germantown rob wrote:Ken,
So we are have the opposite problems. I have an email in at tech to see if they think I should increase jet size or increase pressure but now I know doing both will be a mistake. I have full control over 1lb of beans but have to run full 5.2 WC the entire roast to get a kg done in 18min.
I did not purchase the Federal Hose since I did not need 25' of it, I have a very similar setup as yours in the garage. Curious if you got the entire 25' of hose or did they sell you a shorter length?
Edit: I did 3lbs of beans per batch for the drum seasoning, but I had about of 30lbs of 2-3 year old green beans waiting for the IR-1 to come.
I don't think there is anything magical about that Federal Hose product. Diedrich says that "most people using the IR-1 will vent out the window," which is why, presumably, they recommend this flexible hose. For one thing, I don't know what the basis of the foregoing statement is, since my roaster is serial #10 and these things have only been available for a few months . . . . .
I called Federal Hose twice. The first time, I spoke to an unhelpful lady who said they do not sell to the public and I'd have to deal with a retailer or distributor. She gave me the name and number of a retailer who in fact turned out to sell wholly different Federal Hose products but not the Armadillo hose. I called Federal Hose back and spoke with another lady who was very helpful. She offered to cut off whatever length I wanted and to send it to me for ~$20/foot plus UPS (she said that any length over 4 or 5 feet would cost a lot to ship; my impression is that they ship the product to distributors by truck, on a pallet). It took 3 weeks for the 3 feet of hose I bought to arrive.
In the end we used a mixture of venting products off the truck of the installer plus this 3' section of Armadillo Hose. It's a good install but I think I could have done about as well with other stuff my installer had on his truck.
I think I'll have to go down a jet size by summer time since the ambient temperature in the garage will be higher and I'm not sure I could do many back to back 2lb roasts, even, on a low enough setting, to say nothing about being able to do smaller batches.