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? :(