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Topic: Behmor smoke/fire virgin no more (58 lines)
1) From: Stephen Carey
Well, you know, it had to happen.  I was bound to get careless and I 
did.  I was roasting a half pound of Mexico Oaxaca Pluma, which I 
have done 3 times.  But this time I wanted to try a new profile I had 
been working on.  I wanted the roast to go a big longer, a bit 
darker.  Now, I know that after the 1st crack is heard there is a 
limited time of roasting which should be done.
I worked on a profile that would roast longer, but keep it from 
getting to first crack until the beans had roasted a bit 
longer.  Well, they didn't get to the first crack as the roast was 
running out, so I hit +, then another +.  Now, I know the bean mass 
is getting hotter.  I don't know why they didn't crack, perhaps the 
inside of the bean was too cool, just don't know.  So, in my total 
NON thinking capacity because I was trying to finish before the 
football game I hit + again and then the sparks flew and the smoke 
came out.  It looked cool, a bit scary, but not really.
Joe and his Behmor instructions have this down.  Turn it off, DON'T 
hit cool, keep the door closed.  I moved it outside as there were no 
flames, just smoke.
When the smoke went a way I took out the chaff tray, still filled 
with a lot of chaff, none of it red hot.  And then the cylinder.  I 
took the beans and dumped them in to our ash bucket for our fireplace 
and also put the chaff in there.  I put water on them and the coffee 
smell filled the yard.  It smelled a lot better than they looked.
After that, once all had cooled down I brought things in and cleaned 
them well.  I vacuumed out the box, as I do after every roast, washed 
the cylinder and chaff collector to get off oils and left over chaff 
bits.  The machine looks as good as new.
I think the only mistake I might have made was lifting the machine up 
to take it outside.  The smoke wasn't much and would just smell up 
the house.  But when I am roasting I keep the super kind of hot mitts 
and a fire extinguisher near me.  I also keep the pathway to the door clear.
In the end, all is well.  The house smells like coffee - good 
coffee.  I feel stupid for not paying attention to what I was doing 
and just sitting there adding time, when I know what can result.  As 
to why the crack didn't occur, don't know, but I should have known to 
just kill the roast sooner and call it a loss.  My ego and impatience 
got in the way.  I feel pretty stupid, but I am impressed with this 
machine, it did everything Joe has said it would do.  In the end it 
has cost me some beans, some time to clean, some anxiety, but that's 
it.  Once things are ready - meaning half-time is on, I will be 
roasting again.  This time on my profile I know works.  I will have 
to figure out what I did wrong on that roast, but there is time for 
that.  I can go with what I know is safe and works well.
Stephen


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