We have noticed other tipping pots that have a heater on the bottom. We make CP soap. Wouldn’t this be handy? Would like to save a little money
You can heat from the bottom of our Pot Tipper because it has a thick aluminum plate sandwiched between two stainless steel plates which disperse the heat. However we do not recommend this as a permanent fix for heating your oils. It is very easy to scald your oils and can damage them permanently. As far as we know we are the only company that has this laminated bottom feature. By not dispersing the heat, you literally create the same dead oil that would come from a fryer. This takes away from the whole purpose of creating high quality, cold processed soap.
Heating vegetable oils, even in our Pot Tipper, requires finesse and a very, very close watch that you do not overheat. You must stir constantly. This is much like stir frying. Leave it sit and your vegetables go from mush to fritters.
We always, whenever possible, recommend heating your oils in a double jacketed Oil Melter/Heater. Not only does this preserve the quality of your oils but increases your efficiency by 300%…400%. And, isn’t that the whole purpose of having “Soap Equipment“?
Think about it; you measure your oils, place them in the Pot Tipper, wait till they are heated, mix your soap and do this over and over. Whereas with an Oil Melter/Heater, you measure say 5-6 batches all at once, heat all at once (preferably in the early morning hours using a timer), then start mixing. Presto…before lunch you are done. But using a Pot Tipper to do all of it, you are still plugging along, measuring, heating, mixing….measuring, heating, mixing…..
So, when you do have the money to move into an Oil Heater, know that you will save a great deal of time and quality.