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From: Guy (
Subject: Re: Sizes
Date: March 16, 2005 at 11:36 am PST

In Reply to: Re: Sizes posted by Goldie on March 16, 2005 at 10:32 am:

"So I can't just put the insert on top of the trivet and leave out the tripod?"

From a practical point of view, putting an insert on top of a trivet allows a very small amount of water to be placed under an insert in a pc but it might work. A friend of mine has a Oshawa pot which is designed to be put in a pc as an insert. The thing allows about 1/3 of an inch of water below it. It constantly rocks around and makes noise but does work. So you could try it but I like the idea of putting at least an inch of water below an insert so there is a very minimal chance of boiling the unit dry. Also, when cooking large amounts of foods, more water would probably provide more steam & heat to more quickly bring the contents of the insert up to cooking temperature. (not exactly sure on that but it seems plausible to me)

As far as the pot I found for use as an insert, it had plastic type handles that were easily unscrewed off. The brackets for the handles were then easily bent so they are nearly flush to the side of the pc. The brand is "Tools of the Trade" from Macy's. Another idea is to check out IKEA to see if they have any pots which might fit. I saw some for my smaller pc that have screw on handles and looked like they'd fit in smaller pc's.

By the way, once you start to use a pc, I bet you'll be hooked and want to have more than one. A nice combination would be a 4.5, 6, (or 7 or 8) and a 10 liter.

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