convivium wrote:Thank you everyone. Any suggestions for finding approximations of the 'four treasures' or a chaxi online?
Unless you're really committed to traditional tea making, a charcoal stove and Chaozhou kettle will not be that convenient for daily use. I would suggest an electric or gas heater of some sort, or an electric kettle first, if you don't already have one.
The Chaozhou stoves and kettles are easy enough to find online, though if you're not in China, you'll probably need to order off of Taobao through a proxy, and it will be expensive. In addition, getting the olive pit charcoal through customs etc. isn't always easy.
Lots of sources for Yixing pots and gongfu tea cups mentioned on this site, so just look through the archives.
By 'cha xi', do you mean the entire tea setup, or do you mean a waste water bowl (shui xi - 水洗, or lots of other possible names)?
As far as a tea boat / tray, you have lots of different options and different styles. Different people and different regions have different names for the different types of trays used for tea making. A simple earthenware or porcelain tea boat with drainage holes is a reasonable and traditional choice, though some people prefer individual trays / bowls for cups, teapot, and waste water. There isn't one "right" tea setup.