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Topic: info on hearthware Gormet (8 msgs / 177 lines)
1) From:
Anybody have any experience with one of these?  My Fresh Roast died a bit
ago and I am on a limited budget. There is on available that I am looking at
Any help would be appreciated 
david
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2) From: jon morgan
They are very loud. I thought a popcorn popper did a better job of roasting.
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3) From: Mike Koenig
They haven't been made in a number of years, so it will have some
miles on it.  If the price is low, it's OK, but don't spend too much
on it.  Heating elements and/or fan bearings tend to die eventually,
after a number of years in most of the Hearthware roasters.  There's
also no control over temperature.
--mike
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4) From: Brian Kamnetz
I too am wondering whether a popper from a thrift store may not be as
good as this roaster, and certainly it's hard to beat the price of
used poppers, usually $4 or less. They don't last forever, but it's
pretty common to get $4 of use from them. It's easy also to get
switches at Home Depot etc and install them on the wire to the heating
element, which makes it very easy to cool the roast right in the
popper.
Brian
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5) From: Jeff Cozad
I still have one that was replaced by a 1st generation iRoast.  The weak
point in the electronics was the relay that switched the heating element on
and off. A little bit of creative searching found a better relay that had
the same form factor. It was pretty simple replacement. I'll second Mike's
thoughts on a purchase.
Jeff C
Bettendorf - Formerly Iowa's Most exciting City
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6) From: Ed Needham
One of my least favorite roasters.  Loud, whiny, and results are nominal. 
There are many ways to roast coffee at home that are better.  Unless someone 
sells you one for $20, look for something else.
I have a Hearthware Precision that I use for sample roasting.  It is one 
that escaped the flakiness of most of the other Precisions.  I sent three 
back to the manufacturer for replacements over the years.  Good luck if you 
go that way.
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Ed Needham
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7) From: Barry Luterman
Listen to Ed
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8) From:
Thanks for all the advice.  Overall I was pretty happy with the fresh roast
and I roasted at least once a week for three years with it so I sure enough
got my moneys worth.  I have been pondering HG/DB but I am not all that
adventurous, I don't have a garage and winters in Michigan are rough.
Perhaps I should hang out for another freshie.
There is a local roaster here so it is not like I cant get good fresh beans,
but I do miss roasting....perhaps soon
david


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