How to Light a Fondue Pot

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How to Light a Fondue Pot
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Quite popular in the 1960s and 1970s, fondue cooking has once again made a comeback in popularity. Whole parties are based around the fondue pot and what will be cooking in it. Everything from meats, cheeses, vegetables and fruits, make their way into the fondue pot. Cooking with a fondue pot is not only a simple enjoyment for all involved, they're also relatively easy to use. The biggest hazard will be lighting it, but by following a few basic tips, it can be pulled off without a hitch.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Denatured alcohol or liquid fondue fuel
  • Cooking fuel gel (Sterno)
  • Tealight candle
  • Matches

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    Lighting an Alcohol and Gel Burner Fondue Pot

  1. 1

    Set your fondue pot on a stable, nonflammable surface that isn't near anything flammable. These would be things such as paper napkins, plates and cups.

  2. 2

    Remove the burner from the fondue pot and take it to an area away from the pot to fill. Don't fill your burner in the area the fondue pot will be located. In the event you spill fuel, you can set the area on fire when you light the burner. Remove the cover of the burner.

  3. 3

    Fill the burner with denatured alcohol or a liquid fondue fuel. Pour approximately 85.1gr of fuel into the burner, being careful not to overfill it. Overfilling the burner can cause excessive flames and might start a fire. This amount of fuel should burn for around 90 minutes.

  4. 4

    Wipe up any spilt fuel. Put the cover back on the burner and replace it back in the stand on the fondue pot. Use a match to light the burner. Don't use a lighter to light the fuel, as it might catch on fire or you might have to tip the burner to light it, causing spilt fuel.

  5. 5

    Remove the burner, if using a gel cartridge and them remove the top portion that is made of mesh or has holes in it. The holes and mesh are an opening for air and you can control the heat by adjusting these openings.

  6. 6

    Place the gel fuel cartridge into the burner and replace the cover. Light the gel fuel cartridge with a match.

    Lighting a Fondue Pot with Sterno and Tealights

  1. 1

    Use a can of cooking fuel gel (Sterno) as a heat source to your fondue pot if you've misplaced the burner. You can buy cans of Sterno or cooking fuel gel at your local grocery store or camping supply store. It comes in disposable cans.

  2. 2

    Remove the lid to the Sterno. Place your can cooking fuel gel underneath the base of your fondue pot where the burner would be situated.

  3. 3

    Use a match and light the Sterno. Once you're done with the can of cooking fuel gel, and there is still some left, you can replace the lid and store in a cool, dry place and use it again. One can of Sterno will burn for approximately 1 hour to 90 minutes.

  4. 4

    Use a tealight as a heat source if you're making a desert fondue, such as chocolate or caramel. You won't need the heat to be as high as you would if you were cooking meats.

  5. 5

    Place a tealight in the burner section of the fondue pot. Light the tealight with a match. Your tealight should burn anywhere from 1 hour to 90 minutes.

Tips and warnings

  • Use a fondue pot on a surface that is resistant to heat.
  • Use caution with children around flaming alcohol.

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