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Date: 23 Jan 2007 23:22:23
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Subject: Leogap roaster information
Anyone out there ever use, heard of, own, worked on, repaired, or could
give me any information at all on Leogap roasters? Looked for
information but couldn't come up with much. Considering purchasing a 10
year old 22 lb. model, but... not being able to find information on it
makes me think that getting it serviced and finding parts for it might
be a problem. Keep in mind that this would be the first roaster I've
ever purchased. So I might be asking the wrong question here. Maybe I
should be asking for advice, suggestions or tips on choosing a 22 lb.
roaster. Best place to buy one used. Get it serviced, find parts for
it. All that. The machine itself will be located in the midwest if that
helps with purchasing and service advice.

Thanks in advance for any help!

B





 
Date: 25 Jan 2007 23:49:41
From:
Subject: Re: Leogap roaster information
Uhmmm... special thanks TO Steve ACKMAN. Not TOO Mr. ACKERMAN. Don't
lunch and post. Lesson learned.



 
Date: 25 Jan 2007 13:06:57
From:
Subject: Re: Leogap roaster information
Thanks for all the quick and informative responses. That was my first
post for this group. I'll definitely be digging into the archives for
future research. Special thanks too Steve Ackerman. Very helpul.



 
Date: 24 Jan 2007 12:06:12
From: Steve Ackman
Subject: Re: Leogap roaster information
In <1169623343.305582.139670@m58g2000cwm.googlegroups.com >, on 23 Jan
2007 23:22:23 -0800, reckamp2000@gmail.com wrote:

> Anyone out there ever use, heard of, own, worked on, repaired, or could
> give me any information at all on Leogap roasters? Looked for
> information but couldn't come up with much. Considering purchasing a 10
> year old 22 lb. model, but... not being able to find information on it
> makes me think that getting it serviced and finding parts for it might
> be a problem.

Apparently bought up by Probat, so I'd think that
would bode well for continued availability of parts.
Your inability to find info on it however, bodes not
so well for newsgroup help or even finding anyone
intimately familiar with the machine local to you.
You might ask on the roasters guild board to see if
anyone there is familiar with it.
http://roastersguild.org/forums/

> Keep in mind that this would be the first roaster I've
> ever purchased. So I might be asking the wrong question here. Maybe I
> should be asking for advice, suggestions or tips on choosing a 22 lb.
> roaster. Best place to buy one used. Get it serviced, find parts for
> it. All that. The machine itself will be located in the midwest if that
> helps with purchasing and service advice.
>
> Thanks in advance for any help!

I bought the demo unit of a discontinued 15K model
from http://roastersexchange.com (in Oklahoma City)...
lightly used, but not pre-owned for about 2/3 of what
it went for new.

The little support I've needed has been handled
competently and quickly via e-mail and phone and I
wouldn't hesitate to buy from them again.

Some things you might have already considered:

Excess capacity is good... Every once in a while,
an extra large order comes in that needs to be out the
door "yesterday." In those instances you'll be glad
for the ability to fill the order with say, 5 loads
instead of 10.

Ability to do small loads is also good. If you
carry something that moves slowly, but you still want
to carry it (say Kona or La Minita or JBM), you might
want to be able to only keep a few roasted pounds on
hand, or even have the ability to roast those beans by
order only. Will your roaster be able to do as little
as 2 or 3 lbs. at a time? This also depends a lot on
whether you're doing retail roasting or wholesale
roasting.

Control is good. You'd think that with only two
major control parameters, heat input and airflow,
that it'd be simple. Well.... not so much.

One roaster might have a gas control knob, but no
way to be reliably reset flame levels after moving
them... or it might have a single blower for both
drum and cooling, with the only control being a
shutter that moves the airflow from one to the other.
When you give the cooling bin 80% of the airflow
(the max available through this shutter system),
there's only 20% available to the drum.

Another roaster might have a meter to show gas
flow, or gas pressure... and it might have separate
blowers for drum and cooling; the drum blower having
a shutter to go from 0 to full.

Then there are roasters that are completely
computer controlled, with any input or control from
the roastor(*) being completely incidental.

(*) In the world of welding, the machine is often
spelled "welder" and the person doing the welding
"weldor." Some people get overly fanatical about it,
but it does avoid confusion on occasion, so I've
adopted that convention here.

Some roasters require cleaning measured in the hours
per 2000 lbs. roasted while others might only require
minutes for the same throughput.

What other machines have you roasted on? What did
you like about each? What did you dislike about each?

Some roastors might say, "All roasters are different,
but a real roastor can coax great coffee from any
machine." True enough, but like any other artisanal
endeavor, a good tool, well suited to the job at hand,
makes for not only a better job, but an easier one.



 
Date: 24 Jan 2007 06:28:36
From: arnie@avradionet.com
Subject: Re: Leogap roaster information


On Jan 23, 11:22 pm, reckamp2...@gmail.com wrote:
> Anyone out there ever use, heard of, own, worked on, repaired, or could
> give me any information at all on Leogap roasters? Looked for
> information but couldn't come up with much. Considering purchasing a 10
> year old 22 lb. model, but... not being able to find information on it
> makes me think that getting it serviced and finding parts for it might
> be a problem. Keep in mind that this would be the first roaster I've
> ever purchased. So I might be asking the wrong question here. Maybe I
> should be asking for advice, suggestions or tips on choosing a 22 lb.
> roaster. Best place to buy one used. Get it serviced, find parts for
> it. All that. The machine itself will be located in the midwest if that
> helps with purchasing and service advice.
>
> Thanks in advance for any help!
>
> B

I am assuming you are looking at the Leogap roaster up for auction,
currently, on Ebay. The "Buy Now" price is listed at
$5000., used, in need of repair. You mention that this is your first
roaster. No offense, but are you planning to roast coffee
professionaly? I would guess you wouldn't need 30 or 40 or more pounds
of freshly roasted coffee a week. For $500 (not $5000) you could
purchase a roaster, brand new, that would give you excellent freshly
roasted beans, prbably better than the used, in need of repair Leogap
(Hot Top is only one excellent choice)



  
Date: 24 Jan 2007 09:52:06
From: daveb
Subject: Re: Leogap roaster information
I would think that he is aware of the difference between 1 lb and 22 lbs

???


<arnie@avradionet.com > wrote in message
news:1169648916.202378.110350@13g2000cwe.googlegroups.com...
>
>
> On Jan 23, 11:22 pm, reckamp2...@gmail.com wrote:
>> Anyone out there ever use, heard of, own, worked on, repaired, or could
>> give me any information at all on Leogap roasters? Looked for
>> information but couldn't come up with much. Considering purchasing a 10
>> year old 22 lb. model, but... not being able to find information on it
>> makes me think that getting it serviced and finding parts for it might
>> be a problem. Keep in mind that this would be the first roaster I've
>> ever purchased. So I might be asking the wrong question here. Maybe I
>> should be asking for advice, suggestions or tips on choosing a 22 lb.
>> roaster. Best place to buy one used. Get it serviced, find parts for
>> it. All that. The machine itself will be located in the midwest if that
>> helps with purchasing and service advice.
>>
>> Thanks in advance for any help!
>>
>> B
>
> I am assuming you are looking at the Leogap roaster up for auction,
> currently, on Ebay. The "Buy Now" price is listed at
> $5000., used, in need of repair. You mention that this is your first
> roaster. No offense, but are you planning to roast coffee
> professionaly? I would guess you wouldn't need 30 or 40 or more pounds
> of freshly roasted coffee a week. For $500 (not $5000) you could
> purchase a roaster, brand new, that would give you excellent freshly
> roasted beans, prbably better than the used, in need of repair Leogap
> (Hot Top is only one excellent choice)
>




 
Date: 24 Jan 2007 07:56:07
From: RoughJaw
Subject: Re: Leogap roaster information
On Wed, 24 Jan 2007 02:55:03 -0500, daveb@forteinc.com wrote:

> Have you googled?

What an informative answer!

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Date: 24 Jan 2007 02:55:03
From: daveb@forteinc.com
Subject: Re: Leogap roaster information
Have you googled?

dave

<reckamp2000@gmail.com > wrote in message
news:1169623343.305582.139670@m58g2000cwm.googlegroups.com...
> Anyone out there ever use, heard of, own, worked on, repaired, or could
> give me any information at all on Leogap roasters? Looked for
> information but couldn't come up with much. Considering purchasing a 10
> year old 22 lb. model, but... not being able to find information on it
> makes me think that getting it serviced and finding parts for it might
> be a problem. Keep in mind that this would be the first roaster I've
> ever purchased. So I might be asking the wrong question here. Maybe I
> should be asking for advice, suggestions or tips on choosing a 22 lb.
> roaster. Best place to buy one used. Get it serviced, find parts for
> it. All that. The machine itself will be located in the midwest if that
> helps with purchasing and service advice.
>
> Thanks in advance for any help!
>
> B
>