Re: Hi.. New owner of a C30C that died after one use...
- Hi Zack,
I'm the one that converted the C30 to stove-top use. I removed all electronics and plastic from the bottom (The heating element is welded on, so stays). The brass bolt in the center needs to be sawed off almost flush and maybe ground down. Then take a socket and place around the bolt stub and, using a hammer, tap the bottom so it is no longer bowled. The ends of the heating element need to be bent/hammered or cut off so the whole element is flat. This is to keep it from rocking. It wouldn't hurt to flatten the element with a hammer some, but may not be needed. I did it without trying it without first.
The whole thing makes a dandy, nice looking and rugged stove-top brewer.
Dave in Michigan
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Zack" <zack832@...> wrote:
> I was excited to try coffee with the Sunbeam Coffeemaster I picked up at the local Goodwill for $3.99. Got it home rinsed it out and filled it with cool water and it worked perfectly. After a few minutes the water filled the upper bowl with a whoosh, the switch clicked over to Lo, and it appeared to be working well.
> Disassembled it and gave it a good soapy cleaning, though the unit was mint, not a stain or blemish, no discoloration in either the pot of the bowl. Added water and some coffee and nothing! Appears to be once and done. Pulled the bottom plate off, dated Aug 4. 1954, also a couple of signatures in pencil, checked the continuity of the heater, .5m ohms. Appears to be dead.
> So I'm a little frustrated, have read on a few sites how good the coffee made this way is, plus it is a very classic looking piece of history. In scanning the posts I noticed someone converted a dead C30c to stove top use, how is that done?
> Perhaps I'll run across another unit someday, not willing to invest $50+ the good units are going for on ebay and all the bases listed seem to be older models that I'm told are not compatible with my mint C30C bowl. From reading the repair manual it seems I can't use the heater from a donor unit. Open to suggestions....