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Topic: Vacpot & Ceramic Cooktops (8 msgs / 207 lines)
1) From: Doug Hoople
Hi All,
Apologies in advance if this has already been covered.
My wife and I just moved from a house that had a gas stove (bliss) to one
that has a ceramic cooktop. I've never had a ceramic cooktop, and I'm not
really very interested in figuring the thing out, and I'll replace with gas
sometime in the near future, but tomorrow is problematic, and the next few
weeks are looking a bit dire unless I work this out.
As many of you might remember, I'm a beyond-help vacuum pot devotee. Is
there any way that the Yama 8-cup pot can be used on a ceramic cooktop. With
a normal electric range, you use a thin wire trivet on the burner to provide
the necessary space to prevent the pot from overheating and breaking. With
the ceramic cooktop, I'm not even sure that this would be acceptable.
Is this just an impossible mission that I should avoid altogether, or is
there a way of making this work?
Thanks.
Doug
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2) From: Yakster
Good to hear from you, Doug.
I've got a ceramic cooktop and make a siphon pot (Yama 8 + Pyrex lock in
rod) most weekends (siphon Sunday).
No need for the trivet, start high if you start with cold water and cut back
to medium when up to temp.  Use a small burner/element.
Works great when you get used to it, and you can gently slide the pot back
to a cool burner when you want the draw-down to start.
My initial attempts used too low heat settings until I got used to it.
I've even made a few Ibriks on the range.
Good luck.
-Chris
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3) From: ALAN MURPHY
Hi Doug, I have used a 5 cup Yama for about 3 years now without the trivet.
I use the small element at about 7-8 After filling with hot water. in my
experience you you more likely to break it with rough handling.
Alan.
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4) From: Bob Glasscock
Hey Doug,
I have used my 8-cup Yama on my ceramic cooktop for several years 
without a hitch (occasional stalls and one tipped over and smashed to 
smithereens). I start at Mid-Hi and lower to mid-lo at the 7-cup mark. 
Seems to work fine. I yearn for a gas range, tho. 
  --
  Bob Glasscock
Greenville, AL
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5) From: Craig Scoville
Sorry to jump in:) is anyone familiar with a Miele espresso machine? It's
one of those all in one things grinds and all. If so do you know if beans
with a small amount of oily sheen on the bean would affect the grinder in a
bad way?
Help appreciated.
CS

6) From: Doug Hoople
Hi Bob, Chris, All,
Thanks for the feedback.  I took your advice, used my Yama 8-cup directly on
the cooktop, and everything worked out fine. I need to fiddle with the
timing a little to get a burner hot enough for the final bump of heat just
before drawdown, but everything else appears to be fine.
I'm still a little neurotic, wondering what kind of innocent error will 1)
break the vacpot, or 2) crack the cooktop, but so far, so good.
As usual, it's wonderful to be able to check in here and get immediate and
knowledgable answers to questions.  I tried a lot of sources here in New
Zealand and came up completely empty.
Doug
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7) From: Mike Koenig
I'm a bit slow with my reply, but I use my Bodum Santos vacpot on my ceramic
top all the time.  Just DON'T use the metal trivet (bad for your cooktop).
For the record, I never really used a metal trivet with the glass pot on my
old coil burner electric stove either, and never had a problem with breakage
(and the Santos is pretty thin). So I wouldn't worry.
--mike
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8) From: Seth Grandeau
I also put my Yama 8-cup directly on the burner.  I fill it with cold,
filtered water and heat it at about 3/4 power, until it starts boiling,
without the top part attached.  Once it boils, I dial the control down to
simmer.  And once it is at just a simmer, I pop on the top unit, already
filled with coffee, and start my timer.  The upflow is pretty fast (30-40
seconds), I give it a few stirs to get everything wet and the action of the
vac pot usually keeps the brew mixing.  I've checked the temp on the top and
it's always right around 205.
Once the timer chirps (I usually do 2:30), I move it off the burner and the
draw down is typically around 60 seconds.
In fact, maybe I should make a pot right now. :)
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