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Part 1 of this series explained how Induction cooktops use magnetic hysteresis loss to directly heat the the pot or pan. Part 2 explained the growing popularity of induction cooking by exploring inductions many advantages over conventional cooking technologies. By this time, you are very likely thinking that induction cooking may be appropriate for your kitchen. However, before purchasing an induction cooktop, there are several things that you should consider. These issues are explained in this installment of the Induction Cooking Explained series. Compatible Cookware Considerations As explained in part 1, induction cooktops work only with cookware made from ferrous materials. Anyone with a significant investment in aluminum, glass, ceramic or non-magnetic stainless steel cookware will need to be aware that these types of cookware will not work on an induction cooktop and should include the cost purchasing new cookware when evaluating the cost of the induction cooktop. However, much of the most popular cookware used on conventional cooktops will work with induction cooktops, so many people will be able to use their existing cookware.
A downdraft gas cooktop is a cooktop that doesnt come with a hood on top, but with a downdraft mechanism inside itself. All the unwanted smells that inevitably arise from cooking food on your gastop, will be sucked down and vented outside. One little catch is that your home has to have support for downdraft exhaustion. If it doesnt, your house can be modified so that it does, but this will not be practical for everybody. So with this out of the way, lets focus on the advantages of downdraft cooktops for a little bit. Because once you go downdraft, you wont want anything else any longer. If you have a kitchen that does not have the space for a very large bench area, then the cooktop itself is going to fit nicely onto the counter top. If you have downdraft ventilation, then all the smoke, air and smells will be sucked down by the cooktop and vented outside. There is no longer any need for a hooded, external exhaust fan. This causes your cooktop to run a whole lot cleaner than it were if it had a hood. Hooded cooktops also make one heck of a lot more noise, while downdrafts are very silent when it comes to operation.
Most cooktops come in sizes of 30 inches wide that offer four burners or 36 inches wide with five burners. High-end, professional-style cooktops can measure as wide as 48 inches and come with up to six burners and additional cooking surfaces like grills or griddles. The bigger the cooktop, the higher the price tag and the more counter space youll need for installation. Youll also need to consider how to vent your cooktop if it will be installed where a range or cooktop hasnt been before. Range hoods can do the job if the cooktop will be under a cabinet, but if you plan to install in a kitchen island, look for downdraft cooktops that use fans to pull smoke, steam and grease down rather than up, avoiding the need for a hood.
Note that cooks whose kitchens do not have a dedicated 40 amp circuit can still utilize induction cooking by purchasing a single element portable induction unit. Such units typically plug into a 110 volt household outlet and yet provide the power of the drop-in cooktops. Portable induction cooktops have the added advantage that they can be used for tabletop or table side cooking for dishes such as Chinese hot pot, fondue, or various desserts flambe. Considerations for People with Electronic Medical Appliances Lastly, anyone with a pacemaker or defibrillator should consult with his or her doctor before utilizing an induction cooktop, as the magnetic field generated by the cooktop could potentially interfere with such electronic devices. This installment of the Induction Cooking Explained series examined issues that should be considered before purchasing an induction cooktop. Part 4 of the series expands on one of these issues by examining in detail the types of cookware that work best with induction cooktops.