Popcorn Machine

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Owner/Loaner: Hive13
Hive13 Asset Tag: HV0002
Make/Model: Gold Medal Pop-A-Lot Model 2007 (google)
Arrival Date: 09/19/2009
Does it work?: Yes
Certification Needed?: no
Contact: Ian B.
Floorplan: Social Area



  1. Switch on Kettle Motor & Exhaust, Kettle Heat and Warmer (Lights is Optional)
  2. Put the following into the kettle:
    • 1 Cup – Popcorn Kernels
    • 1/3 Cup – Popping Oil
    • 1 Tsp – Flavor Salt
  3. Allow to pop until you hear less than one pop per second (the first batch can take a while to get going).
  4. Pull down on Kettle Lever to dump popcorn (repeat as necessary until Kettle is empty).
    • Repeat Steps 2-4 for additional batches.
  5. When finished popping, switch off Kettle Motor & Exhaust and Kettle Heat.
  6. Eat and enjoy!
  7. When finished serving, switch off Warmer.

IF YOU MAKE POPCORN, CLEAN THE MACHINE. (Seriously guys. It takes like five minutes.)


Regular Clean (after each use)

  1. Make sure all switches are turned off and unplug machine.
  2. Allow all surfaces to cool.
  3. Sweep crumbs and kernels out of machine.
  4. Remove and empty crumb tray.
  5. Wipe off surfaces with cleanser (non-bleach non-ammonia).
  6. Wipe down inside of kettle with damp cloth.

Deep Clean (Every 5-6 uses)

Before and After shots from first "Deep Clean"
  1. Fill kettle to top (approximately 13 cups of water).
    • Do not remove kettle from machine. Use pitcher.
  2. Add 3 Tablespoons of Gold Medal "Heat 'N Kleen" Kettle Cleaner
  3. Turn on Kettle Heat and Motor
  4. Wait for water to barely reach boil.
  5. Turn off heat and allow to cool.
    • If kettle is heavily soiled, repeat steps 3-5 (adding water as needed)
  6. Carefully dump water into plastic bin or bucket.
  7. Wipe out kettle with damp cloth.
  8. Allow to dry completely before making popcorn.


Serial Number: DAU-S-1221 Approx. Dimensions: 27"W x 19"L x 37"H Power Requirements: 1171 Watt / 11.45 Amp (Measured with Kill A Watt P3 P4400)

Project Goals

To have an easy to use and maintain popcorn machine for use during meetings/events/etc. It should require a minimum of maintenance and be accessible for use by anyone (members or visitors).


Hive13 Project
Popcorn Machine
Status: Completed
Start Date: 05/06/2014
Date Action(s)

The Past

Popcorn machine acquired. Date unknown. Legend tells that it has always been there, and that it shall always remain. It is said that one day, the chosen one shall return and the butter and salt shall flow. We faithful await this day with bated breath and red striped paper bags.


  • Cleaned up popcorn machine.
  • Moved to new location just outside Lounge.


  • Cut and attached new PVC legs to replace missing legs on right side. Machine itself is now relatively balanced.


  • De-tangled kettle cable, making it much easier to dump completed batches. This also seems to have solved the counterweight issue.
  • Brought in sealing container for popcorn kernels.
  • Real Popcorn Scoop!


  • Salvaged former Gigabot table. Machine is much more stable.
  • Reorganized supplies using additional space afforded by the aforementioned table.
  • Added hook on the side of the machine for popcorn scoop.


  • Replaced main 65-Watt light with 7-Watt LED equivilent. (TPI1: 4.33%)
  • Added power stats to wiki page.


  • Replaced two secondary 40-Watt lights (under "hood") with 3.5-Watt LED equivilents. (TPI: 9.36%)


  • 3D-Printed popcorn bag holder and attached it to the side of the machine. Relocated hook for popcorn scoop to the side of the bag holder.


  • Wrote Usage and Cleaning Instructions. They have been printed, laminated and placed near the popcorn machine. Also added to wiki page in both text and PDF format.


  • Built sign for top of machine. Laser engraved the design and cut border with band saw.


  • Completed first "Deep Clean" of popcorn kettle using Gold Medal "Heat 'N Kleen" Kettle Cleaner.

| 1 TPI == Total Power Improvement: This is the new total increase in energy efficiency over the original measurement, not the improvement from that specific modification. It is intended as a sort of overall progress tracker.

To-Do List

  • More permanent attachment to machine for laminated instructions.
    • Reprint/laminate updated cleaning instructions (see above).
  • Warming Plate is non-functional. Not sure if heating element needs replaced, or just needs wiring fixed.
  • Donation jar for popcorn supplies? (Possibly made out of movie theater popcorn tub.)


Usage Instructions (PDF)

Cleaning Instructions (PDF)

Owners Manual (PDF) (For updated version of the #2007 model. Most information still applies.)

Gold Medal Products Product Page