I recently picked up a hotpot and am trying to figure how to find the recommended fuel for it. The one I have is made by Seagull in Thailand, 22 cm, and states "charocoal / wax". I've used and still use fondues but always wanted a hotpot with a central chimney. The attached photo is the closest to my pot, except my does not come with a chimney lid. The pot on mine is fused by design to the ringlike base. There is a metal "cup" with a open ring top not unlike the burner that comes with fondue pots. The fuel cup is open I expect to insert small pieces of some type of coal or maybe a cup of some kind of wax fuel. I'm going to try my alcohol burner from the fondue in it this weekend. One of the two local Asian grocers is from Japan, she had small hunks of Japanese coal, that would have to be broken up considerably to fit through the base opening of my pot. May try the other grocer this weekend.
Any tips and or recipes, experiences you have with any kind of hot pot that uses burning fuel?