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Topic: Hottop cleaning (3 msgs / 138 lines)
1) From: Julian Manders
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Greetings Coffee Lovers,
This being a great day NOT to go out, I brought my precious 3-month old =
Hottop in from the garage for another deep cleaning.  This time I had =
some Urnex Liquid coffee Pot cleanerfrom SM to try.  Previously, I used =
detergent and a nonmetal abrasive pad I'd bought from the Home Despot =
but it still scratched the metal rather badly.  
The bottle says 1/4 oz/gallon of water for soaking but I wanted to brush =
it on, so I put one small squirt into about 1/4 cup water.  A toothbrush =
was good for wetting the surfaces but it was slow going getting up the =
coffee oils so I tried dipping the abrasive pad into the cleaning =
solution and gently working over the stains, etc.  This worked well and =
now my Hottop shines like new!  The dirtiest part of the roaster was the =
upper chute.  There are small vent holes at the back upper edge where =
most of the smoke and steam come out.
The other day someone referred us to his site where he lists other =
cleaning tips, so I also used the solution to clean the inside of the =
roaster, including the temp sensor at the back.  Since my roaster also =
sometimes squirts a little "tobacco juice" out the back, I took off the =
back panel.  There was a lot of crud on the motor and insides of the =
outer case.  Being careful not to drip, I cleaned all that off also.  =
There was a lot of chaff dust on the inside of the grill that covers the =
filter.
I took it back out to the garage and roasted some of SM's lovely =
Nicaragua Matagalpa Maragogype.  Steam and smoke really pours out of the =
roaster when I roast those large beans.  I kept pulling out the filter =
to wipe off the condensation.  (The fan never came one, so I hope that =
was because of the cold weather and not something I did!)
Tom warns that these large beans are a little tricky to roast in a fluid =
bed roaster.  I found that they also don't clear from the Hottop very =
quickly.  It takes 1-2 minutes for all of them to go from the drum to =
the cooling tray so they wind up being darker and glossier than I =
wanted.  I guess I have to remember to Eject the beans a little sooner.
Best regards,
Julian

2) From: Phil Jordan
I'm a bit surprised the fan never came on. Quite surprised in fact. I'd
thought it was pre-programmed to do so.
I've cleaned my Hottop out with an air duster on the couple of occasions
I've had to strip it down, but otherwise I'd be very chary indeed of going
near it with anything wet (except perhaps with a Q-tip around the
temperature sensor).
Comments on the fan issue? John?
Phil Jordanhttp://toomuchcoffee.com

3) From: Jim Whitesell
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I have found that "greased lightning" works very well to remove grime  
from the window. Every three roasts I remove and clean the front,  
remove the drum and vacuum the chaff. In 180 250g roasts, I have not  
felt the need to clean the drum.
Jim Whitesell
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I have found that "greased lightning" works very well to remove grime from the window. Every three roasts I remove and clean the front, remove the drum and vacuum the chaff. In 180 250g roasts, I have not felt the need to clean the drum. 
 

Jim Whitesell

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