Cast Iron Tea Warmer / Hibachi Grill 5.75" D x 3" H
1. This cast iron warmer is sturdy and can hold a wide range of teapots on the flat grill top. It seems that a larger pot would sit comfortably on the base with no grill.
2. The warmer can hold multiple tea-light sized candles, or a short votive type candle, allowing you to match your warming needs.
3. The top iron grate can be used independently as a trivet.
4. Enameled iron can easily be wiped clean.
5. Possibly also be used as a warmer for small metal or ceramic plates, and for dishes such as fondue.
6. The included stand did not work well inside the base, but did work well as a standalone warmer with a tealight.
You can use multiple tea lights (up to four) in this for more heat.
It does get hot to the touch, as all cast iron does.
Came with a small warmer inside, not pictured. I'm using it to keep tea warm with a tea light.
Box came with no instructions.
!!!From Sears: The warmer has a texture on top for placing teapots, and a tea light holder underneath. Hmm. Not much help. See test results below.
So I contacted one of the vendors of this product. After two weeks came the answer "There are 3 pieces. The warmer lid goes on top of the warmer bowl. There is also one piece that you put inside the warmer. This piece you is (sic) to hold the candle." This did not work for me. See below.
We put a 1200 mL pot on top with 1L of water @ 180°F.
The first time we tried to use the center ring (3rd piece), the candle was so close to the grill that it went out.
We then removed the center ring, and put something that would lower the candle, but not by much.
The candle then burned, but left soot on the grill and the pot. Ouch. The temperature drifted down to 150°F in 1 hour and 140°F in 2 hours. Not acceptable. I could not find a configuration that used the 3rd piece to hold any tealight.
Removed the inner ring. Put the tea light right on the bottom of the large bowl bottom, put the grill on top, and filled the teapot with 1L of 180°F water. 1 hour later it was 160°F. Not too bad, especially considering that if several individuals were using the pot, it isn't likely that it would last that long.
2 hours later, the water was 150°F, so that seems to indicate that using the inner ring is not a good idea. Having the water at 150°F after 2 hours seems OK to me. But is also seems that I need to give this warmer a head start to get all that iron warmed up, whereas my Grosche Alexandria SS warmer has a faster startup.
I used the inner ring as a warmer. After 1 hour the water temperature rose from 140°F to 150°F. It stayed there for the next hour, so I guess that this approach is reasonable. Now we have two warmers, with one of them that nests in the other for storing.
Placed a tealight on an inverted an empty tealight tin. Placed a teapot with 200°F water on the grill. 1 hour later it was 160°F, and after 2 hours, 150°F. This looks like a possible idea, except that I'd like something the size of the tealight tin, a good thermal insulator, and heavier, so that it is (I suppose) less likely to move if the warmer is moved. Almost anything will do...the tealight tin might reach 200°F whilst the candle burns, but even wood won't burn until 450°F, and wood is a good insulator (used for trivets for cast iron fajita pans, for example). Inasmuch as the temperatures seemed similar to those where no riser was used, there may not be a real benefit.
I suspect that the texture of the grill provides a benefit overall, because it "traps" pockets of warm air from the candle, and slows the movement of heated air from the warmer. It does not keep the water as hot as my Grosche Alexandria Stainless Steel Teapot Warmer, which kept the water at about 165°F for a few hours.