Besides my excitement of what I "accomplished" I am interested in doing it right. So, pls refer to my QUESTION: How many roasts can I knock off consecutively (With a Hearthware Precisiion-mine is 220V if that matters) ? What kind of waiting time do I need between roasts. <Snip> homeroast mailing listhttp://lists.sweetmarias.com/mailman/listinfo/homeroast
Would suggest you let it cool down between roasts-cause the hotter it gets the shorter time it will take to get to the same roast level. Also letting it cool should extend the roasters life. Also suggest you take it apart after say 50# or so of roasted beans or every 6 months and apply some high performance oil to the "thrust" bearings above and below the motor. My choice is synthetic crank case oil-Mobil one is readily available. Beware of any of the snakeoil brands-they tout a Teflon additive and lots of people think the Teflon may actually harm the lubrication capabilities-not help. Oh and when you are out on patrol-pay attention to your gut feelings about situations-could save your neck. Our survival mechanisms are very old and well established-pay attention to your feelings.
Myron asked: <Snip> I've run twelve consecutive roasts. I try to keep the reload time under a minute. That's about 2.5 hrs of continuous use. Because the roaster roasts differently depending on whether it's hot or cold, I try to keep it fully hot throughout the roasting session. My bearings are beginning to make a little noise, though, so it's time for oil. Those of you who have oiled your Precisions, what kind of oil do you use? -- Rick homeroast mailing listhttp://lists.sweetmarias.com/mailman/listinfo/homeroast
The easiest to obtain high performance/temperature oil is Mobil One crank case or automobile oil. Went to a vet supply store got a large diameter syringe-the kind they push penacillin into your butt with-used it to suck up some Mobil One and then carefully apply it to both the above and below the motor bearings. Do not use anything like WD-40- it is not a lubricant-us a drying agent with very limited lubricant in it.
Myron the Hearthware machines are not like tractors from what I have seen from fellow roasters they can conk pout I treat mine delicately I would not try to roast too much or too often and if the mother board has to be replaced there are some great minds on this site to guide you along mazel tov on your little one Susan oppenheim roasting and drinking the very best in Toronto Myron Joshua wrote: <Snip> homeroast mailing listhttp://lists.sweetmarias.com/mailman/listinfo/homeroast