calblacksmith Moderator Joined: 25 Nov 2007 Posts: 8,042 Location: Riverside, Ca, U.S.A. Expertise: I live coffee
Espresso: ECM Vene. A1, La Cimbali M32 Grinder: Azkoyen Capriccio, Major Vac Pot: 40s era Silex Drip: Msl. Com. brewers Roaster: gave it a try, decided no
Posted Tue Nov 27, 2012, 9:52am Subject: where to get a boiler pressure gauge? Steam Wand Upgrade
What gauge are you looking for, boiler pressure, brew pressure, calibrated to bar, PSI, Deg F, Deg C ????
Machine specific gauges can be pricy due to limited production. Generic gauges cost less but may not fit in a specific hole.
Good gauges though, just like good anything else will tend to cost a bit more than low quality gauges so how long are you expecting them to last?.
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SStones Senior Member Joined: 24 Nov 2012 Posts: 511 Location: Canada Expertise: Professional
Espresso: Giga 5, ECM Giotto, Rocket... Grinder: Anfim Milano-Best Vac Pot: No :( Drip: Some $30 thing from Walmart Roaster: I buy pre-roasted.
Posted Sat Dec 1, 2012, 6:50pm Subject: Re: where to get a boiler pressure gauge? Steam Wand Upgrade
As for the gauge, what's wrong with the one that came with the machine? Borden tube leaks can be resoldered. Jumped teeth on the rack and pinion can be re-aligned. Calcium clogged can be cleaned with baling wire (And resoldered if so extreme that machining holes need to be opened)... Smashed to smithereens, sorry, might not be repairable.
And for the wand, it may depend on the era of the Giotto, but I expect that most Giotto dealers in your area will still have wands for the ECM ones less than 20 years old. The wand itself is just chromed brass tubing with two bends and male and female threads at the ends, I believe.
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