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Topic: popper insanity (16 msgs / 298 lines)
1) From: R.N.Kyle
Peter they are tons ahead of the other poppers IMO built like a tank and =
can roast 1/3 of lb easy, 
but I don't think I"d spend that kind of money not even 1/2 that money .
Ron Kyle
Anderson SC

2) From: Peter Barnes
So I keep track of the original popperies selling on ebay hoping to 
eventually catch one on the cheap since my Rosto STILL isn't back from 
Brightway - it's only been two months. 
Anyways, todays winner:  $46.99 plus 11.90 shipping for a total of $58.89. 
No, thankfully I wasn't the winner.  If I wanted to spend that money, 
I'd just get a FR from Tom for $62.50.  I mean, how good can the 
original poppery really be?
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3) From: EuropaChris
I actually prefer the 'original' Popcorn Pumper.  I can get mine to roast a full cup of greens, 2x as much as a Poppery II, and 25% more than a Poppery I.  All needs done is disabling of the thermostat so it won't shut off in the middle of the roast.  They also give a nice 8 to 10 minute Full City roast.
At that price, I could finance another Alp with my popper collection.
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4) From: Rich Adams
It blows away the FR.  At least my FR.  Whats neat though is I incorporated
the FR top on top of the tin can I use for extension on the WBI.  Yesterday
I got a glass globe to fool with.
Rich Adams

5) From: jim gundlach
I take it as a sign that home coffee roasting is attracting more people 
at an increasing rate.  I see several other signs that the word is 
getting out.  I'll even go out on a limb and predict that in two years 
home roasting will be practiced in between 3 and 5 percent of the 
household in the US.  And that there will be a national chain that will 
sell fresh on the site roasted fair-traded/organic beans in most of the 
100 largest metropolitan areas in the US.
Jim Gundlach
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6) From: Rich Adams

7) From: Rich Adams
@ $50  now with 2.5 days left.

8) From: Ben Treichel
Which one are you watching? I don't see it.
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9) From: Rich Adams

10) From: Mike McGinness
From: "Peter Barnes" 
If it was me I'd be on the phone and email barrage with Brightway AND who I
bought if from demanding a replacement or full refund. Two weeks yes, two
months is ridiculous. Fortunately I had no problems with either of my Rostos
while under warranty. Finally fried the thermal fuse in my two year old with
a chaff fire fan only running, no biggy just by-passed the thermal fuse.
Course, my less than a year old *under warranty* Rosto isn't under warranty
since I've modified it so any future problems are my problems:)
I don't have a PopperyI but suspect it can be *good* indeed. Everything I've
read the past two years it's built like a tank. At 1500watts it's the most
powerful fluid bed for home roasting. How much is heater versus fan I don't
know. The Rosto is rated 1300w by comparison. I strongly suspect that with a
few of the right tweaks and controls the PopperyI would be able to do 1/2#
batches no problem. I'm keeping my eyes out myself, and would have no
problem justifying $50 total for one.
MM;-) aka Kona Konnaisseur miKe mcKoffee
Dual Variable Transformer Rosto Roasting
Rocky grindin' - Miss Silvia brewin'
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11) From: Randy Roy
Mike,  I picked up a PopperyI at a local flea market about 5 years ago for
$5.00.  Re-wired it so that the switch controls the heater and the fan is
always on.  I may hook up a separate cord to the fan so that I can Variac
it.  It's true -  the motor is heavy duty and it's built to last.  The roast
chamber is quite a bit deeper than the PII.
When I first got it, the roasts were cutting off at around 420- 430 deg.,
but then found out that the thermostat is adjustable by turning a screw.  It
will now roast to any degree.  I stiil use it now and then, but go with the
Rosto most of the time.

12) From: Tom & Maria
I have found a few Poppery I's over time, usually for $5 or less, one 
was new in the box. The eBay stuff is out of control. Maybe I am just 
lucky but  feel like 1 hour on a Saturday devoted to stops at 3-4 
thrift stores will probably yield at least 3 good poppery 2's, and 
maybe a mach 1. But I also wanted to chime in that another favorite 
popper of mine from the past (and the one my mom still uses) is the 
Popcorn Pumper mach 1. This has the on-off switch and it has a thick 
cast-metal butter dish, not a thin aluminum one. I also really liked 
the original Popaire, which is as beefy as the Poppery1 but a little 
lower in wattage. I used to load it up more with coffee to 
compensate, and had great success with it. -Tom
                   "Great coffee comes from tiny roasters"
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13) From: Simpson
Tom, what are you using nowadays as a roaster on a regular basis? I bet you
miss the Big D!
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14) From: Mike McGinness
From: "Randy Roy" 
How do you find the P1 & Rosto roast results compare? Or is it Rosto just
more user friendly? Just curious... I've still never roasted with a popcorn
MM;-) aka Kona Konnaisseur miKe mcKoffee
Dual Variable Transformer Rosto Roasting
Rocky grindin' - Miss Silvia brewin'
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15) From: Al Raden
I agree.  The WBI far surpasses any of the purpose built roasters I've yet
seen.  Has anyone ever heard of one failing?  Compare that to the record of
every other roaster.  It's significantly quieter, making it easy to hear the
progress of the roast.  It will easily handle 3/4 cup of greens.  The only
shortcomings are:
    1.  Chaff control.
            I find that the top from my Gourmet fits nicely on top of the
tin can extender.
    2.  No cooling.
            Again, I now use my Gourmet for that purpose.  Since I've didn't
do the roast with the Gourmet, it starts off cool.  The beans are hand cool
within a bit over a minute.
After my Gourmet failed (for the 4th time in 225 roasts), I went back to my
WBI (which now has several hundred roasts on it.  It will take a darn good
roaster to make me change again.
But, I'd never pay the prices they're currently getting on ebay.  But,
that's true of a lot of stuff.  ebay has become a fools paradise.
- al r.

16) From: Randy Roy
It roasts quite a bit faster than the Rosto - 2nd crack in about 5 minutes,
so the resulting roast is a bit brighter.  I can lengthen it by flipping the
heater switch on/off.  I use it when roasting for friends that like coffee,
but aren't as into it as we are.  That way they still get good coffee, and
it saves time for me.

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