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Topic: poppery II mods (12 msgs / 256 lines)
1) From: jeff
list,
i am new to home roasting, using a poppery II. i have seen many of the 
links detailing mods to air poppers but don't understand the purpose of 
adding the glass chamber?
also, what are the mods that will bring the greatest return on 
investment. any input is appreciated.
-jeff

2) From: rnkyle
Jeff welcome to the list. I think the cheapest mods and the most valuable
are
1 add a thermometer
2 split the main heater wire and add a switch so you can cut the main heater
on and off to help control the roast, and you will be able to cool the beans
in the popper.
Ron
rnkylehttp://rnk10.tripod.comRoasting drums for gas grills.

3) From: Felix Dial
Greetings Jeff, you wrote:
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Any chimney (tin, glass, etc) is used to extend the roast chamber.  The tin
can chimneys I use on the p2 and 1250W pumper are long enough to keep the
beans from flying out.
The p1 and 1400W pumper have much stronger fans than the smaller poppers,
have larger roasting capacities, and require a longer chimney to keep the
beans from escaping.  The glass chimney is 1.5 to 2 times longer (i haven't
measured) than the tin can.  With the glass chimney, I don't have to stand
up and look down into the chimney to monitor a roast.
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I agree with Ron; The thermometer and adding a switch to toggle the main
heater will significantly improve roast quality.   I will add that you'll
get more of a "return" using a digital thermometer than the stick-dial
variety.
Cheers,
  Felix

4) From: Foster
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This is primarily to keep the beans from jumping out of the chamber 
as they become lighter during the roast. If you are using the 
original plastic top it will eventually melt/deform. Also, without 
the top it's easier to watch the color of the roast as it progresses.
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Disabling the internal thermostat (not the thermal fuse) is the first 
step. Otherwise, some PII's cut out before reaching second crack. 
Eventually you will get interested in (obsessed with) modifying the 
temperature/time profile of the roast and will want to modify the PII 
to control the fan and heater separately.
In case you didn't notice Felix Dial's post this is a link to 
modification instructions.http://tinyurl.com/h5bfR. Foster

5) From: John Casey
Hi all,
I'm currently going back to the popper-style roasting that I started on, 
since my grilling idea is a little too difficult to control for my 
tastes, and I'm finding that I like to have a couple of different small 
roasts on hand at a time for variety. So, I've decided to separate the 
fan from the heating element, and control the fan directly using an 
AC-DC converter (scavenged from my bin of computer parts).
This seems to work pretty well, but when I plugged the separated heating 
element into the wall to make sure the wiring was good, the lights went 
off in the room! I don't mean that the breaker flipped, but the 
fan/light sort of browned out temporarily. Man, that element heats up in 
a hurry! Either the elements are somehow pulling ALOT more power than 
they used to with the fan coupled to them, or the circuit in the house 
is a little heavily loaded...I think the circuit I actually use to roast 
is basically empty, so I'm not too worried about that.
However, I need to buy some control equipment (switches, outlets, etc.) 
and I'm wondering just how much amperage I need to be prepared for. Has 
anyone else on the list has gone through this, and if so, do you know 
the amperage/wattage/etc. that I need to plan for?
The creation is pretty ugly right now, but I'm doing the prototype 
modifications on a mostly-blown-out toastmaster that I got from BBB for 
like $10 (with the ever-present coupon). Once I get the wiring down and 
learn on this one, I'll modify the popper I REALLY care about - my $2 
garage-sale Poppery II. I'll find a place to post pics of that one when 
the time comes.
-john

6) From: Jarred Vallozzi
Could someone email me off list about poppery II mods?  I have some
questions.  Thanks
-- 
-Jarred
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7) From: J.W.Bullfrog
try thishttp://www.homeroaster.com/geekmod.htmlOn Fri, Feb 29, 2008 at 10:45 AM, Jarred Vallozzi 
wrote:
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8) From: Jarred Vallozzi
I have a couple specific questions I would like to ask an experienced list
member.
I have already viewed the link.  Thanks though
On Fri, Feb 29, 2008 at 11:51 AM, J. W. Bullfrog 
wrote:
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9) From: Allon Stern
On Feb 29, 2008, at 1:06 PM, Jarred Vallozzi wrote:
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then ask the list.
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10) From: Tom Ulmer
Ben and the J.W. are one in the same.

11) From: J.W.Bullfrog
You can ask me. I known the author better that I would like; and like him
less that I should ;)
On Fri, Feb 29, 2008 at 12:06 PM, Jarred Vallozzi 
wrote:
<Snip>
-- 
I've seen things you people wouldn't believe.
Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion.
I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser gate.
All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain.
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12) From: J.W.Bullfrog
:)
On Fri, Feb 29, 2008 at 1:11 PM, Tom Ulmer  wrote:
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-- 
I've seen things you people wouldn't believe.
Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion.
I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser gate.
All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain.
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