Mr. Tea is a hot plate and magnetic stirrer in the same enclosure


Not being a coffee drinker [Hunter Scott] wanted a way to make tea while lurking in his workshop. Well it’s not exactly rocket science, as all you need is water at the right temperature and a vessel in which the tea can be steeped. But we do commend him on not only building a nice little hot plate¬†enclosure, but rolling a magnetic stirrer into the other side of the box.

You heard us right, the stirrer is not combined with the plate, but resides on the underside of the same PSU enclosure. The plate itself is from a unit he bought at the store and cannibalized. The light switch dimmer lets him adjust the heat it puts out. When not hot, he can flip it over and use the stir plate. This consists of a hard drive magnet attached to a PC fan. For the stirrer itself he encased a neodymium magnet in some thermoplastic. The magnetic combination works well together with a demonstration which shows it stirring water through the base of a tea-cup.

17 thoughts on “Mr. Tea is a hot plate and magnetic stirrer in the same enclosure

        1. No, like the common sense that tells you that if the hot plate is hot, you’ll damage your table if you put it down on that surface. I suppose this could be fixed pretty easily by attaching some posts to hold the box above the table.

  1. Having hot plates combined with stirrers is nothing new, look in any university chem lab; there’s really no other way to mix adequately while stirring… it looks novel but it solves a problem that doesn’t exist

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