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Topic: Hot Top to Behmor (9 msgs / 167 lines)
1) From:
Well my Hot Top bit the dust about 10 days ago while I was roasting
Christmas Coffee and Vacation Coffee (not much Christmas Coffee for the
masses, I was going on vacation after all!!)  I have an original Hot Top
roaster, I expect one of the first ones Sweet Maria's sold.  It needed lots
of help and when I added up all the new parts I ws spending $330.  I knew
this day was coming.  For the last year I have been looking foe a "small"
commercial roaster.  Well this item is for all practical purposes not
available.  SInce I had not found a suitable replacement and $330 dollars on
this old roaster seemed like a waste, I ordered the Behmor.  I and all of my
friends prefer a medium roasted bean so it looked to be a good match.  Today
I received the Behmor and roasted 1/2 pound of Guatemalan.  First try,
Perfect.  I will continue to look for a commercial roaster but this roaster
will keep me going for a while.  It actually does a better job than my Hot
Top.  I am really thrilled with the performance of this roaster.
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2) From:
That's interesting.....   Some of us with Behmors aspire to get a Hot Top 
someday!  Although I'm quite pleased with my Behmor, the thought of better 
controllability with the Hot Top is enticing.  Would you elaborate a bit on 
how your Behmor does a better job?
Bob (aka PeatMonster)
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3) From:
First, my Hot Top was an original version.  I had not updated the control
panel, so my ability to control  the roast was very limited.  I realized my
Hot Top was doing a poor job of roasting, I just didn't realize how poor.  I
expect I will miss the cooling tray on the Hot Top but I won't miss the
amount of smoke the Hot Top put out.  Currently I can see the coffee
roasting better than I could on the Hot Top.  I really like the larger
window and the light.  I can hear the roast better with the Behmor.   I
don't care for any coffee roasted into the second crack.  So dark roast was
not important.  I absolutly love being able to roast a full pond of coffee
at one time.  This is a huge advantage for the Behmor. I was a big fan of
the Hot Top, The build quality of the Hot Top is better.  I roasted hundreds
of pounds of coffee with the Hot Top.  It was a hell of a machine.
I purchased the Behmor to get me to a commercial roaster this coming fall.
In this role I am confident it will accomplish the mission. I may be
surprised but I don't expect it to last much more than a year.
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4) From: Bob Hazen
Great information!  Thanks for the summary.  I had thought to go to a Hot 
Top when my Behmor eventually goes down for the count.  It may be that I'll 
just buy another Behmor.  So far, I've replace its afterburner and motor in 
a little over 2 years.
Bob (aka PeatMonster)
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5) From: Rich
Your failure experience mirrors mine.  An afterburner and motor in about 
2 years.  I run 2 lb/week through it, every week.
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6) From: Bob Hazen
Rich,
My usage is less than yours.  I run half-pound loads every 5 days or so. 
Could be it's primarily the number of cycles that wears things out, although 
I suspect the length of the cycle also matters.  Do you run 1 lb loads?
Bob
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Sent: Thursday, December 31, 2009 9:10 PM
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7) From: Rich
Always 1lb batches.  The original motor gear box dies from lubricant 
failure and a ridged drive coupling.  The afterburner is like  a light 
bulb, it will fail, sometime.  I run 2X clean cycle every 4 roasts and 
vacuum after every roast.  When I had it apart for parts replacement the 
interior was chaff free.  I only roast dry process Ethiopian and similar 
coffees.  Always use small grid drum.  Roast to FC to FC+ usually.
I figure if it only eats $20.00/yr in maintenance cost then its a bargain.
Rich
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8) From: Hank Perkins
$20 a year is very reasonable.  I would easily spend that in filters for my
Hot Top in less than 6 months.  With the Hot Top you must replace the rear
filter every 10 loads.  Normally I would push this to every 15 or whenever I
noticed changes in the roasting performance.  The top filter needs to be
replacedless often.  I would replace this about once a year.  Each Hot Top
filter was $10.  I just love being able to roast a pound at a time.
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9) From: Mike Chester
The Hot Top filters can be washed and re-used several times.  I washed mine 
in the dishwasher on the top shelf and they came out clean and ready to use. 
My CCR Hot Top has the rear filter replaced with a metal one so it is 
designed to be washed, but I had no problem washing the paper ones.  You can 
also wash the top filter, but that is not as effective.
Mike Chester
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