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Topic: New Hot Top- change drum? (13 msgs / 326 lines)
1) From: DeCambre.Peter
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3) From: Doug Hutson
I had to quickly order a new Hot Top on Friday because my old one died
mid-roast and I have wearied of patching it up. I bought it in 2003 so it
has lasted pretty well. I have read somewhere on Tom's site that seasoning
of the drum is a good thing so I was considering using my old,
well-seasoned, drum in the new Hot Top. Any opinions on the pros and cons of
doing this?
Doug Hutson
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4) From: g paris p
Doug:
That's a good question. I tend to think your new drum will season up fairly
fast if you use it a lot
Have you EVER cleaned the old drum?
ginny
On Tue, Sep 13, 2011 at 6:14 AM, Doug Hutson  wrote:
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5) From: Yakster
I've been reading an interesting thread on Home-Barista that took a turn in
this direction when someone mentioned keeping the drum in a Hot Top clean is
important and contrary to commercial roasters to reflect the radiated heat
from the elements to the beans.http://www.home-barista.com/home-roasting/freezing-seriously-affects-profile-t18898-20.html#p222673I don't have a Hot Top, but run a Behmor and I've followed lots of threads
on the Behmor stressing the same thing, keeping the metal clean and shiny
helps with the roast.
Take with a grain of salt, but an interesting data point to consider.
-Chris
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6) From: Ira
At 10:14 AM 9/21/2011, you wrote:
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I believe but don't know that keeping a Behmor clean is a requirement 
for two reasons, one because it has no insulation and clean metal is 
a better insulator than dirty metal and secondly because it uses a 
thermostat that reads different when it's face is dark and better at 
absorbing heat.  Both of those combine to make roast go much slower 
when the inside of the machine gets dirty.
Ira
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7) From: John Monteleone
Anyone have any good resources for keep the Behmor clean.  Do people take it
a part or do they just try to get into the corners.
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8) From: Yakster
I use a microfiber cloth (picked up in bulk at Costco, also great for
cleaning the espresso machines) and a 5:1 solution of water and simple
green.
I've taken the protective metal guard in front of the elements out once or
twice, but don't bother anymore.
I've had good luck soaking the chaff tray in JoeGlo to get stubborn, burn-on
stains off.  I also have tried scrubbing the vanes in the drums with wire
brushes on occasion.
-Chris
On Thu, Sep 22, 2011 at 10:55 AM, John Monteleone
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Anyone have any good resources for keep the Behmor clean.  Do people take it
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9) From: bbyford
How did you get that metal guard off of there? I've tried and tried but I'm afraid I'm gonna bend the interior housing or the guard.
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10) From: Yakster
That's why I don't bother any more.
The rods are slightly longer then the inside width of the roaster so that if
you gently bend the guard forward in the middle while holding the guard
towards one side, the other side can slip out.  At least that's how I
remember it.
Since it protects the quartz elements, I just leave it on now.
-Chris
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11) From: bbyford
Thanks for the tip:) it's getting pretty gunky back there and I just want to do it every once in a while. Hopefully I won't permanently harm anything.
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12) From: David H.G. Hipwell
Hi All, I recently cleaned my HotTop roaster and drum with Easy Off Heavy-Duty Oven Cleaner.  I'd done about 30-ish roasts with it (I haven't kept count), and there was a visible layer of roasting residue left inside.   If you spray it on and wait a few minutes, all the roasting crud on the metal just wipes off.  If you spray the drum inside and out (be sure to spray the inside from both ends to coat all surfaces), wait for it to do its stuff, and put it in the dishwasher, it will come out bright and shiney - just like when it was new.   I'm unsure whether the finer aspects of the dirty/clean roaster effects on the roast, but the method above is a quick and effective way to remove gunk from your roaster. Hope this helps.  
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13) From: Terry McVay \(rr\)
I find myself wondering if cleaning a Roasters drum works for an RK... will
let everyone know, unless someone already does, in which case... let me
know.
Thanks, Terry
Kona


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