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Posted Fri Dec 6, 2013, 11:49pm
Subject: Roasting with a Behmor in sub-zero weather
 

I just spent an intimate 20 minutes sharing body heat with my Behmor this evening. When I first started the roast, the roaster ran for a couple of minutes before displaying the dreaded error message. So I had to huddle next to it for the next 20 minutes (roast time + some of the cooling time) to keep its right side warm. To transfer additional heat there, I used my hands which I heated by placing on the hot spot on the upper left side. Once the cooling was underway, I left it to to finish on its own (my feet were freezing). There's got to be a better way!

Unfortunately, I have to roast on my back porch. And if this cold continues, I may just have to try brewing green coffee beans. I hear it's the healthy thing to do anyway.

Does anyone have any tricks to share?
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Posted Sat Dec 7, 2013, 8:44pm
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Because the Behmor resembles a microwave oven it is not out-of-place in my kitchen.  I roast on top of the stove with the range-fan running.  It has never set off the smoke detectors in my condominium, although after 2 consecutive roasts the smell lingers for a couple of hours.

More important, you have to 'contain' the chaff.  I have a small hand vac with a short hose and use that to vacuum up the chaff, as I open the door and as I remove the roasting drum.

With our winters, I would not consider roasting out-doors.  That's why the Behmor is such a good solution for me.

 
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Posted Tue Jan 7, 2014, 8:15am
Subject: Re: Roasting with a Behmor in sub-zero weather
 

fnacer Said:

I just spent an intimate 20 minutes sharing body heat with my Behmor this evening. When I first started the roast, the roaster ran for a couple of minutes before displaying the dreaded error message. So I had to huddle next to it for the next 20 minutes (roast time + some of the cooling time) to keep its right side warm. To transfer additional heat there, I used my hands which I heated by placing on the hot spot on the upper left side. Once the cooling was underway, I left it to to finish on its own (my feet were freezing). There's got to be a better way!

Unfortunately, I have to roast on my back porch. And if this cold continues, I may just have to try brewing green coffee beans. I hear it's the healthy thing to do anyway.

Does anyone have any tricks to share?

Posted December 6, 2013 link

I have the same problem(unheated garage) and had to use the trusty popcorn popper a couple days ago.
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Posted Tue Jan 7, 2014, 8:26am
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Last time this happened I just brought the machine up into a heated room for several hours then roasted in the garage. It wasn't near this cold though.
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Posted Tue Jan 7, 2014, 9:45am
Subject: Re: Roasting with a Behmor in sub-zero weather
 

I've used a hair dryer to warm the behmor before. You could always get a kerosene heater to run on the back porch to give you a little heat or build a open end box to put over the behmor when roasting, The box allows the air temp between the behmor and the box to heat up nicely and acts like a buffer from the cold air.
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Posted Tue Jan 7, 2014, 12:39pm
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Either that or order a bag of Redbird to tide you over until it warms up, if it ever does. I am sort of tempted to do that myself. Bringing mine in for half an hour or so works fine, but sitting out there on my thirty five degree porch while the coffee roasts isn't too great.
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Posted Tue Jan 7, 2014, 4:11pm
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caffeinatedjen Said:

Either that or order a bag of Redbird to tide you over until it warms up, if it ever does. I am sort of tempted to do that myself. Bringing mine in for half an hour or so works fine, but sitting out there on my thirty five degree porch while the coffee roasts isn't too great.

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35% prob feels like a heatwave now. with the next few days being below 0 and with the wind chill 35 below.
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Posted Wed Jan 8, 2014, 11:30am
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That's true, it is pretty balmy compared to the minus 15 it was outside on Monday.
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