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Topic: Gene Cafe Heating Element (7 msgs / 178 lines)
1) From: Gary Raabe
Hello All;
I am wondering if others are having trouble with their Gene Cafe's heating =
element. I have owned the machine for 13 months and am waiting on my 3rd el=
ement. The original lasted 8 months, the 2nd only lasted 4 months (60 batch=
es). After talking with Tim in June, I stopped doing back-to-back batches. =
I usually only do 200 grams and my voltage is good. Tim is taking very good=
 care of me and I love the machine, I'm just wondering if this happens to o=
thers to try and get a feel for future reliability.
Thanks,
Gary Raabe
Cincinnati OH
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2) From: Jeff Holder
I've owned my GeneCafe for about 3 months and have had no problems with the
heating element.  However, after about 4 weeks the digital temperature/time
setting has malfunctioned.  I would guess that one of the bulbs has burned
out resulting in a skewed reading.  I've just not wanted to do without it
long enough to send it back in.
However, it would be helpful to know what I need to do to correct it.  Does
the entire unit have to be sent back or just a portion of it?  So, Gary I've
added another question to yours.
Jeff Holder
Roanoke, Alabama
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3) From: MikeG
Are you allowing the cooling cycle to complete?
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4) From: Steve Scigliano
I have had my GC for nearly two years now. I roast 2 230 gm batches once a =
week. No trouble with the heating element. I make sure I clean the chafe =
collector after every batch and periodically check and clean the air intake =
on the bottom.
Steve Scigliano
San Jose, CA
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5) From: Frank Parth
I've had mine a year or so and have had no problems with it. I'm doing a couple of back-to-back roasts every week.
When I first got it I was advised by Eddie Dove to let the cooldown cycle run properly. Once the beans have gotten 
where I want them, I hit the cooldown button let them cool down to about 300 degrees, dump the beans, then return the 
container and let it cool down the rest of the way.
Frank
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6) From: raymanowen
Something besides the heating element is causing the machine to fail.
Back-to-back heater element failure definitely points >elsewhere< to the
trouble.
Electric toasters and ranges get hotter than *The Place of Fabled Heat*,
and heating element failure is almost unheard of.
Cheers, Mabuhay and Magandang Umaga -RayO, aka Opa!
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7) From: Morris Nelson
Only problem with mine is that the canister doesn't bounce when I drop it.
Check your incoming voltage. You may have excessively high voltage.  I lived
in a townhouse where I was constantly burning out light bulbs.  I found my
voltage was running 123 volts.  I now have my roaster at a friend's place.
His voltage is 118-119volts.  Roasts take longer at my friend's place.


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