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Topic: HWP finally died (4 msgs / 168 lines)
1) From: Eric Fayoux
Not this is an orginal post, but after 3 years of roasting, imy HWP finally
died (looks like the fan gave out which caused the unit to start melting).
My dilema now is do I want to wait for the new model or look for another
model/make. I have been happy with the HWP and the new model does seem to
have some interesting features (the best being the additional capacity). I
realize I can get the current one repaired but figure money would be better
spent on the newer model. So anyhow the real question, does anyone have any
information on possible availability dates for the new model. Going through
the archives looks like the most current thought is that it would be
available early in 2003. Is this still the case or has it been delayed. I
tried e-mailing the company but have not heard back - they might all be on
vacation as they have always been good at responding to E-mails.
Thanks for any information you can provide,
Eric.
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2) From: Jack Berry
You might consider what I'm going to do; pick up one of the air poppers as a
backup until the new models arrive or until we can buy HotTops in the U.S.
(assuming that's going to happen someday). My HWP is only 11 months old but
I can tell it's slowing down and I don't want to be forced into a bad buying
decision. The poppers are in thrift stores for a few bucks and if forced, I
can use those for a few months until I think a better alternative is
available.

3) From: floyd burton
Yeah swore off buying more WB PII's till saw one today for 75 cents-think
that's #7 or so.  It's however are a different story with P I's-only 1 of
those after giving one away.

4) From: Steven Van Dyke
Eric,
Live dangerously - cobble together a Turbo-Crazy roaster.  Get yourself a
Turbo Air oven (goes to 500 degrees but doesn't agitate) and a Stir-Crazy
popcorn popper (the 8-quart is best).  You'll also need a small box fan and
a shallow box.  Oh, and some pot holders, a strainer, and a large spoon.
Set the base of the Stir-Crazy in the shallow box (it catches the chaff).
Plug it in and dump on about 1 cup of green coffee.  Set the top of the
Turbo Air-oven neatly over the popper base and set it to 500 degrees.
You'll hit second crack in around 6 - 8 minutes at which time things become
rather interesting if you haven't planned ahead.  You need to take off the
air-oven top and set it on its stand.  You *did* remember to have the stand
ready, didn't you?  If not you've got a 500 degree object to set
*somewhere*, and soon.  Unplug the popper base or just let the rotating arm
keep agitating the coffee while you dump it (remember, the popper gets *hot*
so you can't just leave the coffee there to cool).  You'll really want to be
using potholders or oven mitts at this point - the air oven top overlaps the
popper handles so they tend to be, shall we say, a bit warm.  Dump the
coffee out into the strainer and hold it over the running fan.  You may see
a bit of chaff at this point .  Use the large spoon to
stir the coffee as it cools.  I start with a very large, shallow strainer I
got at the local asian grocery (great place for kitchen gadgets), then dump
into a large 'regular' screen-type strainer and pour back and forth between
the large strainer and a thin-steel colander.  After a minute or so the
coffee is cool enough to stir with your hand.  I seem to agitate better with
my hand than a spoon plus I can feel how warm the coffee still is.  It
should be cooled to room temperature within 3 - 4 minutes.  1 cup of green
coffee roasts into about 1 pint.
Enjoy!
Steve :->
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