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Post# 466760   10/13/2023 at 10:26 (246 days old) by JustJunque (Western MA)        

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Hi all,

I posted this over at AW, but I figured I'd post here too, since some don't frequent both sites.
I think some here collect coffee makers, and percolators specifically.
I just thought I'd share a recent thrift store find.
I already had a Universal Coffeematic, in a more traditional style. This one kind of caught me by surprise. It too, is a Universal Coffeematic, but a Model 4582.
I wish I could take more pictures, to show you just how clean it is. The inside, including the basket and stem and everything, is just as clean and shiny as the outside. It's actually chrome on the whole inside as well! It truly looks like it's never been used.
There are a couple of small scuffs on the outside, probably from handling, storage, getting sent to the thrift store, etc.
The main thing that concerns me is that the bottom plate is a little loose, even with the center screw completely tightened down.
I just got it, and gave it a quick wipe-down. Normally, when I get a coffee maker, I give it a good cleaning, then brew some coffee. With this one, I'm hesitant. I'm not sure about the bottom being loose.
Also, if it's truly never been used, I have a thing about hating to be the one who stains it with coffee after all these years.
Does anyone else have this model, can you tell me anything about it, and do you know approximately when it was made?

Thanks,
Barry


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Post# 466818 , Reply# 1   10/16/2023 at 09:56 (243 days old) by texaskirbyguy (Plano, TX)        

Nice score - very attractive styling, looks from 60s - 70's.
I have my mom's GE perco from 68 or so but it leaks at the spout so cannot use it.
If you do not wish to make coffee in it, you can at least heat some water in it for tea or instant coffee.. Of course you should make sure it will not leak before using it.

My mom has that exact Corning teapot - does yours have the aluminum basket that hangs from the lid?
I remember drinking lots of tea from that pot when I was young.
She has a big collection of Corningware and still uses it today.
Great memories..


Post# 466821 , Reply# 2   10/16/2023 at 11:30 (243 days old) by JustJunque (Western MA)        

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Hey, Rob!
My teapot doesn't have the aluminum basket. If it was supposed to, it was missing when I got it.
That, like most of my Corning Ware, was another thrift store find.
I never had any of it, save for the set of Corelle dishes we received as a gift in the early 2000s. But, my mom gave me a Spice O' Life casserole that she wasn't using, and it triggered my hoarding mode. Now, I've amassed a small menagerie of pieces; mostly Blue Cornflower and Spice O' Life. I have picked up a couple of pieces in Wildflower, because that's the pattern in Corelle plates that my mom had, back in the day. It still hits me in the "feels".
I have a couple of pieces in other patterns, that I just picked up because they were in great shape and cheap. But, I have gotten better about not just buying every piece I find. In fact, I just passed up a large casserole in Shadow Iris yesterday.


Post# 466826 , Reply# 3   10/16/2023 at 14:29 (243 days old) by texaskirbyguy (Plano, TX)        

There should be a loop in the teapot lid bottom that the perforated basket suspends from with its chain.
The basket unscrewed and you would pour in loose tea leaves. It was about 2.5" dia and 3" long.
You could find an 'infuser' that you could hang in there instead if you want to make tea. I think we used a couple tablespoons of loose tea to a pot.

I have a collection of Corningware also, including dumpster saves. Really good quality stuff.

My mom has a solid white Corelle set of dishes as well. I think only one plate got broke through the decades - tough stuff! I have seen them bounce off the tile floor before, incredible given how thin they are. No wonder she still has them.

BTW, I will get your washer book to you soon.


Post# 466834 , Reply# 4   10/16/2023 at 15:25 (242 days old) by JustJunque (Western MA)        

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Mine has the plastic lid, and I don't see anywhere to hang the infuser. Maybe that feature was only on the metal lid? I believe some had a metal lid.

As for the percolator; I took the bottom plate off, and I don't see anything that looks amiss to my eye.
If anything, I'm wondering if there should be some sort of gasket or washer between the bottom plate and the screw that secures it. That seems like it could be the problem.
If anyone else has the same model, or one similar, maybe you could check that? I'd appreciate it!


Post# 466845 , Reply# 5   10/17/2023 at 09:24 (242 days old) by texaskirbyguy (Plano, TX)        

My mom's pot has the chromed metal lid - maybe the newer ones got plastic. I would still expect a loop for an infuser basket though. Recon it is broke off or this not the right lid?

Your percolator looks more from the 60's than 70's.
Could you post a picture where you think a gasket may be missing?
Also one of the inside. They sometimes spring a leak around where the heater element wraps around the lowest point in the chamber.


Post# 466858 , Reply# 6   10/17/2023 at 14:33 (242 days old) by JustJunque (Western MA)        

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This is the best I could do with trying to get a picture of the bottom screw.
It sits at a bit of an angle, and doesn't make contact with the plastic or Bakelite plate.
It is tightened as far as it can go.
I'll see if I can get a picture inside the base. It looked clean in there to my untrained eye.


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Post# 466867 , Reply# 7   10/17/2023 at 16:10 (241 days old) by JustJunque (Western MA)        

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Inside the base.

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Post# 466886 , Reply# 8   10/18/2023 at 09:16 (241 days old) by texaskirbyguy (Plano, TX)        

Wow - that thing looks great inside!
So is the center screw actually a nut that goes on the threaded stud inside? Almost looks it.
If so then the bottom cover would likely be bakelite to resist the heat from the stud (which is mounted on the hottest part of the unit).
You could try a thin metal washer under the screw head (like a lockwasher bent flat) but be careful not to overtighten the screw.

This is hard to diagnose without having it in my hands. Hope it helps a little though!




Post# 466894 , Reply# 9   10/18/2023 at 13:30 (241 days old) by JustJunque (Western MA)        

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Thanks, Rob.
Yeah. To my untrained eye, the whole thing looks practically new and unused.
The center "screw" is a long nut that threads onto that center stud. And that disk thing is attached to it.
Do you think a rubber or silicone washer of some sort might work? That would have a little "give" to it.


Post# 466907 , Reply# 10   10/19/2023 at 08:48 (240 days old) by texaskirbyguy (Plano, TX)        

Definitely use high temp silicon, as the ~600W heater is just above that stud, all connected to the same metal structure. Plain rubber will melt and burn.
You should be able source a scrap somewhere.
Unfortunately I had mailed your washer book yesterday. I could have sent you a small scrap of silicon material had I waited a day longer, lol.
You could go by your local auto parts store and ask for a 1" long piece of small diameter silicon coolant/heater hose to cut a piece from. They might charge you nothing, esp. if you get something else from them. Just a thought.
If no luck I can still send you a scrap once I find it. Just let me know.



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