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Old 04-29-2018, 02:38 PM   #1
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Burners Too Big?

Our new range has very big burners. Here's one in action with my largest saucepan:



It seems that the flames are really just heating up the outer edges of the pot. Is that reasonable,or should I use the smaller burners in the back?

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Old 04-29-2018, 02:42 PM   #2
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If you're just boiling water I don't think it matters.

In general, my pot or skillet size determines which burner on my stovetop to use.
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Old 04-29-2018, 02:51 PM   #3
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That burner and pot combo looks about right.

In general, the tips of the burner flame should not extend beyond the bottom of the pot.

Are all your burners the same size?
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Old 04-29-2018, 03:10 PM   #4
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Looks ok...Maybe your pot is too small? You can look for pots with a larger base..that may help..
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Looks good to me.
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Old 04-29-2018, 03:22 PM   #6
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Personally, I'd put that pan on a smaller burner if you have one. Sometimes I'll put a pot of rice in a pan that size on a big burner to bring it to the boil, and transfer it to my small simmer burner to finish.
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Old 04-29-2018, 03:22 PM   #7
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I think it's fine.
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Old 04-29-2018, 03:37 PM   #8
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Personally, I'd put that pan on a smaller burner if you have one. Sometimes I'll put a pot of rice in a pan that size on a big burner to bring it to the boil, and transfer it to my small simmer burner to finish.
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I also do that. I bring things to a boil on Power Boil burner then move to another burner to simmer on low.
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I also do that. I bring things to a boil on Power Boil burner then move to another burner to simmer on low.
My burner with the Power Boil setting still simmers quite well too. Unless I need it for something else, I'll leave the pan right there. But I do often just get it boiling, then shift to the burner next door so I can put a fry pan on the big one. My 12" and 14" frying pans cook well on the larger burner.
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Old 04-29-2018, 05:19 PM   #10
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I definitely can't use my two larger burners with my T-Fal One Egg Wonder pan, that's for sure.
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Old 04-29-2018, 08:01 PM   #11
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My burner with the Power Boil setting still simmers quite well too. Unless I need it for something else, I'll leave the pan right there. But I do often just get it boiling, then shift to the burner next door so I can put a fry pan on the big one. My 12" and 14" frying pans cook well on the larger burner.
+1 That's exactly what I do.
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I definitely can't use my two larger burners with my T-Fal One Egg Wonder pan, that's for sure.
Even my small burners are too big for my One Egg Wonder.

Al, your pot and burner look just right.
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That burner and pot combo looks about right.

In general, the tips of the burner flame should not extend beyond the bottom of the pot.

Are all your burners the same size?
No, but the two burners in the front are that size. IOW, for all but my biggest pots, I need to use the medium sized back burner or the simmer back burner. That's not how I would have designed the range.

First world problems! ;)
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I think they place large burners in the front for convenience, ease of access, and safety reasons. You can hurt your back trying to handle a loaded tamale pot on a rear burner. You also would want to use a large wok right in front of you, over your largest burner.
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Scratch what I wrote above.... I didn't have my coffee yet...
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No, but the two burners in the front are that size. IOW, for all but my biggest pots, I need to use the medium sized back burner or the simmer back burner. That's not how I would have designed the range.

First world problems! ;)
That's a fairly standard layout. My GE has two larger burners up front and a smaller burner and a simmer burner in back.

You would start your cooking up front and move the pot to the back to simmer, leaving the front burners accessible for other uses.

I can do a precise simmer on my front burners.

If your burners are properly adjusted, you will continue to have issues.
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If your burners are NOT properly adjusted, you will continue to have issues.
Fixed it for you, Andy.
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That picture looks fine to me
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Our new range has very big burners. Here's one in action with my largest saucepan:



It seems that the flames are really just heating up the outer edges of the pot. Is that reasonable,or should I use the smaller burners in the back?

Thanks.
No, the heat moves through and along the bottom of the pot to heat the entire thing.
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No, but the two burners in the front are that size. IOW, for all but my biggest pots, I need to use the medium sized back burner or the simmer back burner. That's not how I would have designed the range.

First world problems! ;)
I use my smaller saucepans on the larger burners, although one of my larger burners has two flame rings of different sizes. Just turn the flame down.
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