Help! Charred coffee pot!

jel48June 26, 2012

Today has not been my day!

First, I managed to tip my glider over backwards, with me IN IT!! Luckily it cushioned me very well, but how the heck did that happen? I wasn't leaning back very far, and wasn't rocking. I checked the assembly on the bottom of the chair and nothing is broken or appears to be missing!

But, that's not the reason for this post.

On to my next disaster!

We have a beautiful antique enameled coffee pot. We generally use it at camp, but always on a stove and never on the campfire because we don't want to ruin it. On Sunday, I made quite a bit more coffee then we used, so I brought it home to finish up. I do that sometimes.

Then today, I made coffee in it, while I was working. I do that whenever I have the pot at home (rather then camp) because I really like the perked coffee.

I set the timer on the stove, so I wouldn't forget and perk it too long. When the timer went off, I checked and the coffee looked ready so I shut it off and took a cup of coffee back to my desk with me. Then, at about 10:45 (probably 3 or 3 1/2 hours later) I decided to have another half cup off coffee before quitting for the day (I can't sleep at night if I have caffeine too late). I went into the kitchen and smoke was coming from the pour spout of my coffee pot!!! I must have turned the timer off and left the burner on! I had made about 12 cups of coffee, and drank one, the rest boiled out and is now coffee charcoal on the bottom of the pot.

Does anyone know the best way to clean this out without damaging the enamel? I was thinking maybe baking soda... but then thought I'd ask around first.


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I know its a strong chemical, but I believe spray oven cleaner will do the trick. I have often used it to get baked on stuff off my corningware. Doesn't hurt it a bit.

    Bookmark   June 26, 2012 at 12:41PM
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I cleaned my metal coffee carafe by putting water in it and then dissolving a Cascade Complete gel pac in it (the ones you use in your dishwasher). It cleaned it as clean as a whistle. Worth a try. I bet whatever DW detergent you have on hand would work.

And I'm glad you weren't hurt in the glider accident!

    Bookmark   June 26, 2012 at 12:54PM
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NOOO please don't use the spray oven cleaner! Put baking soda in the pot to cover the charred area. Add water to cover and bring to a boil. Turn off the heat and let sit on the burner to cool completely. Wash as usual. This WILL work. I have taken a pot that my friend thought totally ruined when she boiled soup beans dry in it and returned it to useable condition. If some of the charred area is still stuck, repeat the baking soda and boiling. Just stay in the kitchen with it while you are doing it!


    Bookmark   June 26, 2012 at 12:56PM
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I always soak any burns I cannot remove with enough hot water to cover the burn area and a tablespoon or more of powdered electric dishwashing detergent.

    Bookmark   June 26, 2012 at 1:40PM
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I do the water/diswasher powder thing too.....rinse it and add more water until it all just washes off....

    Bookmark   June 26, 2012 at 2:12PM
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Get out the baking soda and your Mr. Clean Magic Eraser sponge - it will be gone in a flash!

    Bookmark   June 26, 2012 at 2:23PM
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ravencajun Zone 8b TX

I use the powder or liquid that I put in my dishwasher put it on thick and let it sit on it till it loosens it all up I have had great success doing this, with pots I thought I would have to throw away. That detergent contains enzymes that will break down the stuck on char.

    Bookmark   June 26, 2012 at 2:48PM
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I have burned my pot dry dozens of times....First step, empty the pot, rinse it out, the fill water until its about an inch above the burned area. Let that sit overnight.

In the morning you can wash it with baking soda and it will be fine.

    Bookmark   June 26, 2012 at 2:49PM
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I use ice to clean glass burnt pots, put in bottom and swirl around until it comes off. Only takes a couple minutes. Wonder if it would work on enamal too?

    Bookmark   June 26, 2012 at 3:29PM
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also checked online and they say about the same thing...

Here is a link that might be useful:

    Bookmark   June 26, 2012 at 3:34PM
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I feel for you. I did the same thing, except mine was my electric tea kettle. I had just had a call from a friend who was wanting to move back here from NC, and she was so unhappy and in pain. After I hung up I was in tears and I just had to have some hot tea. Without thinking, I filled the kettle and instead of plugging it in, I put it on the stove and turned the burner on. Yep, burned it up, completely. I hadn't had it long, and got another one just like it.

My friend was never able to get things worked out to move back here, and she died three weeks ago.

I hope you get your pot cleaned; probably you wouldn't be able to replace it.


    Bookmark   June 26, 2012 at 4:21PM
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If you have a dryer sheet handy, you might try putting it into the bottom of the coffee pot and adding just enough water to cover the bottom....let it sit for several hours and it should clean up nicely.

    Bookmark   June 26, 2012 at 4:49PM
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Boil water and a generous amount of cream of tartar, then let sit overnight. Works every time.

    Bookmark   June 26, 2012 at 7:14PM
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at work we just use ice and salt. Just keep swishing it around until it is all loose.

    Bookmark   June 26, 2012 at 7:58PM
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