[Homeroast] iRoast alternative
mrhomn at yahoo.com
Mon May 24 00:57:11 CDT 2010
I have been roasting for about 2 years now. I frequent the thrift stores as often as I can hoping to find poppers. Yesterday I finally found an original Poppery for $3.99. I was so excited. Part of me is afraid to modify it because I have messed up a few generic poppers. I took the heating element out of one to cool my roasts so I don't have to install a switch to cut the heater. I may just give it a go as is for awhile.
From: Brian Kamnetz <bkamnetz at gmail.com>
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Sent: Sat, May 22, 2010 9:59:53 AM
Subject: Re: [Homeroast] iRoast alternative
I would add that, in my experience, Poppery I (they are labeled just
"Poppery") poppers are very rare. I used to hit the thrift stores a
lot, first in New Mexico, then here in SC, and I saw a grand total of
1 Poppery popper. They may be more common in specific parts of the
It is quite easy to add a switch to the heater in the Poppery II. I
found instructions on the internet that were very complete, with
photos. I am not at all handy or knowledgeable about electrical or
electronic things, and I was able to easily add a switch to several
Poppery II poppers. The tools required are a drill and 1/2 inch (I
think) bit, and pliers, electrical tape, etc.
On Sat, May 22, 2010 at 11:15 AM, Randy <randyr5 at sbcglobal.net> wrote:
> Search the thrift stores and look for a Poppery I. It uses an AC motor and
> can be easily re-wired so that the switch turns the heater only on and off.
> I have the fan rant to a box with a Radio Shack transformer and a dimmer
> switch which allows me to control the fan speed. The transformer gives me
> and extra 10 volts if needed. I have been using this for years and am quite
> happy with the quality of my roasts. I'm not really into roast profiles in
> search of the perfect brew. I just like good, fresh roasted coffee, and I
> get that with this set-up, and it cost next to nothing.
> On 3/29/2010 1:47 PM, Kim Phipps wrote:
>> Dave, as long as you're only doing about 3/4 cup at a time, and this is
>> just something to tide you over till June, why not just go for the old
>> school hot air popcorn popper route? I roast until right about the 2nd crack
>> too with my Poppery 2. I have been meaning to upgrade eventually, but since
>> I roast small amounts and I'm enjoying the darker roasts, I figure if I like
>> what I got, don't fix it. Smoke goes up the stove vent, chaff into the sink.
>> No fuss.
>>> Today our well-used iRoast 2 started acting up, so I went online to see
>>> about a replacement. Out of stock until JUNE?!?!?!? Oh no! (visions of
>>> being without coffee)
>>> So now what? Are there any alternatives that would keep an iRoast user
>>> happy? I roast in pretty small quantities, about 3/4 of a cup of green
>>> beans at a time. Preferred roasts are on the darker side, usually into
>>> crack, but no espresso.
>>> Noise, smoke and within reason cost are not issues.
>>> As an aside, anyone know why they should be out of stock for so long? I
>>> thought everything was "just in time" manufacturing these days. )
>>> St. Petersburg, Florida USA
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