Hi! Welcome to TeaChat!
Newbee2Tea wrote:1) What basic equipment should I buy?
A good set for a new tea lover should include the following: A teapot (such as the ingenuiTEA or the personaliTEA at Adagio), a kettle (either electric, like Adagio's utiliTEA, or a regular stove kettle), and some cups.
Newbee2Tea wrote:2) What is the difference between a tea pot and a tea kettle?
A teapot is what you use to brew the loose leaf. A tea kettle is used only to heat your water.
Newbee2Tea wrote:3) What are the differences between an electric kettle and a stove top kettle?
An electric kettle plugs into the wall, and tends to be much faster at heating water than a stove kettle. Also, you can bring it anywhere, whereas the stove top kettle requires a stove top.
Newbee2Tea wrote:4) What are the pros/cons of buying a tea pot & cups that are glass, porcelein, ceramic, or an iron tea pot?
If you are just looking at basic wares to get you started, these factors won't matter much. The only thing I would avoid is a porous teapot-- these are usually made of unglazed clay.
Newbee2Tea wrote:5) I would like to get a tea pot, cups, etc. to serve 1 or 2. What would be my best choices?
I would check out the teapots I mentioned earlier-- the ingenuiTEA and the personaliTEA. I have heard good things about both. As for cups, just get whatever you like!
Newbee2Tea wrote:6) Do I need a tea strainer? What is it? Is that so you don't drink the leaves at the bottom of your tea cup?
You may want some sort of strainer, and as far as I know both of the pots I mentioned include them. A strainer prevents leaves from getting to your cup, and also allows for quick separation of the leaves and the brewed tea, so the leaves do not oversteep.
Newbee2Tea wrote:7) Is a tea warmer necessary? How do you know what size to get to match the size of your tea pot?
I have never found the need for a tea warmer-- unless you take a *long* time in drinking your tea, you probably won't either. Since I have never had one, I can't help with sizing should you want to purchase one, though.
Newbee2Tea wrote:Thank you in advance
No problem! Welcome again. If you have any more questions, feel free to ask. That being said, please try not to post the same thing in multiple forums, as you did with this one. Just pick the one forum that seems most appropriate-- someone will see it and answer.