- Listed: April 3, 2019 12:48 am
We were upgrading from a tiny 1950’s stove (see picture below) that while it seemed to fit very well with the orange, 1970’s style wallpaper and canary yellow cabinets (no kidding), it was not something we regretted replacing!
Since we had upgraded to the best technology many years earlier with good results, we thought we should probably do so again. The upgrade hopefully would make my many hours spent in the kitchen even more efficient. Parents of young children like it because the coil itself underneath the glass stovetop doesn’t actually get hot. While it is extremely controversial whether this type of radiation source is actually dangerous, the data is sufficient enough for me to avoid it.Of course, induction stove manufacturers insist the technology is safe.
Currently, the trend toward replacing electric cooktops with an induction stove is quite popular. While this new range was awesome (so nice not to have to clean up messes under coil burners anymore!) and has served us well for many years, it recently came time to replace it when problems developed. This involved purchase of an induction stove with all the bells and whistles.
We eventually settled on a stainless steel induction stove. I also avoid dirty electricity in our home by never using dimmer switches or fluorescent bulbs.
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The benefits of induction cooking as opposed to thermal heating with a traditional stovetop include up to 50% faster and more even cooking of the food and slightly reduced energy usage. This means the cooking surface stays cool and won’t burn little hands or steam up if you spill liquid on it. The worst case scenario was an up to 16-fold increase from these maximum exposure levels!
Powerwatch, the safety tests assumed that a person’s body is never closer than 1 foot (30 cm) to the front of the induction stove. In fact, this would be pretty much impossible if you needed to reach the back burners. They claim that the radiation hazard dissipates within a few inches to a foot of the appliance. This is the electric stove model we eventually bought based on excellent consumer reviews.
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This induction smooth ceramic glass cooking surface is also the most modern looking dual cooktop on the market. I have a 10 gallon stainless steel kettle and it heated 8 gallons of 64 degree tap water to 162 degrees in 42 minutes on the 3500w setting. I ran a new 20 amp circuit and installed a 20 amp plug dedicated for this cooktop.
However, after less than 4 months, it started to turn off randomly in the middle of heating (we are pretty much cooking the same things as before), and also possibly getting stuck at a high setting when we lower it to a lower wattage for simmering. Even worse is that we have 3 of these, and the second one that we bought is starting to act up too. That means it gets much hotter than 100 and that’s a problem for something like cream of wheat for example because it will boil out of the pot before it cools back down. Took a little on the burner/off the burner during steeping to keep 150-degrees. This induction cooktop are not like others in the industry, with simple and intuitive controls and power maximizing technology, you will cooking with gourmet results with speed previously unattainable. It then heated the wort from 154 to to boiling in 25 minutes. I was able to leave it on the 3500w setting for the duration of the boil. Remember, if a magnet wont stick to the bottom of your pot/pan, it wont work on this cook-top. I start it out at 3600w and then turn it off close to 170f (measured by separate thermometer) for steeping grains for at least 30 mins (it will take 5 gals past 170f in under 30 mins). I love it for boiling and so cook that way almost daily now. To maintain any of these temps, it comes on full blast for a short time then turns back off for a short time. Afterwards the first boil took about 15 mins to full rolling boil. I actually walked out of the room a few times instead of babysitting for the entire session.
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