when I went to remove the glass roast chamber, it would not come out!  =
Finally,
after just a little more pulling, the glass started separating from the =
metal
rim!  So I turned over the entire roaster to rescue the beans, spilling =
some,
but allowing most to survive the experience!
After cooling, the chamber came out properly with no trouble whatsoever. =
 The
glass was no longer attached to the rim, except at the front.  So I =
proceeded to
do another roast ... now feeling confident, I roasted a Kenya AA Auction =
Lot 434
Kithungururu to C+, not even trying to remove the roast chamber until =
cool.  I
think I nailed the C+, although the Kenya beans are darker than the Kona.=
  Both
are resting now.
Here's what I think happened.  The Kona roast was the first time I tried
roasting with the FR+8 using external cooling.  At the pre-cool =
temperature, the
chamber rim had expanded enough to not come out.  I really did not pull =
very
hard, but it was enough to pull the glass from the rim ... you can see =
where
some glue or whatever gave way.
So now the question is what to do ... give up on the FR+8, which seems =
sad &
wasteful, spend $19 plus shipping to get a replacement roast chamber, or =
try to
figure out how to fix the thing.  An appropriate heat resistent glue =
applied
between the glass & rim would probably due the trick;  but I have no idea=
 what
that might be;  I certainly don't want toxic fumes when roasting!  =
Suggestions?
BTW, my heatgun arrived minutes ago!
Dave
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2) From: John Brown
you might use JB weld it has a high temp tolerance, but you  have to use 
the standard not the 5 minute one
David Morgenlender wrote:
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3) From: Jim Wheeler
Second the JB Weld suggestion.  I used it on a FR8 container a couple
of years ago and it is still in place.  After the JB Weld hardened, I
cooked the roast chamber for a couple of cycles on the FR8 to ensure
that solvents would be cooked out.
-- 
Jim in Skull Valley
On 9/22/07, John Brown  wrote:
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4) From: raymanowen
I always used a double cool down cycle on the Fresh Roast. The metal bottom/ glass cylinder never separated, and I could either quit or roast again immediately. 
I always had to roast 3 - 5 times to fill a quart Mason jar. I looked for my repaired Master heatguns, in which I stuck 1800watt heaters, but they all went to screen printer friends that appreciated their tools.
Glorious Orange worked fine, and I'm tempted to drop $10 on another one, just to see if it will survive longer with nylon hose over the intake. GO#1 ran fine for almost four full roasts (40+ minutes) before the uncommanded pyrotechnic swan song and hand-held excitement. 
Cheers, Mabuhay -RayO, aka Opa!
On 9/22/07, Jim Wheeler  wrote:
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"When the theme hits the bass, I dance the Jig!" - -Virgil Fox at the Mighty Wichita (ex- NYC Paramount) WurliTzer- 1976

5) From: David Morgenlender
Jim & John,
Thanks for the suggestions.  I've never heard of JB Weld, but that's why =
I
asked!  I'll try to pick some up.
Dave
On Sat, 22 Sep 2007 16:28:51 -0600, you wrote:
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6) From: David Morgenlender
I always did at least a double cool down cycle ... until that one time!
My 2 FR+8 roasts came out GREAT!  Fantastic Kenya & Kona!  (First times =
using my
SwissGold filter, instead of paper filters, in my new Technivorm, which =
probably
didn't hurt any.)
My GO has arrived.  But so has my repaired GC.  So first priority is =
trying out
the GC.  But I am eager to play with HG/DB roasting!
Dave
On Sat, 22 Sep 2007 17:25:10 -0600, you wrote:
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bottom/ glass cylinder never separated, and I could either quit or roast =
again immediately. 
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for my repaired Master heatguns, in which I stuck 1800watt heaters, but =
they all went to screen printer friends that appreciated their tools.
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 just to see if it will survive longer with nylon hose over the intake. =
GO#1 ran fine for almost four full roasts (40+ minutes) before the =
uncommanded pyrotechnic swan song and hand-held excitement. 
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Dave Morgenlender
e-mail: dmorgen
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