I got my start in roasting on a HotTop electric roaster. I bought the roaster in 2011 and still enjoy it and use it at home often.
One of the reasons I enjoy it so much is that I was able to easily modify it. Some of the things I have done to modify my HotTop include:
- Installed multiple thermocouples (allows accurate measurement of temperature at multiple points)
- Changed the control panel for better control (started with the 8828-P-2 pictured above and hated it)
- Replaced the rear fan filter with an aluminium dustcover for a PC fan (enables greater airflow)
- Installed a HotTop Roaster Interface (HTRI) (allows for computer-control of the HotTop)
For the big modifications I have written illustrated how-to guides to share how I did it (see full list below). In many cases there are other guides available from other authors and when I have used them, I reference them.
I also have articles in which I discuss techniques I use with the HotTop, such as avoiding the flick and crash.
Below is a list of all my blog articles tagged with “HotTop.”
- How To: Avoid The Flick And Crash
- On Roasting: Effects of Airflow
- Latest HotTop Upgrade Project: HTRI Mounting Bracket
- How To: Utilize Artisan Alerts
- How To: Install HotTop HTRI Control Board
- How To Upgrade Your HotTop Control Panel For Better Control
- How To: Master The HotTop Element
- How To: Clean The HotTop Exhaust Fan
- How To: Install HotTop ET & BT Probes
- How To: Install ET & BT Probes The Easy Way