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Need help rewiring new popper
I just bought a popper with the only goal to roast coffee. I need some help with the rewiring. My goal is to control the heating element with a zero-cross SSR and the fan using a MOSFET.

I am attaching the schematic I reverse engineered and picture of the heating element.

This is an european popper, 220V 50Hz (Severin PC 3751).

Some of the questions I have are:
- Should I short/bypass the thermal fuse and the thermostat?
- Should the 2 heating coils be kept in series and supplied with the SSR?
- Can I plug the DC supply/MOSFET to the motor directly? Should the 3 capacitors be kept?
- I measured 19VDC at the motor terminal. Is it ok to supply the motor using 25VDC?
marcov attached the following images:
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1. Bypass thermostat only, keep the fuse
2. Yes, keep. Removing the 8 Ohms motor coil will overload the main heater with about 16% more voltage => 35% more power, less life.
3. Yes, directly is fine. The capacitors, together with L1/L2, are brush spark filters and should be let there.
4. ok is a relative term... Grin clearly motor life will be decreased, but we want more airflow, so... Those motors are usually RS385, rated for 24V, check attached datasheet.
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Thank you renatoa!

I'm really looking forward to the first roast Grin
I progressed in my modding and now I have almost everything ready for a first roast.

However I have quite a big problem bothering me: when the DC fan motor on, reading from TCs are very erratic and almost garbage at ambient temperature.

Strangely enough, if I keep my laptop close by the trackpad too seems to be affected by EMI (electromagnetic interferences) and have behaves poorly when trying to move the pointer.

To add some more information, I am using the cheapest (chinese) 24V switching DC power supply you can find on amazon, and a TC4+ board.

I am not sure if:
- the problem is with the motor or the supply (when heavily loaded) emitting EMI.
- the reason of the erratic measures is the ADC on the board or the TCs picking up EMI.

However, I did try to read the temperature from TC with a cheap multimeter, and in this case I did not observe this behaviour.

Do you have any suggestion of what I can do? Could the 2 inductors in series to the motor cause this (see pic in the first post).
Are the TC wires shielded/not ?
If shielded, is the mesh grounded? and how ?
How is the TC4 powered, via usb or own power source ?
renatoa wrote:

Are the TC wires shielded/not ?
If shielded, is the mesh grounded? and how ?

Yes, they are shielded with metal sleeves, and NO, sleeves are not grounded.

renatoa wrote:
How is the TC4 powered, via usb or own power source ?

Powered with the same 24V power supply used for the motor.

Thanks for replying ;)
I would try to power TC4 from other source, usb, whatever...

If that source is low current, like 1A, you could be surprised to hear that motor chops the output voltage with huge spikes.
This can be easily found measuring source voltage under load, and see how severe is the drop. If current draw of the motor is matched with source capabilities, the voltage drop should be unnoticeable, under 0.1V.
Hi, so I tried to supply the TC4 with a 12V adapter. Still, the GND of the 24V needs to be connected to the TC4 to switch the IO3 MOSFET.

After some more investigation I found that grounding TC shields makes things much better. Thanks for the hint.

However I am still troubleshooting what to do exactly, because:

- when using 2 TCs, if I ground the shields to GND for both, one of the 2 is off goes off by 10C. Maybe that TC is grounded...

- when grounding the shield of just one of the 2, everything is OK until I plug the heater plug. When I plug it,
one of the 2 TC goes off again of around 10C. Note that this happens without actually the heater being switched ON by the SSR, just the 220V plug being in the socket.
I suspect this is because of a ground loop, but I am not sure how to fix it. Probably I'll just live with it.
Edited by marcov on 03/06/2019 6:06 AM
marcov wrote:

- when using 2 TCs, if I shield both one of the 2 is off goes off by 10C. Maybe that TC is grounded...

- when shielding just one of the 2, everything is OK until I plug the heater plug. When I plug it,

So, I think it makes sense not to ground both TCs at their base. TCs heads are both touching the metal basket of the popper, so their shields are connected to GND anyway.

If I connect to GND both shields at the TC base, I am creating a big GND loop that is picking up noise.

All this is kind of weird. When connecting the TC to my multimeter, I dont get all this issues. I am not sure if the ADC or the TC4 board is the culprit here.
Try grounding the TC4 board. There's a 2 pin header on the board you can connect a ground wire to.
greencardigan wrote:

Try grounding the TC4 board. There's a 2 pin header on the board you can connect a ground wire to.

Grounding to what?
I have mine grounded to mains ground.
Thanks for the tips.
In the end I figured out the problem and how to fix it.

The problem is indeed that 12$ 24V 5A chinese power supply bought on Amazon.

The fixes are:
- Connect the power supply V- the mains ground (earth).
- Add 1uF, 10uF, 100uF between V- and V+.
- Use the power supply for the fan, but supply the TC4 with another supply.
- Ground TC metal sleeves.

Started to play roasting a couple of batches... now I actually need to learn how to roast!
Adding some pictures with a semi-finished build.

I need to find some longer TC probes to have less wires around.
marcov attached the following images:
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That probe is too much into direct airflow stream, imo...
I would raise it at least to be in the middle height of beans mass. And centered in the vortex.
I'll fix that, thanks! BTW, I noted that in the center the beans moves much slower, curious to see if putting the probe there will change anything.
Please be aware there are big differences in airflow pattern for the two main fluid bed machine approach:
- the poppers, where the air column is a vortex, as in a tornado, faster near the walls, and almost still in the center (that's why is best to have probe there)
- the others, based on hot gun blowers, air comes vertically through a funnel in the bottom. The central column is the most turbulent area in the roast chamber in this case, the best probe placement being in a corner between the wall and funnel start, out of reach of the main hot air jet.
That makes a lot of sense! The center of the tornado is supposed to be calm, so the same applies here.
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