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post #1951 of 2094
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Originally Posted by RTROSE View Post

Thoughts on these two contenders?

If I didn't know any better I would say they are the identical unit and that Great Northern was the OEM manufacturer of the "keepin' it poppin'" generic / private label machine.

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post #1952 of 2094
Thread Starter 
^^^Kind of what I was thinking as well. Just from the photos while very similar the GNP just looks a little nicer.

I did find this one as well.

Lookie here.

I'm probably at the point where if I choose any of the three above, it is a 6 of one have dozen of another type of thing,

Whatda think?

CJ,

I was leaning on getting the ready packs from GNP as in the threads that's what gets the most rave reviews. Figured I'd initially go with the ready packs out of convenience at first, but I'm open to suggestions on that as well.


Thanks again guys.

Regards,

RTROSE
post #1953 of 2094
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Originally Posted by RTROSE View Post

I was leaning on getting the ready packs from GNP as in the threads that's what gets the most rave reviews. Figured I'd initially go with the ready packs out of convenience at first, but I'm open to suggestions on that as well.

I think that I tried that stuff. If memory serves, it was garbage, IMHO. I now use it for when scouts visit or when other visitors that are not so discerning come over. I may even have some left over. If I do, do you want me to send you one?

I'll post my recipe after I get some photos of the ingredients...I'll try to get that done this evening.

CJ
post #1954 of 2094
The guts of the Great Northern look exactly like the one I got from Costco. The trim is different on the unit, but the guts look exactly the same.
post #1955 of 2094
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Originally Posted by RTROSE View Post

I did find this one as well.

Lookie here.

The guts and style of that one are EXACTLY the same as the Costco one! Looks like you have three that match (GN, this one and teh Costco one).

Good luck!
post #1956 of 2094
OK, I tried a lot of different combinations of oils, popcorn and pre-made popcorn packs before we settled on one that we really liked.

So here's my recipe for popcorn:

CJ's Favorite Popcorn

1 1/2 T Coconut oil
1 1/4 cup popcorn
1/2 - 3/4 tablespoon Flavacol

That's all there is to it. Here are the ingredients that we find work best:

Coconut Oil


Available from Amazon for about $21 for a three pack using Subscribe and Save. Here's a link.


Popcorn


Available at WalMart for around $4.50. Available at other outlets as well.


Flavacol


Available on Amazon for about $11 for a two pack. Here's a link. We purchased a two pack 3 years ago and have 1/4 of the second package left.


Here's a photo of the Great Northern per-packaged popcorn that I purchased. We hated it. The oil tasted oily, the popcorn was small, and it didn't taste as good as the stuff we made. I've tried it a few times and we still feel the same way. YMMV.


Good luck!
Edited by carboranadum - 3/22/13 at 5:46am
post #1957 of 2094
I didn't expect my Costco popper to last based on price, but the darn thing keeps going and it's at 10 years now! Can't go wrong. Mine is the 4oz version, and you're doing right looking at the 8oz. If mine ever dies, that's what I'll get.
post #1958 of 2094
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post #1959 of 2094
RT,

I finally got around to scanning thru this entire thread and, man, what a ride. Great stuff! Wish I was around back in the day to experience it in person. Good to see even today that you keep the thread going!

Thanks again for the advice as I get started on my little project...
post #1960 of 2094
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all the input guys, I think I'm channeling TNcG as I'm suffering from Analysis Paralysis! Sheesh! tongue.gif

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I LOVE it! I showed it to the Mrs. and she was less than impressed, but I LOVE it! biggrin.gif

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RT,

I finally got around to scanning thru this entire thread and, man, what a ride. Great stuff! Wish I was around back in the day to experience it in person. Good to see even today that you keep the thread going!

Thanks again for the advice as I get started on my little project...

Thanks! Always nice to another "Fan" along for the ride. I know being a part of this forum has been a great resource, and if I can help others in their journeys I'm all for it. I'm happy to help.

Regards,

RTROSE
post #1961 of 2094
Question for all you popcorn enthusiasts with those types of machines, did you install any kind of vent over-head for the exhaust and just how hard are those things to clean? My kids REALLY want one of those machines when I finally wrap up construction on my build and if a vent is something I should install I can do it now before it's too late.

Thanks!
Mike
post #1962 of 2094
A vent isn't neccessary.
post #1963 of 2094
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Originally Posted by Jindrak View Post

A vent isn't neccessary.

You sure? I know even the microwave stuff lingered for a day or two. Maybe a Panasonic Whisper fan may be the way to go. Vent that stank right out da winda.

Bud
post #1964 of 2094
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Originally Posted by mjmitchell1970 View Post

Question for all you popcorn enthusiasts with those types of machines, did you install any kind of vent over-head for the exhaust and just how hard are those things to clean?

I didn't install a vent. We like the smell of popcorn, but if you don't like it, open a window if you have one.
post #1965 of 2094
I forget to install a vent - and it's causing me to delay a popcornmaker purchase. but then there is always HT #2
post #1966 of 2094
Thread Starter 
No vent here either. I did consider it initially during my building, but somehow forgot, overlooked or nixed it I guess as I thought it just was not worth worrying about. Not really concerned about the smell as it is the one thing that is missing from my theater. LOL Will do my best though to avoid the sticky floor, that is one "theater" thing I can do without!

I'm back to the initial two poppers I listed as they both have five year warranties. The third one I linked to only has a one year warranty. There is only thirty dollars difference between the two so I will probably base my choice on aesthetics alone at this point since there does not appear to be any difference otherwise.

Regards,

RTROSE
post #1967 of 2094
Thread Starter 
Popcorn machine ordered. I went with the Great Northern Machine from ebay. It came down to purely looks as the two front runners were essentially the same and about twenty bucks difference so that was basically a wash.

I will be mailing off my amp tomorrow so hopefully that will be repaired in short order.

Regards,

RTROSE
post #1968 of 2094
Excellent! Great choice.


You have a small package that should arrive via USPS in a few days. smile.gif
post #1969 of 2094
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by carboranadum View Post

Excellent! Great choice.


You have a small package that should arrive via USPS in a few days. smile.gif

Thank you very kindly sir. Much appreciated! biggrin.gif

I'm really excited about it actually. One of the last few things to order for the build, and one "milestone" mentally reached personally says my theater is "complete". Having a popcorn maker was always part of my "big plan" for the build.

The last time I had my buddies over for a movie night, they were ribbing me that all I needed was a popcorn maker. So I figure I'll surprise them for next time.

Regards,

RTROSE
post #1970 of 2094
Popcorn maker is one of the few things left we are still trying to decide on.
post #1971 of 2094
Thread Starter 
Yup I'm really excited about it. While looking at everything in just about all price ranges I knew that I personally could not justify more than about 300 bucks for a machine. There were some very good machines right around that price point but what led me to pick the Great Northern popper was the price and the warranty. For me it was a great combo. It should be here early this week so I'll be able to give you my first hand impressions of the machine.

Regards,

RTROSE

Oh, holy hockey sticks sports fans, hold the PHONE! I nearly forgot to pass along a very important piece if info. There has been (oh for about a year now) two little pieces of trim that have needed to be put in place. One by the sub, and the other at the rear of the riser to the rear wall. Drum roll please if you will!



Well boys and girls that task has been "finished"!!!! Yeee Haww! Can't believe I almost forgot to post about actual progress, where is my mind at anyway? Oh that's right still trapped in Vik's theater. biggrin.gif
post #1972 of 2094
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OK, I tried a lot of different combinations of oils, popcorn and pre-made popcorn packs before we settled on one that we really liked.

Yeah, yeay ,yeah, congrats and everytihng, blah, blah, blah.....
Back to the important stuff, like popcorn.....

I was in Target the other day and saw that Orville's now has portion packs, sized for 6oz poppers. Anyone tried it?
post #1973 of 2094
Wow. I almost missed this! Progress! Awesome. You know what they say, the last 10% takes 90% of the time smile.gif
post #1974 of 2094
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Originally Posted by J_P_A View Post

You know what they say, the last 10% takes 90% of the time smile.gif
Ha!
post #1975 of 2094
Thread Starter 
Well the FedEx man showed up yesterday with a good sized box marked "Fragile" (must have come all the way from France) to brighten my day.



Obviously FedEx did not take the fragile too seriously, but the internal packing protected the popper just fine.

After just about 20-30 mins of assembly I had me a purdy little popcorn machine ready to go.



I have already made a couple of batches of popcorn using a couple of different mixtures and I have a couple more to try. Good stuff so far.

J_P_A,

I have heard that somewhere before. The last 10% takes 90% of the time. Very true sir, very true.

Oh earlier there was a discussion on the popcorn smell and whether or not a vent would be needed. I'm not finding that the smell lingers too awful long, and no regrets on not putting a vent in.

Regards,

RTROSE
post #1976 of 2094
NICE!
post #1977 of 2094
Classy! I like it!
post #1978 of 2094
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Originally Posted by RTROSE View Post

Well the FedEx man showed up yesterday with a good sized box marked "Fragile" (must have come all the way from France) to brighten my day.



Obviously FedEx did not take the fragile too seriously, but the internal packing protected the popper just fine.

After just about 20-30 mins of assembly I had me a purdy little popcorn machine ready to go.



I have already made a couple of batches of popcorn using a couple of different mixtures and I have a couple more to try. Good stuff so far.

J_P_A,

I have heard that somewhere before. The last 10% takes 90% of the time. Very true sir, very true.

Oh earlier there was a discussion on the popcorn smell and whether or not a vent would be needed. I'm not finding that the smell lingers too awful long, and no regrets on not putting a vent in.

Regards,

RTROSE

Nice machine. I wish I had a vent in mine, only because of the steam build up that can occur if I don't crack to the door open while popping. I've been using 6oz MegaPop bags for years now and love the taste.
post #1979 of 2094
How much trouble is it to clean it? Do you even clean it after each use? I suspect the movie theater poppers get cleaned before they are put in, and then when stuff starts growing in them smile.gif
post #1980 of 2094
Nice looking popper RT. Interested to hear what your favorite combination is. So far we really like the pre-portioned Great Northern packs. Quick, easy and great movie popcorn taste IMO. I'm with you on the vent thing too. I don't have an exhaust vent, and the smell is wonderful. Doesn't hang around too long, and really helps create the movie atmosphere. Of course, I haven't burned a batch yet, so I may be wishing for a vent at some point in the future...

Cleaning hasn't been an issue either. A quick wipe down with paper towels after each batch, then a good cleaning after every 4 or 5 batches. Takes 5 minutes for the quick clean, and about 15 for a thorough one. Not bad at all.
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