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Topic: Cona vac pot fuel question (17 msgs / 344 lines)
1) From: Sherry Morrison
Does anyone know if I can use "fondue fuel" for a cona vac pot? I think 
the fondue fuel is denatured alcohol, but I am not sure. All it states 
on the container is:
Danger, poison, contains methanol.
I own every other coffee maker imaginable except for a Cona. I just 
purchased one on ebay and it came in the mail yesterday. It really is 
beautiful to look at. I asked my DH what he thought of it and he went 
"uh". He thinks I am nuts. To him it just makes a cup of coffee. He 
does not get it completely. I will give him points for loving the 
coffee that he makes with the TechnoVorm that I got for him. Maybe 
there is some hope for him!
Anyway, if I can use this fondue fuel, I am going to make my first cona 
brew, kick back and enjoy.
Sherry

2) From: J.W.Bullfrog
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Sherry Morrison wrote:
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There is another theory which states that this has already happened.

3) From: B. Scott Harroff
I've used that fuel for my Cona B and Cona D.
Trick is finding the right sized one to fit under the base.

4) From: Angelo
I have a Hario vac pot under which I place a butane micro burner. I went
through all the hassle of the original lamp (finding the right fuel, putting
up with the odor and having to clean the soot off the globe), and prefer
this burner. I got mine from a woodworking tool co in Canada, but I've seen
them on the net. I paid somewhere around $23US. It's the same one Hario sold
for $52...I'd never use a wick type burner again
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5) From: Randolph Wilson
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Sherry,
Some of the "fondue fuel" contains methylcellulose as a thickner. 
Some also contains a die.  Cheapest way to go is to go to Home Despot 
(or LowesT or paint/hardware place) and buy you some denatured 
alcohol.  HD had quarts and gallons.  My first Cona came on Friday, 
and I think I need 2 or three more of them.
What size did you get?  Mine is a B, and it is just right for my 1 or 
2 cup at a time way of operating.
Now I need a bigger one for company, and a B without the gold plating 
for everyday use, and a Bodum and a Yama for comparison testing. 
That should do me until I find a good deal on an old Proctor-Silex 
just for fun. As I told soemone last night about my coffee roasting, 
if something is worth doing, it is worth being obssesive about.
Regards,
Randy

6) From: Jared Andersson
Congrats on the new brewer Sherry.  I have a Cona D and use denatured
alcohol in it.  I get no soot with this alcohol.  I found it a bit confusin=
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to decide on what fuel to use in my Cona when I first purchased it.  The
fuel it will take seems to have a lot of different names.  I have found tha=
t
the denatured alcohol found in the paint section of a hardware store is
cheaper than the equivalent found in the camping section.  Good luck and
happy brewing.  Jared
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7) From: Woody DeCasere
my YAMA came with an alcohol lamp and i use the denatured alcohol form the
hardware store also, i used to be a painter and had some left over it does =
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fine job.
On 1/29/06, Jared Andersson  wrote:
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8) From: Rich Adams
"Pure" denatured alcohol, the right fuel, should leave no soot.  "Mineral 
spirits" with denatured alcohol have other ingredients which do turn the 
globe black.
Respectfully,
Rich Adams

9) From: Sherry Morrison
Randy,
I got a cona B. It is the perfect size for me. I do have the large 
Bodum for company. I agree that if something is worth doing, its worth 
being obsessive. I am that way with everything I care about.
Sherry
Some of the "fondue fuel" contains methylcellulose as a thickner.
Some also contains a die.  Cheapest way to go is to go to Home Despot
(or LowesT or paint/hardware place) and buy you some denatured
alcohol.  HD had quarts and gallons.  My first Cona came on Friday,
and I think I need 2 or three more of them.
What size did you get?  Mine is a B, and it is just right for my 1 or
2 cup at a time way of operating.
Now I need a bigger one for company, and a B without the gold plating
for everyday use, and a Bodum and a Yama for comparison testing.
That should do me until I find a good deal on an old Proctor-Silex
just for fun. As I told soemone last night about my coffee roasting,
if something is worth doing, it is worth being obssesive about.
Regards,
Randy

10) From: Randolph Wilson
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Just curious, is this from "Ice Rose" and is it the gold plate 
version?  If so, do you know the history behind these?
Regards,
Randy

11) From: Sherry Morrison
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Sherry
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Just curious, is this from "Ice Rose" and is it the gold plate
version?  If so, do you know the history behind these?
Regards,
Randy

12) From: Randolph Wilson
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Well, it is hard to know how much to believe, but since I had already 
bought the pot when he told me this, I'll assume it to be 
"potentially" true.
The story was that Cona does not make the gold plated B model any 
more.  These pots were a special run for the Saudi royal family. 
Apparently the first batch wasn't "up to snuff" in some way, and he 
picked them up from Cona.  I have no idea as to this guy's veracity, 
I just wanted a B pot, and couldn't get one elsewhere.
I have had some interesting emails back and forth with the guy, and 
he has a bunch of antique Cona items he just purchased from an 
elderly lady he described as "Cona crazy".  So for those with the 
room, interest, and spare cash, he is an interesting source for stuff 
SM doesn't carry.  The gold is so fancy, I'm kind of wanting another 
B for everyday use, and will eventually get a D from SM, or maybe a 
Bodum from them for larger groups.  I've got to say, after the Cona 
it is hard to want anything else.  It is a bit of bother, but 
aesthetically very pleasing and the coffee is quite good.  Using the 
Cona makes me think of the ritual of a tea ceremony, and I find the 
ritual of coffee a pleasing aspect of the whole thing.
Regards,
Randy

13) From: Jared Andersson
Randolph your tea ceremony comment reminded me of an, "I got to remember to
do that"  thing.  My brother recently brought me back some high quality
Oolong tea from Taiwan that I want to try in my Cona.  This tea starts as
little balls then opens up into full leaves.  The Cona manual says it can b=
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used for Tea and I bet it would be beautiful.  Has anyone else tried Tea in
there vacpot?  Jared
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14) From: Rick Copple
Jared Andersson wrote:
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Yes, I've brewed tea a few times in my vac pot. Works fine if you don't 
mind some small leave particles. Perhaps a cloth filter would do better 
at keeping them out than my glass rod.
-- 
Rick Copple
Marble Falls, TXhttp://blog.copple.us/?sectionid=5

15) From: Scott Miller
Yes. Tea in my Silex with with Cory rods works beautifully. I have done 
a gunpowder tea that does the same sort of thing you describe.
I have an extra Cory rod in the original box, vintage 1960's. On one 
side of the box are two paragraphs, one with coffee brewing 
instructions, one with tea instructions:
"How to Make Tea"
"Have water boiling vigorously in the lower before you put the upper 
glass in position. Place measured tea or tea ball in upper glass. Then 
proceed as if brewing coffee, except after water transfer into upper 
glass, allow to "gurgle" two minutes before removing from heat. Follow 
these directions and you will always brew delicious tea ... every cup 
the same.
The average is: A teaspoon of tea per cup."
The coffee brewing instructions say to let the brew "gurgle" for one 
full minute before removing from heat when using finely ground coffee; 
two full minutes or more when using coarsely ground coffee. It also says 
the average dose is tablespoon of coffee per cup.
I have never used a teaball in mine; seems like a foolish idea since 
cleanup is so easy.
cheers,
scott
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16) From: Randolph Wilson
Thanks for posting that, as a neophyte Cona user without an 
instruction sheet this was just what I was wishing I had!
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17) From: Scott Miller
Don't forget to check the SM site brewing tips for the Cona:
cheers,
Scott
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