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  • Mistral - Part(y) Fun

    Hey Gang,
    i dropped my tiffany popper last week so i had to purchase a new roaster asap.
    Target ended up being the only place that has a suitable popper in my area, so i bought the Mistral Party Fun Popper (see link: http://www.mistral.com.au/InstructionBooks/Novelty/MPM15.pdf )

    Anywho, it was fitted with my old chimney and given a run on saturday morning, it was a cold sydney morning so i dont know if that extended the roast, but it was definately slower than my tiffany (R.I.P).
    My roast approached 10 minutes and was probably somewhere between a light and medium roast (first crack was around 6 minutes from memory) when she died...! just packed it in and shut up shop. i thought it may have been a heat or timing trip of sorts, but the mistral hasnt come back to life.?!?!

    has anyone else had this problem with the Mistral.? are returns easy enough.?
    should i have steared clear of this one...? Most annoying.

    Cheers
    KoNG

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    Re: Mistral - Part(y) Fun

    Gday KoNG,
    I would suspect that if the popper hasnt come to life by now that the thermal fuse has blown, as the thermal overloads are self re-setting when the temperature goes back down.
    You can check it if you have a few tools and a multi-meter, but the simplest thing would be to take it back to Target and get a new one. Theyll usually swap it over no questions asked if you show your receipt.
    All the best.

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    • #3
      Re: Mistral - Part(y) Fun

      Thanks Lovey (haha i feel like a nanna saying that)
      it didnt fire back up the next day, so id say its gone. Ill go for the swap this week, after a quick clean of the chamber.
      im just worried its going to happen everytime, maybe if i reduce my batch size to 100g it will keep it at a lower temp.

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      • #4
        Re: Mistral - Part(y) Fun

        Gday Kong,

        The Mistral reliabilty is a bit hit and miss. I had one for 12 months used weekly that just recently died. I bought 2 at the factory oulet because they were cheap. One died on the first roast the second is still going after 2 months. Luck of the draw? I can get about 8-12 mins roast/ 110gms seems to be the right load for my present model. The previous one could do 140 gms no problem. Thats just my experience. Goodluck.

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        • #5
          Re: Mistral - Part(y) Fun

          Originally posted by KoNG link=1149477399/0#2 date=1149489081
          Thanks Lovey (haha i feel like a nanna saying that)
          it didnt fire back up the next day, so id say its gone. Ill go for the swap this week, after a quick clean of the chamber.
          im just worried  its  going to happen everytime, maybe if i reduce my batch size to 100g it will keep it at a lower temp.
          Dont worry about the nanna comment, I get it all the time at work ;D.
          How much were you trying to roast when the popper died?
          You might have overloaded it somewhat.

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          • #6
            Re: Mistral - Part(y) Fun

            There are actually two thermal control/protection devices in these things...... One is the aforementioned Thermal Fuse which has the appearance of a small silver capacitor with a connection lead on each end...... The other is an Electromechanical Thermal Cutout Switch, sort of a very basic Thermostat.

            This quote from the PDF file you linked tells the whole story really, poppers are not really intended for use as roasters, hence this statement.....
            -------------------------------------------------------------
            "Do not use the popcorn maker for longer than 6
            minutes at a time. After two consecutive batches
            have been made, leave the machine to cool down for
            about 10 minutes before using again."
            -------------------------------------------------------------

            Ive discovered that both of the above devices can be problematical when using the popper as a roaster and both can be repaired/overcome by a licensed electrician if warranty is NOT an issue . Depends on how much you like to play around with these sorts of things I guess but these types of mods should NOT be attempted by unqualified people..... 240 Volts can, and does kill people.

            Mal.

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            • #7
              Re: Mistral - Part(y) Fun

              Ill take it back this time and get a replacement. I think i used about 130g from memory. So maybe that was too much and i need to cut it down to 100g.
              Seeing though the same thing happened to swig, ill give it another go.

              thanx for the heads up Mal.

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