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Topic: RIP Freshroast (5 msgs / 124 lines)
1) From:
Went to roast this morning and after one batch my fresh roast quit blowing.
At first the element was still getting hot now it is doing nothing...any
advice?  Is it worth trying to fix.  I am on a pretty limited budget and
hate to think about replacement but clearly I am gonna have to do something.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated
david
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2) From: Ed Needham
Sure it's worth trying to fix.  If you are a bit handy, you might be able to 
troubleshoot where it all went wrong.  You may have burned out the heating 
element with it on and no air.  The no air problem is likely not a burned 
out motor but a broken electrical connection somewhere.
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3) From: Allon Stern
On Jul 22, 2008, at 9:54 AM,   
 wrote:
<Snip>
If the fan quits on any roaster, TURN IT OFF IMMEDIATELY. Without  
airflow, the heating element will overheat, most likely destroying  
itself in the process. If you're lucky, that's all it will destroy.  
If you're luckier, the device will have an overtemp sensor that will  
kill the heat to the element. Many overtemp sensors are one-time- 
only. My guess is you need to start looking for a new roaster.
-
allon
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4) From: Martin Dobbins
Sorry to hear about your misfortune
 
I too wonder about the possible longevity of the Freshroast although mine c=
ontinues to work (for now).  If you are still in the 12 month warranty pe=
riod then you could contact Fresh Beans Inc. about replacement/repair.  I=
f not you could attempt a repair yourself but it sounds like the motor (mor=
e likely the diode bridge ) has fried and since the fan wasn't working the =
heater has overheated and burnt out.
 
I've used a Freshroast for about four months now and I am beginning to thin=
k about replacement and upgrade because the plastic at the top of the base =
unit is beginning to crack.  I'm looking at increasing batch size and get=
ting more control over the roast, and getting a West Bend Poppery 1 can g=
ive me both of those things at a fraction of the cost of even a replacement=
 Freshroast.
 
If you are on a limited budget you might want to look in the same direction=
 if you are obliged to replace the Freshroast, or maybe you could explore o=
ne of the many other less expensive methods available for roasting beans?=
 
 
Martin
Went to roast this morning and after one batch my fresh roast quit blowing.
At first the element was still getting hot now it is doing nothing...any
advice?  Is it worth trying to fix.  I am on a pretty limited budget and
hate to think about replacement but clearly I am gonna have to do something.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated
david
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5) From: golfermd01
How long did it last? How often did you roast? I ask these questions because I just got mine last month. I knew my air popper wasn't going to go on forever. I am roasting for a fiend as well as myself. When I do roast I do 3 batches (with about a 20 minute cool down between batches). I probably do these batches about every 4-5 days.
Dan
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