• by vinux

The pines are rustling and the bamboo stove is burning, filling the air with the sound of a teapot being lifted.

On a cold night, tea is served when guests come, and the boiling soup in the bamboo stove is just beginning to turn red.

Many people have heard of these two sayings: making tea is definitely an elegant thing, and in the process of tea meditation, “boiling water” is also a very important link. Therefore, some pot friends would ask a question: “Which is better to boil water – purple clay pot or iron pot?”

Today, let’s talk about this issue.

The iron teapot is boiling water.

Iron kettles have always been beloved by kettle friends as a pot for boiling water, with beautiful and durable shapes. Japanese old iron kettles are even more favored by many people.

Iron teapot

Naturally, the best water for brewing tea is mountain spring water, which has been filtered through a layer of sandstone and contains “trace amounts of iron and chlorine ions”. The water has a sweet taste, while boiling water in an iron teapot can release trace amounts of iron ions and absorb chlorine ions. This is similar to mountain spring water and can effectively remove moldy flavors from the tea and enhance its flavor.

Boil water in an iron kettle.

At the same time, heat is evenly distributed, so that water can boil completely without having to boil multiple times, which means it won’t make the water old.

Boiling water in an iron kettle has many benefits, so does boiling water in a Zisha pot have similar advantages?

Boil water in purple sand teapot.

Actually, we do not generally recommend boiling water in a purple clay teapot.

In other words, the initial question was caused by many pot friends being misled by some pot merchants. After all, a purple sand teapot is still a kind of pottery and the water boiled out has no special effects.

No matter whether it is open fire or electric furnace, directly placing the purple sand pot with water on top of it for heating may crack the body of the pot.

Purple sand has been praised for its ability to maintain hot tea without scalding hands, as well as the requirement of pre-heating teapots during winter. These all indicate that the heat-conductivity of purple sand is not very fast.

In other words, when using a purple clay teapot to boil water, the practice of directly heating the bottom of the pot will cause uneven heating, which may easily lead to cracking.

Some people say that if you boil water with an impure clay material, it will crack, which is an unfounded claim. Even the purest clay materials cannot withstand boiling water.

Therefore, it is still not recommended for pot friends to use purple sand pots to boil water.