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2/17/2020 11:51 pm  #1


MODS

I want you to make the hive your own.  Show me your custom handle, or specially engraved dome or whatever it is you've done.  This is the future of the hive, right here!

 

2/19/2020 9:04 pm  #2


Re: MODS

I love this roaster in all of it’s natural glory, but...I love to tinker, so I had to do a couple mods.

First was this attempt at adding a digital BT thermometer. It worked great, but looked terrible...

https://i.imgur.com/utk83dx.jpg


https://i.imgur.com/pEaoOK5.jpg


https://i.imgur.com/ku2eIBF.jpg


New update coming soon...

 

2/19/2020 9:09 pm  #3


Re: MODS

Next mod was a ET thermometer, for this used a small grill thermometer. I like this mod, it was simple to install and works great. The ET allows me to adjust the heat source more easily.

https://i.imgur.com/YQOzl2H.jpg


https://i.imgur.com/WonIjS6.jpg


https://i.imgur.com/gAAhxeY.jpg


To be continued...

 

2/19/2020 9:29 pm  #4


Re: MODS

I think this is the last mod, well, an updated mod. As I mentioned earlier I didn’t like the looks of the first BT mod, so here’s V-2. Since I couldn’t bend the tubing on the Thermometer (TC) without breaking it. I cut out and replaced the center section of the SS tubing with brass tubing, which was much more malmble. I used small tubing benders and was able to side the brass tube into the SS tube on the TC. I had secure the TC somehow so I flattened a piece of aluminum tubing and made a strap. I then screwed it into the handle.

I hope to roast this weekend, I’ll let you know how it goes.

I can only imagine it will work as well as the first attempt and I think it looks 100% better this way and the TC is now out of the way of the handle. V-1 would not allow me to comfortably hold the handle.

Here are a few pix of the completed mod...

https://i.imgur.com/HPIxkNo.jpg


https://i.imgur.com/htvvRPV.jpg


https://i.imgur.com/3QZxwtz.jpg


https://i.imgur.com/OmsU5lg.jpg


https://i.imgur.com/1KR422v.jpg


https://i.imgur.com/QOySZaH.jpg

 

2/20/2020 4:41 am  #5


Re: MODS

Loving the zip tie but the screw in holder looks better! great work. 
I wonder tho, have you tried roasting? Is it hard to read while spinning? I'm scared you might scorch beans if you stop spinning for a second to read the readings. 
Maybe lengthen the probe cables so you can set your temp readings at your side for better monitoring?

 

2/20/2020 8:11 am  #6


Re: MODS

nathanpaulo wrote:

Loving the zip tie but the screw in holder looks better! great work. 
I wonder tho, have you tried roasting? Is it hard to read while spinning? I'm scared you might scorch beans if you stop spinning for a second to read the readings. 
Maybe lengthen the probe cables so you can set your temp readings at your side for better monitoring?

Thank you for the kind words, and thanks for the input, it's always appreciated.

Yeah, the whole zip tie was for experimenting, it was a failure, the TC was in the way of the handle, not very comfortable at all.

Yes, I roasted with the other TC and it was not a problem, you can see the numbers well even while moving...if you simply focus on the TC and your eyes will follow.

I find that you can also stop for a couple seconds to look at the TC as well as the beans inside without scorting, just don't stall too long!!!

I've only done about 4 roast total so trust me, I'm no expert, but I've gotten good results so far https://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/grin.png


p.s. The major reason for using a Thermometer was to avoid having a wiring hanging from the roaster. If I hadn't wanted to avoid the wire, I would have used the Data Dome.  

Last edited by sonnylowe (2/20/2020 9:47 am)

 

2/20/2020 11:42 pm  #7


Re: MODS

sonnylowe wrote:

I find that you can also stop for a couple seconds to look at the TC as well as the beans inside without scorting, just don't stall too long!!!

I've only done about 4 roast total so trust me, I'm no expert, but I've gotten good results so far https://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/grin.png


p.s. The major reason for using a Thermometer was to avoid having a wiring hanging from the roaster. If I hadn't wanted to avoid the wire, I would have used the Data Dome.  

aha! I thought you ordered the purity dome only and wanted to mod it yourself with temperature readings. haha ;) neat! really cool mod indeed. especially for times when you don't have a laptop beside you but still want to see temperatures. perhaps a cool mod idea for farms that don't have access to such technology.

I'm surprised the digital taylor can handle those temperatures. How are your typical readings for both AT and BT during Yellowing and First Crack to your final Drop temp?

post some pictures of your roasted beans! I want to see how even you get it despite pausing for a split second to read temp. 

I noticed that my RoR readings on artisan drops a bit whenever I adjust my spinning so as much as possible I never really stop the momentum anymore. Maybe do one round really slow (to peek in the hole) then resume my faster spinning each time. I've also had more even color after doing this.

 

2/20/2020 11:54 pm  #8


Re: MODS

Here's my current handle mod for two handed roasting to reduce fatigue. Also works well with one hand as the longer end acts sort of like a counterweight, easing off the forward strain. Surprisingly one handed use doesn't feel harder due to the added weight.

It came off my staircase. (looks like I wont be going up to my room anymore.)

just kidding. but it is one of those posts that you typically use for that purpose.

It's still in the works. I need to roast a few more before making further improvements and finalizing it with a nice sanding and a clean finish.

https://i.imgur.com/DhPdrJg.jpg

 

2/26/2020 12:18 pm  #9


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Very cool mods. I see a few different thermometers being used. Any tips on which one to buy? 

Also any tips on securing the lid so it doesn't come off during the roast? I use the clip that came with it but I've had the lid come off twice which resulted in many spilled beans. 

Thanks 

 

2/26/2020 1:00 pm  #10


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so sorry to hear that your lid has let you down and you have spilled the beans.

I am supplying replacement lids to folks who have this issue, but in the mean time there is a pretty easy way to fix this.

All you need is a blunt nail, or punch and a hammer.  
If you measure up from the lip of the lid about 3/4 of an inch, mark a spot.  Do this 4 times around the lid.  Then put a piece of wood behind the mark to back it.  Then, with your punch and hammer, make a very small dent where you put your marks,  Once you have done 4 of these, your lid will become quite secure and will not fly off.  
Do this in the mean time while we get a new lid coming to you.

Please send an email to mathew@hiveroaster.com and explain the issue you are having and we will take care of this for you.

As far as thermocouple type, the easiest solution would be to get the data dome.  This is a new dome which comes with a built in K type thernocouple, ready to connect to a data bridge.  These sell for $40, or if you are already buying a roaster, you can by the data dome package which gets you a Roaster with the Purity Dome and a data dome. (two domes total)
I just posted a thread in regards to data connections

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