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Topic: Alpenrost - end of service (7 msgs / 154 lines)
1) From: Manjo Iyer
After almost a decade of roasting my alpenrost finally quit, it was
pretty dramatic. I was roasting a batch of sumatra lintong blue batak
and I was going to roast it FC++. I heard the beans enter 2nd crack
and I heard the roaster make some odd noises, a few seconds later I
was going to push the cool button when all the lights went out and the
machine just died. I had to quickly dump the beans as they started to
sizzle in the hot drum. I really enjoyed using this machine. Last time
I was in SFO I visited sweetmarias with an intention of buying a
HotTop roaster, but maria advised me to wait till the alpenrost quit
working, shipping was free any way. So yesterday I placed the order
for a Hot Top. Lets see if I can get 10yrs out of it, I am excited
about it as I can *see* my beans roasting its going to be fun after
roasting for so many years in the blind.
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Cogito Ergo Sum
--- manjo
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2) From: Starfinder Stanley
Actually, you can probably resurrect the alpenrost ---I killed a few of
them, and it seems like the weak link in that machine is the thermal cutoff
switch.  You'd need to take it apart to access the switch, but as I recall
it didn't even require soldering, and you can get a replacement switch for
something $5 at radio shack (though that one will probably crap out
eventually too).
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3) From: Lynne
Wow - I'm continuously amazed at the ingenuity of our members here. Very
cool!
Lynne
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4) From: miKe mcKoffee
RIP. Ten years seems pretty darned good for a home roasting appliance. Will
there be a combination Wake and Welcome to Our Home party when the HT
arrives?
Slave to the Bean  miKe mcKoffee
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5) From: Steve Sakoman
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Mine has been going strong for 7 years now, so I think there is a
pretty good chance of it making it to 10!
Steve
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6) From: raymanowen
"...the thermal cutoff switch.
You'd need to take it apart to access the switch, but as I recall it didn't
even require soldering, and you can get a replacement switch for something
$5 at radio shack (though that one will probably crap out eventually too."
Are you not talking about the Fth or thermal fuse? In the infinite wisdom of
Big Government, UL approval depends upon the inclusion of a "gimmick" to
make sure you don't operate your hobby appliance on too great a duty cycle,
like the commercial machine it isn't.
Radio Shack doesn't know this one, but they actually sell a thermal fuse
replacement on a continuous roll. It's a roll like teletype paper, actually
18-Ga copper wire. Current-wise, it can handle 16 A in an under-chassis
location like roaster innards, so you might have to depend on the 15 A
circuit breaker in a standard home installation. Current protection still
exists.
Temperature-wise, you need not worry. Short of a thermonuclear exchange, the
1900° F melting point of copper will not give the failures nur das Leben =
zur
Hölle lostreten. Thermal protection triumphs.
"Fuse" means melt.  A fusible wire carrying current generates a little heat.
 In some kind of cartridge, especially glass, the heat is trapped and
builds. With current flowing at less than the rated capacity over an
extended time, the fusible link still gets hot and melts out.
Understand, if you install the upgraded Fth, the machine will operate more
reliably but you must commit to watch it. No texting, no online shopping
while el-roasto is el-roasting.
Cheers, Mabuhay, bitte Schicken Sie den Kaffee ein -RayO, aka Opa!
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7) From: Starfinder Stanley
Yes, fuse, that's what I meant ---and, true, I was tempted to bypass the
wretched thing, but I have already gotten enough flack from my wife over
inadvertently setting fire to things, so I figured prudence was the better
part of valor here....
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