06-12-2017, 08:56 AM
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I have a large Moss scuttle by Sara Bonnyman, the first scuttle I got, which I like a lot but which does not keep the water as warm as do my Georgetown Pottery scuttles because it does not have a stopper.  The hole for filling the reservoir is not round, which makes finding or fashioning a stopper problematic.  Its dimension are approximately 42mm width by 19mm top depth tapering down to about 12mm.  I have thought about getting a very large rubber plug and cutting it to fit, but I'm not confident that it would fit tightly enough.  Does anyone here have any suggestions for a stopper for this scuttle?  TIA.

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 06-12-2017, 09:03 AM
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John, why not try to cut a piece of cork down to size?  By nature, it would comply to the surrounding surface if you taper and trim it to be a tiny bit larger than the opening into the water reservoir.  Pretty sure the craft stores would have a piece large enough and for not a lot of money.  Good luck!

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 06-12-2017, 09:07 AM
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(06-12-2017, 09:03 AM)TexBilly Wrote: John, why not try to cut a piece of cork down to size?  By nature, it would comply to the surrounding surface if you taper and trim it to be a tiny bit larger than the opening into the water reservoir.  Pretty sure the craft stores would have a piece large enough and for not a lot of money.  Good luck!

Thanks for the suggestion, Billy.  I have cut cork before, and it seems to crumble easily.  I have considered cutting down a large black rubber stopper but wanted to hear other ideas first.

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 06-12-2017, 09:12 AM
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That's true:  if cork, the type that has a tighter cell structure works best.  I did something similar for my daughter's school project and it worked well.

Edit: Also, the synthetic wine bottle "corks" might work...very tight cell structure!

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 06-12-2017, 09:34 AM
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I have the small Moss and it keeps my lather plenty warm throughout a 3 pass shave. When Dr Chris Moss worked with Sara to design the scuttle the small was what they came up with because the walls of the bowl hug the lathered bristles keeping them warm. Folks wanted a larger one for larger brushes, and maybe hoping to lather within it, but that is not what it was designed for. Anyway, GLW it.

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 06-14-2017, 04:16 PM
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the rubber thing could be a solution.  heat it up until it can be reshaped.

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 06-24-2017, 10:07 AM
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Well, I ended up trying a cork stopper, but it didn't seem like it would be very durable.  So I got a black rubber stopper at a local hardware store, cut it in half, and then cut off another slice to size it to fit the scuttle reservoir opening.  It isn't elegant, but it works quite well, keeping the heat in noticeably better than before.

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 06-24-2017, 10:12 AM
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Nice solution, John!

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 06-25-2017, 04:05 AM
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Either cork or rubber could be sanded with fine sandpaper for a better fit.

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 06-25-2017, 09:41 AM
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Nice job. I'm a little surprised that your scuttle lost that much heat in the short time it takes to shave. I don't have a stopper for my scuttle, and it retains heat very well. If the water and scuttle were any hotter, the soap would begin to break down. I do like the large Moss scuttle.

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 06-26-2017, 03:53 AM
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Heat retention has been fine with my Moss scuttle without a cork.

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 06-29-2017, 08:04 AM
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(06-12-2017, 08:56 AM)churchilllafemme Wrote: I have a large Moss scuttle by Sara Bonnyman, the first scuttle I got, which I like a lot but which does not keep the water as warm as do my Georgetown Pottery scuttles because it does not have a stopper.  The hole for filling the reservoir is not round, which makes finding or fashioning a stopper problematic.  Its dimension are approximately 42mm width by 19mm top depth tapering down to about 12mm.  I have thought about getting a very large rubber plug and cutting it to fit, but I'm not confident that it would fit tightly enough.  Does anyone here have any suggestions for a stopper for this scuttle?  TIA.

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Are you warming the scuttle before using it by filling the inner chamber and the bowl with warm water. I usually do that, then dump it all out and then refill just the inner chamber before making lather.

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 06-29-2017, 10:52 AM
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(06-29-2017, 08:04 AM)mniemann Wrote:
(06-12-2017, 08:56 AM)churchilllafemme Wrote: I have a large Moss scuttle by Sara Bonnyman, the first scuttle I got, which I like a lot but which does not keep the water as warm as do my Georgetown Pottery scuttles because it does not have a stopper.  The hole for filling the reservoir is not round, which makes finding or fashioning a stopper problematic.  Its dimension are approximately 42mm width by 19mm top depth tapering down to about 12mm.  I have thought about getting a very large rubber plug and cutting it to fit, but I'm not confident that it would fit tightly enough.  Does anyone here have any suggestions for a stopper for this scuttle?  TIA.

Are you warming the scuttle before using it by filling the inner chamber and the bowl with warm water. I usually do that, then dump it all out and then refill just the inner chamber before making lather.

Yes, I fill both the chamber and the bowl with tap hot water and let it sit for 2-3 minutes, dump it, and refill the chamber.  I do the same with all my scuttles.  They all hold the heat relatively well, but previously by my third razor pass when using the Moss, the lather would have cooled slightly more than I like, which does not happen with any of the stoppered Georgetown Pottery scuttles - and now also does not happen with the Moss and its crude stopper.  Perhaps it's bordering on OCD, but I like the water to stay at a pretty stable temperature throughout a leisurely shave, without requiring the "effort" of pouring out and refilling the hot water while there is lather in the bowl.

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 06-29-2017, 11:49 AM
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Glad it's working for you, John!

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