Originally Posted by devora
Iíve just purchased a new fondue set and the set did not come w/ instructions (the woman in the store could not help me, it was on sale
, I went w/ the moment
). My old fondue set used those Sterno cans. This one has the stainless steel container w/ adjustable holes for heat and some kind of mesh-looking thing inside of it.
Iíve been all over
the net to try to figure out the proper fuel for this. It seems to come down to the Ďgelí or the Ďalcohol.í How can I tell which one I need? Do all stainless containers that come w/ sets have that mesh inside?
Help: Iím dying for some cheese fondue!
The fondue pot I bought back around 1999 came with a liquid burner just as you describe. It called for denatured alcohol. I set it up on (thankfully) I guess you'd call it a glass cutting board, not that I ever intending to use it as a cutting board, it was just pretty. The fuel spilled, the entire thing ignited. (This belongs in another thread about kitchen faux paux!) Baking soda put out the fire.
After that I bought cans of solid Sterno and never looked back. Works just perfectly for a non-electric fondue pot and poses no threat. Just set a can of Sterno solid fuel where that little metal thing with the holes in it sits. Trust me, it works.
A co-worker found out I'd gotten a fondue pot at Bed Bath & Beyond just before the holidays in 1999 for $10 and sent me back to the store for one for her! We had a number of fondue "pot lucks" at the office around Y2K. One was with cheeses with bread and veggies for dipping. Another was kaluha spiked chocolate fondue with strawberries, sliced bananas and pineapple chunks.
No way was I going to set the office on fire
Use the fuel that is safest and that means no liquid alcohol. If solid Sterno fits where the burner sits, go for it. My recommendation for safety and a fun fondue.