I was roasting coffee using a Whirly Pop manual crank popcorn popper when one of the cheap plastic gears broke (luckily, I have 2 poppers).
Does anyone know where to get metal gears that could be installed in the "machine" to prevent this from happening again?
I searched and found that you can possibly get Whirly Pop to send a replacement plastic gear (which is just going to break again). I also found that Whirly Pop sells entire new covers with metal gears, but would prefer to fix it myself (yeah, $10 isn't that much to buy one, but it would also be fun to fix for me, I just don't know where to get the gears from). I tried to search for places that sell gears, but feel pretty lost in this area.
I understand that this is a slightly ridiculous question because a used Whirly-Pop can be purchased for under $5 (although you need to search around thrift stores or estate sales to find one for this price).
I also understand that using a hot air popper is probably a better idea and also not very expensive, and that further getting a real roaster isn't super expensive and will probably get one eventually. I enjoy roasting coffee on a grill outside using a manual popcorn popper. I have gotten great results doing this, so am hoping someone may already have a solution to this issue.