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Topic: Chaff fire (30 lines)
1) From: Frank Parth
Yesterday evening I was doing a couple of roasts in my GeneCafe of some dry processed Guatamala Oriente. This is a bean 
that has A LOT of chaff.
I stupidly (lazily?) didn't empty the chaff catcher between the two roasts. Just as the second roast was getting 
to first crack I noticed a lot of smoke coming from the chaff catcher and some bright ashes. I looked into the chamber 
and saw  that the chaff inside the chamber was burning.
I immediately pulled the chaff collector off to improve the airflow and the burning chaff was  quickly blown out of the 
chamber. Damned near knocked over a nice glass of Glenfarclas pulling the collector off so fast (that would have 
been a real tragedy!).
Fortunately nothing else happened. I dumped the chaff collector outside on the concrete and put it back on. The roast 
finished nicely.
Lessons Learned:
Always empty the chaff collector after a roast.
Don't turn your back on a roast.
Keep the good whiskey at least two feet away from the GC.
Frank
There's an old saying among project managers: The one thing we learn from lessons learned, is that we don't learn 
lessons learned.
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