DanoM Senior Member Joined: 20 Mar 2013 Posts: 217 Location: Los Angeles Expertise: I love coffee
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Posted Tue Jan 14, 2014, 5:29pm Subject: Re: Burned Moka Pot still safe to use?
If the inside or outside of the aluminum don't show signs of melting or distortion I think you are okay. Just like leaving a pan on a hot stove by accident and catching it before the pan is damaged.
Many epoxies, which is likely what they used to attach the black cap handle, will release or melt under temps from 250F-500F depending on the particular epoxy. You should be able to go to the hardware store and pick up an epoxy that is rated for at least 250F if not 300F and glue that back on. (JB Weld I think releases up around 400F+, although not my favorite it works under heat.)
You'll liberate more aluminum from the pot by cleaning it with simple green, vinegar or any other acid than you will with the overheating and not melting.
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