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Topic: Gene question (5 msgs / 121 lines)
1) From: Steve Barber
I have a question for all of you who have a GC roaster. I do my roasting on
an unheated back porch. It is not terribly cold out there as that is where
our furnace is located but it can get pretty chilly depending on the
temperature outside. When I am roasting I can see the glow of the heating
element on the right hand side of the cykinder. And of course I dont see the
glow when the element cycles off. My question is this. Is the element
supposed to glow constantly until the temp reaches whatever I have it set
for or does it ordinarily cycle on and off every so often. I am asking this
because the other day when I was roasting I noticed that the element was
cycling off ( couldnt see the glow) even though it had not reached the temp
that I had set. Just wondering if this is normal because it seemed to take a
long time to get to the temp I had set...in fact it never reached 482 during
the whole roast even though I had it set there. Any help would be
appreciated.
Thanks,
Steve
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Vicar
Trinity Episcopal Church
PO Box 126
120 E Scioto
St. James, MO 65559
573-265-7667
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2) From: Donald Varona
Your heater element *may* be going bad.
Now that I have your attention, let me explain:  I had a similar experience,
where the set temp would not yet be reached, yet the temperature was falling
and it was obvious that the heating element was not on.  (You didn't mention
falling temps, but perhaps that is what was happening to you as well.)  When
I hooked a meter to the circuit, I could see the wattage drop (from about
1200 to about 20) even though the element was supposed to be on.  I
contacted Tim Skaling, who suggested that the element was going bad.
Apparently the unit does not do well with high voltages-- in NYC my voltage
is usually high, anywhere between 121 and 126-- and this stresses the
heating element.  The problem can also be caused by a dirty chaff collector
or blocked airflow path.  My solution was to thoroughly clean the chaff
collector by unscrewing it and cleaning in between the screens and washing
the box out.  Tim also had me open up the unit and be sure that the airflow
intake wasn't blocked, but be warned that this is not for the mechanically
uninclined, as it is easy to put back together wrong.  I keep the unit on a
variac so that input voltage is no higher than 117V, at his recommendation.
I doubt if the outside temps are really a problem, unless it is very cold,
but who knows.  Cold temps could keep the unit from reaching 482F, but I
don't think it would cause the heating element to kick off.  I would suggest
contacting Tim Skaling directly via phone (I'm not sure where I found the
number, I'll have to research it) before you attempt any of these possible
solutions.  It might be overvoltage, it might be reduced airflow, maybe it
is indeed the cold.  Check your voltage if you can, just for reference.
--dv
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3) From: Donald Varona
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4) From: Donald Varona
Oh, and if overvoltage is the problem, treating it nice by reducing voltage
seems to help, so don't despair.  If it's under warranty and the element is
the problem, then at least you can get it repaired free.
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5) From: Steve Barber
Thanks Don. Here is what I did. I brought the Gene inside the house and ran
it set on 482 till it reached that temp and the thermostat shut down. It got
to 482 in around four minutes and thirty seconds. I then ran it indoors with
8 oz of beans. It worked fine except I smoked up the house. Oh, and by the
way before I ran it empty I vacuumed the air intake and cleaned the chaff
collector. they didnt seem overly cruddy but it worked better. So...I dont
know if it was too cold on the porch or the airflow was restricted. One or
the other.
Thanks for your advice,
Steve
On Mon, Dec 29, 2008 at 3:12 PM, Donald Varona wrote:
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Rev. J. Stephen Barber
Vicar
Trinity Episcopal Church
PO Box 126
120 E Scioto
St. James, MO 65559
573-265-7667
Home
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