How to clean an aluminum camping coffee pot that is black from the fire

Originally posted last summer after I returned from a solo camping trip with my dogs - it's that time of year so it's a great time to repost! 

I have had this 9 cup Coleman coffee pot for quite some time.  Although I don't particularly care how sparkling and clean it is, I do try to keep it somewhat clean as I don't want the blackened soot from campfires and coals to get on the other things it is packed with.  People with sparkling, shiny camping equipment are much like people with sparkling, shiny baking pans and cookware;  they don't actually use them much! 

In the past I've done what most campers tell each other to do.  Rub the bottom and sides with soap to keep it from getting especially bad, and then scrub it off with hot soapy water later.  Except, it really doesn't work all that great and I really hate to scrub pots and pans of any sort.  Still, that's what I've done for years.

After I returned home, I kept eying the coffee pot sitting on my counter waiting for me to scrub it... but I was loathe to do so, so I kept ignoring it.  Finally, I don't know what made me think to do it, but I grabbed a large plastic bowl, filled it with some water, added about 1/2 cup ammonia (cheap, regular bottled ammonia I had bought at Walmart for less than a dollar), immersed the pot, filled it with water to keep it in place vertically, and went about the house doing other things while I forgot about it.

When I cam back about 1 1/2 hours later I used my fingernail to test if it was helping at all.  A perfectly clean path appeared.  From there, I grabbed a simple scrub brush with stiff bristles, gave it a couple swipes and it was coming right off.  Right off without any real work or scrubbing at all. 

Here is a photo I snapped on my phone immediately after running the scrub brush over it.  You can see exactly where the pot was immersed in the water/ammonia mixture and where it wasn't.

I then laid it down as you see in the photo below, left it for another hour or so, rolled it over to the other side and did the same.  Then I used the scrub brush, washed and rinsed it in hot, soapy water and packed it away for my next trip. 

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Coolest Coffee Decals - for home decor, coffee houses, bakeries and more

Sometimes I get extra caffeine in me and I get these big plans and ideas for a post - and then when I try to work on it 'life' calls me away time and time again from the computer and the browsers stay open and I keep attempting to make the post match what was in my brain when I thought this was such a great idea... and by the time I actually get to post it, it's nothing at all like I planned and I'm just happy to get some links and images on the page and hit "publish".

That would be this one.

You see, wall decals are just so cool. Or at least they can be if done correctly. And I heart them. Lots. Because I've seen a couple neighbors who have some mad decorating skills and incorporated a bunch of wall decals into their home in a way that makes me jealous because I just don't have that gene. Or maybe it's just that I don't have the money. Or any money. Because I don't. And you need a little bit of money in order to buy stuff to decorate with.

So as I'm rambling off topic (... it's just the coffee talking again), I want to say that this coffee decal post was VERY cool in my head at like, 11:00 pm with a strong cup of black coffee and one Monster Ultra in me. However, now that it's a couple days later and I'm just now getting around to posting, it's not what I had in my head. But it does have images. And links. And cool ideas for your coffee themed kitchen, home, bakery or coffee shop.

So, there's that.

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All I need today is a little bit of coffee and a whole lot of Jesus

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This Home Runs on Love Laughter and Coffee
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  • Decal Standard Size: 12"X27" Photo not to scale
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  • Made with Oracal 651 high grade vinyl Life span is 5-7 years outdoors, 10+ indoors.


Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 12.2 inches


Love and Coffee Quote Vinyl Wall Decal

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  • Handmade item, made in the USA with a Military Veteran.
  • Easy Clean with damp sponge or wipe.


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1 minute history with morning coffee: Which states seceded and became the Confederate States of America?

One minute history with morning coffee:

South Carolina was the first state to secede after Lincoln won the presidency.  Unhappy with the outcome of the election and the belief that the Northern states way of life (industrialized economy verses the Southern agricultural based, and the North's ideals and lifestyles) would be pushed on them, the Southern states banded together to secede.  After South Carolina, five more states followed:  Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Georgia and Louisiana.  No longer wanting to be part of the United States of America, they met in Montgomery, Alabama (February, 1861) and established the Confederate States of America.  They elected Jefferson Davis president.  Texas quickly joined them, followed by Virginia, Arkansas, North Carolina and Tennessee.

The Civil War began on April 12, 1861 when the Southern troops fired on the Fort Sumter military post in Charleston, South Carolina.  The conflict continued until General Robert E. Lee surrendered his Confederate flag to General Ulysses S. Grant, and the war was over.  The North had won. 

We were a nation divided, and the Civil War took more American lives than any other war in history. Roughly 2% of the population, an estimated 620,000 men, lost their lives in the line of duty. Taken as a percentage of today's population, the toll would have risen as high as 6 million souls.*

The Confederate Battle Flag: Evolution of a Symbol

*Civil War Trust


My newest Coffee Brewer: Mr. Coffee Single Serve Brewing System

A couple years ago we bought a small sized Keurig "mini" brewer to use on vacations, traveling, etc.  My husband recently switched jobs and his new office does not have a coffee maker available so I sent our mini brewer plus with him for his office.  Unfortunately it worked 1 day.  The 2nd day it spit out about 1 cm of coffee and after that - nothing.  It's not that it was blocked; it was just not sucking up anything. 

Usually at this point (being Keurig owners since 2005) I would just descale.  But alas; when it won't suck, you can't do ANYTHING about it.  So we tried to take it apart to check if the tubing had come loose.  Keurig makes billions on their products because it's almost completely impossible to get the darn machine apart.  6 screws in the first layer results in a second layer.  More screws out of the second layer resulted in a third layer.  Then, there is NO way to get that big, heavy center out.  Every nook and cranny sealed.  At this point we decided it would just go in the trash anyway so we had nothing to lose and got out a heavy duty screw driver to pry it apart.  No dice.  They SERIOUSLY do not want anyone to be able to fix their own machines!!!!

Into the trash it went.

After some online research, I was impressed with the reviews of the Mr. Coffee Single Serve Coffee Brewer, (24-Ounce, Black version).  Generally speaking thousands of people LOVE it and overwhelmingly I kept reading over and over how people were replacing their Keurigs with the Mr. Coffee versions and they were so much happier with them.
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  • Uses Keurig K-Cup packs
  • Removable 24-ounce water reservoir for multiple brews without refilling
  • 2 brew-size options (6-ouce or 10-ounce)
  • Removable drip tray for larger cups or travel mugs

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The Mr. Coffee Single Serve Brewer also comes with a variety of five K-Cups, making it ready for use immediately after opening. Discover a variety of flavors to help you decide which is your favorite. This brewer also works with the Keurig My K-Cup Reusable Coffee Filter (not included) for brewing your own gourmet coffee.

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I didn't want to order and wait for a new coffee machine as I'd like to send one with my husband to work tomorrow, so I went to my local Best Buy where I found the Mr. Coffee Single Serve Coffee Brewer online for $67 and they price matched their own online price.  However, I found it on Amazon for $63.74 today so it's an even better price than I paid.