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Simplex Tea Kettle Whistle

ziggylu | Dec 31, 2011 08:20 AM

I have long admired the beauty of these kettles but resisted buying one as 1) I didn't have a gas stove and 2) didn't want to take up room on the stove storing it.

We will be moving into a new house in a couple weeks however that will have a 6 burner gas cooktop. I decided it would be great to finally indulge myself and buy one of these beautiful kettles for myself.

Of course, they are now no longer being made. I was sadly disappointed to discover this and have only been able to find a few selling for hundreds of dollars on ebay.

My husband however turned one up on the clearance rack at a Sur La Table earlier this week. It's the flat bottomed electric version and not the gas one with the coils but still lovely.

However it won't whistle. We can hear the whistle mechanism rattling around in the spout, which I believe it's supposed to do? But no whistle. We've tried varying the amounts of water in it. It didn't come in a box and thus no paperwork so we don't know if there's something particular we should eb doing in terms of water amount or ?

Or maybe it's just which case anyone have any luck fixing one? I called SLT to see about finding another one at another store somewhere but they showed no inventory in any of their stores.

It's still beautiful but after years of using an electric kettle with auto-off I admit I'm afraid of boiling it dry with no whistle....

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