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Site Preparation

Your installation site needs careful preparation.  Follow this guide before your roaster arrives.

 Access to the site

As is often the case with new business, the delivery site may not be ready for the arrival of your coffee roaster.  Ensure that you have someone at the premises so that when the delivery vehicle arrives with your machine, there is someone to receive the goods. 

Access also pertains to the physical barriers that you may encounter when receiving your roaster.  Roasters cannot move over rough terrain, grass, steep inclines, or steps.

When your roaster arrives, it will be inside a shipping crate.  The shipping crate needs to be removed from the truck and placed on the ground.  To do this, you will need a pallet jack, crane or forklift.  We strongly advise not to use manpower to unload the shipping crate from the truck.  Be sure to check the dimensions and weights to plan ahead by arranging the necessary lifting equipment to move the machine from the truck.

IMPORTANT:  Plan ahead where the crate will be unloaded.  Roasters cannot move over certain terrain types.

Once the crate is on the ground, you need to move it to an area where you can uncrate the roaster and move it to its final location.  This area must be accessible to your lifting equipment, must be safe to store the machine overnight if necessary, and must be accessible with your available lifting equipment.

Roastery Pre-Startup Checklist

Before your coffee roaster arrives, it is helpful to have a few basic items in place. We have put together a checklist to help you get ready for your roastery to be up and running in no time.

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Gas Supply

Your gas installation can be completed before the roaster arrives. Ensure that a connection point is close to the roaster’s installation position. We suggest that you have a shut-off valve and low-pressure regulator near the connection point.

Warning: Always consult your local gas installer before installing your gas supply. 

If you are using LPG gas and your supply bottles are a long distance from your roaster, consult with your gas installer about a high-pressure line between your gas cylinders and the connection point.  High-pressure lines with larger diameter pipes are less likely to cause flow rate problems when your roaster is running at full gas. Some installers refer to this as a first stage and second stage installation.

Info: all roasters from 2021 come with a pre-installed low pressure gas regulator. 

Before switching on your roaster, do a visual inspection for any gas pipe damage and check gas joints for leaks both in the roaster and in your supply line before switching on the machine.

      Ventilation Layout

Ventilation is a major part of the successful operation of a coffee roaster. It is imperative that you follow the instructions and technical specifications of your coffee roaster before choosing a ventilation system.

All Genio machines of 6 kg and higher require two separate ventilation pipes. The Genio 3 is the only machine that only has a single pipe outlet. It is recommended that you have two separate ventilation pipes to minimise the chance of backpressure or backflow during the operation of the machine.

Consult your installation manual to determine the pipe diameter required. 

Warning: do not use pipe diameters outside of the recommended ventilation pipe sizes.

The ventilation installation can be completed before the arrival of your roaster.  Consult your installation manual for ventilation pipe positions.  It is suggested that you connect to the roaster using semi-rigid pipes in order to make installation easier and allow you to move the roaster around before replacing the semi-rigid pipes with rigid pipes. 

Warning: never use soft aluminium pipes as this may cause significant back pressure during operation.

Info: roasters with external chaff cyclones can be set up in multiple ways. For example, the chaff cyclone may be placed on either side of the roaster or directly behind it and the roasting fun can be rotated 360 degrees to suit your installation site.

Warning: avoid long horizontal pipe sections and more than 90-degree (elbow) pipes.

Warning: ventilation pipes may reach temperatures of 100 degrees or higher.  Insulate the pipes when passed through flammable materials such as ceiling boards and wooden roof trusses.

Hazard: extending the distance between your roaster and the chaff cyclone increases your risk of a roaster fire significantly.

Info: always have access points for inspection holes in your ventilation system to make maintenance and inspection easier.

Warning: never use a cap or hat at the end of your ventilation pipe as this may lead to backpressure.

Warning: your ventilation system is a major fire hazard in your roaster.  Under heavy roasting, it may require cleaning every three months or more.  Inspect your ventilation system on a regular basis.

Warning: avoid very long vertical sections as this may lead to a significant suction effect during roasting.  Consult your local ventilation experts for advice with complicated ventilation layouts.

Info: your roaster’s ventilation system may be connected to a shopping centre or restaurant ventilation duct.  Always ensure that the extraction fan is running while roasting. Consult your local ventilation experts for advice.

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