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Topic: Thrift store find...from a friend (44 lines)
1) From: Scot Murphy
I just got a report from a friend, traveling in South Carolina, that  
she found a Stir Crazy popper for $2 at a thrift store. She intends  
to convert it to a coffee roaster with two possible outcomes: one,  
personal use, and two, eBaying. In the first case, she hardly ever  
drinks coffee because it does things to her sinuses, but she has  
people she would love to roast for, and this would give her the  
opportunity to do it with some quantity. In the second case, she is  
thinking that if she can get the Turbo Oven to go with it, she (or  
her husband) might do the mods on them both and sell the entire  
package on eBay for coffee roasting. I think that a ready-made SC/TO  
roaster might bring quite a few bucks, really, and she could make a  
profit on it.
Here's a couple of questions I have: one, I have a TO (Decosonic)  
that I don't use because it never got quite hot enough. I would love  
to give this to her for free, but it needs to be useful. Is there any  
way I can increase the heat output on this thingy? Maybe a thermostat  
that can be bypassed or something? And two, failing that, is there  
any way to get a used-but-working TO cheap outside of a thrift store?  
She and I have been on the lookout for cheapie TOs since I first got  
the bug, but in the several ensuing months none has presented itself.  
And that does bring up a third question: might it be worth it for her  
to buy a new, unused TO, mod the SC, and then put it on eBay with a  
reserve slightly over the cost of the original TO? Maybe about $60?
Last thought: if this thing does go up on eBay, it will be with a LOT  
of disclaimers ("By purchasing this item you understand that it has  
been modified from its original purpose, is not under any sort of  
expressed or implied warranty, is not inspected by any professional  
outfit, and if you burn your house down you only have yourself to  
blame").
Scot "I smell a potential business op here" Murphy
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