So have you guys managed to hang in there with your pre-orders? I know a few who have pulled out cause it's been a year since they dropped the cash... it's a shame.
My wife graciously has let me sink more money into this crazy hobby and I'll be looking forward to one of these roasters once they land...
A comment made by Chris of TC was that all Aillio need to do now is get it certified for import. Dunno where he got that info from, but probably ECA. I've tried to squeeze info out of ECA and Aillio, but no one is biting. Hopefully it arrives by Easter so I can play in the break!! but, history is against us given the multiple missed deadlines. In all my hassling, Taylor from Aillio has let me know much of the team only got back from holiday on the 1st of March, so I expect it'd be mighty tight if they managed to pull off getting them out the factory door and landing them before Easter. Mid year is more likely.
One upside to my niggling is that Aillio have tentatively answered that the 'modification program' would apply to Australians - that is, spare parts made available for purchase to try new ideas in order to feed it back to Aillio for possible improvements. I assume he says tentative as in Australia warranty is generally upheld by the importer (AFAIK), and so it's likely ECA would have to agree to sanctioned modifications. Fingers crossed.
One bloke in Denmark has already successfully routed a second probe into the exhaust line to measure exhaust temperature, which in my mind is a big win, as exhaust temps are a fantastic help in anticipating 1st crack, and other sorts of troubleshooting. I'm really hoping I won't have to wait until my warranty expires before doing a similar mod! The control board actually has two spare slots for probes, so Aillio obviously had the possibility of further temp measurement in mind when building the control board, which is excellent forward thinking.
Other ideas rumbling around is improving the method of chaff removal - apparently Aillio are actively working on that, but I'm particularly keen to determine if a minified cyclone system (small enough to attach to the roaster in place of the whole chaff collector assembly) would work, or if it would too much change the air-pressure of the fan. There are some maker-workshops around the place in Sydney, so once the bullet is in my little hands, I'll probably join up and get to 3D modelling and 3D printing to see what can be done.