Section: Questions Category: Halacha
|Halacha - hot water heater kosher for pesah?|
|Submitted by Jane Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh|
|Question: I have a pump/thermos type hot water heater for shabbat that has never had anything in it except for water. Can I use it for Pesah?
|Answer: I'm sorry but there is an issue of splatters on the urn even when it was never filled with anything other than water, and even kashering the Shabbos kettle is problematic. Therefore, it is recommended to buy a separate one for Pesach.
Visitor Comments: 2
Rabbi Peretz Moncharsh, 2008-04-13 14:38:47
Generally speaking when one fills a cup from the urn some of the contents of the cup splatter on the urn and they may be chometz. If you look closely at an urn it is rarely spotlessly clean. Furthermore, it is general practice not to use on Pesach anything that was on the chometzdig Counter or table, again for practical considerations.
So in conclusion, if your urn is spotless and has never been used for soup or to add water to the cholent, only to fill up a cup to make coffee in a kli sheini; and also the urn has never been washed in the chometzdig sink, then you would theoretically be allowed to use it on Pesach. But I couldn't recommend relying on this.
Anonymous, 2008-04-13 04:12:46
But this is the thermos/pump style that is not on the platte. It heats itself and was never near or on a platte.