I am having difficulties with my air popper. It seems like it takes fore= ver to roast what Tom writes should be done in 10 minutes. Just today I roas= ted for 15 minutes and really didn't reach city +. Is there some secret that= I don't know? I am thinking some sort of modification but I wanted to chec= k it out with those in the no before I took my popper apart. Please let me know 'cause I love French Roast and can't quite get there. shalom, David
Hi David, You don't say what popper you are using or what size load you're roasting? Poppers are sensitive to the amount of beans you put in them. More beans will throttle the air so that it slows and gets hotter. Too few beans and you'll never get it hot enough. The optimum load is found by feeding them in slowly until they are just lofting or can be made to by mild shaking of the popper. Some people like a tilt. Later in the roast when the beans get lighter they will loft more easily. Have a look in the Sweet Marias library at all the links to info about poppers and mods to them.http://www.sweetmarias.com/articles.shtmlEd Neddham's site homeroaster.com has links to all kinds of mods. You may be lucky and not need a mod, just more beans. Or not ;-) If your message below looks funny its 'cos my mailer doesn't like your html, sorry. At 08:41 PM 3/15/2004 -0500, David wrote wrote: FLAVOR00-NONE-0000-0000-000000000000 3.0 ; I am having difficulties with my air popper. It seems like it takes forever to roast what Tom writes should be done in 10 minutes. Just today I roasted for 15 minutes and really didn't reach city +. Is there some secret that I don't know? I am thinking some sort of modification but I wanted to check it out with those in the no before I took my popper apart. Please let me know 'cause I love French Roast and can't quite get there. shalom, David
Opps, Correction: that should have read "Ed Needham's site" sorry Ed. At 06:47 PM 3/15/2004 -0800, you wrote: <Snip> <Snip>http://sweetmarias.com/maillistinfo.html#personalsettings
This is a multi-part message in MIME format. Hi David, This happened to me when I first started roasting. I learned from this list that the thermostat was cutting out the heat at too low a temperature, and that could be the problem you are having also. The solution is to take the popper apart and bypass the thermostat. I soldered a wire around it, but people have used paper clips. The thermostat is in the heater coil circuit, and has contacts that are broken at a certain temperature. Sometimes to disable it all you have to do is remove the little shiny metal disk that is under the points. It is about half the size of a dime, and this thing is temp sensitive. Take it out with needle nose pliers, but be careful not to bend the points or you will really need to bypass with a wire. Good luck, PeterZ Enjoying an extended Spring Break, here in LHC. David Lawrence wrote: <Snip>
I've been doing 'genealogy' stuff tonight. Any spelling will suffice. At least it has back as far as I've gotten. Needham Nedham Nudham Neadum At least the straight line back to gggg grandfather Samuel is all Needham. Yeah.