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Topic: poppery II (8 msgs / 147 lines)
1) From: John T. Turner
It was good fortune to find your site. I've been roasting for 20 years
and my roaster died.  I really did not want to spend the big bucks for a
new roaster and just happened upon your site and learned about the
WestBend Poppery II. Well, I found one for $1.50 and bought a spare for
$2.50 at another thrift store and got a third for a friend who will soon
be getting into roasting. They work great. I'm keeping records of the
times roasting specific beans and the roasts achieved. I feel that
roasting only 1/2 cup of green at a time works well. They start to
rotate in the device almost immediately which keeps them from burning.
Once more, your site is the greatest for those of us who relish a great
cup of coffee.
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2) From: floyd burton
Snap up those Poppery's-they are scarce if there are roasters about.
Suggest you check out
Chris and Susan's web site  www.execpc.com/~n9zes/index.htm     and look at
his mods to the PII.
In hot weather-high ambient temp-these things roast way too fast and to my
taste they need to be slowed down to
get the god cup.

3) From: neal prentiss
I found an article here ,
that says to use the poppery II without the chute and manually stir the
beans with a wooden spoon.  Is this recommended by anyone on the list, or
should I use the chute?
Thanks in advance,

4) From: Tim TenClay
Until I got my new roaster for Christmas..that's exactly what I did.  I used
a dowel instead of a wooden spoon but it worked great.
I used an unmodded popper and put enough beans in until the fan no longer
moved them (hence the need to stir)...  I also put an old soup can on the
top to allow for more beans and expansion of them.  Usually I found that by
the time they reached first crack the fan could actually move them (they
kind of "stick" to each other when they're green... does that make sense?)
Grace and Peace,
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5) From: Jeff Dingbaum
I like to use the chute on my poppery I because it funnels the chaff into
the sink.
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6) From: Brett Mason
I add a tin-can chimney, toss the chute, and roast outside where the chaff
augments the natural composting of my back yard.  The smoke is my
contribution to global warming, since I walk to work and am unable to rev
the porsche enough to make a difference with the short  mile drive.
If I put in too many beans, so the bean mass doesn't move, several events
occur.  1. Extreme smoke soon, with Imminent fire.  2. I tip the popper to
encourage some tumbling and allow some chaff to blow away.  This allows
evaporation (drying) and soon the beans will tumble without tipping.  This
is where I use the wooden spoon to encourage the bean dance. They're like
Jr. Highers at a 7th grade dance - they want to just sit in a corner, and
you have to encourage them.
On 3/22/07, neal prentiss  wrote:

7) From: Dave
The popper I'm using isn't a poppery II, but looks just like that one. I use
80 - 100 grams of green beans and stir with a dowel until they move on their
own. I also tilt the whole thing by setting the front on a piece of wood
3/4" thick. That seems to help the beans mix more thoroughly. I usually put
the chute on when the beans are moving on their own, because without it a
few will escape.
Some days...
It's just not worth chewing through the leather straps
On 3/22/07, neal prentiss  wrote:

8) From: Tom Ogren
I removed the chute since no need for it roasting outside. I would usually
roast around 1/3 cup (sometimes 1/2 cup depending on bean density and other
variables like ambient temp). I found that 1/3 tended to produce roasts of
the "right" length for my tastes. I would usually need to stir only for 5 or
10 seconds. Quite likely your PII will be either more or less "powerful"
than mine, as will the current on the outlet you choose to use. All of these
variables mean that you'll need to find what works best at your particular
TO in VA
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