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Topic: Poppery Toppery (9 msgs / 246 lines)
1) From: Dan Mouer
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Folks,
I'm using an (unaltered) Poppery (original) for occasional quick roasts. =
Recently it seems to be roasting fairly hot. I thought, in fact that I =
noticed my top starting to warp a bit, then, the last roast I did--just =
to Full City or a bit more--the top began to melt down on m3. I mean it =
sagged in all around the vent slats and the butter cup. Wierd! Also, the =
roast went quicker than usual by about a minute.
So, any ideas what's going on? How to correct it without becoming an =
amateur electrician? And, does anyone have an old Poppery top that's =
lost its Poppery that they'd care to sell me?  Thanks,
Dan M

2) From: raymanowen
If you have changed your normal roasting time to a different part of the
day, like late night or early morning, you may be getting a voltage surge.
The power is sometimes elevated in industrial areas after 2p.m. until 10a.m.
next day.
Does your toaster also run hot at this time? Of course, it has a rudimentary
thermostat- it trips when it has made enough therms for the toast... Any new
construction in the area? You might call the utility company if you really
notice recent changes.
If you have a 50+ft extension for an electric weed trimmer, that should slow
the roast. Just don't leave any of the cord coiled up- it will get warm. A
Poppery may be a lot heavier electrical load than a weed trimmer.
Cheers -RayO, aka Opa!
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3) From: Karl Harder
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Hello Dan
I use a poppery II with good results.  First thing I learned.... Not =
enough Beans.... Don't get hot enough....Too many beans, you better stir =
like crazy cause the beans don't move, and will get too hot and or burn.
Yes, My butter tray and the top are becomming deformed, but still =
usable.
Karl

4) From: Dan Mouer
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Thanks, I'm going to try the extension cord trick. One thing that I have =
thought could be at work here is the season. I bought my Poppery back in =
early Winter. We keep our ambient in the house around 65 most of the =
winter, and our kitchen may be as chilly as the high 50s on cold days. =
It could be that now I'm roasting in relatively balmy conditions, the =
chamber is getting much hotter much faster. I still don't think it =
should be melting down the top, though!
Dan M

5) From: Dan Mouer
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Thanks, Karl. I've been measuring a half cup, but I'll try fewer beans. =
It does seem to take a while to get those baboies moving.
Dan M

6) From: Brett Mason
I roasted a quick batch this morning...  Because I am so detailed, here's
what I do:
 Put in about 1/4c beans
 plug in / turn on
 look inside and watch them whip around
 add some beans, until the mass just percolates a little bit....
I then let it roast...
 Smarter people will turn it off, dump out the beans and measure the weight.
    In the future they can load the same weight of beans, and almost always
have the optimal amount.
 I'm just not anal enough to follow the process.
 I am also not sure whether it is "anal retentive" or "anal-retentive", and
I am not sure if I care...
Cheers,
Brett
On 5/5/07, Dan Mouer  wrote:
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7) From: Dan Mouer
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Re: +Poppery TopperyThanks, Kirk. I'll make sure it stays clean and =
free-flowing.

8) From: Andy Thomas
I use a Poppery, and ambient temp makes a big difference in unmodded/unmanipulated roast time, So the faster, hotter roast may simply be because the weather is getting warmer. The plastic top melts. So forget about using it for the long term, especially if you roast full city or darker. Get a tin can -- open at both ends -- or a glass lamp chimney.
Dan Mouer  wrote:          Folks,
   
  I'm using an (unaltered) Poppery (original) for occasional quick roasts. Recently it seems to be roasting fairly hot. I thought, in fact that I noticed my top starting to warp a bit, then, the last roast I did--just to Full City or a bit more--the top began to melt down on m3. I mean it sagged in all around the vent slats and the butter cup. Wierd! Also, the roast went quicker than usual by about a minute.
   
  So, any ideas what's going on? How to correct it without becoming an amateur electrician? And, does anyone have an old Poppery top that's lost its Poppery that they'd care to sell me?  Thanks,
   
  Dan M
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9) From: JanoMac
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Dan,
You might want to check the air intake venting on the bottom of the unit. I=
f
small bits of chaff (or dust or lint) begin to collect on the intake
vents/screening, then the air flow suffers and the unit heats up faster and
gets hotter than normal. I check mine about every 5-6 roasts and either
brush off or vacuum out the chaff. I do not use a chaff collection system o=
n
my un-modified Poppery-I, so when the chaff flies, some invariably gets to
the bottom of the machine.
As an aside, the top/cover of my Poppery-I warped when my wife and I used i=
t
as intended to make popcorn a little less than 30 years ago. The butter dis=
h
was the first thing to begin to look like a Salvador Dali painting, then th=
e
cover slits. It used to make great popcorn, but now that same machine roast=
s
great coffee. They donšt make Œem like they used to!
Kirk


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