BeanGrinder said:One more thing to research -- there have been some posts on the Internet about the tendency for the AlpenRoast to catch on fire. I'm not sure if is a problem with chaff collection or something else. Nevertheless, I'd encourage you to look into that.
I just bought the alpenroast and have used it twice. I have also seen it burn the chaff on both occasions. I opened the lid when it was smoking the most and seen a small fire in chaff tray. I wonder if the smoke from the chaff will disflavor the coffee? Both times have turned out some excellent coffee though so maybe the smoke is a normal part of the roasting process. Some of the other comments about this roaster, are the lack of seeing the beans and the inability to roast small batches, (less that 8oz at a time), without alot of experimentation. I bought it any way because it was available for a discount of about $100 us because it was brandnew in 2000 but never used. There is another available if any one is interested. $300 us plus shipping.