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Old 06-23-2005, 09:51 PM   #1
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Burner Plates

Having a rental that comes with the job, I have a reasonable stove, electric, standard burners, etc. It heats ok and keeps acurate temps in the oven, but it is NOT anything but LOW END. I recently bought a set of burner plates from Nordic Ware. These are heavy steel that cover the burner and give a solid heat surface like the cast iron elements that were popular a while ago. I've noticed that my pans heat more evenly; even heavy pans react to rings of hot and cold. The stove looks better. And I can use a greater variety of size and material of pan; even my soapstone bean pot is safe on them.

Any other folks make adaptations to their equipment?


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Old 07-06-2005, 01:58 PM   #2
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Thanks for the info Robo! I've been looking at these and wondering if they really worked - what the real difference would be between them and the old cast iron plates - except some of the iron plates I found said to only use them on gas stoves.

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Old 07-06-2005, 09:58 PM   #3
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I have found : give them a minute to heat up and turn them off a minute before you think you're done. That way everything is equal. I am very pleased with this inexpensive upgrade.
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