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Topic: cleaning inside of a Hottop (4 msgs / 93 lines)
1) From: gwargo1
hey Everyone,
Well, I'm another long time lurker, though I did post a few months ago when I 
was thinking about getting a hottop.  A few of you emailed me, which I 
appreciate more than I can say, but I never got back to you, for I have a facial 
pain disorder and was going through a very rough patch at the time.  So, forgive 
me for that.
Anyway, I ended up getting a "P" through Michael, whom I will never be able to 
say enough nice things about, and I have done about 40 roasts in it, usually to 
full city or full city +.  The "P" was refurbished, and had a nice seasoning 
inside, but the other day I experienced my first 'burnt' roast, even though it 
was only to full city, maybe 10 to 15 seconds into 2nd crack.  After removing 
the drum to clean out the chaff, I noticed how dark and 'burnt' it looks inside, 
so I decided it may be time to clean the interior.  The drum itself seems fine, 
though I am going to clean it a little, for I don't want to ruin the seasoning 
too much, but the interior and definitely the bean entry point needs some lovin'.  I have tried simply green per someone's 
suggestion from a post I remember through this list, and diluted alcohol, which 
I used on my Alp.  Both had absolutely no effect.
So, my more experienced friends, what do you suggest?  Also, any recommended 
profiles?
Thanks,
Greg

2) From: Eddie Dove
Greg,
Funny you should ask and this may not be exactly what you are looking
for, but here goes.
I am, in the process of cleaning up a Hottop that has been in service
for years.  I tried all kinds of things and quit for a while.  Well
today, I decided to try again.  I took the entire thing apart and put
it in a sink full of hot water and Oxiclean.  On all of the chrome
parts, the years of buildup sluffed off; periodically I brushed them
with a toothbrush.  For the parts that were not chrome, it did not
exactly sluff off, but came off pretty easily with the toothbrush.
Very little elbow grease and things are looking brand new!
Hope this helps ...
Eddie
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Vita non est vivere sed valere vita est
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3) From: gin
Eddie:
years??
not like it was 25 years old...
g
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4) From: gin
greg:
did you find white styro peanuts in your machine? I understand that some still have/had tiny white specks inside.
ginny
talk to eddie
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