Tonight while I was roasting beans for the coffeeshare, I had a malfunction with the roaster which led to a fire in the roaster.
During the last stage of the roasting process, the drum stopped turning. Since it was the final stage, the beans were at their hottest which led to a fire. Trying to switch to the cool down stage, the fans blew the fire even more causing extensive damage to the roaster.
Needless to say I will be making a special trip into Toronto tomorrow to talk to the kind folks at the Green Beanery who sold me this machine in November of last year. Since it is under warranty I am hoping that the machine can either be replaced or my money refunded.
I will be trying my best to find a suitable solution for my coffeeshare friends and I appreciate their messages of support. Please 'bear' with me!
Here are some pics I took after I put out the fire.
UPDATE: Thanks to my friends at the Green Beanery in Toronto for cleaning, testing and fixing the roaster. We are back and up and running!