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    Storing Silvia

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    Hi,

    Im looking at storing my Rancilio Siliva for a while....(could be up to 6 months) Just wondering what I need to do...

    Do I need to empty the boiler?

    Thanks
    Ed

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    Re: Storing Silvia

    wow! was that a really dumb question ?? :P

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    Re: Storing Silvia

    Nup.

    Id like to know too. Im also going away for 6 months and am wondering the same thing. In the absence of knowledge from the gurus, I think I will see about draining my boiler and letting everything dry out, but I have no idea how to do this at the moment. An argument for not draining everything might be that the seals might be better kept moist????

    Ignorance is NOT bliss!!!! :-/

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    Re: Storing Silvia

    Not a dumb question...I know its been spoken of here before...

    Personally, Ive had long periods of not using my machine (for one reason or another...) and have not emptied the boiler at all...

    Ill suggest a search meanwhile and see if I cant chase one of the lads in here to help... ;)

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    Re: Storing Silvia

    Ok...found this one on the last page...

    Hmmm....will be back with the right link...though its on page 19 if you can be bothered to look...

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    Re: Storing Silvia

    http://coffeesnobs.com.au/YaBB.pl?num=1174111950

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    Re: Storing Silvia

    Its probably not a big deal if youre just going to store Silvia in a safe place in the back of a wardrobe, etc. Just prime the Boiler in the usual way via the Steam Wand (using filtered water) at your last session of use. Give her a good clean, empty the drip tray, etc; place a protective cover over her and then store it away in an upright position.

    When you get back home, pull her out of storage and re-prime the boiler to completely replace the old water with nice freshly filtered water. And then away you go.... :)

    If you are storing Silvia in a location that may result in her being tipped upside down, then Gregs solution from the thread that Scoota provided is probably the best way to go.

    Cheers :)
    Mal.

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    Re: Storing Silvia

    Thanks scoota gal, Mal and Greg! *:) I am going to go Mals route, I use filtered water so there is not going to be much in the way of bacteria or fungi in there I hope (and Ill leave it on for a while so the 108 degrees will get rid of most life forms anyway). So in the final analysis, storing Silvia with water in is no different from using her daily except for the heat and the change of water. Corrosion wise, probably no heat is better.



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