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Topic: Behmor, light roasts, durability (7 msgs / 138 lines)
1) From: Benjamin Morgan
Hi all
Question for Behmor users:
I got a Behmor recently and have been happy with the huge capacity but I
really have trouble getting the roasts to complete. As in: even on the
maximum settings (P1, adding as much time as the machine allows), it often
enters the cooling cycle before first crack is finished. I'm not trying for
dark roasts, just something that's not underroasted and sour. Any tips? all
the talk of voiding the warranty has me worried about tricking the machine
into roasting darker by using the wrong settings. But how fragile is this
thing anyway? 
On a related note, it seems like there are a lot of mandatory or
semi-mandatory maintenance practices (cleaning sensors, taking the machine
apart to vacuum out the fan, running an empty drum through the machine every
five roasts), which don't inspire much confidence in its long-term
durability. Is anyone else worried that their Behmor is going to quit the
day after the warranty expires?
thanks much
Benjamin
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2) From: Seth Grandeau
Benjamin,
If you are consistently not getting through roasts, you may want to contact
Behmor support, which based on what I've read on this list, is excellent.
Most of the warnings about not "gaming" the Behmor are not to protect the
machine as much as to protect you from starting a chaff or coffee fire.  I
typically roast 1/2 to 3/4 of a pound and use the 1 pound settings.  I also
watch my roaster like a hawk and use the cool button to end my roast, so I'm
not worried about starting a fire.
As for the cleaning regimen, it does not seem too bad and it keeps the
machine running strong.  I'm on roast 120 with the Behmor and it performs as
well as it did on day 1.  I'm willing to put that extra work in for the
added benefits and low cost of teh behmor.
-Seth
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3) From: Rich
Contact Behmor customer service/tech support and they will send you the 
fix.  You need a slight mechanical adjustment and all will be fine.
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4) From: Ira
At 01:07 PM 8/2/2009, you wrote:
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Call customer support and make them make it right.  Adding 1 pound of 
coffee and pressing 1lb P1  should get you decently roasted coffee, 
If not, get it fixed. or let them help you figure out the problem.
Ira
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5) From: Rich
Mine was purchased in the first batch, runs 2 1lb batches/week since 
delivered.  Total failures to date are 1 smoke suppressor heater and the 
drum drive motor.  The machine is 1 1/2+ year old and I usually roast to 
FC or FC+.  The coffee of choice is dry processed Ethiopian.  The only 
PMs that I do is to keep the interior clean and run the empty drum at 
the completion of every 4 roasts.  I have recently opened it up and 
there was minimal chaff inside, not enough to worry about actually.
I do NOT find this failure rate abnormal considering that this is the 
first iteration of the design and the service I put it through.
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6) From: Ira
At 01:07 PM 8/2/2009, you wrote:
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No, not in the least.  Roasting coffee is dirty and smoky and you 
need to keep the machine clean. or it won't work as designed. The 
number of people who've made it well past a hundred roasts make it 
seem that durability is not a problem.
Ira
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7) From: Dave Huddle
My Behmor has done 199 cycles so far.    I run it empty after every
5th roast.   I wipe the inside with Simple Green after every roast and
use a shop vac on all the openings - inside and outside.    When I
opened it as instructed in a recent maintainence posting there was
almost no debris inside.
Dave
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