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Posted Wed Jan 26, 2011, 10:56am
Subject: Behmor 1600 Cleaning
 

My understanding is that I should wipe over the insides of my new Behmor with a 1:5 solution of Simple Green concentrate.  (Plus ...dry burns every 5 roasts.)

But the roasting drum (fine wire mesh) and the chaff catcher (perforated metal) surely won't come clean with that ...or will it?

Does anyone wash those two in the dishwasher, from time to time?  Do they come out clean?  Does it do any damage?

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Posted Wed Jan 26, 2011, 11:48am
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i've never tried to clean my drum, but i did try the chaff collector once and it does not clean easy. i don't mess with them. mine are brown but i don't think it hurts anything......they are "seasoned".;)

i think the most important part of cleaning is keeping the right-side wall clean so the temp readings stay accurate. as long as there is not a major build up i think it's fine.

i only SG mine when the walls start turning brown, but that takes a while to happen. i usually clean the fan and insides then too. aside from the regular cleaning cycle, the only cleaning i do all the time is wiping the window. i just use a damp rag so i don't get the SG smell between roasts.

 
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Posted Wed Jan 26, 2011, 12:00pm
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I did soak my chaff tray in some JoeGlo and it came out looking great.  I was amazed to see some burnt on marks just float off and others come off with little effort, restoring the old-style chaff tray to a nice, shiny surface which should help reflect the heat back to the beans.

I'm planning on doing the same to my drum next.  I've heard others report that this or Cafiza work well.

 
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Posted Tue Aug 14, 2012, 6:50am
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yakster Said:

I did soak my chaff tray in some JoeGlo and it came out looking great.  I was amazed to see some burnt on marks just float off and others come off with little effort, restoring the old-style chaff tray to a nice, shiny surface which should help reflect the heat back to the beans.

I'm planning on doing the same to my drum next.  I've heard others report that this or Cafiza work well.

Posted January 26, 2011 link

I will try with Cafoza solution soon.  I have used that stuff to get a commercial portafilter from 2yr old black coffee gunk to sparkling bronze. :D
A bit of bean residue build up should be no problem.  

FYI: Citric acid doesn't eat metal.
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Posted Mon Aug 20, 2012, 10:05am
Subject: Re: Behmor 1600 Cleaning
 

When you allow the oils and sediment  to build up over time,they get baked on by the heat
and make it much more difficult to clean off. We suggest a strong nylon brush using
Simple Green, Let the Simple Green soak overnight or as long as possible before trying to remove

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Posted Mon Aug 20, 2012, 10:13am
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I keep a soft bristle toothbrush around to do quick scrubs of the corners and other, more-difficult-to-reach spots every few cleaning cycles. Helps keep roasts more consistent when you keep the machine clean.
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