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Old 10-10-2007, 05:55 PM   #1
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Induction cooktop in a non-gas region

I lived in Wisconsin until I made the move to SW Florida nine years ago. We always had gas cooktops and loved them. This part of Florida does not have natural gas lines so unless you bury a propane tank in the yard you're stuck with radiant electric cooktops. My wife and I hate them. Temperature control is next to impossible and they stay hot (read dangerous) much too long after use.

A few months ago we decided to update the kitchen with stainless steel appliances. After reading up on induction heating we decided to give it a whirl and bought a 36" cooktop with 4 radiant and 2 induction stations. I'm hooked. Induction works almost as well as gas and I guess it's a lot less expensive, especially with rising energy prices. -- don't ask what I paid for the cooktop as I doubt there will be a saving in the long run. I avoid using the radiant elements as much as possible.

Anyone else using them?

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Old 02-10-2008, 01:10 AM   #2
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Hello to another Wisconsinite. I, too, grew up in WI cooking on gas. When we moved to Oregon I had to use a smoothtop electric range for about 8 years. Having moved to Bend, OR, I finally got a house with natural gas. I used the junky gas range that was in the house for about a year when we decided to upgrade. I wanted a high-end dual-fuel range, but my wife hated cleaning around the gas burners and wanted to go back to the electric range. After a lot of research we decided to take the plunge and install a 36" Kithenaid induction cooktop. I love it! The power and speed are incredible, and I have great control over temperature. Not to mention, cleanup is a breeze. I will probably never go back to gas again. One thing it does that I wasn't aware of is that at lower powers, you can hear the induction coils turn on and off as it's maintaining the low temps. Does yours do this as well Buzz? I've never actually used another induction cooktop, so I have nothing to compare mine to. Is there anyone else out there who has experience with induction cooktops?
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Old 02-10-2008, 01:13 AM   #3
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I have not had the opportunity to use induction, but I hate electric as well. MIL had one and swore by it, I could never get the hang off it and was thrilled when we got a place that had a gas stove. Had one ever since.
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Old 02-10-2008, 01:22 AM   #4
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I was thrilled to get a house with gas again, but the range in the house was horrible. I could barely keep water boiling to cook pasta. My wife couldn't understand why I was so excited to get gas. She didn't understand what a nice gas range would be like. A lot of people questioned our decision to switch away from gas, but most people don't understand what induction is or how it works. Having all the control and power (if not more) than gas, yet cleans up with a wipe of a rag is awesome.
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Old 02-10-2008, 01:43 PM   #5
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. One thing it does that I wasn't aware of is that at lower powers, you can hear the induction coils turn on and off as it's maintaining the low temps. Does yours do this as well Buzz?
Yes, it's normal.

It seems as if a lot of European commercial kitchens have gone to 100% induction.

I think that one of reasons people have been reluctant to switch to induction is because they are not aware that some cookware other than expensive All-Clad SS works. I bit the bullet and bought All-Clad and love the stuff.
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Old 02-10-2008, 05:37 PM   #6
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I like the idea of easy cleanup (the one huge drawback to gas is having to remove everything to clean it, plus having to deal with the igniters not always working properly), but does it have a grill/griddle option of some sort?
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The cookware was one of the things I looked into before getting the cooktop as well. It's not as bad as people think. SS cookware that works with induction isn't really hard to come by, but anything nonstick is (my wife won't cook with anything but nonstick). Kitchenaid makes a whole line of cookware that is reasonably priced and really nice. I have the 12" and 10" skillets. Someday I'll have my All-Clad. I figure I'll build my set piece by pice over the years. Luckily I had a carbon steel flat bottom wok from back when I had my radiant range. That works fantastic. On the 3600 watt element, it's like having a 20k btu burner under it.

As for a grill or griddle, I'm not sure. I haven't tried either one yet. On the left side of my cooktop I have two medium size elements directly in a row. Since induction heats the pan itself, it would make sense that a nice heavy cast iron griddle or grill would work great. The old griddle I had was made from aluminum so I couldn't try it. I'd like a big griddle some day (I could kick my countertop plug in one to the curb). When I get one, I'll let you all know how it works,
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Someday I'll have my All-Clad. I figure I'll build my set piece by pice over the years.
That's what I did, piece by piece, all on ebay. It's much less expensive to buy them that way.
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The cookware was one of the things I looked into before getting the cooktop as well. It's not as bad as people think. SS cookware that works with induction isn't really hard to come by, but anything nonstick is (my wife won't cook with anything but nonstick). Kitchenaid makes a whole line of cookware that is reasonably priced and really nice. I have the 12" and 10" skillets. Someday I'll have my All-Clad. I figure I'll build my set piece by pice over the years. Luckily I had a carbon steel flat bottom wok from back when I had my radiant range. That works fantastic. On the 3600 watt element, it's like having a 20k btu burner under it.

As for a grill or griddle, I'm not sure. I haven't tried either one yet. On the left side of my cooktop I have two medium size elements directly in a row. Since induction heats the pan itself, it would make sense that a nice heavy cast iron griddle or grill would work great. The old griddle I had was made from aluminum so I couldn't try it. I'd like a big griddle some day (I could kick my countertop plug in one to the curb). When I get one, I'll let you all know how it works,
So only certain types of non-stick work with the induction cooktops? I guess I never realized there would be a limitation on what kind of cookware you could us with it.
I think I would consider that a drawback, but then again I don't use any non stick for cooking. Mostly I have SS and iron so I guess I wouldn't really run into a problem anyway.
Definitely please let me know, anyone, how an iron griddle or grill works on a induction cooktop. I am looking to upgrade and renovate the kitchen in the next year or so and will need to decide what to go with.
Although, i think I am still leaning toward staying with gas... but keeping an open mind!
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So Definitely please let me know, anyone, how an iron griddle or grill works on a induction cooktop.
If a magnet is attracted to the pot it will work. Otherwise, not.
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