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Topic: Sears Roebuck Popper (9 msgs / 196 lines)
1) From: R.N.Kyle
I found a Sears Roebuck Popper (counter craft model)
2 bucks at the thrift store. It is a side vented roasting chamber. I =
took it apart, to wire a 3 way switch, and was surprised to find a very =
neat and clean assembly, and the main heater coil, and the resistor coil =
laid in a ceramic disc. I wired the switch and mounted in the case, =
assembled the popper. I dumped in 3 oz. of Yauco Selecto. hit the switch =
and the stop watch. First crack was at 4:30, 375 degrees, the popper =
slowly climbed on up and 2nd crack at 10:15, 440 degrees, stopped the =
roast  at 10:30, a couple a snaps into 2nd crack. Flipped the switch to =
cool, and in 1:30 cooled to 175 degrees, dumped into a colander and =
finished cooling.
I roasted some Guat next to a rolling 2nd crack 13:OO 
The profile didn't surprise me, but not having to hit the cool switch to =
stretch it out did. These times and temps are uninterrupted. I like it. =
not bad for 2 bucks and 2 for the switch. witch as it turned out, I =
really didn't need. but it is still nice to have.
Ron Kyle
Anderson SC
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2) From: R.N.Kyle
Mike McCoffee wrote:
BTW, are you nuts! New roaster, first test batch Yauco Selecto.
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YES, at least that's what my wife tells me. then she say UM nice coffee. =
Thanks for the roasting profiles, I very seldom get a grassy roast now, =
but some still taste better in a day or 2
Ron Kyle
Anderson SC
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3) From: R.N.Kyle
Hey Steven, is your popper a WBI, or WBII?
Ron Kyle
Anderson SC
rnkyle

4) From: Mike McGinness
From: "R.N.Kyle" 
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2 bucks at the thrift store. It is a side vented roasting chamber. I took it
apart, to wire a 3 way switch, and was surprised to find a very neat and
clean assembly, and the main heater coil, and the resistor coil laid in a
ceramic disc. I wired the switch and mounted in the case, assembled the
popper. I dumped in 3 oz. of Yauco Selecto. hit the switch and the stop
watch. First crack was at 4:30, 375 degrees, the popper slowly climbed on up
and 2nd crack at 10:15, 440 degrees, stopped the roast  at 10:30, a couple a
snaps into 2nd crack. Flipped the switch to cool, and in 1:30 cooled to 175
degrees, dumped into a colander and finished cooling.
I roasted some Guat next to a rolling 2nd crack 13:OO
The profile didn't surprise me, but not having to hit the cool switch to
stretch it out did. These times and temps are uninterrupted. I like it. not
bad for 2 bucks and 2 for the switch. witch as it turned out, I really
didn't need. but it is still nice to have.
Sounds like it'll turn out to be a decent small batch roaster at a great
price. Maybe a tad fast IMO but you've planned so you can slow it down if
you want. BTW, are you nuts! New roaster, first test batch Yauco Selecto.
Not a bean you want to waste. You are as bad as I am :-)
MM;-) aka Kona Krazy miKe mcKoffee
Variable Variac Rockin' Rosto Roasting
Rocky grindin' - Miss Silvia brewin'
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5) From: Mike McGinness
From: "R.N.Kyle" 
Mike McCoffee wrote:
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Thanks for the roasting profiles, I very seldom get a grassy roast now, but
some still taste better in a day or 2
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I totally agree. Body, complexity and finish develops more with some rest.
MM;-) aka Kona Krazy miKe mcKoffee
Variable Variac Rockin' Rosto Roasting
Rocky grindin' - Miss Silvia brewin'
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6) From: R.N.Kyle
Ken  Popcorn, you say, now that's a new concept. I never tried popcorn =
in the popper.  just kidding, have a good day.:O)
Ron Kyle
Anderson SC
rnkyle

7) From: Steven Dover
I do like the sound of that temperature curve. I've had W'Bens pop'rs that
gave great roasts with 2nd pop at 11 to 14 minutes - not baked either. I
can't match it with my Poppery for some reason, but my hot air roasts were
somewhat better at the timeframes you mentioned. Its all in the temp curve.
Imo, most factory air poprs/roasters are too quick/temp rises too fast
between first and second crack. - Steve D

8) From: Ken Mary
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My Sears Countercraft is a bottom screen model, a Hamilton Beach Popaire
clone. It is no good for coffee roasting, it will not lift the beans at any
loading. It does make the best *popcorn* of all the poppers I have tried.
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9) From: Steven Dover
It's a WB1, "The Poppery". Both fan and heat are 120 volt. I use a Variac to
control/vary the heat. I'll be lookin for the Sears pop'r at the local
Salvation Army/thrift stores! Also, I'm paying special attention to the BBQ
drum roaster posts. - Steve D - Northport, AL


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