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Old 11-25-2009, 10:17 PM   #21
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Big fan of the Iroast2, too bad about the small batch size. I bought a Behmor 1600 and it's been about a year and I would say I'm completely undewhelmed by the product, big batch size and not real smokey, but not good for dark roasts, not very programmable, and very sensitive to voltage irregularities. My Iroast2 lasted almost 2 years of constant use before burning out. Big props to the coffee, knowledge and merchandise from Sweet Marias.

 
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Old 11-26-2009, 03:36 AM   #22
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Thanks for the clarification Summersolstice!

 
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Old 12-06-2009, 03:09 AM   #23
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Well, just got two hot air poppers via ebay, but I'm having trouble with finding a thicker glass chimney. All the hardware stores around me have this glass ones, but they seem like they would be prone to breaking, especially if I'm poling around with a dowel. Where did you guys get the heavy glass chimneys from?

 
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Old 12-06-2009, 01:54 PM   #24
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What is the benefit of the glass chimneys exactly? Does it help to hold in the heat? Is it less likely to melt? Both?

 
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Old 12-06-2009, 03:06 PM   #25

The glass chimney simply keeps the beans from flying out of the popper, and it also directs the chaff up and away. I think the thin chimney will work fine. As I said earlier, I only stir my beans before placing the chimney on top. Once they get hot they get lighter and start moving around very fast so I don't see any need to stir. My beans always come out evenly roasted with this method. The key is to not over fill. I use about 2/3 cup of beans at a time.

 
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Old 12-06-2009, 03:41 PM   #26
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Cool. Can't wait to pick up some beans and give it a whirl. Thanks for the tips!

 
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Old 12-06-2009, 09:06 PM   #27
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Same here, I am in the market for a hot air popper at the moment.

 
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Old 01-23-2011, 06:56 PM   #28
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Revive dead thread!

thought i'd share my roasting contraption. The cans keep the beans in and direct the chaff out. a little less fragile than the glass chimney, but not as easy to see inside. I use the $15 poplite from walmart.

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Old 01-24-2011, 11:58 AM   #29
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That looks a lot like my old popcorn roaster, I recently donated to Beerrific so he could get things going. I am currently using a breadmaker and heat gun so I can easily roast .5# - 1# without any problem. Works great for me.

 
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Old 01-24-2011, 01:50 PM   #30
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Hmmmmm. I feel like I saw your heat gun/breadmaker on sweet marias website or somewhere. How'd to rig it all together? It would be nice to roast more than 3oz at a time on the cheap.
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