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HotTop on portable power???
Anybody use a HotTop powered with an inverter?
I am thinking of roasting at a farmers market this year with only a battery for power. I am thinking a 1500 watt inverter.
Would I REQUIRE a sine wave power supply?

Ken in NC
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"I wish I could taste as well as I wish I could roast."

As Abraham Lincoln said "Do not trust everything you read on the internet".
Randy G
I have roasted using a Hottop and a gas-powered generator and it worked fine. The generator has a wave form that the fridge does not like but other things run OK with.

Life's too short to drink bad coffee.
Ifyou use an inverter keep in mind that vehicle alternator may not be adequate to keep battery charged. The one in my truck can only provide just under one kilowatt
Bad coffee prevails when good coffee roasters stand by and do nothing.
I've done this, and I have two things to point out.

1 -- the hottop ran, and it drew people over, but it roasted VERY slowly -- it didn't have enough power to heat up as quickly as it usually does.

2 -- didn't matter, because the city health inspector informed me i was not to sell the coffee being roasted on site anyway -- the coffee beans being sold had to be roasted in my inspected roastery.

3 -- so using the hottop as a demo was a great marketing tool, but i used really cheap beans and threw them away after each roast.
That's great feedback.
Last year we did it with cast iron skillets.
It drew people, he sold his brewed and bagged coffee, and he told them where his shop is.
We have junk beans, Sumatran that got wet. I use them to test other than taste.

Thank you,
Backwoods Roaster
"I wish I could taste as well as I wish I could roast."

As Abraham Lincoln said "Do not trust everything you read on the internet".
I don't know where you are but the heath department may not be an issue for you at all. Just depends on your county. I can sell fresh, roasted on site beans, here at
my local Framers Market. I could in Phoenix too with a "Guest Chef" pass.

For power I have always had 200 feet of cable and there has always been an outlet around someplace; I did take a 3500 watt generator that is quiet and it was great.

My FJ Cruiser has a 400 watt extra power plug but it is not enough to power the Hot Top for reliable running.

There may be a few more hints at:


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Thanks Ginny.
The place we go has power outlets, but they are not permitted.
Also, no generators are allowed.

I would just keep the beans, no need to sell them. We would probably only do one roast during the really busy time.

The real issue is the loss of power. I may need a deep cycle marine. (I don't know enough yet).
I also wonder if a sine wave inverter is necessary.
I know the power needs are minimum 750 watts. I want to get a 1500 watt inverter so I can use a popper, too.

He has a 1954 panel van he is refurbishing, and will put a small SF roaster on the back. He just got a propane Astoria espresso machine for it, too.

Backwoods Roaster
"I wish I could taste as well as I wish I could roast."

As Abraham Lincoln said "Do not trust everything you read on the internet".
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