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Burns popcorn Hello,I had this model for many years, it worked fine. I could pop the corn, walk away for 10minutes, never would burn. This new one sometimes will burn the popcorn before it finishes, and if I leave it in there like I did with the other one, for more than 5mins, it starts burning the popped corn. Is there is a theremostat that turns the heat down after the corn pops, or it it just one temperature? If there is one temperature, it was not calibrated correctly. Should I return it?Thanks,Millard

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  • Anonymous Mar 30, 2009

    I had the same problem...

    I took the unit apart and there is a temp sensor that turns off too soon. I love the unit so much, I'm buying a new one and gonna bypass the sensor before I even use it.. I have to buy another unit because I didn't pay attention to how I disassembled my old one but know how to hack it now without tearing the whole unit apart next time.

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They are just making them with cheaper parts,so they dont work as well

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