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Cleaning a Hottop
EddieDove
Recently I got a used Hottop from Ma Barker ...

However, when I got the thing, the doggone packing peanuts were everywhere inside the roaster so I started taking it apart to get them out of there.

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Since I was taking it apart, I decided it would be a good idea to give it a thorough cleaning. Only problem was that everything I tried was a lot of work so I left it alone for a while (months).

I started working on it again and decided to try something ... I really took it apart this time ...

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I put the pieces in the kitchen sink and filled it with Oxiclean and hot water, and let soak. Periodically I would use a toothbrush on the parts. The buildup on the chrome pieces just seemed to sluff off and most of the other pieces cleaned up with the toothbrush.

Before ...

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After ...

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Do be careful though ... I ended up with a few sheet-metal cuts on my fingers. Shock

It sure did save me a lot of elbow grease though!s:1

Now I just need to figure out how to put it back together ... :(
Respectfully,

Eddie Dove

The South Coast Coffee Roaster
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ginny
I think you put the peanut there...

I have one screw left from my cleaning last time; I think I will keep it!!!

ginny

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EddieDove
HA - HA!

Ginny's gotta screw loose!

s:8s:8s:8s:8
Respectfully,

Eddie Dove

The South Coast Coffee Roaster
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EddieDove
I did get most of it put back together last night. I tried firing it up today and it seemed to work just fine!

Very few left over parts ...
Respectfully,

Eddie Dove

The South Coast Coffee Roaster
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seedlings

Quote

eodove wrote:
I did get most of it put back together last night. I tried firing it up today and it seemed to work just fine!

Very few left over parts ...



I love it. "Very few left over parts." Makes you wonder if they could make them cheaper if they didn't put all the extras in there!

I've been there,
CHAD
 
Spresso_Bean
Do you think OxiClean would work better than something like Cafiza? I would guess they're similar products but I don't know if one would do a better job than the other.

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Edited by Spresso_Bean on 07/19/2008 10:38 PM
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EddieDove
I don't really know, but I know the buildup on the chrome pieces just came right off by passing my thumb across them.

Per the MSDSs, they don't have any ingredients in common. I would think that the Oxyclean would be cheaper though.
Respectfully,

Eddie Dove

The South Coast Coffee Roaster
vita non est vivere sed valere vita est
Home Coffee Roasting Blog and Reference
http://southcoast...gspot.com/
 
Spresso_Bean
Thanks - I've even bought dollar store versions of OxiClean and it works great for cleaning other things so that might be another inexpensive option. I just would have to test it on something else before soaking Hottop parts in it. I recently bought a used Hottop so this cleaning info should help me out, and that'll be the first thing I do when it arrives based on what you did and the results you had.
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