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Kaldi Wide: two more improvements
Nilewoods Roaster
One design problem with the Kaldi wide is the loading chute box. There's a V shaped trap, between the hollow steel cylinder your trier slides thru, and the chute box sides. During loading, when the roaster is totally sparkling bright new beans bounce nicely out of the trap, into the drum. But after a few uses they get stuck in there. Even cleaning the chute box with hot water and soap doesn't help for long.

To cure that, I got a small (2.8 oz) tube of food grade high temp silicone: Lava Lock, at Amazon. Applying a small amount of this in the V channel, building up with a few layers (let it dry between layers), fills in the V and leaves a close to vertical wall for the incoming beans to bounce off, heading them in towards the drum.

After 3 roasts, it's working well. You can load the beans more quickly (no need to feed them in slowly any more).

The second improvement I've detailed in another post; basically I no longer use the manufacturer recommended vegetable based food oil for the bearings, because it was attracting lots of chaff debris, formed a dark varnish on the bearings, and eventually caused them to lock up. Cleaning them out (vinegar soak, pick out varnish with a pin) and switching to Tri-Flow lubricant has helped. Less chaff sticks, bearings turn freely. Also, though the propane burner here can put out lots of flame/heat, I've reduced the warmup setting to keep the bearings a bit cooler during that high-heat phase.
 
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