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ShelfieSchtick
My first roaster was a popper, like many here. I bought it at a local thrift store for 4.99 USD, and promptly fell down the rabbit hole. A month later, I had a dimmer switch installed in the heating circuit to allow for a longer warm-up phase before FC, as well as in-chamber cooling!

Sadly, as is the case for many popcorn poppers that are called to a higher purpose, my first roaster wore out within two years. The heating element broke (and was repaired) twice, then the fan motor got weaker and weaker until it finally gave out.

So, I went looking to the thrift store again, but couldn't find another to replace it... and ended up "borrowing" the popper my in-laws got for a wedding present in the 80s! That was about 6 months ago, and it's still going strong.
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greencardigan
Nice work. I still remember my first home roast in my first popper!

And welcome to the forum!
 
ShelfieSchtick
Thanks! The rabbit hole gets deeper... I'm looking at doing a small-batch fluidbed build now. Lots of inspiration here!
 
btreichel
Nah, yo got to drink the potion like Alice to really see the size of the rabbit hole you're in.
 
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