I recently bought a hot and cold water cooler for our house. I thought it was a simple gift. I bought one with a stainless steel water basin to help avoid possible health issues with plastic (and also taste)

However, after it arrived, I realized that this stainless steel basin might need to be toiveled. I tried to take it out, and see that it's attached to wires, that are probably soldered. In addition, there is another metal basin (and I believe heating coils) to hold the hot water= Same problem. The steel makes it a possible shailah on a d'oraisa. I did some research (personal research please don't rely on in practice) and found the following options - in order of personal preference::

  • (A) Take it apart and rebuild it- thus making it a utensil made by a Jew. I'm not clear on how much I can take apart that would satisfy this requirement and not break it. i.e. I can unscrew things, but would that suffice to make it "rebuilt"?
  • (B) Sell it to a non-Jew, and then pay him a nominal amount to use it. Though a concern is that years later if/when I dispose or sell it - it's not mine, and that would be stealing. I can ask my shul's Rabbi to broker the deal with the person that he sells the chometz to. My LOR advised this.
  • (C) Buy one with a removable reservoir - I found that crystal mountains glacier and storm have removable cold water steel basin (great feature for cleaning). And the hot water basin is also metal, but I called their tech support and he said that it could be removed (approx 10-15 minute job).
  • (D) Buy one with a plastic reservoir - not the best for health and taste, also doesn't solve the heating basin issue. Also difficult to find as it seems that stainless steel is the norm (for good reason I suppose)
  • (E) Do nothing - Rely on opinions that it doesn't need to be toiveled if it's plugged in - considered מחובר לקרקע. However, I was planning to keep it unplugged for Shabbos to avoid ny refrigerations Q's. I am lenient to use a refrigerator. However, I was hoping to avoid that with the water cooler as it's much less critical and simply unplug it. However, doing so would break the chain to the ground.
  • (F) Toivel it - too big for standard store כלים mikvah. (*edit - though could go into a person mikvah (e.g. men's mikvah)
  • (G) Rent - I'm guessing this is like (B) and what most people do(?)

Bottom Line Q I'm leaning towards (C), but wondering what everyone does as it seems far from simple and a Q of a d'oraisa. Can anyone provide guidance on what's needed to "rebuild" (re: option (A))

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    Regarding F, I don't know what a "store mikva" is but there are mikvaot that fit entire humans in every community
    – Double AA
    Jun 22, 2021 at 19:37
  • Are you worried about ruining the elecrtical heating/cooling elements, or is it simply a question of the size of the object fitting in the mikvah? Jun 23, 2021 at 0:04
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    It should be known that there are poskim who hold that an item that will be destroyed due to tevilah can be used without Tevilah,also see Minchas Asher ,
    – sam
    Jun 23, 2021 at 3:50
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    מו”ר ר’ היינעמאן שליט”א אמר שאם בודאי יתקלקל הכלי ע”י טבילה וא”א לטבלו ולהשתמש בו אח”כ, א”כ הרי הוא אנוס שא”א לקיים המצוה, וכיון שכל האיסור להשתמש בכלי מאכל בלי טבילה נובע מהחיוב דאורייתא לטבלו א”כ במקום שפטור מטבילה מחמת אונס שוב מותר להשתמש בכלי זה לכתחלה.
    – sam
    Jun 23, 2021 at 3:51
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    What leads you to think that immersion under water for a few seconds will ruin it? Presumably, a water cooler is meant to be used with water, which often spills, so it must be built to withstand some water projections.
    – mbloch
    Jun 23, 2021 at 5:16

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I know a number if people that toiveled theirs (you'll probably need 2 people to do it since it becomes very heavy when it fills up with water) and just waited till it completely dried out before using it. In regarding to rebuilding, you have to break it enough so it should be need an "אומן" to put it back together (i.e. you have to be quiet handy)

  • Did they toivel it in a woman's mikvah? Or are there mikvaot for large / commercial items that people use?
    – Chaim
    Jun 28, 2021 at 18:29
  • regular men's mikvah (that was verified to be kosher..)
    – yih613
    Jun 29, 2021 at 17:50
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    end of (my) story: My LOR sold it to a non Jew, and I paid a nominal amount for usage of the cooler. thanks.
    – Chaim
    Jul 6, 2021 at 21:26

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