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Date: 12 Feb 2007 07:04:07
From: Bob Wilson
Subject: iRoast I -- starting to fail, replacement?
Hi,

After five years, my iRoast I is starting to fail:

1) tangs for top chaft cover broke, using wire to hold it on
2) motor didn't start until 4th attempt this morning

Nothing lasts forever and I've long been unhappy with the 'programming
interface from hell.' Now I may decide to rebuild it but past experience
has shown this has limited success. So it is time to look for a
replacment. Any recommendations?

Requirements:
1) capacity ~1 cup of green beans
2) timer or auto-shutoff (smoke or bean color detector)
3) outside air temperature compensation
4) chaft collector
5) low noise

Any recommendations?

Thanks,
Bob Wilson




 
Date: 28 Feb 2007 22:14:31
From: Tony Verhulst
Subject: Re: iRoast I -- starting to fail, replacement?
Bob Wilson wrote:
> Hi,
>
> After five years, my iRoast I is starting to fail:

Has it REALLY been 5 years? I pre-ordered and got a unit from the first
production run. I thought that it's been a little over 3 years - I could
be wrong.

Tony V.


  
Date: 01 Mar 2007 09:51:59
From: Seth Goodman
Subject: Re: iRoast I -- starting to fail, replacement?
In article <1dOdnUYIn7e_2HvYnZ2dnUVZ_o3inZ2d@comcast.com >, on Wed, 28
Feb 2007 22:14:31 -0500, Tony Verhulst wrote:

> Bob Wilson wrote:
> > Hi,
> >
> > After five years, my iRoast I is starting to fail:
>
> Has it REALLY been 5 years? I pre-ordered and got a unit from the first
> production run. I thought that it's been a little over 3 years - I could
> be wrong.


I believer you are correct, Tony. Here's an a.c thread, started by Jim
S., speculating on the announced, but unreleased, iRoast in Oct. 2003:
http://preview.tinyurl.com/2gc3ta

IIRC, HW missed their hoped-for Christmas 2003 release, and the iRoast
was delayed for quite a while - perhaps it was even as late as April
2004, though I don't remember for sure.


--
Seth Goodman


  
Date: 28 Feb 2007 22:47:08
From: AlanM
Subject: Re: iRoast I -- starting to fail, replacement?
Five years sounds about the age of my iRoast, original model.
AlanM

Tony Verhulst wrote:
> Bob Wilson wrote:
>> Hi,
>>
>> After five years, my iRoast I is starting to fail:
>
> Has it REALLY been 5 years? I pre-ordered and got a unit from the first
> production run. I thought that it's been a little over 3 years - I could
> be wrong.
>
> Tony V.


 
Date: 12 Feb 2007 16:45:21
From: LF
Subject: Re: iRoast I -- starting to fail, replacement?
On Feb 12, 8:04 am, bwilson4...@hotmail.com (Bob Wilson) wrote:
> Hi,
><snip>

it is time to look for a
> replacment. Any recommendations?
>
> Requirements:
> 1) capacity ~1 cup of green beans
> 2) timer or auto-shutoff (smoke or bean color detector)
> 3) outside air temperature compensation
> 4) chaft collector
> 5) low noise
>
> Any recommendations?
>
Bob,
I just stopped using my iRoast (it still works) in favor of a SC/CO.
<http://homeroast.pbwiki.com/SCTO >
And I really like it. Roasts 1 lb at a time, quiet, easy to control
the roast temp with the aid of a digital thermometer. I havn't
bothered with a chaff collector, but probably will sometime. I have a
powerful indoor exhaust fan, and its been pretty chilly in New
England, so have been roasting inside. It seems much easier to conrol
the roast with a SC/CO than with the iRoast.

Best,
Larry



 
Date: 12 Feb 2007 09:06:07
From: Randy G.
Subject: Re: iRoast I -- starting to fail, replacement?
bwilson4use@hotmail.com (Bob Wilson) wrote:

>Hi,
>
>After five years, my iRoast I is starting to fail:
>
>1) tangs for top chaft cover broke, using wire to hold it on
>2) motor didn't start until 4th attempt this morning
>
>Nothing lasts forever and I've long been unhappy with the 'programming
>interface from hell.' Now I may decide to rebuild it but past experience
>has shown this has limited success. So it is time to look for a
>replacment. Any recommendations?
>
Five years of priy use from such an appliance is not bad. It might
be repairable for the short term until replaced (like cleaning and
lubricating of the fan's bushings/bearings) and I would give that a
try- nothing to lose, eh?

>Requirements:
>1) capacity ~1 cup of green beans
That is about 180 grams. iRoast2 is about 150 gram capacity.

>2) timer or auto-shutoff (smoke or bean color detector)
Most have some sort of timer or programming, but I don't know of any
that have smoke or color detector. To be accurate that would add
complexity and quite a bit of cost to a roaster.

>3) outside air temperature compensation
They are 'all' thermostat controlled, but how effective they are is
easily debatable. They try to put air in that is a XX degrees, but
none can can't get hotter than 'on.'

>4) chaft collector
Rules out poppers and BBQ drum.

>5) low noise
Rules out all air roasters. Leaves Genecafe and Hottop and whatever
Swiss is calling their current model if available. Any others?

I do often recommend the iRoast2 for folks looking for a small
capacity roaster. it is a good compromise between cost and
good-tasting coffee. It is about as loud of a roaster as could be
imagined, though.

good luck....

Randy "frying pan...? DBHG?" G.
http://www.EspressoMyEspresso.com




  
Date: 12 Feb 2007 18:57:40
From: Brian Colwell
Subject: Re: iRoast I -- starting to fail, replacement?

"Randy G." <frcn@DESPAMMOcncnet.com > wrote in message
news:9i61t29vn2p57c6ej5u5olgurrin1a3ht1@4ax.com...
> bwilson4use@hotmail.com (Bob Wilson) wrote:
>
>>Hi,
>>
>>After five years, my iRoast I is starting to fail:
>>
>>1) tangs for top chaft cover broke, using wire to hold it on
>>2) motor didn't start until 4th attempt this morning
>>
>>Nothing lasts forever and I've long been unhappy with the 'programming
>>interface from hell.' Now I may decide to rebuild it but past experience
>>has shown this has limited success. So it is time to look for a
>>replacment. Any recommendations?
>>
> Five years of priy use from such an appliance is not bad. It might
> be repairable for the short term until replaced (like cleaning and
> lubricating of the fan's bushings/bearings) and I would give that a
> try- nothing to lose, eh?
>
>>Requirements:
>>1) capacity ~1 cup of green beans
> That is about 180 grams. iRoast2 is about 150 gram capacity.
>
>>2) timer or auto-shutoff (smoke or bean color detector)
> Most have some sort of timer or programming, but I don't know of any
> that have smoke or color detector. To be accurate that would add
> complexity and quite a bit of cost to a roaster.
>
>>3) outside air temperature compensation
> They are 'all' thermostat controlled, but how effective they are is
> easily debatable. They try to put air in that is a XX degrees, but
> none can can't get hotter than 'on.'
>
>>4) chaft collector
> Rules out poppers and BBQ drum.
>
>>5) low noise
> Rules out all air roasters. Leaves Genecafe and Hottop and whatever
> Swiss is calling their current model if available. Any others?
>
> I do often recommend the iRoast2 for folks looking for a small
> capacity roaster. it is a good compromise between cost and
> good-tasting coffee. It is about as loud of a roaster as could be
> imagined, though.
>
> good luck....
>
> Randy "frying pan...? DBHG?" G.
> http://www.EspressoMyEspresso.com
>
Randy,
Is the iroast 2 louder than the old Home Gourmet coffee roaster ?
I still own one that I use on occasions but the noise level is horrendous,
you almost need some form of ear protection if you stay close to it for any
length of time !

Regards,
BMC




   
Date: 12 Feb 2007 12:39:59
From: I->Ian
Subject: Re: iRoast I -- starting to fail, replacement?

It's not earned the sobriquet _iRoar_ for its dulcet tones.


On Mon, 12 Feb 2007 18:57:40 GMT, "Brian Colwell" <bcolwell@shaw.ca >
wrote:

>
>"Randy G." <frcn@DESPAMMOcncnet.com> wrote in message
>news:9i61t29vn2p57c6ej5u5olgurrin1a3ht1@4ax.com...
>> bwilson4use@hotmail.com (Bob Wilson) wrote:
>>
>>>Hi,
>>>
>>>After five years, my iRoast I is starting to fail:
>>>
>>>1) tangs for top chaft cover broke, using wire to hold it on
>>>2) motor didn't start until 4th attempt this morning
>>>
>>>Nothing lasts forever and I've long been unhappy with the 'programming
>>>interface from hell.' Now I may decide to rebuild it but past experience
>>>has shown this has limited success. So it is time to look for a
>>>replacment. Any recommendations?
>>>
>> Five years of priy use from such an appliance is not bad. It might
>> be repairable for the short term until replaced (like cleaning and
>> lubricating of the fan's bushings/bearings) and I would give that a
>> try- nothing to lose, eh?
>>
>>>Requirements:
>>>1) capacity ~1 cup of green beans
>> That is about 180 grams. iRoast2 is about 150 gram capacity.
>>
>>>2) timer or auto-shutoff (smoke or bean color detector)
>> Most have some sort of timer or programming, but I don't know of any
>> that have smoke or color detector. To be accurate that would add
>> complexity and quite a bit of cost to a roaster.
>>
>>>3) outside air temperature compensation
>> They are 'all' thermostat controlled, but how effective they are is
>> easily debatable. They try to put air in that is a XX degrees, but
>> none can can't get hotter than 'on.'
>>
>>>4) chaft collector
>> Rules out poppers and BBQ drum.
>>
>>>5) low noise
>> Rules out all air roasters. Leaves Genecafe and Hottop and whatever
>> Swiss is calling their current model if available. Any others?
>>
>> I do often recommend the iRoast2 for folks looking for a small
>> capacity roaster. it is a good compromise between cost and
>> good-tasting coffee. It is about as loud of a roaster as could be
>> imagined, though.
>>
>> good luck....
>>
>> Randy "frying pan...? DBHG?" G.
>> http://www.EspressoMyEspresso.com
>>
>Randy,
> Is the iroast 2 louder than the old Home Gourmet coffee roaster ?
>I still own one that I use on occasions but the noise level is horrendous,
>you almost need some form of ear protection if you stay close to it for any
>length of time !
>
>Regards,
> BMC
>


   
Date: 12 Feb 2007 12:36:58
From: Randy G.
Subject: Re: iRoast I -- starting to fail, replacement?
"Brian Colwell" <bcolwell@shaw.ca > wrote:

>
>Randy,
> Is the iroast 2 louder than the old Home Gourmet coffee roaster ?
>I still own one that I use on occasions but the noise level is horrendous,
>you almost need some form of ear protection if you stay close to it for any
>length of time !
>

As far as Decibels, I am not sure, but it is safe to say that second
crack is virtually impossible for a new user to hear with the iRoast2,
and it deserves the moniker of "iRoar." it is louder than the
Hearthware Gourmet and the Hearthware Precision.

OTOH, it makes a superior coffee to either of those two.

As the Harley rider answered,
Randy "... W H A T ?!" G.
http://www.EspressoMyEspresso.com




    
Date: 12 Feb 2007 21:23:10
From: Brian Colwell
Subject: Re: iRoast I -- starting to fail, replacement?

"Randy G." <frcn@DESPAMMOcncnet.com > wrote in message
news:rnj1t2lmjgfvjv6nju9nc4g1khdgb783s5@4ax.com...
> "Brian Colwell" <bcolwell@shaw.ca> wrote:
>
>>
>>Randy,
>> Is the iroast 2 louder than the old Home Gourmet coffee roaster
>> ?
>>I still own one that I use on occasions but the noise level is horrendous,
>>you almost need some form of ear protection if you stay close to it for
>>any
>>length of time !
>>
>
> As far as Decibels, I am not sure, but it is safe to say that second
> crack is virtually impossible for a new user to hear with the iRoast2,
> and it deserves the moniker of "iRoar." it is louder than the
> Hearthware Gourmet and the Hearthware Precision.
>
> OTOH, it makes a superior coffee to either of those two.
>
> As the Harley rider answered,
> Randy "... W H A T ?!" G.
> http://www.EspressoMyEspresso.com
>

Thanks Randy,
Have to give this some thought......my dog wouldn't
even stay in the same room, when the Gourmet was running :-))

BMC




 
Date: 12 Feb 2007 07:24:52
From: Flasherly
Subject: Re: iRoast I -- starting to fail, replacement?
On Feb 12, 8:04 am, bwilson4...@hotmail.com (Bob Wilson) wrote:
> Hi,
>
> After five years, my iRoast I is starting to fail:
>
> 1) tangs for top chaft cover broke, using wire to hold it on
> 2) motor didn't start until 4th attempt this morning
>
> Nothing lasts forever and I've long been unhappy with the 'programming
> interface from hell.' Now I may decide to rebuild it but past experience
> has shown this has limited success. So it is time to look for a
> replacment. Any recommendations?
>
> Requirements:
> 1) capacity ~1 cup of green beans
> 2) timer or auto-shutoff (smoke or bean color detector)
> 3) outside air temperature compensation
> 4) chaft collector
> 5) low noise
>
> Any recommendations?
>
> Thanks,
> Bob Wilson

If it's the fan motor, like PC fans - sticking a pencil in the blades
to manually jumpstart indicates a fan replacement. Take it out for
the draw on the back to match w/ a 120V RatShack or Elec.Supply store
$20 replacement part? A full cup seems a lot of beans for an air
circulation system. More like half that on my FreshRoast (fast,
little/no control ramp into essentially 5-7minute roasts), but I don't
like the fuss, load up, and get close to a pound done between half to
an hour's time. 5 years. Not bad. New model interfaces are going to
be substaintially different IC logic for a couple bills, or add
another couple and hit prosumer.