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Topic: Secret of the Gold Knob (7 msgs / 120 lines)
1) From: Demian Ebert
No, thi isn't a new NancyDrew mystery. I have been roasting in a HT
for a few months now and am wondering how others deal with the gold
knob that holds the front drum cover in place. When starting with a
cold roaster I typically have to tighten or loosen it a bit as the
roaster warms up. Presumably this is because the drum expands as it
warms. I try to keep the whole thing from squeeking on making odd
grinding noises. It seems odd that there isn't anything in the
instructions.
On a related note is was wondering if anyone has successfully built a
fume hood for indoor roasting with a HT. I plan on moving to the
basement from the garage soon because the garage is really damp in the
winter and I worry about the electronics in the HT. Any indoor
solution has to move quite a bit of air to keep the house smoke free.
Thoughts and suggestions are welcome.
Just hit cool on a batch of Mexico Nayarit.
Demian
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2) From: Barry Luterman
There are 2 main causes of squeaking. 1. The pin in the back of the drum
which fits into the drive mechanism.Simply put some cooking oil on the T
structure
 2. The heating element is getting worn. Simply bend the heat coil back
toward the wall of the unit.
On Sun, Oct 25, 2009 at 10:38 AM, Demian Ebert  wrote:
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3) From: Mike Chester
On Jeffrey's CCR Hottop page there are pictures of a hood system that one of 
his customers built.http://www.pawlan.com/johnmurray.htmlMike Chester
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4) From: John Borella
I roast indoors next to a window. A boxfan on medium has no problems drawing 
the smoke out the window but I seldom roast darker then FC+.
John B.

5) From: Barry Luterman
Actuallly, put cooking oil on both sides of the drum axle
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6) From: Demian Ebert
Thanks for the replies. I'll try oiling up the drum axle and see if that helps.
The basement windows do not open, so a window fan won't work. I figure
I can cut an exhaust hole and run some dryer venting out. Just need a
good hood design and a nice exhaust fan.
Demian
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7) From: Allon Stern
On Oct 26, 2009, at 4:50 PM, Demian Ebert wrote:
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Depending on the type of windows you have, you might be able to remove  
the glazing and replace it with either plexiglas or sheet metal with a  
hole cut into it for a dryer vent (I did this once to run cables  
through it for radio antennae). If its a window frame with multiple  
lights (panes of glass) in it, and is pretty old (wood), this is not  
hard at all.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qssB_kLJmqQ-
allon
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