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Old 11-30-2007, 11:29 PM   #11
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Thank you so much for the info on the simmer plate/flame tamer! I'll start looking around to see what I can find. This will be such a great help to me, thanks again everyone!

One more question...any suggestions on a product to clean the oven and the enamel cook top? So far I've just used warm water and soap on a sponge, but there are some bits that don't come clean.
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Old 12-01-2007, 12:09 AM   #12
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Amber, can you provide a manufacturer and a model number? I have a Whirlpool gas cooktop and have good luck with a cleaning method I've devised for my appliance. I'll answer tomorrow because it's been a long day and I'm off to sweet dreamland.
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Old 12-01-2007, 12:17 AM   #13
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I know what Andy M. is talking about ... and it took me a few minutes (ok it took me an hour of looking) to remember what the ones he is talking about are called (drat - didn't see Robo had already given the names) ... they are Flame Tamers or Simmer Rings. Here is one example, and here is another example - and there is another brand but I can't find them right now. Then there are also heat reducers, heat diffusers, and there are other forms of heat diffusers that are flat aluminum or cast iron plates that are more to create an even heat distribution across the bottom of the pot/pan than to reduce it.
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Old 12-01-2007, 10:01 AM   #14
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Thanks, Michael. the first one is exactly what I was trying to describe. As I said. It's both cheap and effective.
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Old 12-01-2007, 07:43 PM   #15
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Katie, I have a Frigidaire brand gas range, not sure of the model number. Michael, thanks for the pictures because I had no idea what the flame tamer looked like. I'm having a tough time finding one in stores around here, but I'll keep searching or just order it from Amazon.
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Old 12-01-2007, 08:03 PM   #16
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Amber, my flame tamer looks like this. I don't even remember where I got it or how much I paid for it, but I think it was about $15 USD. It's very effective and I wouldn't be without it. I also use it as a trivet on the counter when not using it for a flame tamer.
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Old 12-01-2007, 08:56 PM   #17
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Thanks Katie. I just ordered the one above that Andy M. and Michael mentioned from Amazon.com , for $2.95. I'll start with that one and see how good it performs, but I thank you for the suggestion!
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Old 12-05-2007, 10:48 PM   #18
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My flame tamer/simmer ring arrived today! Thumbs up for this product. Very inexpensive and it simmered perfectly. Thanks for the info Robo, Andy M, and Michael.
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