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Can't find a stove-top rice cooker

My 40-year-old 3-piece stove-top rice cooker is about to see its last days--bottom is gone, lid is bent . . . and I can't find a replacement for it. If you know where I can buy a new one, I'd surely like to know about it. I'm looking for a metal (stainless, aluminum, etc.) 3-piece unit like I have. The bottom is a large pot in which the water goes; the center part fits in that (not in the water; it drops down and hangs on the edge of the big pot--mine has a few holes around the lip of that part); a lid. Mine was a gift from the Texas Rice Council years ago, but they no longer have those pots nor does anyone remember from where they came. Thanks for any help you can offer.

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  • janlol Jan 24, 2009

    I also want one of those stovetop three-piece rice cookers. My old one came from a Comet Rice Company mail order offer years ago. I

    will appreciate learning from someone where I might find one. Thank you.



    JK

    San Antonio

  • bayouelton Jan 26, 2009

    Still looking for a non-electric rice steamer.

  • Anonymous Mar 01, 2009

    Exact same problem. Mine is a 6 qt. alumininum three piece made by Mirro. I've had it for probably 30 years. Sure would like to find another one. Can't justify the $ for an electric version with all the bells and whistles.

  • Anonymous Apr 14, 2009

    I have the same problem.

  • roseray21 May 15, 2009

    cmathews has described my beloved stove top rice cooker to a T.  I have been unsuccessfully searching for a replacement for many years.  The electric cookers and microwave cookers do not give nearly the control that the stove top version does.



  • Tom Holcomb May 21, 2013

    I also used to have one. I'd like to get another one, but, like you, I can't find another one, either. If anyone knows of one, I'd buy it. I'm in Rockport, Texas.

  • Tom Holcomb May 21, 2013

    Yes, I used to have one of those, too. If you find one and know of another one, I'd like to buy it. I live in Rockport, Texas. Thanks.

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Hi, you can find replacement on amazon (I bought for myself, and I'm pretty satisfied), take a look: kitchen gadget for the chef in your life. I hope this was helpful. Have a nice day

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I just spent a LOT of time looking for a replacement for my Mom who uses needed a new stove-top rice cooker....finally bid and won one on ebay, and at that same time had dinner with a family friend who gave me 3 great sources for these!! She's from the Charleston SC area where rice is king! They still sell them there. Just google the names/addresses below and you'll get the phone numbers. And yes...one is a "Fur Storage" company run by a local family - the owner who has been there forever apparent still sells these as a hobby! ;-) funny story on that one below the list.....

Here are a few sources for stovetop rice steamers:
--Burbage's Grocery, 157 Broad St., Charleston.
--Kerrison's Fur Storage, 92 Hasell St., Charleston (10 a.m.-1 p.m. weekdays).
--Royall Ace Hardware, 883 Ben Sawyer Blvd., Mount Pleasant.

a little history......
The Charleston Rice Cooker at Kerrisons: Kerrisons Dry Goods Company was closed for vacation the day I stopped by, but I just know the rice cooker I ordered by phone this morning will be fabulous. Owner Edwin Poulnot sells the traditional rice cooker—basically a steamer--as a hobby; in his real life he’s chairman of a family firm founded in 1830. “At one time we sold salt and then we had some department stores, until Hurricane Hugo wiped us out.” he told me. (The Poulnots bought the carriage trade store from the Kerrisons in 1893 and kept the name.) “Nowadays, we’re in real estate development,” he added. The store is only open from 10 AM to 1 PM; during the torrid summer you can store your furs there too. A sign in the window explains that the $34.95 rice cooker “will cook up to 3 cups of rice, enough for 8 Charlestonians or 16 Yankees. “ And it imparts this important bit of information: “Charlestonians are like Chinese: They eat rice, worship their ancestors and speak in a language that’s hard to understand.” Amen. Kerrisons Dry Goods Company, 61 Hassell Street, 843-722-4011.

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Here are the places in Charleston, SC, that sells the Stove Top Rice Cookers/Steamers.
1. Kerrisons Dry Goods Co. - 61 Hassell Street - (843) 722-4011 2. Burbages Grocery - 157 Broad Street, - Charleston, SC 3. Royall Ace Hardware - 883 Ben Sawyer Blvd. - Mt Pleasant, SC

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Http://www.carolinaplantationrice.com/detail.aspx?ID=6 this one is stainless steel and does great

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  • wdgriggs Oct 24, 2010

    Aluminum version is available usually between OCT-DEC only at:
    Simpson's Ace Hardware. 3 W Rigby St, Manning, SC 29102 (803) 435-2651
    Creative Cookery, 584 Bultman Drive, Sumter SC 29150 (803) 775-1511

  • loubie828 Jan 02, 2011

    OMG!!! This is exactly the same one I bought at fred on King Street about 20 years ago! It was $80.00 then and is still looking brand-new! Very fine quality, well worth the $$$, and it will last forever!!! I believe it is Italian made...

  • Beth B. Nov 03, 2011

    Charleston Collections sells a 3 piece stove top rice steamer for $33.99. https://www.charlestongiftsonline.com/in...

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Does anyone know where I can get one in North Carolina? I did live in Charleston, S. C. but now in N. C.. I have been searching the web with no luck.

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Hi, You can sometimes find the 3 Pc Comet Rice Cookers on Ebay. There is one listed now. The high bid is $7.99. Good Luck .One sold for $11.50 .

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Http://www.target.com/gp/detail.html/178-0169993-8976953?ASIN=B000ILE25U&AFID=Froogle&LNM=B000ILE25U%7CMetro_Anodized_Aluminum_Rice_Steamer&ci_src=14110944&ci_sku=B000ILE25U&ref=tgt_adv_XSG10001
it's not the greatest quality.  you won't get 40 years out of it, but you will probably get 10 or 15.

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  • knobody Oct 20, 2013

    it's no longer available at target, but this appears to be the same thing.

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    Add a Commenthttps://www.charlestongiftsonline.com/index.php?page=shop.product_details&flypage=flypage.tpl&product_id=606&category_id=44&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=100

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You can make a new one yourself:

I had a Comet rice cooker years ago, then got worried about the health info going around about aluminum pots. (May or may not be an actual issue). I wanted a stainless steel version, but could not find one.

My husband ended up making me a stainless steel rice steamer out of a Farberware double boiler, and it works just as well as the Comet pan did.

He drilled holes around the insert with his electric drill, so that the holes sit just inside the rim of the lower pan--like the Comet rice pan. The Farberware version will cook about one cup of raw rice or maybe a cup and a half at a time because of its depth. That is enough for our family.

It was a little tricky to find a double boiler with an insert that is deep enough. Many brands and styles don't have much depth in the part of the insert pan that goes down inside the outer pan. Some are very shallow. You have to be able to drill the holes, and have the pan depth BELOW the holes be deep enough to hold the rice and water.

There may be other brands of double boiler pans that would also work, but the Farberware one works great for us.

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I will be listing one on eBay this Tuesday March 30th 2010, if anyone is interested. I start all auctions at .99 To find me, you go to advance search at top of page and click "find a member" in the left hand column. My ID name is seller_zone

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Coopers Country store carries the rice cooker, it is nears Lanes, SC and Salters, SC 843-387-5772

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