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brianl
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Posted Fri Mar 21, 2014, 8:20pm
Subject: Getting started with a Turbo Crazy
 

((I originally started to high jack someone elses topic about the Turbo Crazy but figured that i'd just create my own.

This is an intriguing option for me but i'm wondering if this method is still in favor with the roasting community as most topics I see are pretty old?

I would like to just start with the basics.

What Turbo Ovens have worked successfully with the stir crazy (Click Here (www.amazon.com))? I have seen mention of the Galloping Gourmet (1400+ watt models) and the Sunpentown So-2002 but it seems like both are really old. Are there any current models? Such as this one(Click Here (www.bedbathandbeyond.com)) that would work? Just curious as to what people are using these days.

Sorry if these questions have been asked over and over again.
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Posted Fri Mar 21, 2014, 9:15pm
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I'd say the Convection tops you mentioned will all work just fine. Mine is a Betty Crocker, 1350 watts, I think.

Don't forget that a "spacer"...a 4"-5" cake ring the same diameter size as the Stir Crazy is a must. Most of us also disconnected the heating element from the Stir Crazy, and replace the plastic shaft with a metal one, and covered it with a brass cap for insulation.
I actually have a different brand of stirrer machine that already had metal where necessary. I just can't remember the brand, but the model was called a "UFO." I could easily roast 14oz with a 1st crack (if I desired) at 7 minutes.

That said, many of us turned to the Behmor 1600. Full disclosure, I was one of the 1st Beta Testers of the 1600. At $299 list (usually sold with 4 lbs of free green beans) it presented a  great option for roasting up to 1 # of green. I still occasionally use my convection combo just for grins and giggles. The roast never seems as complex as with the Behmor (or HotTop), but it's still lots better than supermarket coffee.

There are several threads on how to modify the Stirrer/popper portion of the combo. The parts are less than $10, and is absolutely necessary if you want a long lasting stir uint.
Mine has lasted 7 years, and probably 200 roasts.



EDIT..I believe it's a Salton UFO, not sure if it's discontinued.

 
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brianl
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Posted Fri Mar 21, 2014, 10:18pm
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Thanks for the info. I haven't sold my significant other on the behmor yet. It sounds like it beats the turbo crazy in most ways. I currently use just the poppery ii unmodified. Would the roast quality of the turbo crazy be well above the poppery (what if I modified it?)?
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brianl
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Posted Fri Mar 21, 2014, 10:20pm
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Accidentally quoted instead of edited ha
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Posted Sun Mar 23, 2014, 7:13pm
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Oops! Sorry I missed your question in my post. Wasn't on the boards in a while. I've now got about 15 roasts under my belt. Ask any questions you have!
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Posted Mon Mar 24, 2014, 11:12am
Subject: Re: Getting started with a Turbo Crazy
 

I haven't used a popper myself but from what I've seen and know your roasts would greatly improve if you mod it. The T/C also does a good job roasting, and will do bigger batches. The biggest advantage I know of the Behmor over a homemade T/C is the ability to roast indoors, and the Behmor may have a slightly quicker learning curve as the profiles are programmed in (although not adjustable). You need to use the T/C a bit to get to know how it acts. You can still get some pretty good roasts right off the bat with it though.

Here's a page I like on all the ins and outs of building a T/C

http://turbocrazy.atspace.com/index.htm

The Sunpentown SO2000 is still a good top for the setup. If you wanted just the top you can find them for just over $50. For myself I found I actually really like the turbo oven, it has a permanent home on my kitchen counter and gets very regular use.

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Posted Tue Mar 25, 2014, 6:49am
Subject: Re: Getting started with a Turbo Crazy
 

I'll have to ask the lady if she'd like a convection oven haha.

Can you comment on the taste of the turbo crazy vs the behmor? I know the air poppers are usually a bright but under developed kind of grassy taste. The behmore is supposed to be full of more body compared to the air popper.
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