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32 of 38 people found the following review helpful
on December 2, 2011
We got this popcorn popper and were so excited to try it out. My son was shaking it and when I turned my head he dropped it or something and a bunch of the popcorn landed in the fire. I figured he just messed up and emptied what little was left in the pan and the lid fell off. He had dumped most of the popcorn so I did the next batch myself. I was gently shaking it and it just didn't feel right. When I went to put the popped corn into the bowl, the lid fell off again. I'm not sure if this is something I did, a defect in this one popper, but I suggest you be extremely careful with this popper.
The popped corn was great and I will send this one back and get a replacement. I'm really hoping it's a defect in this one popper and the next one will be fine.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
I have been having a lot of fun with this popcorn popper! I first had to learn the proper way of using it, however!

Make sure the lid is very secure before you begin popping your corn. This is where I found pliers to be necessary. The top pops off sometimes! I suppose my shaking method wasn't perfect at first, but I also believe the metal clips are not very strong.

When working the popper over fire, try to be FAST! Also be smooth with your motions. You'll be SLIDING the popper! SLIDE it over and over, non-stop, even if you don't yet hear popping. Move in the direction of the handle: back and forth, back and forth! If you shake left to right and right to left you're going to make a big funny mess! Even funnier if you bounce it up and down!

Make sure to use enough oil. It's probably going to be more than you think you need. I started with just 2 tablespoons of oil, and burned the heck out of those kernels! That left a bumpy surface for the next batches! Just put enough in the first time and you'll be golden. Coat the bottom of the popper with canola or sunflower, or even a blend marketed for popcorn. You probably need about 1/4 cup. Don't go overboard, either, of course.

Once you start popping have containers ready to collect it! If you're doing it right, popcorn shoold start to overflow the popper when you've popped 2/3 to 3/4 of the kernels. It'll be lots of fun and you'll make a tasty nutritious snack!

One more thing: the manufactures give a description of the size of the fire you need to make proper popcorn with their popper. I'm pretty sure the directions are meant to be a joke because they call for a firepit something like 3ft wide and suggest flames 4ft high! Lol!
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on June 10, 2012
This product has much potential to be a 5 star product. The quality of the product material, at this price point, is very good - far better than others that I compared it to. E.g. I bought a unit at Walmart for about the same price, which was a piece of junk (1 star at best).

Out of the box, this unit is problematic for the following reasons:
1) The connecting point between the handle and the lid is way too loose. In fact, this caused my first batch of popcorn to fall into the fire due to the connecting point coming free and the pan falling out. Yes, I had it connected properly. My recommendation to the manufacturer would be to connect the handle to the pan rather than the lid of the pan. But even with it attached to the lid, it could still use a more precise attachment. There is just way too much slop in the fitting and the little spring steel release actually acts as a ramp for the end of the handle to slip up on and come loose. I had to modify that little spring steel part to get my handle to stay on without falling off while gently shaking it in the fire while popping corn.

2) The lid is a nice idea but it does not secure tight enough onto the pan to hold the weight under it while shaking (not too hard of course) over a flame. Mine came off while popping a batch, and I was being very careful. I had to modify all the spring clips to get them to hold, but even then, they are still not nearly as tight as they should be. The fix, of course, would be what I suggested above - to have the handle attach to the pan and not the lid. It doesn't really make sense to have the lid support the weight of the pan, oil, and popping corn below it when the pan itself could be used to attach a handle.

Besides these frustrating things, I really love this concept. The extending handle, the flip lid, the quality of material, etc. are all great and if these problems were corrected by the manufacturer, I think they would have a 5-star product.

I gave it 3 stars because I still think it's a good value for this price. If you are up for a little modification, you will likely have the best open fire popper anywhere close to this price.

Just don't be too surprised if you loose your first couple batches of popcorn due to poor fit. My family got quite the laugh when they watched me attempt to make them the perfect first batch of popcorn with this thing, only to end with that perfect batch end up on fire, literally, in the coals of our campfire. Fortunately, the pan only received a small ding from hitting a rock.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on June 20, 2013
I am sooooo disappointed in this product. It is the most idiotic design ever! The top pops off EASILY and the entire base containing your popcorn falls into the fire. I would like to think mine is just defective, but I have seen several other people with the same complaint on the reviews. I wish I wouldn't have bought this. The consumer shouldn't have to invent a way to make the product work or "customize" it in any way to get it to function as it should, but I guess that's what I'll be doing in an attempt to use this thing. Boo :-(
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on October 24, 2011
Got the Popcorn Pit Popper to take camping for the grandkids to make popcorn. Only thing they know how to do is microwave it. It works just fine easy for a 11 year old to use.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on October 24, 2011
i purchased this and it was the best popcorn maker ever! I twould recommen this to everyone who likes to make popcorn over a campfire or fireplace.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 8, 2014
I thought I would try it despite the reviews. As others have said, whomever designed this product should be forced to cook with it for the rest of their lives.

The release mechanism to remove the pot from the handle (in order to minimize the storage size) releases spontaneously when you shake the popper back and forth. I eliminated this problem by shoving a piece of cardboard under the release mechanism, jamming it in place. It worked fine with this "modification". Another reviewer stated that he installed a single screw to keep it from releasing. This would work well too, although, you would not be able to remove the handle without removing the screw.

There is a special place in hell for engineers who release products like this. There is no need for it to be designed this way. The popper works fine otherwise and would be a great product. As is, you have about a 75% chance of dropping the pot directly into the fire with the slightest back and forth movement.

Let's hope the free market either forces these guys to fix the product or runs them out of business.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on October 24, 2011
I love my popcorn pit popper. It works awesome. i am always looking for different things to do over the fire. The popcorn tastes great and we have yet to burn it. The 4 oz popcorn pkg's make it so easy to do. A must purchase!! I would recommend it to everyone who likes popcorn and campfires!!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on June 30, 2014
Yup, there's nothing like dumping a burning hot container of oil and kernels in your fire-pit! Didn't happen, but only because I fixed this poorly designed handle before actually using it. Being forewarned, I tested the attachment mechanism and determined that just a slight bump would cause the pot to come apart from the handle. Not something you expect from a device that is being shaken vigorously over a fire. Drilling a small hole and using a self-tapping screw solved the problem. I would have a few words for the idiot that designed this! Having said all that, it makes GREAT popcorn.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 18, 2013
I had received an Amazon discount coupon via a survey I filled out, I used it to purchase this popcorn popper for our camper... yes you can just as easily use jiffy pop but this made it a bit more fun and unique and it works! and works well!..
I added a couple teaspoons of olive oil and popcorn kernels and held it over campfire sharking lightly and soon we heard the popping! We ate it right from the popper...
Clean up was easy enough and storage is OK, the handle is collapsible but you do have the "pot" to deal with for storage, this is not a major issue for us but it could be if you are trying to keep your gear simple and compact, however I see no reason why the pot could not be used for other cooking task as needed.
I did have to bend or reshape the top clips to the pot as they were a little loose and our first round hit the ground when someone reached a little too hard into the pot to grab a handful of popcorn and the pot separated from the handle and top.. after a little tweaking to the clips it was all good afterwards :)
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