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Topic: SC/TO + cooling in one unit (52 lines)
1) From: stereoplegic
sorry in advance for the long intro, just wanted to give a little b/g 
before i get to the point.
ok, so i started off w/ a white poppery ii w/ clear top, got ok roasts 
w/ a few that were really good  (esp guat. san marcos finca maria elisa 
mix of city+/light full city with french, and bolivia organic peaberry 
de montana full city...wow!), but thanks to the wealth of info online 
(mcKoffee, jeff mielke, many others), i got the mod bug something 
fierce. my pii has hex screws, so i opted for a salton and followed 
mielke's plans (mostly; used two black and one white ext cord female 
ends on ctrl box and same male ends on salton to keep interchangeability 
but w/ color coding & no DIN plug bottleneck/hazard). also, plastic top 
on salton started to melt on first run (fan's much stronger than my pii) 
so i just did a batch w/ an extra long chimney i made from a can of 
scrubbing bubbles (i know, toxic, but it's a perfect fit and i washed it 
extra thoroughly after cutting open). extended this batch to 4oz from my 
usual 3 and it struggled to get moving-clipped my 8" large-dial 
thermometer on the top rim-probably blocked too much airflow, but i 
didn't want to ruin my super tall, perfect fit chimney by hammering (no 
drill) a hole for the thermo (guess i'll have to for the results i want 
from it though). lucked into a 1400w popcorn pumper ($3.99) and 
perfect-fit glass chimney ($.75) at local thrift stores (wish i had 
looked there before hitting up ebay for my first 2 poppers). haven't 
hacked the pumper yet, but my control box will soon have another dimmer 
and white female ext. cord end for mcKoffee's variable ac fan controller 
mod.
now, getting to the point as promised, the mod bug has bitten me again. 
at the store where i found the 1400w pumper, i also picked up a $1.99 
stir crazy. bigger batches! that's what i want. i've done a lot of 
reading up on the SC/TO, sounds like a fairly easy and fun mod. one 
problem, though. cooling. worked out the control box on the air poppers 
so i wouldn't have to do the old collander dump routine. the thrift 
store where i found the poppers had mostly crap, but a few appliances 
which caught my attn. two of said appliances were ice cream/frozen 
yogurt makers.
my question is, how hard would it be (and how effective) to combine the 
ic maker's cooling element with the sc's motor/stirring arms (and 
obviously the TO's convection top, but that's been covered... also 
obvious, i'd still have to remove said top to release heat/begin 
cooling). any suggestions? mcKoffee? are mielke or felix dial around 
here somewhere? anyone else i haven't acknowledged (sorry, haven't been 
on this list for long)? has any one else done anything of the sort?
thanks in advance.


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