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    i-Roast 2 - maybe a problem?

    Gene Cafe Coffee Roaster $850 - Free Beans Free Freight
    Lately I have noticed that when I start my i-Roast 2, it sort of hickups after a second or so: the machine slows almost to a stop, but then comes back to normal speed and the roast proceeds with no further problems.
    I hope that either 1) this is a normal behaviour for older machines and not a sign of impending disaster; or 2) someone knows a method to rectify this incipient problem.
    The roaster is kept clean, and thoroughly brushed out after each roasting session.

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    Re: i-Roast 2 - maybe a problem?

    Mine exhibited the same symptoms. As youve noted, it would fix itself quickly.
    Then, one day, it stalled completely, and before my brain caught up *:-[ (maybe a couple of seconds) it started to fry. I got to the power switch more or less in time but it wouldnt start afterwards.

    I let it cool down and then completely disassembled it. There was no obvious damage, but there was a fair bit of chaff and assorted debris inside so I gave it a good clean and manually turned the motor over a few times.

    After re-assembly, it appeared to work again but the temperature readout was wildly inaccurate (reading high) and it ruined a batch of beans.

    I added a new program with really high temps and managed to get it to struggle past first crack. I persisted for another 3-4 roasts (over a week or so) and then it seemed to start working more or less normally for a few weeks until, one day, it just blew cold air.

    So, unfortunately, I dont have any good news and mine is just sitting in the cupboard gathering dust. I remember that hitting the "Cool" button when it hesitated seemed to "kick-start" the motor and I used to let it run for 5-10 seconds and then restart the roast.

    My only other suggestion would be to keep one hand on the power switch when you hit "Roast" and power it down if it doesnt spring to life in about a second. Fast reflexes would be a help. Perhaps if you can avoid overheating it as I did, you might be able to nurse it for a while longer.

    Good Luck!

    Cheers,
    Paul.


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    Re: i-Roast 2 - maybe a problem?

    Thanks, I guess, for the bad news.
    Obviously time to dig out the old popper(s) again, and then try to decide what roaster to buy next: another iRoast2? Behmor? or build a KKTO or Coretto?
    I must say that I had expected the iRoast2 to last a bit longer,which is a minus for an otherwise well working, easy to use machine.

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    Re: i-Roast 2 - maybe a problem?

    Maybe not mate! Take it to someone and have it tested, dont count it out yet, check out the sponsors on the left <====== send an email to a few of the repairers, ya could be binning it for no reason :o

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    Re: i-Roast 2 - maybe a problem?

    No - dont throw it away just yet. Sorry if I gave the wrong impression. My iRoast gave good, regular service over a few years and, if I hadnt been so slow reacting, then I might still be using it. I definitely consider that it gave me good value.

    If you really are committed to retiring it, then perhaps try WSullys suggestion first. Otherwise, you could try disassembling it and giving the internals a good clean. It comes apart easily but youll need a "special" screwdriver. I modified an old small to medium flat blader - just used a Dremel with a cutting disk to cut a small slot in the blade.

    After mine died, I dug out a brand new popper which Id bought as a spare a few years back (pre-iRoast) but then thought Id try a heat gun/bowl instead. Ive been getting quite acceptable results but I didnt want to go down the Corretto path (even though my Mum offered me her breadmaker) and I got sick of waving the heat gun around for twenty minutes.

    So, my new Hottop B was waiting for me today when I got home from work. *:)

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    Re:[Solved?] i-Roast 2 - maybe a problem?

    Remebering what I have been taught about care for woodworking machine tools, I tried using compressed air to clean out the iRoast 2. It has worked, so far (3 roasts)! No more hesitations. *I just hope it will keep working.

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    [Solved] i-Roast 2 - maybe a problem?

    Behmor Coffee Roaster
    After cleaning with compressed air, my i-roast 2 has worked perfectly. However, a very common comment on i-roast 2 is that they only last about 400 roasts. So, I am putting my i-roast away to be a spare roaster - and will use a Bohmer 1600 from now on.



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