Russian Samovars

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A samovar (Russian: самовар [samovar], literally "self-brewer") is a metal container traditionally used to heat and boil water. Although originating in Russia, the samovar is well known outside of Russia, and has spread through Russian culture to Eastern and Central Europe, Iran and Afghanistan, Turkey, the Kashmir region of India, and Central Asia. Since the heated water is typically used to make tea, many samovars have a ring-shaped attachment (Russian: конфорка, konforka) around the chimney to hold and heat a teapot filled with tea concentrate. Though traditionally heated with coal or kindling, many newer samovars use electricity to heat water in a manner similar to an electric water boiler. Antique samovars are often prized for their beautiful workmanship.