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Are you really saying that fires from a high end home roaster like the HotTop or GeneCafe are \"not a case of if, but when\"
During the second roast ever in my Gene Cafe, I had a chaff fire that started in the roasting cylinder and proceeded into the chaff collector. There were flames and everything. Fortunately I was watching intently and was able to stop the roast ASAP and dump out the smoldering beans/chaff prior to any permanent harm to the Gene Cafe or anything else
The fire was due to my own inexperience (trying to roast just a little too much of a particularly chaff-laden bean at once.
The moral of the story: If you are unsure of how \"chaffy\" the beans are, err on the side of caution and roast less.