aneil920 Senior Member Joined: 2 May 2013 Posts: 2 Location: Ft. Myers, FL Expertise: I love coffee
Posted Wed May 15, 2013, 5:04pm Subject: Popper to coffee-maker mod
Hi guys!! I'm new to this forum....I have been trying to use an existing pop-corn popper to home roast my coffee. However, the problem I have is two-fold,
1 It is pretty loud and smokey (so I was wondering how to solve that, maybe adding a smaller vent fan somewhere, in addition to the fan it has?) Where should I wire the fan/filter in the system (attached circuit diagram) or what else can I do to solve this.
Most importantly, it gets too hot, too fast! There is no control. Hence the necessity for a switch, or timer. The switch could be a high-low setting, or the timer could be a 1 minute to 10 minute increment. I looked at some off-the-shelf timers, all I need to know now is how to wire it to the appliance circuit (see diagram attached). Can something be wrong with the thermostat? What other ways can I fix this issue?
Posted Wed May 15, 2013, 8:26pm Subject: Re: Popper to coffee-maker mod
I've never used an air popper roaster, but if you do a search for "popper mods" (search feature upper and lower right of the screen on the main forum page) you will find a wealth of information. Mostly in the "Home Roasting Talk" section of the forum. Welcome to CoffeeGeek!
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Posted Fri May 17, 2013, 5:47am Subject: Re: Popper to coffee-maker mod
A lot of people solve the smoke issue by roasting outside. Temp regulation is always a problem when making an appliance do a job it was not intended to do. Some roasters get around this by using a variac to control the voltage to the heater coils. They are expensive but work well. You will also need a device to monitor the temp of the roast, a digital thermometer using a thermocouple is most often used.
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IntrepidQ3 Senior Member Joined: 30 Sep 2013 Posts: 50 Location: Tampa, FL Expertise: I love coffee
Espresso: Gaggia Classic PID Grinder: Vario Roaster: West Bend Air Crazy
Posted Fri Jan 3, 2014, 6:27pm Subject: Re: Popper to coffee-maker mod
What popper are you using?
I recently started roasting about a 2 months ago using the West Bend Air Crazy. Funny story, first it was not getting hot enough. The heat was stalling out. So I pried off the thermo governor. After doing this I could scorch my beans easily and quickly if I wanted to.
So up till earlier this week I was having the same issue as you. Too hot too quick.
To fix this I rewired my Air Crazy so the fan is always running and I turn the heat on/off with the switch. I took off the wires from the on/off switch. Than attached the wires going to the fan to the power supply. Lastly, I took the wires off the thermo governor and attached those wire to the on/off switch (these wires go to the heating element).
I went from hitting 1C around 3 min to being able to extend the anywhere between 4-9 min.
The alternative to this would be the dimmer, as mentioned in previous posts.
There is some good information on Popper mods over on the sweet marias forum and on homeroasters.org
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