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Posted Tue Jul 31, 2012, 1:11pm
Subject: Thinking about a Behmor , have a few questions.
 

First off, I dragged out my hearthware roaster , ya from the 90's  and got some 100% Estate Hawaiian; Red Maui Kaanpali  to roast, tired of same ol coffee, and yes i have a roaster in town and can get  great price but he over roasts to my liking. But after 2 1/2 hours  of 1/3 cup roasts I think i want to get something that holds more beans.
Question is how close to 15 amp s does it comsume. I usually put my roaster on the grill side  of the BBQ , and roast out doors im not sure if anything other the the pool uses the circuit, but I can always shut that off.

Can I put it outside in the fall/ winter, in  NH without any problems?  Also  can i turn it on without beans to see if I pop a breaker or are beans needed?

Any other suggestions, hints will help.. I read the boards today to catch up on stuff.
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Posted Tue Jul 31, 2012, 1:56pm
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Hi Paul,

I got your email at 5:26pm, but thought I'd check the CG forums to see if I could find you. That would of been more difficult without a last name, but as I was reading the new posts on the forums, I just came across your post a few minutes ago.
If you had of clicked on my website link when you said you read my July post (asked on your email) "Do you still have 1, I saw your July post and thought I would ask. Is it the newer version?"

From my website: "Sorry, no US sales due to cross border warranty issues, associated duties., & excessive shipping costs.", so I'm sorry.

 
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Posted Wed Aug 1, 2012, 10:13am
Subject: Re: Thinking about a Behmor , have a few questions.
 

I have Behmor for sale in the For Sale Forum

Its best to roast later at night or early when folks ACs are not running..
If you have a Multi-Meter set it to AC volts and check your outlet with your roaster off and on.
Just use the other plug outlet in socket.
If your below 116v while in use, its on the low side.
Make sure you don't use an extension cord..
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Posted Wed Aug 1, 2012, 4:05pm
Subject: Re: Thinking about a Behmor , have a few quaestions.
 

Hi, Paul. I've had a Behmor for 2 1/2 years now. I'm one of the few that roast a full pound at one roasting. I live in Arizona and I do roast outside every time. Wife won't let me roast in the house. I live at 7000 feet and roast quite often in freezing temperatures during the winter (my first year here in 1986 we received 156 inches of snow).

I think my Behmor does fine in the cold. You can turn it on without beans in it without any problem. In fact, they suggest you do a dry burn every five roasts. (A complete roasting cycle without beans). Can't help you on the amperage as I don't check mine. My plug in is right on the out side of wife's laundry room.Don't know if the circuits are connected but haven't had any problems (newer house, though).

I love my Behmor.

Good luck
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Posted Wed Aug 1, 2012, 4:54pm
Subject: Re: Thinking about a Behmor , have a few questions.
 

PaulTNH Said:

Question is how close to 15 amp s does it comsume.

Posted July 31, 2012 link

Hi Paul,
I have an answer for you here: "Re: How to prevent voltage drop with Behmor without using a Variac"

Copied below: "The two quartz tube/nichrome wire heaters are 525 watts each. The afterburner is 500 watts going by memory. The times that the afterburner is on also is 525+525+500 watts = 1,550 watts.

It depends on your supply line voltage, & in the summertime with all the draw down on the local power grid of neighbourhood A/C running (ours off when I measured) was 116 volts. Currently I have 118 volts.

I= P divided by E so 1st senario voltage, the max current would be 13.36 amps, 2nd voltage the max current would be 13.14 amperes. This/my house was built in 1956 & has standard 15 amp branch circuits & my Behmor works just fine. I haven't looked or measured the 2 WIRE ONLY cable wires but I'm sure it's only 14 gauge wire max & only 100 amp service.

I did do some measurements a few months ago with my DVM & there's a noticable voltage drop when the elements turn on, & also the afterburner. My Behmor is roasting fine within its design parameters & my standard roast is 12 oz/340 grams."

 
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Posted Wed Aug 1, 2012, 5:11pm
Subject: Re: Thinking about a Behmor , have a few questions.
 

Thanks for all the replies, I have good power and the UPS backup shows 119 v, I dont think anything esle is on the circuit I would use, when and if I get a Behmor I will find out.
The hearthware is proving indestructible, so who knows. Afterr 11 consecutive roasts, i was more tired that it was  :) .
Im keeping an eye out for beans and roaster, will see what works out.
Still have 8.5 lbs of hawaiin to roast so will roasting every week for sure.
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Posted Wed Aug 1, 2012, 6:50pm
Subject: Re: Thinking about a Behmor , have a few questions.
 

PaulTNH Said:

Question is how close to 15 amp s does it comsume.

Posted July 31, 2012 link

Mine stays just under 13 amps.  I usually have 122-123 volts.
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Posted Wed Aug 1, 2012, 8:45pm
Subject: Re: Thinking about a Behmor , have a few questions.
 

mbrowne999 Said:

Mine stays just under 13 amps.  I usually have 122-123 volts.

Posted August 1, 2012 link

That senario amperage at those voltages would be 12.7 amps & 12.6 amps.

 
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Posted Wed Aug 22, 2012, 9:14am
Subject: Re: Thinking about a Behmor , have a few questions.
 

The Behmor's rated at max power is 1630W/15A/120V

The safe zone on a regular 120V/15A line is 90% power 1620W.

If you stick to a dedicated line you will have no issues what so ever. :)
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Posted Wed Aug 29, 2012, 4:48pm
Subject: Re: Thinking about a Behmor , have a few questions.
 

So far no issues, I have d one about 15 roasts in the kitchen with the hood vent running(goes outside) and all is fine so far.

So the hunt is on for the coffee we (wife and I) like best.
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