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Jan 18, 2007 03:59 PM

Question about fondue pot

Not sure if this is the right area to post my question.
I received a non-electric fondue pot but it didnt have any instructions. I just need to know what to use to keep fondue hot after I make the recipe. I do know you cant make fondue in pot itself. Thanks

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  1. sterno - but make sure to keep the lid partially on the sterno, or your fondue will burn

    1. You can buy tins of paraffin to go under the pot. There is also a newer gel-based substance that I've seen around.

      1. Go to canadian tire & buy the gel fuel (safer & longer lasting) and a burner (little silver dish with lid), they are together in the Fondue section. I purchased them just before xmas so i know they are there. and when your using them if your pot does not have the little burner holder put a wood cutting board and set your burner on there with the pot sitting on the legs above it...makes it safer for your table as that little burner gets very hot.

        1. It depends . . . If it looks like the frame that holds the pot (caquelon) has a burner "holder" and nothing more, then the Sterno or paraffin options are what you want. Many fondue pots (including mine) have a burner that isn't disposable. It looks like small pot filled with cotton (or at least something that looks like cotton) covered with a wire gauze. There's usually a rotating bezel with holes to regulate flame size and a separate cap to extinguish it. If that's what you have, then you want to fill it with alcohol until the cotton is saturated. Use methanol, sometimes labelled "wood" alcohol, or denatured alcohol. They're available at paint or hardware stores. Regardless of which burner you have, the recommendation from MiniMom to use a cutting board underneath is a good one.

          On a related matter . . . for reasons I've never understood, most fondue "sets" are made for beef fondue, in spite of the fact that most people seem to eat the traditional cheese fondue. If your fondue pot is of light metal construction with a narrowish top it's probably the former, and while it can be used for cheese you'll have a much easier time if you buy a separate proper earthenware or enameled cast iron caquelon.

          1. I use mini candles (tea candles)