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Old 11-04-2011, 08:43 AM   #1
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Popcorn poppers

Any campfire popcorn makers out there? My kids love to make the microwave stuff but I wanted to look into the campfire poppers for an alternate to the traditonal smores nights. I've seen several out there with some mixed reviews and I'm looking for a good model for Christmas for them. Any feedback welcome good or bad. Jiffy pop is not an option due to milk alergy in the family.
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Old 11-17-2011, 03:47 PM   #2
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This is what we use, it's pretty good> I just don't like cleaning that stuff.

http://www.amazon.com/Camp-Chef-Camp.../dp/B000LGGGH4
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Old 11-17-2011, 05:57 PM   #3
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This is what we use, it's pretty good> I just don't like cleaning that stuff.

http://www.amazon.com/Camp-Chef-Camp.../dp/B000LGGGH4
That is great! I vividly remember using one just like it back in the early 70s as a kid. Wonder if they are as well made? Do you actually have that model from Amazon?
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Old 11-18-2011, 08:34 AM   #4
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Our popcorn maker is similar to the posted link - except ours is round not square. We have had great success with ours. Got it several years ago at Bass Pro.
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Old 11-18-2011, 04:10 PM   #5
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I have a round one also but it seems like the microwave popcorn wins out all of the time...I plan to take the grandkids dry camping next spring where they will have to do it the "old fashioned" way.
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Old 11-18-2011, 06:34 PM   #6
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This is what we use, it's pretty good> I just don't like cleaning that stuff...
Which is exactly why I use the microwave popcorn on the rare occasions I have popcorn.
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Nothing like Orville's. In fact I am going to pop some up when I am done posting this.
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Thanks for all the replies above. I am a big fan of the microwave popped but I do a fair amount of dry camping so wanted something else for the kids to cook over the nightly fire without all the sugar kicks the smores deliver late in the evenings.

I see there are only a few options either round or square, cast iron (which seems too heavy), or non stick. Otherwise they all seem close in design with the exception of size.

What's entailed in the messy cleaning? Do you get some of the popped corn burning to the bottom of the pan?
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Actually i wiped my popper out when finished - kinda like proper (in my mind) cleaning of cast iron - NO soap.
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Old 11-23-2011, 04:38 PM   #10
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I coat the outside with dish detergent and let it dry, then all the soot washes right off. Been lucky and haven't burned the inside yet!!! In my previous link to amazon, that is the same model, I bought it from a local retailer. It's not cast iron, just some form of thin metal so the soap works fine.
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