I am new to this forum and only discovered home roasting this month but am really hooked on it!
The purpose of
my post is to give my experience with various air poppers. Searching in vain at several thrift stores, I bought a White Westinghouse on Ebay which successfully roasted a few batches but is very noisy. As luck would have it, I found a Poppery II for $5.99 at the only store in the area I had missed
It roasts about the same, doing 2/3 cup into second crack in 6-7 minutes. I did move outside and use a soup can chimney because it came sans plastic top. The chimney is nice as I can go up to 3/4 cup and stir the beans with a wooden spoon early in the roast.
Today I picked up two Kitchen Gourmet poppers for $6.00 total, thinking that would set me up with some good spares. However, they are very noisy as well, sounding like they are rattling or coming apart. For one thing, the noise makes it difficult to discern first and second crack. The Poppery just seems more solid.
Curious to know if this others have found a quality difference in poppers. Is there a way to quiet these down?
No biggie as they are now in the basement but they may never be used as they are.
I just ordered another 5# of
the Brazil Campos, finding that to take a darker roast well and be a great bargain. This is going to be fun.