I purchased this chocolate fondue pot by Trudeau 4 years ago and have used it every year during the winter holidays at least one time, occasionally two times. I made chocolate fondue in the pot again this year. Instead of melting regular chocolate bars, I bought chocolate bark; this is the only difference. I used a candle to heat the melted fondue, but when it had cooled and I washed it the next morning, the pot had cracked on the bottom. I let the pot cool overnight, as usual, on the fondue stand that came with it. Then I ran hot soapy water in it and let the small amount on the inside of the pot dissolve. I washed it out by hand with a sponge. I am telling you this so you know that I did not drop the pot on a hard surface or attempt to wash a hot pot with cool water, etc. It appears that the heat of the candle cracked the pot.
If I had known more when I purchased this, I would have looked for reviews that spoke about the strength of the bottom of the pot. I will probably be looking for a metal pot this next time around. I hope to find one with a heavy and thick bottom that will hold heat well without needing too much continual heating. Wouldn't want to scorch the chocolate.