My Sunpentown seems to be underpowered compared to some of the others
people have discussed. I cut the cord to the heating element on the
SC a long time ago. In the summertime, I'd typically get to first
crack in about 8-9 minutes if I preheated to about 400. That worked
fine. Last week, it was windy and 37 when I went out. It took 19
minutes to get to a City+. It ended up tasting good, but it was too
mild for me. So, I broke out a box and cut a couple of edges so one
of the sides would lie flat. I've had success with a box with my
Poppery. Conditions were about the same as last week. I got to
first crack in 10 minutes, the edge of second in about 14. A big
improvement. We'll have to see how the beans (CR Coopedota) came
out. They look a little bit more uneven than usual, but not much.
How have others roasted with these during the winter?