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Use of warm water

Good day! I just want to know if it possible that I can use warm water to boil in west bend coffee pot so that the time of boiling will be faster compare to cold water.

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Warm water is said to contain more impurities than cold water, like lead. Warm water takes more lead from your home plumbing, than cold water.

So it's not advised to use warm water for boiling...

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