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Samovar

 
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Does anyone here know how to purchase one?

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[ July 02, 2004: Message edited by: Michael Ernest ]
 
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Does anyone who doesn't have the dark soul of a fifth grade english teacher have any suggestions?

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Do you want to use it as an interior decoration only, or you really want to boil water in there and put it on your dining table?
 
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water, and I'd prefer non-electric.

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Here's a nice inexpensive one:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=13933&item=3293336865
 
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If it's an antique it would be criminal to use it.
Antique samovars Some cheap.
 
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I figured you can search English-speaking Internet yourself, so I concentrated on its Russian part.

1."If you buy an antique samovar, it's almost impossible to find one that doesn't leak. Most important for a lattice where coal is placed wasn't broken and the whole samovar doesn't fall apart. Small holes can be fixed (try to ask in auto repair shop)."

2. Rumoredly there is a factory in Tula that still produces them, and rumoredly the price is about $1,000. My further investigation localized the place as "cartridge factory" and according to this source you just make a personal (I suppose unofficial) request and it will cost only $100. But you aren't in Tula.

Historical note: in case you don't know Tula is a city famous for its samovars. So if you see "Tula" label on a samovar (like on Helen's page) it means it's supposed to be good. Or the seller wants you to think so.

My grandma had this thing. She used fir cones to stoke it.
 
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Max: [ spell check! ]

{22.05 "spell check" wasn't Max's request! Gosh, what did he misspell that it needed editing...}

Fortunately, all the letters in this word have their English doubles! So here is the authentic Russian spelling:

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P.S. Who cares how it is transliterated into English. :roll: But for those who care "samovar" seems Ok with AHD.
[ July 02, 2004: Message edited by: Mapraputa Is ]
 
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Historical note: in case you don't know Tula is a city famous for its samovars.

Hmm. I always thought Tula was famous for Tul'skie prianiki. Or, at least when I was in Tula I encountered at lot more prianiki than samovary. (Tul'skie prianiki are like Pop-Tarts, only they're Russian and they taste good.)
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MM: Hmm. I always thought Tula was famous for Tul'skie prianiki.

Tula is famous for three things: samovars, prianiki, and rifles.

Regarding samovars, there is a saying in Russian: "to go to Tula with your own samovar". Means a stupid things. I am not sure what exactly it was applied to in past, but nowadays it's often used when somebody went to vacations, for example, and took his wife with him.

Now the most important part: when it's time to make tea.

"Tea should be brewed at the moment of "white boiling". Samovar, due to its form, increases resonance and allows to detect all the stages of water boiling. On the first stage samovar sings, on the second drones1, and finally seethes. When samovar starts to drone, it's "white boiling" -- time to brew tea. "

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1) In original shumit -- "makes noise", but it's too generic.
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rifles

Hmm. I always thought it was Izhevsk that was famous for its rifles. (Didn't get to tour the Kalashnikov factory, but I did get some brochures. (Oh, ok, they were for air rifles.))
 
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