frauenfelder — 2014-04-03T19:37:43-04:00 — #1
bwchicago — 2014-04-03T19:57:18-04:00 — #2
hughstimson — 2014-04-03T20:27:14-04:00 — #4
That's an incredibly elaborate system to force the kernels to pop all at once. Why oh why?
I mean, it's super cool but WTF?
comrade7 — 2014-04-03T20:29:34-04:00 — #5
Weird... I just randomly came across this Youtube video after seeing this BB post:
When was Alton Brown on Mythbusters???
drew_g — 2014-04-03T20:39:47-04:00 — #6
Couple years ago, it was a special crossover thing.
He also helped them test if it was possible to cook using a running car's engine block, and ende dup making a surprisingly good car-cooked thanksgiving dinner.
fnordshowder — 2014-04-03T20:43:54-04:00 — #7
So you had a blacksmith in the family who has the remnants of a good old coal forge--and you want popcorn. Makes sense.
I think this spares the popcorn vendor a whole lot of trouble, he doesn't have to raise his voice one decibel to cause everybody on the street to look his way--he just has to use this very particular method of making it, its a nice hack with implicit PR--bravo!
fnordshowder — 2014-04-03T20:47:19-04:00 — #8
In retrospect--I don't want to be around when that popcorn container fails. Though I don't know how thick the walls are or the temperment (pun pun punnny) of the cooking container. OTOH the pressure indicator is a good idea--though I don't see the popcorn maker reading it in the video.
satiredun — 2014-04-03T21:19:41-04:00 — #9
If I recall correctly, it's a pressure cooker that gets all the kernels to a high enough temperature, then releases the pressure all at once which lets the steam expand within all the kernels simultaneously, therefore 'popping' them all at once.
lightningrose — 2014-04-03T21:58:53-04:00 — #10
Thanks for posting this. I remember seeing this pressure vessel popcorn maker before, but couldn't remember where or when.
daemonworks — 2014-04-03T22:06:09-04:00 — #11
Saw pretty much the same thing in Korea, but burned wood rather than coal.
lightningrose — 2014-04-03T22:09:51-04:00 — #12
One would hope there's a pressure relief valve but there's no obvious one (maybe built into the lid).
But yeah, as per the Mythbusters video, 1 megapascal = 145 PSI = 9.9 atmospheres! If that thing goes, it could be fatal.
milliefink — 2014-04-03T22:22:30-04:00 — #13
And your point is . . . ?
hubrissonic — 2014-04-03T22:30:15-04:00 — #14
jerwin — 2014-04-03T22:43:08-04:00 — #15
Isn't that about what a good espresso machine uses? Dangerous, yes, but not something that can't be engineered around.
seki — 2014-04-03T22:47:43-04:00 — #16
It took me a few minutes to remember where I'd seen this before: It's described in Guy Delisle's graphic novel 'Shenzhen'.
bobo — 2014-04-03T23:10:56-04:00 — #17
Alton Brown and the Mythbuster crew all in one show.
One word: Nerdgasm.
bobo — 2014-04-03T23:14:15-04:00 — #18
Yeah, getting killed by shrapnel from a homemade popcorn "bomb" is not exactly on my list of ways I want to go.
I suspect that this is one of those homemade devices where safety is engineered into knowing how to use a dangerous device properly rather than into attempting to make the device fool proof.
jerwin — 2014-04-03T23:16:04-04:00 — #19
In China we use coal.
Yes. You also have smog.
mtdna — 2014-04-03T23:25:16-04:00 — #20
It's worth the smog to have snacks that may kill you.
ekirk0 — 2014-04-04T00:38:07-04:00 — #21
Is it the same guy?
can someone please make a single kernel popcorn gun...
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