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Cuisinart Popper a very real fire hazard--DANGER IN YOUR KITCHEN!
on April 22, 2015
We just received this nice-looking popper along with another one (Great Northern Hot Air Popcorn Popper) that we ordered for comparison. This one appears to have the same basic inner pieces inside a much better package, and includes a switch not found on the other unit.
I carefully followed all the directions to clean the top pieces with warm soapy water prior to use. And I wiped out the popper engine with a clean, dry paper towel.
I loaded the lid just as stated and carefully dropped them into the bin. Pushed the button, and the popper started spinning, just like the other unit did. Immediately got hot, as it should, then, within a minute or so, white fluffy pieces started appearing.
Just about the time the white fluffy popcorn started reaching the top of the chute, suddenly the sound changed--as if the fan had slowed way down. But it was still running. Before I could make sense out of it all--a couple of seconds--thick white smoke--burnt popcorn!!!
Immediately I hit the shutoff. Thankfully that worked!
When I poured out the contents, I found the kernels mostly on top of a whole handful of smoking black--not white--popped popcorn.
Was I ever glad I did not walk away from this unit!
If I had left it running, would it have created a fire?
Yes, I believe so. But if it had not created a fire, at the very least, we would have had severe smoke damage to our kitchen.
First tryout--epic fail!