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Topic: Waiting for new Hot Top (2 msgs / 67 lines)
1) From: Jim Wilkins
I want to thank everyone who has commented and shared on the death of my old
Hot Top. 
Bart, your step-by-step approach is now in my roast notebook right next to
the roasting table. 
Tom, thanks for following up with the Hot Top representative - I'll be
interested to hear what they say.
The new Hot Top is due this Thursday. And I took advantage of SM's offer of
10 Lbs of Guatemala Huehuetenango for an extra few $$.
Huehuetenango - it looks like it would translate into, Lion! Lion! Run
Faster!!  Replace lion with suitable panther, cougar or equal for the
region. Sorry, got distracted for a moment. 
I was looking for a vacuum with a small nozzle to fit near the motor (1/2"
or so). Everything I found ran off a USB - while that might be great for a
laptop keyboard, I'm not about to haul my laptop around as a power source
for a $6.00 vacuum. I fashioned a 6" long x 3/8" hollow copper pipe to fit
securely on the end of our Shop Vac (I'll not point it toward the dogs). My
hope is that with the tips and maintenance suggestions provided and this
vacuum device, I can avoid the accumulation of chaff that caused the
original problem.
Jim Wilkins
Lexington, KY
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2) From: Yakster
I took some spare tubing (vinyl or plastic I guess) from a fountain project
and slipped it through the bottom of a jello container to get a smaller
vacuum attachment.  The suction of my shop vac holds this on the end of the
hose and I can get into the corners of the Behmor much easier with this
small tubing.  It's probably about 3/8"  It's not very pretty but it was
pretty quick to make.  It's just a friction fit, I didn't bother to use any
glue to hold the tubing in the bottom of the container.  That hose can even
fit under the drum in the Behmor and can make some curves to clean out the
interior.  Those jello cups also make great, disposable mixing containers
for JB Weld and other epoxies so I usually have a couple stashed for
projects.
I used to cool my hot air popcorn poppers by cutting a hole in the plastic
lid to a container of cookies so that I could slip the shop vac hose into
the popper and the lid would form a seal so I could draw out the hot air
from my poppers to prolong their life.
I love to reuse the stuff that would otherwise end up in the trash or
recycling bin for projects.
-Chris
On Mon, Jul 13, 2009 at 1:35 PM, Jim Wilkins wrote:
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