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Topic: Deep-Cleaning the Alp (4 msgs / 85 lines)
1) From: Michael Vanecek
Has anyone disassembled their Alp to get into parts you normally can't 
reach for cleaning? I'd like to get some of the fluff cleaned out within 
the exhaust side of the Alp and clean the fan and other internal 
components too as it's all starting to get nasty. I can't remember how 
many roasts I've put through this thing - but it's been a bunch.
Thanks,
Mike
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2) From: Michael Vanecek
Oh fart. Maybe some of those long pipe cleaners will work then. You'd 
think they'd have the forsight to realize that those parts do indeed get 
dirty. I wonder just how long and how many batches they put through 
their prototype before pushing it to market.
Excepting a few odd shortcomings like that, I'm happy with the Alp. 
Perhaps Alp II could rectify those irritating little problems - easier 
disassembly for cleaning being paramount. More emphasis on manual 
control and profile control. Perhaps an infrared thermometer aimed at 
the mass of beans, and maybe a little window and...oh heck, maybe I'll 
just get a hottop. :) Actually that latest pro1500 roaster is to drool 
for - the $6k one. Hee. It's perfect and even works on 110v - I hate 
dealing with gas. Let's see  uhm, 
hmmm, I'm short by about $6K. Maybe in a few years. :) Hey Tom, wanna 
set up a lease-to-buy option? :) Grin. Just joking...
Cheers,
Mike
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3) From: John Cramer
Mike,
I tried to disassemble mine for that reason, until a very fine wire was
found soldered to the roasting chamber. It was VERY carefully
reassembled, and a call was placed to find out what it was.
It's part of the thermistat assembly. It can't be removed, is what I
was told...:-(.
I'm COMPLETELY ready for the hottop, should it ever become
available!
HTH,
John
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4) From: Craig Andrews
Hi John,
Yes, I've disassembled my Version 1.1 Alp completely to deep clean it
properly. It can be done, just do it carefully to avoid breaking off the
temp sensor wire that's spot welded to the heating element.
It's fiddly, but you can also pull off the end cap & lube the brass
bushings for the drive wheel side & the opposite side.
As a side note, to mention to the list members, the rumored future
repair & service center for the Alp for North America, is being looked
into.
I have been hired as of Thurs, Oct 17/02 as an interm off premises
sub-contractor to look at a quantity of defective alps & diagnose the
problem of "no power", as well as when or how the failure would have
first occurred.
Cheers,
Craig Andrews.
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