Looks like my $1.99 Poppery I will work nicely without any modifications, except for sticking in a tin can to contain jumping beans. Roasted up 3 batches of Guat Songbird early this morning (1/2 cup by volume), and it was very, very fun. Unlike my Poppery II, which requires stirring for at least 30 secs before a 1/3 cup of beans will jump, this machine's powerful motor immediately gets the beans moving. First crack at 4 1/2 minutes. Beginning of first crack at 7 minutes. This particular Poppery I does not run as hot as my Poppery II. I think I will employ seasonal roasters: Poppery I for summer and Poppery II for winter. By the way, when people on the list described the beginning of second crack as "the vanguard," that really really helped me to pick up my stopping point. My roasts have become much more consistent trying to hit that sweet spot. JKG Poppery I with Poppery II on standby
If the Poppery I does not run hot enough (it should exceed the poppery II) then there is an adjustable thermostat which can be adjusted hotter. Also, the thermostat contacts may be dirty and need to be filed with a good contact file. Pictures of the thermostat on my web site. Mind you, we have some members on the list (like Dave Waterfil) that just loves the Poppery II and wont use anything else. JKG wrote: First crack at 4 1/2 minutes. <Snip> -- ------------------------------------------------------------------ Richard (Dick) Heggs Beautiful Okanagan Valley of British Columbia. Homeroasting P(Mark I),espresso, drip--since 1997-established 1938http://members.home.net/espressomio/
I do like the WBIIs as they are well made machines and terribly cheap though I must be ever careful about saying anything about using them other than to pop corn. The six I use (really love popcorn ;-) ) are all just a bit different. I think when I have completely mastered them I may try one of those fancy home roasters. Dave Waterfill Dwaterfi www.spacestar.net/users/dwaterfi david.waterfill
Dave Waterfill said: <Snip> cheap though I <Snip> than to pop <Snip> different. I <Snip> fancy home <Snip> The popcorn poppers make this hobby really enjoyable for me. And I agree that every popper is different. I wasn't complaining earlier about the Poppery I not heating fast enough; it surely does. My Poppery II just does it faster, making me resort to long extension cords in the summer to slow things down. If I was having the trouble some of these folks were having after paying upwards of $100 for a coffee roasting machine, I'd be just a bit irritated. At $2-$3 a machine, who can complain if the thing stops working? (I wouldn't complain, but my heart might be broken). Just out of curiosity. Is it both the Poppery II and the Poppery I that we aren't supposed to be using for coffee roasting because of the patent infringement thingamajig? And when does that guy's patent expire anyway so that I can use mine for popping stuff other than corn. One more morsel for thought: if we modify the popper enough, wouldn't we fall outside the scope of the patent? Common sense tells me that it should be so, although the law is not always based upon common sense. JKG Poppery I with Poppery II as back-up.
<Snip> I stuck the Fresh Roast Roaster 'chaff catcher' on top of the MarkII glass bowl (is this what its called Dick?) -bean'wild!
Actually, IMHO, patents prevent people from selling these things for other than their designed purpose. You can use it as a bedpan for all they care - once you own it it's a matter of warranty - not patent. At a few bucks a pop, we can ditch the warranty. But if you take the WBI/II Popcorn Popper and sell it as a coffee roaster, then you're pushing the envelope a little and make yourself a target of a nasty-gram. Tom could probably elaborate better... Mike JKG wrote: <Snip>
The problem is marketing a popper as a coffee roaster. Use your popper anyway you see fit. It's your popper. Don't sell it to a friend and tell him to use it to roast coffee. That's all. The same gentleman (?) has also patented several modifications to the popper, so just keep popping corn in your roaster and keep looking over your shoulder as you do it. (We really don't want to go another round on this topic, though, do we) Dick JKG wrote: <Snip> -- ------------------------------------------------------------------ Richard (Dick) Heggs Beautiful Okanagan Valley of British Columbia. Homeroasting P(Mark I),espresso, drip--since 1997-established 1938http://members.home.net/espressomio/