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Topic: New Poppery (13 msgs / 187 lines)
1) From: Bob Norton
I'm the proud new owner of a Mark I Poppery. Where should I begin with the
modifications? I know what most of them are, but which is the most
important?
Bob
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2) From: richard heggs
Bob, Make sure it is a Mark I....it should be 1500 watts.  Some of the Poppery's were 1250 and were the same insides as the Poppery II.
Only modifications you need to, first is simple, re-arrange wiring to operate the fan all the time and turn the heat off by switch.  I like to roast without the cover, so if you want a thermometer, drill I diagonal hole out the
side so the tip of the thermometer enters the roasting chamber about 1/2 inch off the bottom.  If you are using the cover then you can follow the directions on Tom's site. That's about all you need to do to roast great coffee.
You will note on my website a bottom modification allowing for more air to pass into the chamber and to regulate it.  This is tricky, but there are other methods of achieving the same results. We have found by allowing more air
to flow we can extend the roast a bit longer which we find satisfactory.http://members.home.net/espressomio   Has large pictures of the wiring, and other mods.
Dick
bob wrote:
Date: Wed, 31 Jan 2001 19:39:42 -0700
From: "Bob Norton" 
To: homeroast
Subject: +New Poppery
Reply-To: homeroast
I'm the proud new owner of a Mark I Poppery. Where should I begin with the
modifications? I know what most of them are, but which is the most
important?
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R.S. (Dick) Heggs
From the Okanagan Valley of Beautiful British Columbia
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3) From: Andrew Thomas
I'm the proud new owner of a Mark I Poppery. Where should I begin with the
modifications? I know what most of them are, but which is the most
important?     Bob
I have a "Mark I" that I've used for about 6 months. I have never modified it at all and have been very happy with results. I roast by sound and sight though, so if you want to control more precisely you will have to modify it. 
See: members.home.net/espressomio/COFFEMENU.HTML for mod. ideas.  
BTW if you've used a Poppery II, you will notice the PI is a lot more powerful. I roast 6 oz (volume) in the PI in about the same time as 4 oz in my PII.    Andy
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4) From: JKG
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with the
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I used a tin can to keep the beans from flying out.  That was my only
modification until last week when I took the jump and re-wired so that
I could use the fan for cooling.   It was easy, and cooling is much
faster.
The thing is built like a tank, and I hope it never dies.  There's
something
about being able to roast great coffee with a machine that costs less
than
five bucks.
JKG
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5) From: Robert Norton
My previous roasters have been a 10 kg Probat and three HW Precisions (one
every 5 months), Never tried a Poppery II.
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Andrew Thomas wrote:
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powerful. I roast 6 oz (volume) in the PI in about the same time as 4 oz in
my PII.    Andy
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6) From: Robert Norton
richard heggs wrote:
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Poppery's were 1250 and were the same insides as the Poppery II.
Now you're scaring me. I won't know until it arrives. Are there any
external clues to this sheep in wolf's clothing?
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pass into the chamber and to regulate it.  This is tricky, but there are
other methods of achieving the same results. We have found by allowing more
air
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I'd be interested in knowing the other methods. BTW, your website is
spectacular. Great job.
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7) From: Russ Bradley
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HW Precisions only lasted 5 months?  I have a Fresh Roast, and a Proctor Silex
Popcorn Pumper, and I'm getting to where I prefer the Pumper over the Fresh
Roast.  The only advantage a Fresh Roast has is I can roast inside.  The Pumper
gives a much slower roast, as well as handling a larger batch.  I was
considering a HWP for indoor roasting.
Were the HW Precisions burning out on you that fast?
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8) From: Robert Norton
In a word, yes.
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9) From: Russ Bradley
Sheesh!  My Fresh Roast has already outlasted that.  I know people
who've used Proctor Silex Pumpers for 5 years, unmodified I might add.
Thanks for the info!  Looks like I need to do some serious reconsideration.
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10) From: floyd burton
My first HWP lasted 10 months and the bearing in the fan motor wiped.  New
one sounds different-obtained from the HW offices in Chi in Oct 2K.  Am
modifying a couple of Popperies to replace the HWP if and when it goes
south.

11) From: Z
Hi. I need to chime in here. I have a couple of  older Poppery's that
are 1500 watts - heavier and quieter as well, but that are not labeled
as Mark 1s and I've always been curious how they got that name in these
discussions. ANy thoughts on that one?
Mark
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12) From: Dave Huddle
NOT all HWP roasters have problems.   I've had mine for 13 months -
over 300 roasts with out any problem.
If it died today, I'd probably get another HWP.
Dave	Westerville, OH		just 25 minutes from SweetMaria's
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13) From: Don Staricka
 
At 10:04 AM 2/2/01 -0500, you wrote:
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I agree. I have one of the earliest ones and it still works just fine. I 
would get another one based on my experience unless some other roaster came 
along that was clearly superior for my needs.
Don
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