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    Homemaker popcorn maker mod

    Gene Cafe Coffee Roaster $850 - Free Beans Free Freight
    Ive managed to extend roast time by drilling through the case and cover. Ive cut a piece of metal to cover the chute so beans dont fall out.

    My technique now is: Physically agitate roaster for first minute. Getting start of first crack at 3 mins. This roast was finished at 6min 15 secs but I probably could of taken it a bit further.

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    Re: Homemaker popcorn maker mod

    I think fitting a chimney will make things easier, there is plenty of info on these around here.

    You might also try jiggling until first crack, that should extend your roast considerably and you can experiment with batch size as well. I used to roast 120g each time with the same popper, but definately had to jiggle the popper and keep it on a slight angle.

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    Re: Homemaker popcorn maker mod

    Newbiemocca,

    As you will see at this and other sites, there are many ways to modify a popper with great results.

    Your popper looks very new, there are no coffee stains in the bowl yet. I too used the plastic top for a while until it melted. I then made a chimney from an Alaska salmon tin which is a perfect fit.

    I am more of a stirrer than a jiggler.

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    Re: Homemaker popcorn maker mod

    Im a stirrer and tilter and agree - a chimney is a great help. Mine is a hurricane lantern glass - fits perfectly and lets me see whats happening.

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    Re: Homemaker popcorn maker mod

    Quote Originally Posted by 22011212193F24150E03010E600 link=1321435423/2#2 date=1321567213
    I am more of a stirrer than a jiggler.
    Quote Originally Posted by 300514055359600 link=1321435423/3#3 date=1321574514
    Im a stirrer and tilter
    You stirrers might have the numbers now, but I can see a revolution of jigglers happening soon, very soon.

    Join me, jigglerrrrs! :D

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    Re: Homemaker popcorn maker mod

    Quote Originally Posted by 617869690C0 link=1321435423/4#4 date=1321585830
    Quote Originally Posted by 22011212193F24150E03010E600 link=1321435423/2#2 date=1321567213
    I am more of a stirrer than a jiggler.
    Quote Originally Posted by 300514055359600 link=1321435423/3#3 date=1321574514
    Im a stirrer and tilter
    You stirrers might have the numbers now, but I can see a revolution of jigglers happening soon,* very soon.

    Join me, jigglerrrrs! :D
    Maybe when Im older ;D

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    Re: Homemaker popcorn maker mod

    Quote Originally Posted by 38213030550 link=1321435423/4#4 date=1321585830
    Quote Originally Posted by 22011212193F24150E03010E600 link=1321435423/2#2 date=1321567213
    I am more of a stirrer than a jiggler.
    Quote Originally Posted by 300514055359600 link=1321435423/3#3 date=1321574514
    Im a stirrer and tilter
    You stirrers might have the numbers now, but I can see a revolution of jigglers happening soon,* very soon.

    Join me, jigglerrrrs! :D
    ;D I start with the jiggle and move on to the stir when it start heating up...


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    Re: Homemaker popcorn maker mod

    Just curious what is everyones running tally of number of roasts with this particular model and how many did it take before it died?? On mine it says should not be run for more than 4mins. hehe Im flogging mine way past that.

    Not that kmart will accept a refund or exchange in its current drilled state!! I wont be too upset when it dies it is only $12.

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    Re: Homemaker popcorn maker mod

    dont be too worried about the no more than 4 mins, thats more a warning about setting the popcorn on fire :)

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    Re: Homemaker popcorn maker mod

    Thanks to your posts, my popper is no longer eligible for a warranty* ;) its holier than the Pope. ;D
    The result is an extra 30 seconds before 1st crack (3:00min) and then an extra minute before 2nd crack begins at 5:00min.
    I am dumping @10 seconds into 2nd crack and cooling on a metal seive, then onto a perforated aluminium tray.* Beans are room temp in 3 or 4 minutes.

    Prior to mod, when I went over 5 min the beans would be oily, now theyre not.* 3 days to see how they taste.

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    Re: Homemaker popcorn maker mod

    Hi All. How many grams are you roasting with this popper? I see 120g was mentioned in the 2nd post?

    I was following instructions for another popper, used 80g but it roasted way too fast, 3m45s and it was dark and oily flying through first and onto 2nd crack without pause.

    I also need to get the drill out and go to work on the unit as well.

    Cheers

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    Re: Homemaker popcorn maker mod

    Ive always used 100 grams, from the start with the unmodded popper to my now very modified popper :)

    Before it was modified I was getting up to 6 minute roasts.

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    Re: Homemaker popcorn maker mod

    Ive found 110 grams to suit my set-up.

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    still way too hot! these poppers are 1200W

    only one way to slow them down
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    daytime photo, looks pretty rough but does the job much better now.
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    I too started on a standard popcorn machine. The frustration of not getting consistent results coupled with the effort required to get a decent sized batch out drove me to modify mine. Using guides found here and on the web, armed with a soldering iron, wire stripper and screwdriver I split the fan and elements into separate circuits. The Fan is powered by a 24V 2A AC/DC converter and the element (bypassed the small element) is controlled by a properly rated potentiometer. As a result I get a little over 170g of roasted beans per batch. The roasts are very controllable and repeatable. I am able to match roasting profiles of much more expensive roasters with my humble popper. It's great fun and well worth the time and effort to do the modification.

    I stir in the beginning, once the beans have dried out and can move around on their own I sit back and enjoy the show.

    Nice work and happy roasting.

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    I would think the fan would be left alone, just the heat element needs to be backed way down.

    i wish I knew how to do it. I thought of using a light dimmer for the potentiometer

    would that work? Is it hard to figure which wires are what once I open it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by C-man View Post
    I thought of using a light dimmer for the potentiometer would that work?
    Not a normal light dimmer. Need a high power dimmer that can handle at least the 1200W that the popper uses.

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    You can get those from one of the popular electronics stores. If you use one that is not rated correctly it could overheat and fail severely.

    The fan motor relies on the elements to step down the voltage from 240V to 24V. It is usually stamped with the power requirements. There is also a diode bridge that converts
    AC to DC. Splitting the circuit means that you can control the heat without effecting the fan. Some Epson printers happen to use a 24V 2A power supply so they are readily available. I started using a 24V 1A, which works well enough for smaller roasts, but struggles under load.

    I managed to use the wires that I took out of the popper to rewire the circuit so I didn't need to purchase any heat resistant wire. The Popper is surprisingly simple once you have had a look at the wiring.

    Please be careful, if someting goes wrong you could electrocute yourself or those around you. Or cause a fire.

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    Hi all. I have this popper and i get 1st crack around the 4.30 mark and 2nd around the 11min mark by putting only one scoop full (which is almost spot on 60g) and running the whole time with the clear plastic bits off.. i decided less thermal mass to heat is a good thing and doing 60g over 100g increases roast time by like 3 or 4 mins

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    I suggest safest way is to get two long extension cords. This is a hot popper compared with the target one. I found some beans could not get to first crack with a well seasoned target popper. I've moved on to the corretto and eventually bought a behmor. But have to say I do bring out the popper every so often if I want to roast a small batch of beans.



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