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Topic: Newbee - Get the HWP or wait for newer models from FR+ or HW? (15 msgs / 360 lines)
1) From: Juan Bustillo
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Hello All
I need some help deciding. Should I get the Hearthware Precision right =
now or wait for the new models to come.
Regards
Juan B

2) From: John
Buy it now - it will break before the new ones come out :)
On Wed, 2002-10-02 at 11:59, Juan Bustillo wrote:
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3) From: R.N.Kyle
Hey Jaun, welcome to the list. 
I do not own a Precision , but have heard they have some problems and =
often break, I do not know this first hand. I bought a Fresh Roast + =
under 80  dollars, and comes with a 8 pack sample of greens from SM  =
good luckhttp://www.sweetmarias.com/prod.freshroast.shtmlRon Kyle
Anderson SC
rnkyle

4) From: Bruce Harlick
Don't be too sure... At the risk of cursing my HWP, it has been working
quite well since the date of purchase. I'd also recommend getting the
HWP now, while you can, as there is no firm dates on the new models of
the FR+ or HW devices.
Bruce
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5) From: HJoelS
Juan,
Woh wait a minute!
Your hearing from mainly those with extremely bad luck with their HWP.
I've have one, and have used it regularly for well over two years now. It
has performed unerringly,  still does, roasting great tasting coffee.
Don't focus on these Near-do-Well reports of HWPs ending their short lives
in screeching agony.
Harold
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6) From: John
Harold,
This Near-do-well would suggest that you BOTH go check out the archives!
On Wed, 2002-10-02 at 19:08, HJoelS wrote:
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7) From: Mike McGinness
The "chant" in soft slow low tone: Rosto Rosto Rosto Rosto Rosto Rosto....
Don't hear it talked about too much. Must be one of those coffee roasting
Cults:-)
MM;-)
Variable Variac Rockin' Rosto Roasting in Vancouver, WA USA

8) From: Dan Bollinger
I'm with you Harold, my HWP has been a workhorse.  Dan
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9) From: Rick Farris
I vote for the HIP, too!  Mine has never faltered.
-- Rick

10) From: dewardh
Juan:
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wait for the new models to come.
There are, of course, a lot of "it depends" . . . how much do you intend to 
roast, etc., but . . .
I have owned one for a almost a year, and just bought another.  Although I do 
most of my roasting with a Caffe Rosto and a variac, and am "modifying" a 
second CR with all sorts of sensors and controls, I also use the HWP regularly 
because it is *extremely* convenient for just getting some more-than-acceptable 
coffee right now, without a lot of fuss and bother.  I always do a batch size 
of 75 grams (six to the pound) . . . which is an appropriate amount for 
experimenting (for our household's (blended) consumption).  Two batches (say 
for a mocha/java blend) gives you a  quarter pound of roasted beans in about a 
half hour of don't-really-have-to-pay-much-attention "work".  I have had *no* 
mechanical problems and *no* roast "failures" with my HWP.
When you get more "involved" in home roasting you probably will want to try 
other, perhaps larger, roasters (depending on how much coffee you and your 
household drink).  For getting started . . . you cannot go wrong with the HWP. 
 For trying out different coffees and different degrees of roast you cannot do 
much better than the HWP.  It's darned near foolproof, and gives at least 95% 
of the benefits to be had from home roasting (fresh roasts, done to the roast 
you prefer, of premium beans).  Worry about "roast profiling" and fancy 
controls and all that other stuff later . . . get started home roasting now.
Get one while you can . . .
Deward
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11) From: Les & Becky
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Juan,
Get a good Popcorn popper and spend your money on a good grinder first!  =
I would wait!  There are many good things on the horizon.
Les

12) From: NOEL HONG
Almost 1 year old HWP with 349 roasting cycle history.  No problems yet. I 
took the roaster apart @ ~200 & 345 roasts for an interior cleaning and 
lube(both set of bushings/bearings).
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13) From: Richard Clancy

Hi, I've had the HWP for about a year now (wow, time flies) and it works perfectly. After hearing of the crud in the inside of one, I took mine apart last week. It was shiny clean, except for a few coffee dust specks. I keep my loads to 90 gm, wait five minutes between loads, clean out the debris catcher after roasting and roast about two minutes past first crack on most of my beans. Works for me! Richard

>From: John >Reply-To: homeroast >To: Home Roasters >Subject: Re: Newbee - Get the HWP or wait for newer models from FR+ or HW? >Date: 02 Oct 2002 19:18:09 -0500 > >Harold, > >This Near-do-well would suggest that you BOTH go check out the archives! > >On Wed, 2002-10-02 at 19:08, HJoelS wrote: > > Juan, > > > > Woh wait a minute! > > > > Your hearing from mainly those with extremely bad luck with their HWP. > > > > I've have one, and have used it regularly for well over two years now. It > > has performed unerringly, still does, roasting great tasting coffee. > > > > Don't focus on these Near-do-Well reports of HWPs ending their short lives > > in screeching agony. > > > > Harold > > ---------------------------------------------------------------- > >

14) From: Ron Ehsani
What type of modifications are you making to Rosto?  I also have a Rosto and 
a Variac.
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15) From: dewardh
Ron:
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Separated power to fan and heater (only heater on Variac)
Insulation around roast chamber
Temperature monitor on heater
Probe thru side for bean temperature measurement
Sometime soon (I hope ) I'll get some IR window mounted so I can measure 
bean temp by IR *during* the roast (at the moment I pull off the lid and 
measure at the end only)
And I'm looking at a way to replace the existing too-small chaff filter and 
provide operator control of the amount of hot air re-circulation.  I don't like 
the way the airflow changes when the filter fills up . . . I do like the basic 
design of the fan/heater/roast chamber.  And the 150 gram batch size is more 
than big enough for me . . .
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