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
yes Sherry Morrison wrote: <Snip> -- There is a theory which states that if ever anyone discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another theory which states that this has already happened.
I've used that fuel for my Cona B and Cona D. Trick is finding the right sized one to fit under the base.
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 A+ <Snip> unsvbscribes) go tohttp://sweetmarias.com/maillistinfo.html#personalsettings<Snip>
<Snip> 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
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= g 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 On 1/29/06, Sherry Morrison wrote: <Snip>
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 = a fine job. On 1/29/06, Jared Andersson wrote: <Snip> ing <Snip> hat <Snip> -- "I must crush you"
"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
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
<Snip> 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
<Snip> Sherry <Snip> 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
<Snip> 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
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= e used for Tea and I bet it would be beautiful. Has anyone else tried Tea in there vacpot? Jared On 1/30/06, Randolph Wilson wrote: <Snip>
Jared Andersson wrote: <Snip> 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
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 Jared Andersson wrote: <Snip>
Thanks for posting that, as a neophyte Cona user without an instruction sheet this was just what I was wishing I had! <Snip>
Don't forget to check the SM site brewing tips for the Cona: cheers, Scott Randolph Wilson wrote: <Snip>