Friday, October 20, 2006

Induction Cooktops

[via toolbase.org]
Want to cook faster, using less energy, with more control? Magnetic induction cooking uses electricity to produce a magnetic field that sends currents into iron atoms that react by movement which causes friction and heat in a metal vessel.
Unlike conventional cooktops that create heat below a pot, the magnetic induction process makes the pot into the heating element. Food is heated more quickly and to precise temperatures.

Operational Cost
Cooking with magnetic induction is 90 percent efficient, as compared to resistance electric at approximately 65-percent efficiency, and open-flamed gas which measures in the 55-percent efficiency range. Magnetic induction cooktops also feature sensors that adjust the energy setting to the pot size and a broader range of settings than traditional cooktops.

Initial Cost
A magnetic induction cooktop costs three to four times more than an electric cook top. A magnetic induction cooktop with four elements ranges in price from $1800 to $4000, dependent upon the manufacturer and features.

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2 comments:

Hamilsizzle said...

thats pretty interesting...though it will be hard to convince people that, if they're going to shell out big $, it shouldn't be for a schmancy viking range.

Are you worried about possible negative effects on your brain of creating a magnetic forcefield in your kitchen?

I mean I can't even get you to use bluetooth!

Justin said...

I need to buy a new gas cooker and I can’t decide what I should choose. I like rangemaster cookers but still I have to search in order to find the best one for my kitchen.