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    It seems theyre back! did they really go away though?

    Gene Cafe Coffee Roaster $850 - Free Beans Free Freight
    Okay, after months and months of not finding any Fluid bed Airflow Roasters (aka popcorn poppers) on the shelves in bricks and mortar stores, they seem to be back with a vengeance.

    Spotted a good deal at Big W today, Theyve got a non-brandname popcorn popper on sale at the moment for a tenner

    Nows the time to get in and grab a couple while theyre about I think, Ive got enough to tide me over til I can either sort out a KKTO, or Andy gets the Behmor back in stock ;)

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    Re: It seems theyre back! did they really go away though?

    It was just in time that I did get one of these, as my first modified popper gave up the ghost just as I was starting a batch of beans, No worries, Thought I, Id just swap over to one of the new ones that Ive got as a backup

    Disaster! it appears that these popcorn poppers run REALLY hot. its hard to tell which happened first, The beans were (unevenly) roasted (up to and including CS11-12), or the thermostat attached to the barrel switched the whole shebang right off..

    "Hmm, That was a fun two and a half minutes" says I, "Ill see what I can do to slow it down a bit"

    Since then, Roasts have sat at around 2-3 minutes in length, very uneven roasts, and above all, my sanity is starting to slip. The thermostat has been disabled, (miserable thing, Rated at 150 degrees) and Ive turned the casing into a colander, and still the superfast roasts.

    Ive been thinking about tearing apart the old dead popper and doing some sort of back-yard heat-gun mod into the barrel of the thing, but Im lacking a suitable heatgun (so far) Would this work? or is it a lost cause?

    Am I to suffer the fate that I fear, and wind up ruining many wonderful beans because I cannot keep the heat down on my roaster? :(

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    Re: It seems theyre back! did they really go away though?

    Behmor Coffee Roaster
    Nasty!
    Could you put something like a mesh strainer of top of the popper/tin chmney? That would treat it a bit like a heat gun and raise the beans right away from the source - also improve airflow? I have no experience with popper roasting - but Im interested in having a play sometime just for fun!
    Matt



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