I don't have a microwave and hate microwave popcorn anyways, it's too salty and fake buttery. And I don't want to buy an air popper either since I live in an apartment the size of a shoebox and can't give up space to an appliance that only has one function. So I've been making my popcorn on the stovetop in a large heavy bottomed saucepan. My method is the following: Heat up a tbl. or so of oil in the pan, add a kernel to the pan, when it pops, add a 1/4 cup of kernels, cover and wait for the popping to commence. However, I end up shaking the pan around a lot since I don't want it burn, which seems to lower the heat of the pan, making it take longer to pop the kernels. Additionally, my popcorn ends up being really small, like the kernels didn't pop to their full potential. What am I doing wrong, or is it the cheap Kroger popcorn kernels that I'm using?