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Old 01-15-2008, 11:41 AM   #1
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Saucepot too big?

I hope as my first question that this is too dumb, I purchased a Circulon Elite 8-Quart Wide Covered Saucepot, it exceeds the size of the electric burner by two inches, will this cause a problem when cooking with this pot?
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Old 01-15-2008, 11:43 AM   #2
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Not at all. That's fairly normal.
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Old 01-15-2008, 11:43 AM   #3
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can`t you take it back and get the next size down?
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Old 01-15-2008, 11:44 AM   #4
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Welcome! Not dumb at all.

That's a very large pot. And wide.

If it exceeds the burner by 2 inches all the way around, it will compromise the performance of the cookware on an electric stove, IMO.

Are you sure you need such a large, wide pot? What do you contemplate using it for?
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Hi and welcome to Discuss Cooking!!!! I think it is fairly normal for a LOT of pots to be larger than the burner. Sometimes that size pot is what's called for. I think you'll be fine.
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Old 01-15-2008, 11:55 AM   #6
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I don't know what this pot looks like, but it's described as "wide." If it's more like a saute pan (wide and shallow), then I'll stick to the opinion that if 2 inches is off burner on an electric stove, then performance can be compromised becasue it's designed for things like sauteeing and browning rather than, say, boiling water for pasta. Particularly if the bottom isn't clad.

Plus that's still a real big puppy.
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I can only assume that this is what the pot looks like.

It is a large pot but sometimes a large pot is what you need and you just have to make the best of it. I don't think things will be so compromised that the dish/recipe won't turn out.
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neat, I can see a 5 quart (whatever a "quart" is?) under it, maybe something like would be better perhaps?
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I can only assume that this is what the pot looks like.

It is a large pot but sometimes a large pot is what you need and you just have to make the best of it. I don't think things will be so compromised that the dish/recipe won't turn out.
I'm with you.
I used a pot at my Uncle-in-law's (is that a term?) once that was too big for ANY home-sized burner. I had to brown alot of ground beef for a birthday party. 5 lbs I think. You just have to babysit it a bit more.....
However that was on gas, I think the electric would be more concentrated heat, but an insulated or encapsulated bottom on that would help a bit. Just stir alot!
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I hope as my first question that this is too dumb,
Don't worry, we usually reserve judgement until after you've asked 4 or 5 questions.

Welcome to the boards. This particular pot is made of hard anodized aluminium, so the heat should distribute evenly, even if the pot is bigger than the burner. I wouldn't sweat it.
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