Chinese street vendor's explosive popcorn making contraption


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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?


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Weird... I just randomly came across this Youtube video after seeing this BB post:

When was Alton Brown on Mythbusters???


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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.


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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!


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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.


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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.


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Thanks for posting this. I remember seeing this pressure vessel popcorn maker before, but couldn't remember where or when.


#11

Saw pretty much the same thing in Korea, but burned wood rather than coal.


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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.


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And your point is . . . ?


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Movie sine!


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Isn't that about what a good espresso machine uses? Dangerous, yes, but not something that can't be engineered around.


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It took me a few minutes to remember where I'd seen this before: It's described in Guy Delisle's graphic novel 'Shenzhen'.


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Alton Brown and the Mythbuster crew all in one show.

One word: Nerdgasm.


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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.


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In China we use coal.

Yes. You also have smog.


#20

It's worth the smog to have snacks that may kill you.


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Is it the same guy?
http://www.wimp.com/popcornchina/

can someone please make a single kernel popcorn gun...