I have an old Breville Bar Italia gathering desk in the cupboard. This is the older version clad in black plastic. I had a brainstorm this afternoon about turning it into a stovetop coffee maker. Ive removed all the electricals, bar the element, which I cannot remove, as it is built into the bottom of the boiler. Id like to attach it to a thick plate (probably aluminium, like the boiler) for use on a stove. I wouldnt mind TIG welding it myself, but I dont have access to the equipment, nor a solid chunk of aluminium.

Any ideas?