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Why is it taking a long time to start popping, not popping completely, and leaving excess oil?


Sounds like the kettle isn't getting hot enough. The thermostat is usually at fault in this situation which can be determined by checking the amp draw on the kettle. the common complaint is the kette is too hot and burning but what really is going on is it's not hot enough so the seed won't pop. Because of the heat that is there it will loose it's moisture, dry out and burn instead. You will end up with lots of old maids . Really stale corn seed will act the same way because all the moisture in it is gone and thats what is needed to pop it.

Feb 14, 2016 | Gold Medal 2121 Econo Popcorn Maker

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Our store owns a gold medal #2656 popcorn popper but now it will not pop but few kernels. is it not getting hot enough or is it something else?


no you shouldn't have to do that. you are correct about the heat. what happens is it doesnt get hot enough for the moisture in the seed to expand to pop it, but its hot enough to dry it out so it cant pop. so it burns instead and you end up with a bunch of old maids. the thermostat is the first place to check.

Feb 05, 2016 | Gold Medal Products Gold Medal 2656 6 oz....

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Heats up runs properly but not hot enough to actually pop kernels Elite cuisine by maxi max (r) Model No. EPM-400


Double check the corn measurements, and adequate power supply. Other then that you have to return it, you cannot repair that brand.

Aug 28, 2013 | Nostalgia Electrics KPM-508 Popcorn Maker

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I have Presto 04830 PowerPop Microwave Multi-Popper. I over heats and burns the pop corn. My previous one worked fined. This one is impossible to use in its present state. MY microwave has not changed in...


Try new popcorn, popcorn dries out and does not pop well after being opened.

If the popcorn does not pop, and just turns black then it is too cold. If it pops very rapidly and then burns it is too hot. It is almost never too hot if you shut it off fast enough.

Aug 22, 2013 | Kitchen Appliances - Others

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Popcorn machine doesnt heat high


Popcorn needs 400F to pop, if you machine is not hot enough it will not pop popcorn.
You did not include very much information to help fix it, but if it is a home use popper, you cannot repair anything on them.
A true commercial popper you can replace thermostats, and fix the problem.

Aug 12, 2013 | Kitchen Appliances - Others

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Echols Model 490 Parts manual


I have a Echols model 490 popcorn maker. Serial # 01133
mfg code 303. It doesn't get hot enough to pop the popcorn. Do I need a new kettle?

Apr 11, 2012 | Kitchen Appliances - Others

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Motor runs, popcorn turns, nothing happens. It doesnt get hot enough to pop the corn.


Well maybe it just is to old or take it back.Maybe get something new maybe that one doesnt work

Mar 29, 2010 | Salton PC2 Popcorn Maker

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Hi there, i have a problem with my Oscar coffe machine. Is not creating enough pressure at the coffee pot part but highr pressure valve pops out after 10-15 sec of running.It looks machine pumping pressure...


sounds a if your heating element isn't being allowed to generate enough hot to send the hot water up the pipe, see most coffee makers do not actually pump the water, what happens is that the water passes through a heater that rapidly heats the water causing steam to push some of the water up the pipe(also creating the popping noise you hear), if the pipe is coated with residue from the water(most water has calcium and other mater which is deposited on the pipe walls during rapid heating), you need to do a cleaning cycle either using a commercial cleaning solution made for coffee pots or you can run some vinegar through it stopping for a few minutes about half way through the amount you are using to allow some of the vinegar to dissolve the residue from the pipe walls. that should clear up the problem, you should clean it at least every couple of weeks to keep it running smoothly

Dec 07, 2009 | Nuova Simonelli Oscar Coffee Maker,...

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Ccp-510 popcorn popper pops only small amount and quits


I had the same problem when I firs bought mine. I followed the instructions as to the proportion of corn to oil. Forget the book! I found that with this machine I had to use three times the oil that was caled for in the instructions to get all of the corn to pop. Better yet, we started purchasing the premade kits with the oil, popcorn and salt. Since changing to both of these systems we have enjoyed GREAT ppcorn!

Feb 01, 2009 | Nostalgia Electrics Helman Group CCP-510...

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Popcorn won't pop


Hints for getting the best popped corn: Don't pop popcorn in butter as the butter will burn before it can get hot enough. Popcorn pops best in temperatures of 400-460 degrees F. If your oil starts to smoke which happens at 500 degrees F, you've got it too hot. Any oil will work. Use enough oil to cover the bottom of the pan. For your health, you should choose a light cooking oil or better yet, skip the oil all together and use an air popper. The movie houses use yellow dyed coconut oil which does a great job of popping the popcorn although there are healthier oils you can use than coconut oil. To see if you have the oil hot enough, drop a couple of kernels into the hot oil. If it's hot enough, they should pop in just a few seconds. If you don't have a popper, any thick bottomed, high walled pan will do. Popcorn can even be easily made in a Dutch oven over a camp fire. When your oil is the right temperature, pour in your popcorn, shaking the pan to cover all the seeds in oil. Do this with the lid on to prevent burns should the hot oil try to splash out of the pan. Using a lid helps the kernels to heat more evenly and keeps the popping corn from flying all over the place. (If you are using a popcorn popper, shaking it isn't necessary because of it's rounded bottom.) As it begins popping, it's important to continue to shake a flat-bottomed pan. This helps any un-popped kernels to settle to the bottom of the pan where they can pop. As soon as you hear the popcorn stop popping, pull the pan off the heat and pour the popcorn into another container. It will burn if you leave it in the hot pan.

What can you do if you've done everything right but your popcorn still doesn't pop very well? As mentioned above, popcorn must have about 13.5 to 14% moisture to pop properly. This is because as the popcorn kernel is heated, the moisture inside the seed is turned to steam creating a huge inner pressure. As this pressure continues past the shell's strength to keep it in, the skin ruptures and the inner starchy layer of the kernel greatly expands and turns itself inside out. If the moisture isn't there, this pressure build-up can't happen. If you find your popcorn has excessive old maids (un-popped kernels) in it, the problem might be that it lacks moisture. Place 3 cups of un-popped popcorn into a quart bottle. Add a tablespoon of water, put the lid on and shake it to get water on all the kernels. If the water puddles in the bottom of the bottle, shake it again every 10 minutes until enough of the water has been absorbed to prevent puddling. Now let it sit for two or three days while the moisture is evenly distributed into the kernels. If it still doesn't pop correctly, repeat this process but add no more than 2 teaspoons of water the second time. Yes, it's also possible to get it so moist it won't pop, so definitely, don't add water a third time. Lastly, you can even take your old maids that didn't pop, rejuvenate them with water using the above process and re-pop them. (With a measurement of three cups un-popped popcorn, 1 tablespoon of water will increase the moisture content 2.5%. A teaspoon of water will increase the moisture level almost 1%. Air dried popcorn will probably never get below a 10% moisture content on it's own, so adding even two tablespoons of water would be pushing it, raising the moisture content to 15% - that is if it started out at a moisture level of 10%.)

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