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Topic: A rare popper?, was Re: +WB Poppery or Poppery II? (4 msgs / 99 lines)
1) From: Ken Mary
I bet you do not have a Sears CounterCraft, vintage 1982. I found one of 
these at a local thrift shop only a few weeks ago. It was used once if at
all. The chamber bottom is a stainless screen about 1/2 inch above a radial
slotted flow distributor. It is the same as the far left picture on page 154
of Davids, "Home Coffee Roasting". The plastic hood has an "airlock" which
holds 1/2 cup volume. The popcorn is put into this holder, then after the
popper is preheated, you rotate a knob 90 degrees opening the airlock and
dumping the corn into the chamber.
After complete disassembly and cleaning, I tried it on a tablespoon of
popcorn. At first it just laid there but then it began to pop slowly. The
puffed corn spiralled around the chamber as if the slots were angled or the
airflow deflected somehow. This is apparently a well designed popper and
produced large puffs. I am keeping this for popcorn.
A trial run with coffee was a total failure, there was no bean lift at all.
The coffee was dumped after about 20 seconds and finished in another
roaster.
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2) From: europachris
That sounds suspiciouly like my Popaire in another set of clothes.  Go here:http://www.hamiltonbeach.com/company/museum/popaire.htmland tell me if that's close.  It's 1250 watts, I think.  Maybe 1150.  Not a lot, and the roast chamber is just as you describe - a screen over a Poppery style air distributor.  The popper is built very well, but it just doesn't have the airflow.  I took mine apart and enlarged the slots with a Dremel bit, which helped a bit, but now it starts to blow the beans out the top of the soup can roast chamber extension.  So, either it scorches them or blows them out.  I can't win.
Chris
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3) From: John - wandering Texas
Wow, what has happened to this list? Confessions of using cream and sugar,
then grinding the night before - and now somebody actually making popcorn
with a popcorn popper! The next thing may well be somebody confessing that
they like Starbucks :O)

4) From: Ken Mary
Hi Chris,
The base looks nearly identical but the hood is different (squared off with
a butter dish) but still functions the same. The wattage is 1050, not enough
to roast coffee. There is no manufacturer's mark anywhere. The bottom label
says Sears Roebuck and Co. model 400.689201. The side label says Sears
CounterCraft hot air corn popper.
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blows them out.  I can't win.
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