Ariel Cooktop April 11th, 2018 - 08:08:37
Cooktops have helped to dramatically change the way that persons are able to design their kitchens today. There are a wide range of options for you to choose from, giving you the ability to find cooktops that are equipped with special features such as smooth tops, grills and various configurations of burners that you are sure to like. In most cases, cooktops will be more expensive than a range, but the fact that they can be installed in just about anywhere in the kitchen makes the price seem worthwhile. Types of Cooktops: Electric Cooktops You can find cooktops in three main types, namely electric, gas and induction cooktops with the first two being the most popular. Electric cooktops are very easy to clean and some are even available with sensors, a digital reminder to let you know when cooking is finished and an electronic touch pad which has been used to replaced the traditional knobs. In addition, those with the sensor option, will allow the element to adjust to the size of the pan during heating, making cooking more efficient and will even cause the element to be automatically turned off if it is left idling for too long.
So, how exactly how do downdraft gas cooktops work? They work in such a way that smoke that cooking emits is sucked back down, thus the name downdraft. Once the smoke goes up, a downdraft element effectively sucks it down, pushes it to the tube included in the system, and pushes it out of your house through a vent. Downdraft gas cooktops are perfect for smaller spaces where there is limited space for a full sized stove range and oven. Also, if you are on a budget, it will be best to get this type of cooktop since they are a lot cheaper than a full hood. Although they may not be as effective as an exhaust system, they are better than having no smoke system at all. It is also perfect for cooktops on kitchen islands, making it an effective cooking system.
In addition, standard induction elements work only with flat-bottomed pots and pans and are therefore not suitable for use with traditional round-bottomed woks. However, it is possible to buy induction units specifically designed to work with woks, but these units are fairly uncommon in the United States. Furthermore, induction units designed to work with rounds-bottomed woks will work only with woks and will not work with flat-bottomed vessels. Electric Power Considerations Kitchens currently equipped with gas cooktops may not have an adequate electrical circuit available for the induction cooktop. As a rule, a drop-in induction cooktop with multiple burners will require a 220 volt, 40 amp dedicated circuit. Most conventional electric cooktops also require such a circuit, so those people upgrading to induction from conventional electric cooktops are unlikely to have an issue, but anyone upgrading from gas may need to have an electrician install a new electrical circuit for the cooktop. If so, this cost should be considered when evaluating the overall cost of the project. And, even if you are upgrading from conventional electric to induction, you should verify that the existing circuit is adequate for the induction cooktop that you have selected.
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.