I have a 2 group machine plumbed-in for family use and it is a fabulous thing!
At present I have a 15amp timer in use so that my machine is raring to go when I wake up...and again when I arrive home...and that is a really worthwhile add-on.
In the interests of quicker warmup times and reduced power consumption for perhaps 24/7 usage, I was considering lagging (insulating) the 13 litre boiler.
This was mentioned in an old Coffeesnobs thread.
*I was wondering if anyone knows about this process and whether it is a good idea or not.
*How efficient does it make the heating process and the retaining of heat?
*What is the most efficient and safest material to use? (I realise that the cups on the top of the beast would no longer be pre-heated.)
Come on fellow Coffeesnobs...what can you tell me about boilerlagging?
I think quite a few people have tried this with various machines over time as Ive been monitoring alt.coffee.... I think there is a bit of info around re: "How-to" also with links from CoffeeGeek. The preferred insulation is high density mineral fibre(Also called ceramic fibre I think) as this is a lot less bulky than Glass-wool, etc. Where you get it from, Im not too sure but I suppose you could try companies who manufacture small kilns and boilers for Labs, etc...... like these- http://tinyurl.com/hnpyk and/or these- http://tinyurl.com/hgfas?
All the best,