OK, once was maybe a fluke. But it just did it a second time. The damper on my Alp fails to open when the cooldown cycle begins. The heat goes off when the cooldown begins but the damper stays closed. If I open the cover and remove the drum with a stick, I can then push the damper open and it doesn't feel stuck.... There is the possibility that there is enough buildup of goo from many roasts to make the damper stick, but I'm not sure I buy that explanation. Anyone else have this problem? Paul; Goelz Rochester Hills, MI Pgoelz Videoastronomy and music (UnFest) web site:http://www.eaglequest.com/~pgoelz
Try wiping the flappers and surrounding surfaces down with a damp and mildly soapy rag to remove the goo and see if that helps. If not, maybe your actuator has given out... Mike Paul Goelz wrote: <Snip>
Paul, I haven't had the doors stick yet, but have only done 10 roasts so far. I do a light cleaning (mostly chaff) on my Alp after every roast. After the 10th roast, because I was noticing a buildup of oils around the flap-doors, I took time to remove the buildup. Knowing that all the smoke has to pass directly through those doors, I expect they must be cleaned on some basis. In conversation with the guy who invented the product, he has stressed to me the importance of cleaning in three locations. Especially around those doors, the chaff collection tray and the smoke exhaust port. There must be some level of a sticking problem if he makes a point of talking about cleaning around the doors. The level of roast may also accelerate the need for cleaning. I've noticed when I do darker roasts (taking the beans into/past 2nd crack) I get a lot more of the oily residues inside the Alp overall. If you clean up the doors area and the problem persists, it's more likely that you have a failure. The good thing I've noticed about SwissMar is that they aren't hesitant about replacing product defects.
"wiping the flappers". God I love this hobby! 'Captain! Th' Flapper actuator has given oot! Ach, me wee beans...' Gack, coffee out my nose hahahaha Ted At 09:29 PM 06/15/00, you wrote: <Snip>
From: Michael Vanecek <Snip> Better yet, use a citrus-based cleanser. Tom gave me this tip. Mike Geis