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Brown oily leak

After I pop corn oil leaks out the bottom of popper and makes a mess.
I use olive oil and/or canola oil to pop corn. Is the oil I use causing the problem or do I have a bad popper?

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  • Ricklish Nov 20, 2008

    I also have this, but it isn't unusual. It's just a collection of some of the popping oils that have condensed on the inside cover where it usually runs down back into the heating tray. In this case, a small amount of the oils has slipped by the tray and into the heating chamber where it seeps out onto the counter...usually 3-5 drops during storage. We keep our popper resting on top of a paper towel. So, it's more of a nuisance than a problem.


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The oil is leaking around the stirring-arm-motor shaft -- it needs a new seal. It's not the oil you're using.

Posted on Apr 22, 2009

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    But West Bend Support does not carry this seal for liability reasons


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This is caused by using too much oil. Cut back on oil and make sure you measure, dont just guess amount. follow the manufactures instructions.

Posted on Sep 24, 2009

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smoke point. Peanut oil is not recommended because it greatly
impacts the flavor.

• Oils should never be mixed when deep frying.
• High heat, water, and burnt food particles break down the oil’s smoke
• Replace oil if you notice:
- Excessive smoking at normal temperatures
- Strong oil discoloration
- A rancid smell
- Excessive foaming around the frying food

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