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Roaster blues

Postby motoman » Sat Nov 11, 2017 9:02 am

Yesterday I was happily roasting away, then I was not so happy. The drum slowed to a very slow jerky rotation, the heat shot up and disaster imminent. As the roast was nearly half way through, I attempted to control it by lowering the heat, due to the slow speed the temperature seesawed up and down but I managed to finish with a very good looking roast. This morning I tested it, there is that marshmallow blandness you get from using the beans too soon, I am hoping for better tomorrow.
The good new is that I contacted Mr Li in Taiwan and he is sending me a new motor by air mail.
I have stripped the machine down and I am very impressed by the skill that goes into building a custom roaster. The stainless steel welds are very neat, there are lots of screws and nuts holding it together and the whole unit strips down completely. I was able to clean it up in the washing up bowl in the kitchen.
To be continued.............
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Re: Roaster blues

Postby CakeBoy » Sat Nov 11, 2017 5:55 pm

That's a pain Pete, glad you have it semi-sorted though. It's a lovely roaster you have there. Let's hope the motor arrives quickly.

These things just always go right on top of Christmas with only a little time to get them sorted. Both our major machine failures have been right on the festive season and kept us

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Re: Roaster blues

Postby motoman » Sun Nov 12, 2017 11:52 am

The roast yesterday looked good, wish I could say the same about the taste. Drinkable just! with a slightly bitter aftertaste. The good news it that the new 72rpm motor is coming by air mail, more good news it will only cost £27 including postage. Wouldn't it be nice if urgent items could be emailed. I will part reassemble the Huky later today, most parts will go together without a hitch. My biggest job will be fitting the new motor in to its housing when it arrives, the tiny nuts inside the motor housing were a swine to remove, getting them to hold still when I fit the Allen screws through the back will take time and bad language. Working in a confined space and the joys of arthritis are an interesting combination, my hope is pinned on holding the 4 tiny nuts that secure the motor, blutacked on the end of a pencil, while I line up the motor with the holes in the housing at the same time holding the 5mm Allen key.......................... I need alcohol.

Hi Cakey, I'm almost fine, I gets lots of exercise walking away from crowded doctors waiting rooms, I don't have enough time left at 83 to wait hours for a medic to say 'your doing fine for your age Mr Green'. boring updates on kidney status and prostate prognosis show I have a reasonable chance of surviving well past my alloted span. That suits me OK. Otherwise, I can always give up coffee and become just another complaining old fart. Just remember old friend, if a doctor tells you to give up muffins, you can always change your doctor.

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Re: Roaster blues

Postby CakeBoy » Tue Nov 14, 2017 6:19 pm

Well £27 sounds good indeed as long as it doesn't take ages to arrive.

You just keep on drinking the coffee and complain all you want, you've earned the right. I reckon you might outlast me. I'm old and broken but they'll never take my muffins! Carry on roasting those beans and you'll not go far wrong. Ooh matron! :shock: Sorry, ignore that, I should never start a sentence with 'Carry on' :oops:
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