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Topic: old popcorn pumper. (8 msgs / 227 lines)
1) From: Ray Kirkland
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I am sorry if I am revisiting old items that have been hashed out years ago
but I am really enjoying playing with these things and roasting.
I picked up an old Were Ever Popcorn pumper. It was missing the top so I
paid $1.50 for it.
The thing has 1400 watts, an AC fan motor and is a real tank with cast
aluminum housing etc.
I would assume that this unit has been used and was wondering what people
that are experienced think of it??   I ran a 3/4 cup thru it and found that
I had to stir it a little at first to get the circulation but after about a
minute it was doing fine.  at about the 6 minute mark the thermo cut out did
its thing and it would not fire up again till it cooled.  It looks like a
person can bypass it but I was wondering if anybody had any experience on
this matter.
At the same store there were 5 other air poppers and I also got one that was
brand new shape called "Everyday living."  It has a bunch of air flow and
pulled temp well. I have not taken it apart yet but it looks like it might
be a repackaged P2. It roasted a bit fast, Time I cooled the beans it looked
like I had stopped by Starbucks. Any thought on this unit??
BTW: has anyone followed the WB Poppery (series1) on Ebay it is at $40 with
a $10 S&H. with 4+days left. Is this a strange price or do they go for that
much?
Sorry for the WOB
thanx
RayK

2) From: David Westebbe
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I picked up an old Were Ever Popcorn pumper. It was missing the top so I
paid $1.50 for it.
Score!
  The thing has 1400 watts, an AC fan motor and is a real tank with cast
aluminum housing etc.
  I would assume that this unit has been used and was wondering what people
that are experienced think of it??
  Yours was the original hot air popcorn maker.  It is one of the two best
ever made for roasting coffee.
     I ran a 3/4 cup thru it and found that I had to stir it a little at
first to get the circulation but after about a minute it was doing fine.  at
about the 6 minute mark the thermo cut out did its thing and it would not
fire up again till it cooled.  It looks like a person can bypass it but I
was wondering if anybody had any experience on this matter.
  Yes, you can bypass it.
   BTW: has anyone followed the WB Poppery (series1) on Ebay it is at $40
with a $10 S&H. with 4+days left. Is this a strange price or do they go for
that much?
  They seem to go for crazy prices sometimes.  Your Pumper has the exact
same guts and a much cooler outside case.  Wear Ever licensed their
technology to WB.

3) From: AlChemist John
Sometime around 23:33 12/2/02, Ray Kirkland typed:
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I think it is ludicrous.  They go for what people will pay though .  I 
bought mine at a thrift store for $2.
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John Nanci 
AlChemist at large
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4) From: Tom Gramila
It gets even more astonishing.  Item # 2073944666, a Poppery I,
had a final price of $60.00!!!   Youch!http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category685&item 73944666&rd=1
These aren't so esay to find in thrift stores these days, at least not 
around here.  My Spouse is a pretty effective thrift store purveyor, and 
has had an eye out for a couple of months.....
Tom G.
On Tue, 3 
Dec 2002, AlChemist John wrote:
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5) From: Andrew Thomas
I have had better luck at yard sales, and they are usually even cheaper than at thrift stores. I have several Poppery (I)'s, mostly from sales. Most were in the $1--$2 range. The most I've paid was $6.50 at a consignment store. 
Andy
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6) From: Randy Roy
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Here is a site that has wiring diagrams for modifying a Poppery II.  I =
did this mod to my PII about 5 years ago and it is still running strong. =
It allows you to variably control the fan speed and turn the heaters on =
and off.  What's nice is that you can kind of control the length of the =
roast by turning off the secondary heater for a few seconds now and then =
during the roast.   
The diagram shows a master on/off switch and DIN plugs and jacks.  The =
original schematic from Gary Gorgen ( I believe he was a former =
homeroast list member) didn't have the the master on/off switch or the =
DIN plugs and jacks.  Mine is hard-wired from the Poppery to the control =
box.  I used wire nuts instead of solder.  It also has a thermometer =
going through the top of the chute and into the roast chamber.  One word =
of warning:
DO NOT TURN ON THE HEATERS UNLESS THE FAN IS RUNNING!!  FAILURE TO DO SO =
WILL RESULT IN MELTDOWN OR WORSE VERY QUICKLY!!
Here's the link:http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Oracle/8104/popper.htmlRandy

7) From: Randy Roy
Another nice thing about the Poppery I is that it can be easily modified so
that the fan is always on and the switch controls the heater, which is great
for cooling a roast.
Randy

8) From: Les & Becky
I agree with John, but I have another spin on this.  If we could buy a brand
new roaster for $75.00 that works as well as a WB Poppery, we all would be
thinking we were getting a good deal.  Every time I look at my HPW, I get
mad at myself for wasting the money for something that doesn't work as good
as my WB.  We have all been spoiled by finding these things for little or
nothing at thrift shops and garage sales.  Every time I look at my reserve
supply of poppers I smile!
Les


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