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Topic: Suggestions on Popper Roasting in Winter Months? (6 msgs / 97 lines)
1) From: Yakster
When I was roasting with a hot air popcorn popper, I would place the popper
inside a large stock pot to keep the wind from blowing away all the heat.
If it was really cold or I was having problems with a slow roast, I had a
second large stock pot that I could put over the top while monitoring the
temperature with a thermocouple to get it to first crack.  This really built
up the heat and moved things along, but keep in mind that this is risky and
operating well outside that hot air popcorn poppers design specs.
I think building a wind block would get you quite a ways towards your goal.
-Chris
On Sun, Nov 28, 2010 at 5:36 PM, Joe  wrote:
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2) From: jon morgan
Stick the popper in a cardboard. It will heat the box and raise the
temperature around the popper.
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3) From: Brian Kamnetz
I roasted outside with an air popper throughout the winter in northern
New Mexico. You want to create a micro-environment for the popper. I
put the popper into a cardboard box, and closed up the box as much as
I could and still stir.
Brian
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4) From: Yakster
The stock pots I used were really large.  They were left over from when I
brewed 5 gallon batches of beer and were probably 20 quart stock pots.
-Chris
On Mon, Nov 29, 2010 at 12:07 PM, Brian Kamnetz  wrote:
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5) From: Janomac
I use the ol' cardboard box trick, add a few more beans (to increase heat
mass during roasting), and shorten my extension cord. I also pullout the
plastic deflector that came with the original poppery I, and use it to
re-direct the air flow back down into the cardboard box better. I close 3 of
the 4 flaps and moderate air flow by removing/adding the deflector. Since
air poppers tend to roast "fast," I generally have more control over
roasting times in winter than in summer and get my best roasts while working
in a frigid garage.
Kirk
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6) From: Jason Riedy
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Likewise, sans the cord.  I've roasted during a snow storm this way...
But instead of closing the box all the way, I lay it tilted on something
adjustable like a chair.  That gives me a good bit of control over how
much cold air mixes.  My winter roasts tend to be a little better.
Jason
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