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Percolators may or may not leave you perkless

(-----) 2007

Q:What is the heating element in an electric coffee percolator made of, and, could there be health risks associated with cooking with this metal?

Ken Muhammad
- Los Angeles, California


It's probably nichrome wire, but the coffee woudn't touch it, Ken. There must be a million different materials and objects in your life; what is it that prompts your curiousity about the safety of this particular object, especially since percolators are tested by testing organizations and are universally considered suitable for their purpose? Thanks.

Ted Mooney, finishing.com
Ted Mooney, P.E.
Striving to live Aloha
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I am truly astounded that you could treat this serious safety issue so lightly.

There are no toxic materials; only a toxic dose. I am certain that eating an entire percolator could constitute a serious risk to health. The risk would probably be increased if the percolator is plugged in.

And what about the other hazards. A percolator can be quite heavy, especially when full. It may contain water - and we know that you can drown in one teaspoonful. I have even heard that it can be used to make that potentially lethal substance coffee.

Score one more for California!

geoff smith
Geoff Smith
Hampshire, England


I wish people would spend a few more words on their questions, Geoff, and then they might get answers that they would be more satisfied with! I'm sure Ken has some particular good reason for posting his question, but when people post in abstract fashion, there is no alternative except to make wild guesses, speculate, and let loose our imagination. Please get back to us with what you have in mind, Ken.

Ted Mooney, finishing.com
Ted Mooney, P.E.
Striving to live Aloha
finishing.com - Pine Beach, New Jersey

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