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Topic: Yep, Take apart the GeneCafe screens (4 msgs / 119 lines)
1) From: Steven Van Dyke
So, I've been meaning to clean the chaff collector on my GeneCafe 
for... a while (probably not a whole year).  I've been going to boil 
it but didn't want to heat up the house.
Then Ken had his thread about his GeneCafe and the revelation that 
you *really* need to take the screens apart.
So today, as I was getting ready to roast I decided, what the heck, 
and got out the screwdriver.  I filled the sink with hot water and a 
good sized slug of Simple Green.
Turns out, Ken (and the others) were right - you *REALLY* do need to 
take the screens apart.  My chaff collector *looked* clean(ish) - you 
could see some internal gunk but nothing really objectionable and 
looking through the screens the light came through just fine.
Took the collector apart, looked at the screens - still didn't look too bad.
Took the screws out that hold the inner screen in place...
*WOW*
A *LOT* of crud can accumulate in there - there were parts where 
there was just a little tunnel through the crud from inner screen 
hole to outer screen hole.
Didn't seem to affect my roast, but I have to wonder how much longer 
I had before *not* cleaning the screens would have.
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Enjoy!
Steve :->
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2) From: Poutinen, Jay
Are you talking about the standard chaff collector here, and not the large collector?
Jay
From: homeroast-bounces [homeroast-bounces] On Behalf Of Steven Van Dyke [coffee]
Sent: Monday, September 13, 2010 10:14 AM
To: A list to discuss home coffee roasting. There are rules for this list,      available athttp://www.sweetmarias.com/maillistinfo.htmlSubject: [Homeroast] Yep, Take apart the GeneCafe screens
So, I've been meaning to clean the chaff collector on my GeneCafe
for... a while (probably not a whole year).  I've been going to boil
it but didn't want to heat up the house.
Then Ken had his thread about his GeneCafe and the revelation that
you *really* need to take the screens apart.
So today, as I was getting ready to roast I decided, what the heck,
and got out the screwdriver.  I filled the sink with hot water and a
good sized slug of Simple Green.
Turns out, Ken (and the others) were right - you *REALLY* do need to
take the screens apart.  My chaff collector *looked* clean(ish) - you
could see some internal gunk but nothing really objectionable and
looking through the screens the light came through just fine.
Took the collector apart, looked at the screens - still didn't look too bad.
Took the screws out that hold the inner screen in place...
*WOW*
A *LOT* of crud can accumulate in there - there were parts where
there was just a little tunnel through the crud from inner screen
hole to outer screen hole.
Didn't seem to affect my roast, but I have to wonder how much longer
I had before *not* cleaning the screens would have.
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3) From: Bob Glasscock
Good question, Jay. I've been following this discussion since I have a 
GeneCafe that I've been using for about six months. I blow out the 
(large) chaff collector religiously after roasting and brush out any 
other particles. I roast about every three days or so and haven't seen 
any clogging or experienced overheating. (It helps to be a bagpiper). 
Bob Glasscock
Greenville, AL
Quoting "Poutinen, Jay" :
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Bob Glasscock
Greenville, AL
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4) From: Steven Van Dyke
Has to be the standard one - I've had  my Gene since around when they 
came out and until this message I didn't know there *was* a larger one.
At 10:26 AM 9/13/2010, you wrote:
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