propane units

  • Wordnip

    Senior Member
    British English
    It is hard to know exactly what Dow had in mind because she hasn't described the unit except to say that they are like ones that fit into the bottom like in chafing dishes. So they are little gas heating units; small gas burners.
     

    sdgraham

    Senior Member
    USA English
    Unfortunately, this seems to be another example of clueless writing by this writer.

    All the chafing dishes I've seen use small containers of flammable gel, such as HERE.

    Even if it's something else, "propane unit" is ridiculously non-specific since propane (liquified petroleum gas) can be used for just about any heating task, from giant furnaces to cigarette lighters.)
     

    Andygc

    Senior Member
    British English
    Again, she's talking nonsense. If you have access to Google Images search for "modern samovar". They come in all shapes, sizes and heating method. It seems to me that nobody with mains electricty or a gas cooker is going to mess around with a loose propane burner.
     

    AutumnOwl

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    Swedish
    I think the author is trying to describe a flame samovar such as this: http://tinyurl.com/klwbqnl
    Again, she's talking nonsense. If you have access to Google Images search for "modern samovar". They come in all shapes, sizes and heating method. It seems to me that nobody with mains electricty or a gas cooker is going to mess around with a loose propane burner.
    It's a bit difficult to use a electric samovar when going for a picnic, or selling tea in an open-market place without electricity, then a flame or charcoal samovar such as this: http://www.shopsamovar.com.ru/product-Samovar-Brass-Samovar.html or this: http://www.shopsamovar.com.ru/product-Samovar-Nickel-plated-samovar.html
     
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    Andygc

    Senior Member
    British English
    I think the author is trying to describe a flame samovar such as this: http://tinyurl.com/klwbqnl
    This is another question about a book describing the use of tea which has so far contained as many errors of English usage and fact as there have been questions about it.

    There's no reason to believe she is doing anything of the sort. She's claiming that most modern samovars use a propane burner to provide the heat source instead of using charcoal. That is manifestly untrue. Although I understand no Russian, the illustration you link to appears to be one that uses charcoal or other solid fuel, which immediately negates her claim. That was
    These days most samovars are energized by little propane units that fit into the bottom like in chafing dishes
    They aren't. They are heated by charcoal, on a gas stove, or by electricity. There may be some heated by propane burners, but a burner designed for a chafing dish is hardly likely to boil a few litres of water. As sdgraham pointed out, chafing dish heaters commonly use flammable gel. In my experience others use methylated spirits (denatured alcohol). The only propane burners I've seen being used to keep food warm were those used in field kitchens, but those were under a bain-marie rather than being part of a chafing dish.
     
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