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Topic: loose gene cafe drum (6 msgs / 114 lines)
1) From: Steve Bien
Anyone have a problem with their drum loosening during the roast. No matter
how carefully I seat the drum, even testing its fit as suggested in the
manual, my drum shifts out of place during the roast. Of course I am right
there so nothing happens and I just push it back in when it happens. The
thumb latch does not stay in its mortise but whether that is the fault of
the latch or its mortise I cannot tell. I have cleaned the mating surfaces
several times without success. Tim is willing to send me either a
replacement drum lid or the wheel it mates with but I would like to problem
solve this a bit more first. 
By the way, I love the roaster, my second, after 9 months of fun
experimentation with a fresh roast. 
Steve
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2) From: Coffee
Occasionally it's a little loose, such that the heater end would slide  
a bit... maybe 1/8", not enough to come loose.
-Peter
On Jan 2, 2009, at 4:58 PM, Steve Bien wrote:
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3) From: John A C Despres
Steve,
I had a very similar problem if not the same one. As the drum rotated to the
up-side-down position, the latch at the bottom of the rotation, my drum
would slip lose of the latch.
Check the wheel at the heater end - does it wobble slightly? Mine did and
Tim replaced the heating element assembly which includes the wheel. It seems
the bearings loosened up enough for it to disengage the thumb latch.
I've since replaced it and all is good again.
If you end up replacing it, be sure to pay attention to the directions Tim
sends along - the directions will be a web address I've since lost, but they
are most helpful. You can also get better help from Eddie Dove's directions.
Eddie's directions don't go so far as to replace the heater assembly, but
are much better for initial dis-assembly of the housing.
Here's Eddie's information *http://southcoastcoffeeroaster.blogspot.com/2008/08/gene-cafe-how-to-disassemble-for.html*
Also, while you're in there take a vacuum to it.
Good luck, I hope this is helpful.
John
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4) From: Frank Parth
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Steve,
I haven't had any such issue after doing dozens of roasts in my GC. Could there be something at the bottom of the 
groove that's preventing the drum from getting pushed down all the way so that the latch engages?
Frank
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5) From: g paris
Steve:
Hi, my guess is that it's the small wheel. I had the same problem and
replaced
both to be sure.
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6) From: Steve Bien
After not succeeding with simple cleaning and vaccuming the contact surfaces
I took some solvent and swabbed out the mortise and the latch wondering if
some oil had gotten on those surfaces. success. 
Steve
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