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Topic: BLECH!!, Was: Making IR2 Progress, and before that, (11 msgs / 224 lines)
1) From: Larry Johnson
Lynne, you mention not hearing first crack over the iRoar's noise. I
think maybe you just didn't get to 1st. I can hear 1st ok in mine, but
not 2nd (not very well anyway). Sounds the combo of long cord and cold
air kept even your hot-running roaster from getting there. You can
compensate for the cold air by getting a cardboard box, 2 or 3 times
the size if the iRoar, and trapping some of the heated air that is
exhausting out the top of the roaster. This 'pre-heated' air will
circulate back into the iRoar, making the ambient temp closer to what
is specified.
And yes, I'd re-roast the others. Like Brett said, it's not gonna make
'em any worse.
Keep plugging away, post your results, we'll help when we can.
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2) From: Lynne
Hi Larry -
I re-roasted this morning, in the kitchen, closing the door as I roasted &
aired out everything really well.
You're probably right - although, with my poor hearing (one more thing for
my doctor to check), it's possible I didn't hear it.
I remembered the cardboard box idea mentioned here, but I was already
outside roasting by that time. 'Course, the weather might be warm by the
time I roast next time - unpredictable N.E. weather & all.
It's frustrating because my stove-top roasts were getting so good... it's
like an artist having to learn how to draw all over again...
Lynne
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3) From: Larry English
Hi Lynne,
  I was never able to hear 1st crack in my IR2 - one reason I "graduated" to
the Gene Cafe, where I hear 1st just fine (but not 2nd, dag-nab-it).  Had to
roast mostly by color, but that wasn't that bad - all my IR2 roasting was
done indoors, with direct venting to an overhead rangetop hood.  I now roast
(with Gene Cafe) in the garage, where temps this winter are in the low 50s -
and it really affects roast times.  Even 3-4 degrees difference, and even
with preheating for 5 minutes, makes a big difference in roast times.  I
think that your best bet is to stay indoors and to vent as well as possible
for Emma's sake.
Larry E
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4) From: Jerry Procopio
Lynne,
I no longer roast with an iRoast, but when I had my IR1 I, too, had 
problems hearing the cracks.  I also had problems seeing into the 
chamber as well as I would have liked so I always used a flashlight. 
Although I had a digital temp probe threaded into the roast chamber, I 
was usually roasting by color and the flashlight made that alot easier.
Jerry
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5) From: Lynne
(Picturing me adding a flashlight to my setup outside) The neighbors are
going
to love this - ha! At least it'll be less interesting than the time I locked
myself
outside (just about a year ago, before I moved out, then back again!) past
midnight,
with my three dogs (no cell phone, of course), and in my bright red mickey
mouse
PJ's. Talk about COLD!!
I managed to get a window open, but man, this place was built like a
fortress.
I figure my job is to make this neighborhood interesting...
Lynne
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6) From: Larry Williams
Lynn
Do you have a window, small enough, that will open where you can insert 
a plywood panel with a hole in it for a vent pipe from the IR2?
Larry
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7) From: Lynne
No - my apartment is in a late 19th century/early 20th century, English
tudor with the original windows. Lord, this is a lazy, rainy day, & my brain
doesn't want to work - the windows are the kind that you rotate handles to
open (sort of like doors - if you can understand what I'm saying...) I use
to know what they are called. Now I hardly know my name, lol.
Anyway, that isn't possible - but better weather is around the corner
(actually, I absolutely love the rainy weekend we've had, but that's totally
unrelated to coffee roasting), and it won't be a problem roasting with the
IR2 on the porch. My problem is my learning curve!
There's one other thing - there is no on/off switch on this machine (I
started to hit all the buttons, which didn't work). If I want to stop the
roast, basically I have to pull the plug? (on the machine, not me, lol..)
Lynne
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8) From: Dave Huddle
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open (sort of like doors - if you can understand what I'm saying...)
Casement windows.
How's Sammy doing?
Dave
Westerville, OH
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9) From: Lynne
Hmm - thought casement windows were the other kind (kind that go up & down).
Sammy's doing great. They got rid of the pit upstairs, and since then, he
healed & his confidence also returned - except when there other dogs bark at
the door (so I have to carry him out then, lol).
As I've mentioned elsewhere, Emma's having more & worse seizures - really
freaking me out & worrying me. Sad to say, I need to avoid roasting by hand
(don't want to risk it at least until I have meds for her), and I find that
so relaxing - almost meditative. It's creative, too. I'm sort of lost
without it!
Wish I knew someone nearby who wanted to learn how to roast...
Lynne
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10) From: Treshell
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Often at the good-will type stores you see cat doors mounted in a plex or
wood frame.  I would think they would work great and be fast to remove when
not in use.
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11) From: Lynne
Not possible - renting an apartment. Anyway, the porch is fine.
L.
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