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Topic: Bread machines WAS: Re: HG (3 msgs / 76 lines)
1) From: Kris Bhatti
You also want to check out the dough cycle on the bread machine before you start roasting in it.  My first one you just set to dough and off it goes.  The next machine (Toastmaster) I got shut off after a couple of minutes.  I thought at first it was shutting down because of overheating, so I moved the thermocouple and tried again, same results.  I was about to give up on it, but decided to just turn it on and leave it to see what happens.  I discovered that it runs intermittently for a couple of minutes, then lets the "dough" rest for a while, then after a total of 10 minutes, it turns back on and runs for 20 minutes.  At first I thought this was annoying, but now I look at it as a valuable feature.  I turn it on, set a timer for 9 minutes, then proceed to weigh the beans, get everything else in place and make sure I'm ready to go.  I only got the second one as a backup because I really liked the first machine and it works fine.  Now the second one is
 the one that is in use and the first is on the shelf in case of emergency.  
Kris Bhatti
Tustin, CA
----- Original Message ----
From: Vicki Smith 
To: homeroast
Sent: Sunday, February 24, 2008 10:57:57 PM
Subject: Re: [Homeroast] HG
Nope, they aren't all the same. Some have thermometers built into the 
wall of the bread machine, which have to be relocated or taken out. 
Others have paddles that don't play well with the beans--either because 
of the distance between the floor of the roaster and the paddle or 
because the paddle throws the beans out of the bread pan.
I use an inexpensive Sunbeam and have used several others as well. If 
you are buying at a thrift store, you might have to try a few to get one 
you really like.
If you have a bean thrower, using a larger quantity of beans sometime 
solves that problem.
vicki
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2) From: Jim Gundlach
If you are going to use a bread machine, it is probably best to go in  
an redo the wiring.  It is really quite simple.  There are two relays,  
typically black blocks, one with a wire to the stirring motor and the  
other with a wire to the heater.  I just eliminate the bread machine  
heater and put a switch in the wire replacing the stirring motor  
relay.  That gives me direct manual control over the stirring and I  
don't have to worry about the bread machine's timer shutting me down  
in the middle of a roast.
      pecan jim
On Feb 25, 2008, at 5:16 PM, Kris Bhatti wrote:
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3) From: Vicki Smith
One of the things I lucked into with my Sunbeam is that it has a 20 
minute dough cycle--and no thermostat in the wall. It is a 5891 and is 
widely available for $50 or less new. I'm actually on my second machine. 
The first one had an unfortunate fall. My first machine was also a 
Sunbeam--an earlier model but basically the same machine.
That machine also comes branded as an Oster as well as various store 
brands sold all over the place. I see them in thrift shops for less than 
$10 from time to time and have a bit of a collection of them now.
vicki
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