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Juanitowu
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Joined: 17 Nov 2013
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Location: London, Ontario
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Posted Sun Nov 17, 2013, 6:58pm
Subject: Stir crazy is burning
 

I'm a long time lurker at this forum But I have an issue that I can't seem to google-fu my way.

I just bought a turbo oven and a stir crazy popcorn popper after getting tired of smoke inhalation through heat gun dog bowl.

The first time I assembled the contraption smoke was emitting from the device! It smelled like burning plastic.

I opened the stir crazy. The plastic where the motor is mounted partially melted. My next step is to disconnect the heating element from the stir crazy but I heard that it was suggested but not a necessary mod.

What am I doing wrong? What should I do next? My brand is the salton, but not the one with a metal rod.

I apologize in adapvance if I wasn't clear enough in my description. I just inhaled burning plastic fumes...
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Ramblin
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Joined: 25 Jul 2004
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Posted Sun Dec 22, 2013, 7:49pm
Subject: Re: Stir crazy is burning
 

"My brand is the salton, but not the one with a metal rod."

If it's not a metal rod, what is it? If you are trying to use a stirrer with a plastic base, don't do it.

Stir crazy poppers that I have purchased had a plastic nut that holds the wire stirring rod in place.  Many users including myself tried wrapping this nut in many layers of foil to keep it from getting too hot and melting. Eventually many of us replaced the plastic nut with a wing nut and washer.

There are threads on here that detail how to disconnect he stir crazy heater or add a switch in case you want that extra heat temporarily when it is very cold out.

I tried a newer convection oven that I picked up at Aldi's. It came with a steel spacer ring that raises the heating unit above the stir crazy by about 4-5". To my dismay, with the metal spacer ring gingerly sitting on top of the stir crazy, the roasts were going much too slow. Removing the ring brought the heating unit way too close to the beans and got them much too hot too fast.

I went back to my badly battered but still functioning Supentown S2000 analog convection top and all is well for now.
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