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"coffee" urn to use for non-coffee items


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"coffee" urn to use for non-coffee items

Sallie | Dec 10, 2008 03:17 PM

I would like to get a large electric urn for parties--to keep things like spiced cider etc. warm. I was reading through the reviews on and one person mentioned that the one they purchased (a basic West Bend model) had burned the hot chocolate they put in it and almost caused a fire. The reviewer said that when contacted, the company said, "Oh yeah, you shouldn't put anything other than coffee or hot water in it; it will damage the element." But the reviewer said that there was no such warning in any of the literature about that. So basically now I don't trust any of the product descriptions and was wondering if someone has had a good experience with using another brand/model of such an urn with something other than coffee or hot water--specifically something with sugar. I am imagining that the element being inside the pot itself is the problem? Rather, something with a setup like a crockpot would work better? Is there such a model?

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