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Topic: Now I must be a real roaster (7 msgs / 158 lines)
1) From: Hunt Slade
After five+ years roasting I have finally had a respectable bean fire. Three and a half pounds in an RK (God bless) rig. I've used it hundreds of times, and I know better than to multi-task while I'm roasting, but last Tuesday night I blew it. Our local Artisans' Guild meets at our coffeehouse every Tuesday night and we were discussing a mural for our downtown district. Well, the ideas were flyin' and before I knew it, several people were looking over my shoulder and someone said, "Is that a fire?" So I ran over and killed the gas the removed the tank to a safe distance and disengaged the rotisserie motor, but the flames were nearly engulfing the entire grill lid so I was afraid I'd get blasted with a fireball if I raised it. All I could do was wait for the flames to subside to a reasonable degree then open the lid with my fire-safe gloves. It broke my heart to see all those beans turned over to the dark side. I snuffed the flames with a short blast from
 one of the five dry chemical fire extinguishers we keep at the shop and dumped the still glowing beans in an empty corner of the parking lot and put up a saw horse to keep someone from parking on it.
Needless to say, my RK rig needs a serious cleaning before I can use it again, but I'm glad for the experience and to see that I won't lose my head in a fire situation.
Anybody else with a bean fire story?
Hunt Slade
~roasting coffee in middle Georgia~
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2) From: R Nepsund
Tell people you meant to do that.    You were offering a burnt offering to
the Coffee gods. :-))
On Thu, Aug 7, 2008 at 12:32 PM, Hunt Slade  wrote:
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3) From: raymanowen
" Anybody else with a bean fire story?" Yup. I always stop the roast where I
want it. Flames aren't on my menu. -ro
On Thu, Aug 7, 2008 at 1:32 PM, Hunt Slade  wrote:
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4) From: Robert Flanery
Maybe you can coarse grind them and use them for lining your closets?  The
Krispy Kreme delivery driver at work mentioned how much he hates coffee, but
loves the smell.  Maybe you could send them to him...
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5) From: Ed Needham
Beans burn pretty hot don't they!  Sounds like the only damage was your 
pride and a few pounds of beans, as well as a recharge on the fire 
extinguisher.
I have a routine that pretty much keeps me sitting next to the roaster.  I 
have a little spritz bottle of water to spray on small bean fires similar to 
the one where I overloaded an open ended drum and about a quarter pound of 
beans dropped out and caught fire inside the roaster.  I noticed more smoke 
than usual and then saw the thermometer begin to rise quickly.  I opened the 
lid and there was about a cup of beans piled up and on fire.  The heat was 
way more than I would have expected from such a small amount of fuel. I 
can't imagine what a full bag (or more) commercial roaster fire might look 
like.
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Ed Needham
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6) From: Jamie Dolan
I had a grease fire start in the bottom of the grill, which promptly
ignighted the beans.  I didn't realize the extent of what was going on
at first, and I opened up the lid, adding fresh oxygen to the mix.  2
pounds of beans went up in a blaze of glory.  They are less than
charcoal, you could kind of write with them, but they crumbled in your
fingers.
Now I have 1 grill that is fully dedicated to coffee roasting so I
don't' have any problem with grease fires any more.
Jamie
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7) From: Sandy Andina
I had a bean fire in my Behmor a couple of months ago--had put in  
250gm of Monkey or Sumatra (IIRC, nothing pricey, thank heavens) on 1  
lb./P1/B with the time maxed out--it had been running a little cool  
lately. Went into the, er, tiled library (TMI, I know, but that was  
where privacy, a puzzle book, pen and pad--and great acoustics should  
the songwriting muse strike--were); and, behind the closed door, got  
lost in an acrostic puzzle.  Suddenly my son Gordy knocked on the door  
and said (with characteristic understatement), "Uh, Mom, there seems  
to be a lot more smoke than usual coming out of your roaster. Did you  
mean to roast that dark?" I opened the door and instantly saw and  
smelled an overpowering gray haze. Hit "cool" immediately--yet I  
couldn't understand why I still saw an orange glow inside the roaster,  
till I saw chaff sparks flying around inside it. Yanked the plug from  
the outlet, put on my oven mitts, and hurried it outside to the steel  
table on the deck. Opened the roaster door and black smoke billowed  
out--fortunately, there were no more flames.  Inside the house, the  
haze permeated the downstairs and the smell was unavoidable even on  
the second floor. I threw open all the windows and doors (we have the  
screens up), turned on all the ceiling fans and hit "air exchange" on  
all the A/C window units (except the one in my elderly father-in-law's  
room, the door of which was securely closed due to Dad's being out at  
the bank with our housekeeper).  I called my housekeeper's cell phone  
and told her about the bean fire--and urged she take Dad to Target for  
some shopping and a snack.  Meanwhile, I ran around both levels of the  
house spraying first Ozium and then Lysol Country Fresh spray (and  
sort of wishing the cats had sprayed as well, to mask the smoke smell  
).  By the time they got back, Dad (who does not drink caffeine of  
any kind and AFAIK has never even tasted the stuff) sniffed and said,  
"Were you grilling something out on the deck? Smells nice."  When I  
mentioned I'd been roasting coffee beans, he said, "Maybe you should  
grill salmon or chicken for dinner."
He was none the wiser. By then, the Behmor had cooled, and I dumped  
the charred beans below the deck for the squirrels. Wiped down the  
inside with rags dampened first in Cafiza and then Whole Foods' brand  
of cleaning solution, then wiped it down with clean damp paper towels  
and then dried it. Brought it back in and ran a cleaning cycle. Had I  
known about the sensor, I'd have wiped a little harder on the sensor-- 
maybe I'll still get some Simple Green and hit the sensor again, as it  
is running even cooler than before.
On Aug 8, 2008, at 12:11 PM, Jamie Dolan wrote:
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