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1) From: Ben Treichel
Come on people! This is a chance to get into espresso without having to 
buy a machine, and a popper with mod directions courtesy of felix.
Ben Treichel wrote:

2) From: Felix Dial
Hi Ben and everyone else,
I must add that splitting the heater and fan circuits, as I did, assumes you
have some sort of control setup for each of the circuits (dimmers or
variacs).  At the very least, you can disable the thermostat via the method
I link in my webpage.
If you have a dimmer rated higher than 1250Watts and don't want to split the
heater fan circuits, you could use a set up like the one herehttp://members.cox.net/felixdial/dimmer.example.jpgI pulled this photo from an ebay auction.
Dimmers rated higher than 1250Watts are big and would require a bigger
electrical box than the on in the above photo.  And you could just cut-up an
extension cord (at least 15 amps) for the required wire connections.  Don't
forget the wire/cord to electrical box connectors.
It's pretty much the same popper roasting mod that folks with just one
variac use ... one control simultaneously modifes both the heat and the fan.
The variac has other features benefits, but I think this is a suitable
alternative method.   Please let me know if this isn't the case.
  Felix "hoping to roast some Uganda AA Mbale Bugisu later today" Dial
  felixdial at cox dot net

3) From: Ed Needham
Wooo Hooo...
Just snagged a 1500watt dimmer on Ebay for $30!  Happy, happy, happy....
Now I can use my Poppery I as a source for blowing hot air into one end of my
grill roaster.  I'll be adding an exhaust stack and a chaff collector on the
other end.  Probably won't change the flavor much, but it will definitely
look cool .
Ed Needham
To Absurdity and Beyond!
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4) From: Ron Kyle
Sounds great Ed, keep us informed, I remember you mentioning that idea and
it sounds like a good one.
drum conversions
for gas grills.

5) From: Felix Dial
Hello Ed,
Congrats on the dimmer.  For a while there, I was finding 3 or 4 1500Watt
dimmer auctions.  Now there aren't so many.  But they show up every so
But let me see if I understand correctly: you're putting a coffee roaster in
series with another coffee roaster?  Anyone ever try putting one popper on
top of another?  I'd think the bottom popper would be used just to increase
air flow and not provide extra heat.
I'd really like to see photos of your new setup when its ready, especially
the chaff colector.
Felix "gonna try again today to roast the Uganda AA Mbale Bugisu" Dial

6) From: Ed Needham
A popper on top of a popper?  Pre-heated and turbocharged? 
My idea is to use the heated air from the Poppery I to blow into my gas grill
drum roaster to provide a bit of convection current, reduce smoke, and direct
it to the exhaust chute, and hopefully to blow at least some of the chaff
toward the exhaust chute, which has a collection trap as it discharges.
I seriously doubt this will make much of a difference in the quality of the
roast, but I 'think' I can use the air to 'micro-manage' the heat profile.
I plan on connecting both the heat and air to the dimmer, but I'll probably
link in a switch to the heater to turn it off completely.  That's a luxury
the Poppery I has over other poppers since both the heat and motor operate on
house current.
Ed Needham
To Absurdity and Beyond!
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7) From: Jim Gundlach
     My guess is that you would find a heat gun a better tool for this  
than the Poppery I.
         Jim Gundlach
On Sunday, September 7, 2003, at 12:40 PM, Ed Needham wrote:

8) From: Ed Needham
It might, but I 'have' a Poppery for $1.75, and a heat gun is another $100. 
Ed Needham
To Absurdity and Beyond!
homeroaster ... d.o.t ... com

9) From: Jim Gundlach
On Sunday, September 7, 2003, at 05:27 PM, Ed Needham wrote:
    I'd go with the Poppery.
       Jim Gundlach

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