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Topic: Quest M3 on order (3 msgs / 65 lines)
1) From: Hank Perkins
A year ago my original Hot Top died. I had rebuilt it 3 times and wanted to wait for the rumored large cap Hot Top so after careful consideration I ordered the Behmor. I have had a love hate relationship with the Behmor, so I ordered a Quest M3 today. I had hoped Hot Top would come out with the larger capacity version by now but I am weary of waiting. I do look forward to a roaster that doesn't use filters like the Hot Top. I also look forward to playing with a manual roaster that I can add automation and modify as I choose. 
For the last several years I have priced small commercial roasters and sample roasters. I long for a gas fired roaster. I have not looked forward to a roaster that requires a permeant 
installation or the exhaust fan and gas line expense. In the end, I just can't justify the price tag.  This option looks to be a good compromise for me. 
I really love the fact that I can roast load after load without waiting for the roaster to cool. I also like the idea that I can shove a heat gun down the tryer hole and increase the capacity Up around 300g. 
I am excited!!
Thanks,
Hank
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2) From: miKe mcKoffee
Congratulations. FWIW if it was me and I wanted a tad more horse power
(heat/heat response) with the M3 I wouldn't use a heatgun, I'd simply run it
plugged into an auto-transformer (aka Variac) with voltage boost capability.
FWIW I ran two CCR HotTops for 3 months almost non-stop @132v load voltage.
Would have gone full available 20% boost (~144v) like I sometimes did with
Caffe' Rosto roasting but with CCR HT was concerned too high a voltage might
adversely affect (fry) the electonic control interface.
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3) From: Hank Perkins
Thanks mike. This email is going in the save pile.  My current output from the outlet where I currently roast is 121. With the Behmor  running it drops to 119.7. I run a box fan at the end of the roasts to suck the smoke. This drops the voltage to 119.4. 
One thing I have read about the quest is that it has plenty of power. The reason for the heat gun is to  increase the convection cooking. When you crank up the quest you can have a problem with scorching.
I have also read that you see improvements with the first roast in a Quest over the Behmor. 
 It will be fun to play. 
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On Nov 30, 2010, at 6:11 PM, "miKe mcKoffee"  wrote:
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