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    Behmor 1600+ - Burnt beans behind grill

    Was doing a 200g batch in my Behmor 1600+ when a bunch of smoke was visible. Killed the power, moved the unit outside and let it sit for a bit, and it looks like a few beans managed to escape the drum and sat behind the grill near the heater bars. Is there anyway to remove the grill to clean this area?

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    I have had my behmor for 6 years, the inside of my roaster has been subjected to beans being forgotten and catching on fire, turning to little lumps of charcoal. Ive literlly had flames bellowing out of my behmor. The handle has fallen off, the inside is charred up. The basket broke 4 years ago and is held together with paper clips. I have to open the door with a screw driver. I've been meaning to glue a new handle on but meh.

    About once a year/when i can be bothered i get a bowl of hot soapy water and a dish brush and just scrub it all around, its pretty burnt inside and charred up, but i scrub off any excess oil/residue. My behmor lives outside permanently next to my woodwork shop so the machine is coated in huon pine/red cedar/king billy saw dust. I even hiot the inside and outside of it with the Gurney to give it a clean down. To this day, it still pumps a fantastic roast and still going strong, ill replace it when it kicks the can with a new one, but i have no reason too worry about it. I dont think you can get behind there, but i dont think it really matters either


    Another trick i do to roast 1kg of beans, is put 1kg of beans into the basket, then when it finishes the longest A cycle. I take the beans basket out, use a blower vac and pump it full of hot air to trick the sensor into thinking its cold. Takes about 15-30 seconds to cool it down enough then restart Program A again.

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    Cheers man, I just used some ear buds and a solution of simple green and water and scrubbed most of the charred area off. It was more the smell, it was like someone had six packs of cigarettes in there at the same time. Just put it through a few cycles on cooling to air it out, did a dry burn and after a few roasts the burnt smell faded.

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    Yeah the few roasts i had catch on fire left a charcoal smell in there, the next roast turned out fine, had a bit of a smokey flavour to the coffee too

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    A good way of cleaning the drum and chaff collector is to soak them in a solution of caffetto cleaner. I also use this solution to wipe down the inside of the roaster, the stubborn oils come right off and the basket and chaff collector are spotless after a rinse. (Saves trying to get your hands inside the basket to clean the blades.)
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    While I use Cafetto for all sorts of cleaning around our place, you've got to be a bit careful using it around aluminium objects, since it is very alkali it may well remove a small amount of 'Al' each time you use it.

    Far better to use the recommended product Simple Green, works like a charm and the oils, etc just melt away...

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    Thanks for the tip Dimal, I did some digging as to where I could get some and during that search found that the main cleaning solvent in simple green is Butoxyethanol.

    Active Ingredients in Simple Green | LIVESTRONG.COM]Active Ingredients in Simple Green | LIVESTRONG.COM

    This chemical also dissolves a small amount of Aluminium each use, seems you can't win either way, if you want it shiny!

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    Reacts minimally with Al compared to highly alkaline reactants, and then only at high temperatures...

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    Behmor Coffee Roaster
    iam a bit like 1313, just leave it on the back porch with a tea towel over it when not in use, might give the chaff collector a bit of a shake every couple of roasts but other than that its all systems go.

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