||The no fur pad is the answer. This is a cylinder of steel wire, about the size of a wine cork, on which the limescale collects.|
As long as you rinse it through every few weeks it works for years. I have used it on several kettles and my balls a have always remained fur free and bouyant to the last.
|Nicey replies: Yes we had one of those but it couldn't cope with our local water which is drawn from underground chalk.
||I bought a posh Morphy Richards kettle last year with the last of our wedding present vouchers. It had a special water filter and was shiny and silver. However, it dribbled all the time and broke down after about 8 months. So my husband bought a Le Creuset kettle from the factory shop near his work. It goes on the hob and has no technology to break, not even a whistle! And it doesn't dribble & is a lovely blue. My American colleague tells me that in the States hob kettles are considered posh whereas electric ones are only for students. So if any Americans come round maybe they will be impressed!|
|Nicey replies: Le Creuset stuff rules, plus you get a reasonable workout just moving it around the kitchen.
|Lisa, Robin and Holly the cat
||Dear Nicey and Wifey|
I just had to send in a picture of our lovely new kettle which, as well as boiling water jolly fast and filtering it for us, also has a super blue light which illuminates the water inside and some quite spiffy little red lights around the base. These little red lights flash when the "keep warm" feature is used - something we never do as it would be fatal to a nice cup of tea! However, we are particularly fond of the lights as they make a dark dull morning just that little bit brighter.
Lisa, Robin and Holly the cat.
|Nicey replies: Yes we have been getting quite a few proud owners of this particular kettle mailing us. Of course Breville pioneered the use of slightly confusing lights with their sandwich toaster's red and green lights which both meant something apparently.|
||Hi Nicey - saw the article in todays Telegraph and had visit the site. I believe we may have the equal of the ancient Russell Hobbs Forgettle - wedding present from my Great Aunt, in daily use until early this year since 1972! It has not broken, just having a rest. 20 years ago it did have a new element, and it had a new switch at some point so it is a bit like George Washingtons axe. Now have a new Russell Hobbs to go with our swanky new kitchen. We keep the old one in case the new one goes wrong. Love the site, will be a regular.|
From Angie, a "Tea Cosy D.A." member.
|Nicey replies: Yes its always easier to sleep soundly at night knowing you have a back up kettle in case the new fangled one goes wrong.
My wife has recent exchanged a perfectly serviceable model with a clear glass one with chrome fittings.
Not only do you have to remove the lid to fill it (unlike using the spout of our reliable old model) but it makes such a racket that the first time we used it I thought it was going to explode.
Also, as we live in hard water area, we have to spend countless amounts on kettle cleaners to remove the merest hint of lime scale.
All together wholly unsatisfactory.
Our old jug kettle also had a red ball to show water level, but unfortunate fell victim to lime scale. This never stopped us, though. We just developed a knack of lifting the kettle and testing its weight for the appropriate amount of water.
Not much of a party trick, but one nonetheless.
|Nicey replies: Yes Mrs B (nee Biscuit Enthusiast Mandy) has got one of those. Despite filtering our very hard water through a Brita Jug it still ends up looking like one of those liquid filled shaker snow storm things. I too have suffered with a jammed red ball on occasion.|