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Posted Thu Sep 13, 2012, 4:30pm
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Ii open the door about 1:30 into cooling and stick a Vornado fan in front of it. I've found that 1:30 is a good compromise, and it lets the afterburner handle the bulk of the smoke, but isn't so long that the beans arent' reasonably cool by 2:30-3:00 into cooling cycle.
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Posted Thu Sep 13, 2012, 4:40pm
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Joel, sorry I was unclear.
At the onset of cool down I keep the door closed, or chaff will not settle in the tray, due to the the motor speed picking up a bit during the cooling cycle.
At 30 seconds into the cooling cycle, I open the door, remove the tray, sweep any visible chaff from the bottom of the roaster,  place the fan in  position, and go with the high speed for a minute or so.
I then allow another 2-3 minutes of fan, reducing the fan speed a bit, just to assure I won't dry the beans out. (Probably not an issue, just a geek thing).






Edited for spell check messing with me!

 
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Posted Thu Sep 13, 2012, 5:53pm
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Well rob seems we're arguing each other's point lol.

That's what I do minus the fan.  I remove the chaff tray and go with the door open at 30 second (unless I still see some excited chaff. I really do taste a difference in the beans doing this. I can only imagine it's doing some good for the behmor's inards.

Rob do you not do this when it's not 104degF? Or do you open the door just not with the fan?
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Posted Thu Sep 13, 2012, 6:05pm
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GVDub Said:

a Vornado fan

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I have no idea what this is but it sounds cool lol.
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Posted Thu Sep 13, 2012, 6:39pm
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Vornado makes vortex fans that do a phenomonal job of moving air in a very directed manner. If you ever had one of these, you understand the basic principle.
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Posted Thu Sep 13, 2012, 7:09pm
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Joel_B Said:

Well rob seems we're arguing each other's point lol.

That's what I do minus the fan.  I remove the chaff tray and go with the door open at 30 second (unless I still see some excited chaff. I really do taste a difference in the beans doing this. I can only imagine it's doing some good for the behmor's inards.

Rob do you not do this when it's not 104degF? Or do you open the door just not with the fan?

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Usually, when our ambient temps fall below 60 f, which here is from October to April. I'm speaking of night-time temps, as I generally roast after 8PM, when the power usage is low. I get 121V at the plug.

 
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Posted Thu Sep 13, 2012, 9:26pm
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Thanks gvdub!

Rob, question I had is do you not open the door during cooler ambient temps or do you just not supplement with the fan during cooler ambient temps?
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Posted Thu Sep 13, 2012, 10:00pm
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Joel_B Said:

Thanks gvdub!

Rob, question I had is do you not open the door during cooler ambient temps or do you just not supplement with the fan during cooler ambient temps?

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I ALWAYS open the door after 30 seconds...unless I hear a 2nd crack I DIDN'T WANT, and then I immediately open the door, yank out the chaff tray and run the fan.

 
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Posted Thu Sep 13, 2012, 10:08pm
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Thanks for the good info rob.  Think maybe I didn't understand you originally. Our methods are very similar actually.
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Posted Tue Oct 23, 2012, 6:15pm
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I popped in to check on something else and saw this so I'd like to give my 2 cents.   I've had my Behmor since shortly after they first came out and in my opinion the door opening trick does not work.  It cools it down which causes the burners to turn back on and begin to bake the beans.

Also the propping it up (tilting the roaster back) trick doesn't work either.  In my experiments I get the same length to roast.

I like the Behmor because it produces good coffee 3/4 pound at a time but I can produce better cup with my old Caffe Rosto or even hot air popcorn popper.  It's just I don't like only being able to roast less than 1/4 pound at a time with those.  

The Behmor needs a temp controler is what it needs as well as the ability to press the plus sign for more time during the last minute.  Obviously if one is pressing the plus sign the roast is being watched so there is no fire danger.   I don't know how the manufacture came up with the roasting profiles because most don't work.  P1 mostly and P2 only under certain conditions.  It needs manual control over the heating elements.  

My Behmor is getting worn out as the motor makes some straining sounds until it warms up.  I'd get a new one if they would come out with an updated model but I haven't seen anything about it.  I may spring for a Hottop.
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