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Modified Popper with Chaff Collector by thirddayhomeroaster
Hi there thirdday!!

I cannot believe this has a popper in it's heart! Just fantastic form and functiion. Well put together, fine example home roaster work.

good luck,


yes, I can be nudged by chocolate, fine fresh roasted beans and maybe a beer!!

Here I cut the bottom out of the pickle relish jar to make a viewing chamber. The rolled edges on the top & bottom allow a very easy fit at the bean cup and the elbow-much more forgiving than the monin bottle I originally used.
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Edited by David on 07/29/2007 10:17 PM
Here I made a holder from an insulation support. It keeps the glass chamber from falling out when I dump the beans in the bag. It had to contour around the inside of the popper.
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Edited by David on 07/29/2007 11:02 PM
Here's a look at the guts of the roaster, and how the wire holder snakes along the inside to hold it in place securely.
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Edited by David on 07/29/2007 11:03 PM
The chamber is removable so it can be cleaned. I keep the brown char stuff off so I can get a good look at the beans. Just pull the holder back a bit, remove the chamber, clean, replace.
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Edited by David on 07/29/2007 11:05 PM
Here's my final entry. Note the collar I added above the cooling area in the chimney area to accomodate the extra glass. When I finished, I thought, "This is finished. There's nothing else I could do to it." Five minutes later PID's crossed my mind. I see another mod in my roaster's future. And just now, I thought, what about a high wattage dimmer switch from ebay to run the heating element instead of off-on? Or maybe just build a new roaster from scratch? No wonder this hobby is so addictive! Off to work on my friend's popper mod.
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Edited by David on 07/29/2007 11:07 PM
At thirddayhomeroaster's request, I have reduced the size of his photos to conform with our 500 pixel width limit.

I read your entry with great interest.

I really liked the way you controlled the ambient temperatures as well as the nifty chaff collector. I thought your article was very well written and I appreciated your sense of humor.

The only drawback that I found in the article was that it was hard for me to tell what you were doing from the pictures. By that I mean that it wasn't until I was on the second page before I got the Big Picture. Even then it was still a bit confusing because the starting picture and the ending picture were quite different. Maybe a diagram inserted early on would help. Hmm, that's a lot of words to describe what is truly a very minor point.

I really liked your entry. If I ever return to my native Michigan, I will definitely be setting out to make one of these. A necessary accessory it is.

Nice job. s:2
I wish I had this kind of talent ... :(

Your sheet metal work is superb, especially considering the Hi-Tech equipment you used (as mentioned previously). GrinGrinGrin

Great work!

Eddie Dove

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