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Topic: PLEASE Don't Yell "Fire" -Was Re: +Fires in Behmor Was -Behmor profiles for... (3 msgs / 126 lines)
1) From: C. Herlihy
Jeff Anderson  wrote: My fire occurred on Nov. 20th, the day I got it. I didn't post about it 
because I didn't want to start a stampede of people yelling "fire". My 
situation was one in a million. There was a pencil size hole in one end 
of the drum which allowed some beans to drop out and pile up in one 
area. It was a manufacturing defect, and no fault of the roaster or it's 
design.
  I had the exact same defect in my drum-just a broken wire in the mesh on one side- and the small pile of beans that fell out smoldered a bit but never burst into flame.  Joe B sent a replacement drum right away.
 I've roasted 1 lb. batches of very chaffy beans,  into second crack, and no fire. Roasting 1/2 lb. of beans using the 1 lb. profile could , maybe, start the beans burning at the end, but god knows there are enough warnings about not doing that in the manual.
 I once had a 5 lb. batch catch on fire while first trying to roast in my (over heated)  brick oven, and it's true that coffee oils burn like diesel fuel. It was only when I brought the drum out into the open air that the flames erupted.  Smaller amounts (like when I forgot to secure the lid on my RK drum in the gas grill) will burn but when they're loose, not packed in a drum, it's no big thing. You wouldn't want them falling onto a rug or into dry weeds...
 Commercial coffee roasters, usually located in valuable buildings, can and do  catch fire when misused and cause major damage. Is it impossible to have a roaster fire in a hot top or I Roast if you are very careless?
  Charly
  
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2) From: Homeroaster
I have not heard of any fires in those roasters.  Anyone know of one?  I 
think I remember someone with an Alpenrost where the drum stopped turning 
and the beans caught on fire.
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Ed Needham
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3) From: Sandra Andina
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Until the replacement drum arrives, you might be able to weave a  
straightened paper clip through the hole.
On Dec 13, 2007, at 3:37 PM, Jeff Anderson wrote:
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Sandy Andina
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Until the replacement drum =
arrives, you might be able to weave a straightened paper clip through =
the hole.
On Dec 13, 2007, at 3:37 PM, Jeff Anderson =
wrote:
Sorry to hear = you had the same problem. Mine never burst into flame either, but when I = foolishly hit the "cool" button instead of the "power" button, there = sure was a lot of smoke! Jeff C. Herlihy wrote: =   I had the exact same defect in my = drum-just a broken wire in the mesh on one side- and the small pile of = beans that fell out smoldered a bit but never burst into flame.  = Joe B sent a replacement drum right away.  I've roasted 1 lb. = batches of very chaffy beans,  into second crack, and no fire. = Roasting 1/2 lb. of beans using the 1 lb. profile could , maybe, start = the beans burning at the end, but god knows there are enough warnings = about not doing that in the manual.  I once had a 5 lb. batch = catch on fire while first trying to roast in my (over heated)  = brick oven, and it's true that coffee oils burn like diesel fuel. It was = only when I brought the drum out into the open air that the flames = erupted.  Smaller amounts (like when I forgot to secure the lid on = my RK drum in the gas grill) will burn but when they're loose, not = packed in a drum, it's no big thing. You wouldn't want them falling onto = a rug or into dry weeds...  Commercial coffee roasters, usually = located in valuable buildings, can and do  catch fire when misused = and cause major damage. Is it impossible to have a roaster fire in a hot = top or I Roast if you are very careless?   Charly =  
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