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Why do my French press guts always break?
Posted by: RecipeForDisaster
Date: October 09, 2021 05:36AM
I’ve been using small, approximately 8oz, French presses for maybe 30 years. I treat them well… our water is softened… I rinse after using and use to make one cup each day. I’ve had some pretty nice ones over the years - currently I have a gorgeous rainbow treated stainless steel one. It seems to be good quality.

Without fail, the welds at the end of the rod fail "prematurely". The steel one lasted about 6 months. The company did replace it - but I’m dying to know why this happens and if it can be fixed. I have several rod/press assemblies. Sometimes the area seems to be threaded, but you can’t screw the nut back on. It might be stripped, but that seems odd.

There’s never a dramatic break - you go to use it one day and surprise, the press doesn’t press anymore. The bottom is loose and dangly.

Anything I can do to avoid this problem or maybe have some of these fixed?
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Re: Why do my French press guts always break?
Posted by: Speedy
Date: October 09, 2021 05:42AM




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Re: Why do my French press guts always break?
Posted by: RecipeForDisaster
Date: October 09, 2021 05:51AM
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Speedy

Yeah… I would like it if that were the problem, haha!

I am pretty gentle - if you don’t press evenly and slowly, you can have an explosion anyway. But if you saw me, you would not say I have those guns! It also never breaks "in use", it’s always like "hey good morning I don’t work anymore".
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Re: Why do my French press guts always break?
Posted by: MrNoBody
Date: October 09, 2021 07:01AM
any of these in your fail list?

Amazon: Best Sellers in Coffee Presses

The 12oz Bodum 10948-01BUS is ranked #4 and is only $16.
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Re: Why do my French press guts always break?
Posted by: DP
Date: October 09, 2021 07:01AM
Why use a French press? How about the one cup basket type-heat water and pour in the basket that fits your coffee cup, especially for just one cup.

A thing about French presses is the "mud" produced which is the reason I don't use one.





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Re: Why do my French press guts always break?
Posted by: RecipeForDisaster
Date: October 09, 2021 07:04AM
I’ve tried everything, and I just love the strength and crema from the French press. I don’t mind the mess.. so used to it, and I use the grounds in the garden.

Yes, I’ve had Bodums fail. I like the small ones.
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Re: Why do my French press guts always break?
Posted by: Fritz
Date: October 09, 2021 07:44AM
steel.
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I bought the coffee gator one and it has been fine for a few years.
But a slow light touch is important.
The only weak link in mine is the top isn't fully sealed. So I used the plastic top from a previous (cheap glass) Bodum.
If I were to buy again, I'd get the Mueller coz the top appears to be fully sealed.
I'd bet they all come out of the same Chicom sweat shop.



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Re: Why do my French press guts always break?
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: October 09, 2021 09:23AM
.....the French are all style.....but no substance.......???



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Re: Why do my French press guts always break?
Posted by: MikeF
Date: October 09, 2021 11:11AM
Learn how to re-weld them?
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Re: Why do my French press guts always break?
Posted by: Wags
Date: October 09, 2021 11:12AM
I've been using the same Aeropress daily for at least 20 years. No welds, all strong plastic and rubber. I replaced the rubber end once from their website.
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Re: Why do my French press guts always break?
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: October 09, 2021 11:17AM
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MikeF
Learn how to re-weld them?
Very small TIG required, or spot weld jig. Not easy and the equipment is expensive.
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Re: Why do my French press guts always break?
Posted by: Rolando
Date: October 09, 2021 12:35PM
I use a cheap Frensh Press from Ikea. Glass pot, metal filters, comes apart for washing.

I broke one when I dropped it in my ceramic covered iron sink. Bought another.
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EDIT: I re-read your post. Maybe its metal fatigue? Are you pouring boiling water in cold press? Are you rinsing a hot press with cold water? That COULD POSSIBLY cause the welds too fail...



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Re: Why do my French press guts always break?
Posted by: MrNoBody
Date: October 09, 2021 01:41PM
Just had a thought (dangerous); maybe it's the small size of the 8oz press.
Thinner, weaker components perhaps?
Consider a larger size press & just make a single cup.



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Re: Why do my French press guts always break?
Posted by: RecipeForDisaster
Date: October 09, 2021 02:46PM
Larger presses make worse coffee, IMO, if you only make a little. The proportion seems off and the press doesn’t want to go down low enough for the small volume of coffee. I did that for many years until I got a small one. I’m very gentle/even/level/slow with my press technique.

I don’t want plastic, which is why I don’t go with an Aeropress. I also don’t want to get into disposable filters.

The latest one that broke was a good steel one. Sigh.

Metal fatigue is possible - it’s room temp when hot water goes in, but I don’t rinse until it’s cooled down (because I’m drinking the coffee). I would hope it’d tolerate going from room temperature to hot water…
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Re: Why do my French press guts always break?
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: October 09, 2021 10:54PM
I bought the 36-oz. version of this one eight years ago at Home Goods for less than half of what Amazon sells it for today — never had a bit of trouble with it (prolly cuz it’s built like a tank):

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Re: Why do my French press guts always break?
Posted by: RecipeForDisaster
Date: October 10, 2021 04:05AM
Looks nice - that’s why I bought the steel one I did this year. I think it lasted less than any other I’ve had, unfortunately. It feels like it’s built extremely well… got and finish are super. At least I don’t think the carafe will break. The company did replace it, but I want the new one to survive!
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Re: Why do my French press guts always break?
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: October 10, 2021 05:12AM
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RecipeForDisaster
Looks nice - that’s why I bought the steel one I did this year. I think it lasted less than any other I’ve had, unfortunately. It feels like it’s built extremely well… got and finish are super. At least I don’t think the carafe will break. The company did replace it, but I want the new one to survive!

I see in your OP that your welds failed - the unit I bought has no welds. Everything screws/bolts on and is user-replaceable, if needed. Like I said, it's built like a tank - I can't imagine it ever failing.

I can't get over how much it costs on Amazon - I only paid $50 bucks for mine.

EDIT: I took a closer look at this while making coffee this morning. It does have one weld — the handle is welded to the body. Everything else uses threaded fasteners.



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Re: Why do my French press guts always break?
Posted by: RecipeForDisaster
Date: October 10, 2021 04:54PM
This one seems to have gotten its nut stripped (? How) rather than a weld going. It’s this one - I could never imagine it breaking either. [www.amazon.com]é-French-Press-Coffee-Maker/dp/B07NWCVS2C
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Re: Why do my French press guts always break?
Posted by: MrNoBody
Date: October 11, 2021 12:18PM
I got a 1L SterlingPro French Press Coffee Maker six years ago from Amz
for $10 (crazy promo sale) [www.amazon.com]

Built like a tank. No issues but then again it's not a daily driver.





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Re: Why do my French press guts always break?
Posted by: RecipeForDisaster
Date: October 11, 2021 12:36PM
I actually think the steel one I got has replaceable parts - it may be stripped and not the weld that is the issue. I don’t know how to find a replacement strange nut/rod, though(and I can’t tell where the issue is - the nut or the rod). When I wrote to the company, they just replaced the whole press.

In any case, many of the presses I have spent good money on were higher end and still have not lasted. I do I use it daily. This one is a double wall steel one… which is why I’m asking for help. Getting nicer ones has not helped my issue. I was very surprised that this happened but I’ve said that before - This is not the first good one I’ve bought.
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