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Hi,
I'm new here but there's one thing I'm having really big trouble with. I really want to start experimenting with fondue, but I can't find the right pot. If you have been to melting pot or la fondue in either norcal or socal, those are the pots I'm talking about. I keep searching online for double boiler or fondue pot, but all I get are those electric ones and candle fondue pots. Either that or the really expensive le creuset? pots. I'm just looking for a pot identical to melting pot's or la fondue's since I already have the electric stovetop thing.

Thanks for any input!

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  1. I'd take another look at the electric ones, the temperature control makes it a lot easier. They have a thermostat your hot plate lackes. The candle ones are okay for keeping a small pot almost warm, but are pretty much one heat setting.

    1. It seems there's always a good assortment of fondue sets at Goodwill...the ultimate in cheap experimenting. Especially if you long for the days of harvest gold, avocado, or Pepto pink enamel.

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      1. re: Kinnexa

        I've seen a lot of copper ones at some local Goodwill/assorted resale shops. I found one that I made into a small sugar melting pot- the copper pot is very thick, nice quality & made in Italy, probably in the 60's or 70's- and had probably been used a couple of times. It would have been a pricey one, new, today, though I only paid $1-2 for it. I see practically brand new ones, still in their boxes at some resale shops, which look a lot better then the much higher priced, retro looking ones sold at department stores.

      2. I have no familiarity with the fondue restaurants you mention, but the fondue pots you commonly find in restaurants in Switzerland, and which are sold everywhere there, are commonly a wide shallow pot (caquelon) made of either ceramic of some kind or enameled cast iron, over an alcohol burner. If you go to Fantes (www.fantes.com ), click on "fondue" on the left and then scroll down to the "Lugano" model you'll see what I'm referring to.

        1. this rival brand has stood the test of time
          http://www.amazon.com/Rival-FD350S-St...

          also west bend.

          electric will give you the heat to start your fondue in situ. the chafing dish style heats unevenly, plus you have to make the fondue on your stove. also, electric is hot enough to do the meat in oil fondues....

          sorry if you don't want electric at all, but i don't know the places you refer to.

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          1. re: alkapal

            I purchased a BEAUTIFUL Staub one this past winter. Love love love it! They sell them on amazon.com

          2. You wont like the price, but here is a link to buy one like the ones Melting pot uses http://www.hotelrestaurantsupply.com/...