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Old 08-10-2010, 08:44 PM   #11
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...If I break it I could trade up to induction burners and a double oven.....hmmm.

HONEY...come look at what happened to the stove...

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Bt then you'd have to be sure all your cookware is magnetic.
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Bt then you'd have to be sure all your cookware is magnetic.
Yea! New cookware too!
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Old 08-10-2010, 08:52 PM   #13
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Yea! New cookware too!
I like the way you think!
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Old 08-10-2010, 09:14 PM   #14
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Should have mentioned that I do use my enameled CI 7qt on the stove regularly. Since the range is 8 years old any warranty expired a long time ago perhaps I could stand to be a little more adventurous.

If I break it I could trade up to induction burners and a double oven.....hmmm.

HONEY...come look at what happened to the stove...

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LOL, I have to tear out cabinets to get this regular 30" range in here!
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Old 08-10-2010, 11:06 PM   #15
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I got an induction plate/hob last year--I use that baby every day! I'm seriously thinking about an induction range. When we built this house, I didn't want to have gas lines run in, so I opted for an electric range. (heating/furnace is not an issue, so I'd be installing gas for a stove only). There's a little bit of a learning curve with the induction plate, but I totally recommend trying it out before making the big purchase of an induction range. You can get one for $200 or less. It's awesome!
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Old 08-11-2010, 06:19 PM   #16
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Thank you all. I like my CI, and one day when I am brave enough I will drag it out and use it on my smooth top. In the mean time, are all my choices that I listed there lousy?
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Old 08-13-2010, 10:55 AM   #17
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Okay, figured before we hit the weekend, I would give this a quick bump. Since it went a bit OT.
Are all the choices I listed in the OP bad? Are any decent?
Thank you!
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Old 08-13-2010, 11:08 AM   #18
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The sets you linked to are mostly disk on the bottom sets. That's good for even heating and cooking. If you want to choose from one of these sets, go with one that is DW safe. It's a convenience and worthwhile. Also go with one that is oven safe up to at least 400 F.

If you're willing to spend real money in place of points, do go to Costco and Sam's and check out their sets. They both offer tri-ply SS sets that are of excellent quality. Tri-ply gives you a utensil that is aluminum sandwiched between two layers of SS for the whole pan, not just a disk on the bottom. This is a good idea if you do any oven cooking with you pans as you get better heat distribution on the sides as well as the bottom. If you had a gas stove, their value would increase as gas flame can sometimes go beyond the disk on the bottom and cause scorching.burning around the edges of smaller pans. This wouldn't happen with tri-ply.

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Okay, figured before we hit the weekend, I would give this a quick bump. Since it went a bit OT.
Are all the choices I listed in the OP bad? Are any decent?
Thank you!
Many will caution against buying a set, because they will often have pieces you don't need and won't use. Also many (not all) sets will be one finish or another. For most pots and pans I prefer stainless, but for an egg pan many like to use teflon. I've gotten pretty good at cooking eggs in my CI skillet though, and do not miss the teflon a bit. I have built up a collection of pans over the years, and these were supplemented by a cheap set of stainless pots that were a gift for staying with my company for 3 years. They are sufficient for making rice, boiling pasta, heating up veggies, etc.

But I do understand that you are trying to use points to purchase cookware. Ultimately it depends on what pots YOU need and whether you need to be DW and oven safe, and what you cook most often.
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Old 08-13-2010, 12:25 PM   #20
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Thank you! I think I will get a couple of good individual pieces with my points. And Sam's has a small set for $127.88, it is tri-ply.

Sam's Club-Stainless Steel Tri-Ply Cookware Set - 7 pc.
Again. thank you!
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