Coffee Roasting - Converting a hot air
popcorn popper into a coffee roaster.
This gives a description of my method of converting a hot air popcorn
popper into a coffee roaster.
The finished project looks like this:
The project has two parts:
1) Modification of the popper, described here.
2) Fan speed and temperature control, described here.
I chose this modular approach for a couple reasons: I expect the pop
popper to fail at some point
and I want to be able to easily swap in a new one. I also wanted to be
able to experiment with some
currently manufactured popcorn poppers and see if I could find one that
would work well.
From what I have found so far the West Bend Poppery unit is the
most popular for roasting
coffee. This is the "original" 1500 watt unit, model 5459. The "poppery
II" is only 1100 watts and
I don't believe as easily modified.
My approach was to modify the popcorn popper to have two cords rather
than one. The original
black cord is used to power the heating element. A new cord is added to
supply power to the fan.
This modification is very easy to make. My "control board" simply
splits the incoming power from
an extension cord to a motor speed control and a 1500 watt dimmer.
Power arrives at two
outlets to which the modified popper is connected.
A couple notes:
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I am describing what I have
done. If you attempt this and
destroy a popcorn popper, or
worse electrocute yourself don't blame me. This project certainly
voids the warranty on
a popper and has the potential to damage a popper (or yourself) if you
make a mistake.
If all this looks difficult please don't attempt it.