Homemade things are great in a small business. They put you into the game inexpensively with customized tools for your needs. The only downside–the ONLY downside–is that they don’t go through the rigorous pre-release testing you pay so much for. Pics on my flickr site of the smallish fire Big Brown just endured (which you can access to the right). Nothing major at all. No need for the fire extinguisher. Just some smoke and it burned itself out pretty quickly.
Looks like the chaff collector filter is what must’ve gotten too hot from an ember of chaff and caught on fire. It’s a filter for a wet/dry vac so it shouldn’t be too hard to replace. That’s not happened ever with this roaster so I’m feeling somewhat safe to assume it was a fluke one-off. But it’s always a drag having to spend the time afterward cleaning it all out and then you’re all timid the next time around or two.