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Topic: Popper heating modification (7 msgs / 199 lines)
1) From: AlChemist John
I recall seeing on SM web site in the area about roasting with poppers that 
one should not modify them to blow directly from the bottom, but only in 
the vortex as they are built.  Does anyone have a clue why this is the 
case?  That is how a FR heat with no problems.  I was thinking that 
straight could be more efficient but did not want more of a fire hazard on 
hand.
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John Nanci 
AlChemist at large
Roasting and Blending by Gestalt
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2) From: R.N.Kyle
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John I remember seeing that to, and also saw it in Ken David's book, so =
I thought it must be true, because some smart people said it. I would =
like to know the reasons that they said, that the bottom vented is not =
the one to use.
Ron Kyle
a coffee roaster from South Carolina
rnkyle

3) From: Angelo
I've roasted quite a few roasts in this type of popper and, outside of the 
chaff flying about, I see no difference..
I don't still do it because I've since found a whole slew of "regular" 
poppers...If you fit it with a can chimney, you should have no problem...
Ciao,
Angelo
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4) From: Eric B. Stauffer
The thinking is that the chaff could fall through the grate/screen and
potentially catch fire. "Home Roasting" cites only one reference to an
actual fire but recommends against it nonetheless.
Eric
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5) From: AlChemist John
Sometime around 05:07 9/4/02, Eric B. Stauffer typed:
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Ok, I can see where someone sometime might think this could be a problem 
but personally, with a fan blowing the chaff in the other direction, I am 
doubtful.  Personally, it sounds like the person who will not wear a seat 
belt because they heard of one person (rumor?) that was trapped by it in an 
accident instead of all the rest it helped.
Thanks for the info though.
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John Nanci 
AlChemist at large
Roasting and Blending by Gestalt
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6) From: Angelo
The screen mesh, if I remember correctly, is so fine that even if a piece 
of chaff were to get through, I can't see how it could cause much of a 
fire. It seems that it would just disintegrate very quickly.
I do believe that the objection had something to do with the chaff coming 
back in through the cool air intake vents on the bottom...  But wouldn't 
that be a danger on all poppers?
Since I roast in front of a window fan, the chaff(and smoke) is totally 
exhausted and doesn't have a chance to fall back down around the base of 
the popper.
A-
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7) From: R.N.Kyle
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Thanks Angelo, that's good to know, I run into a lot of bottom vented in =
the thrift store, for a couple of dollars.
Ron Kyle
a coffee roaster from South Carolina
rnkyle


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