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Topic: view window for Alps (6 msgs / 165 lines)
1) From: R.N.Kyle
thanks to all for their input and suggestions. It is project I intend to =
pursue. I'll keep you informed, It will be after the first of the year. =
I'll order a replacement hood incase it does not work, I really think it =
is a doable project.
Ron Kyle
Anderson SC
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2) From: R.N.Kyle
That's a good Idea, I had not thought about that. Mabey someone will =
step up to help the cause. who knows I will call Swismar after the =
holidays and talk to one of their tech people.
Ron Kyle
Anderson SC
rnkyle

3) From: Mike McGinness
From: "R.N.Kyle" 
thanks to all for their input and suggestions. It is project I intend to
pursue. I'll keep you informed, It will be after the first of the year. I'll
order a replacement hood incase it does not work, I really think it is a
doable project.
If it doesn't work (or even if it does) has anyone thought of or tried to
add a small trowel like they have on Pro' Drum roasters to pull out some
beans to see/smell during the roast? Don't have a clue if it's remotely
feasible... just a thought!
MM;-) aka Kona Krazy miKe mcKoffee
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4) From: dewardh
Mike:
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add a small trowel like they have on Pro' Drum roasters to pull out some
beans to see/smell during the roast?
It would be difficult . . . and no easier to implement than a window.  The Alp 
drum is (relatively) long and narrow, and its vanes push the beans toward the 
end which is occluded by vent flaps, fan and exhaust ducting (away from the 
"operator").  The tryer would have to reach through the endcap almost the whole 
length of the drum to catch the beans (but still not get entangled with the 
vanes).  Once you've cut the porthole to do that (the lid would have to be open 
for too long to do it just by opening) you've already got a window, just 
waiting for glazing .
I think Ron's on the right track with the window idea.  Maybe someone out there 
with an Alp that failed "out of warranty" (who's given up on it) will toss it 
in for parts . . . who knows, maybe Swissmar would do the same, they've taken 
plenty back that they can't re-sell.  The "marketing" people might not like the 
idea, but the "tech" folks generally know what's going on, and will do what 
they can to help the "experimenter" . . . 'least that's been my experience, 
anyway.
Deward
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5) From: R.N.Kyle
way to go Angelo, I knew the techie's would come alive. 
this has been a great discussion. on improving the Alps.
5 pts for the camera idea, and 20 points for calling Nassa
that beats the heck out of my original idea of a sight window, and mabey =
calling the techs at swissmar.:O)
But for simplicity I really liked the idea That Rick came up.
Rick Wrote"
However, hope is not lost.  At the air inlet (left side if
you're facing it) end of the roaster is a bean cup that the
beans are dumped into at the end of the cooling cycle.  It
seems to me that it would be possible to cut a half-moon
hole in the bean cup (and maybe not even put in a window)
and shine a flashlight into the *end* of the drum to see the
beans.
Ron Kyle
Anderson SC
rnkyle

6) From: Angelo
Does anyone know how high a temperature the X-10 camera can stand? I was 
thinking that maybe one could be mounted inside the roasting chamber along 
with a miniature halogen lamp. Then, you'll be able to watch your beans on 
your TV, or in a small window on your computer(or both).
The thing I like about this idea is that you can even roast from your 
office with the remote viewing capabilities of the camera. Isn't this 
something like what NASA does with our space probes?
One would think that with our advances in space, something would have 
trickled down to home roasters. I have all the striped toothpaste I need, 
already...
Maybe, we can get the guys at Houston involved in this project?
Ciao,
Angelo
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