This is just an update and is not intended to discourage you. Lots of us
would like to roast over half a pound with a popper thingie.
People have been experimenting with increasing the airflow on poppers.
Even so far as to hook the output of a shop vac onto it. (You can get
one from Home Depot for less than 30 bucks.)
With that set up it is easy to blow 8 0z of beans all over the cooking
area. :) :) he he!
However, all that wind going through is hard to heat with only 1200 to
1500 watts :(
(someone also once suggested one of those jet engine type space
Hence the ideas have run to recirculating the hot air; and about the
cheapest way to do that is with the turbo crazy set up. This is sane,
and works fine :)
But this, to me, is roasting blind. I really like to see the beans
blowing around in an air popper, and especially like that all the chaff
just blows away.
With some simple mods the 1500 watt The Poppery from West Bend can roast
180 GR very nicely :)
But this is not enough either.
I would dearly love to roast a pound with an air popper,
and I keep building stuff that does not work all that well. :((
It seems like you need to have a larger roasting chamber along with more
heat, and/or recirculate it.
Right now I am collecting metal bowls and dishes from thrift stores in
order to cabbage something together along the lines of a giant rosto..
well.. perhaps not giant, but something that will swirl a pound of beans. :)
So far I have stuff to power it:
2 heating coils from turbo ovens,
and one of those hand held Red Devil vacuum cleaners.
Now that little monster moves a bit of air!
All my experimenting does not cost me much cash, thrift stores exist for
people like me :) I suppose I help keep them in business.
As an added benefit, I am having much more fun than just buying a Hot
Top, and watching a few hundred grams... roast to the beep ;)
Now if I could just build an espresso machine instead of paying 1200 +
Anyone built one from scratch yet?
Glad there are so many fruitful thrift stores, here in LHC.
Tom Bellerue wrote: