Inducing Induction


Four years ago we bought our first induction burner for the coach.  I instantly fell in love with cooking on an induction hob.Max Burton Induction hob  I have used it daily in the coach and even when we were temporarily back in our house when our first sale contract fell through and I had a perfectly good 4 burner stove to cook on.  We have probably cooked a solid 4000 meals on it.

And, alas, it seems to have lost the top end of it’s heating function.  I can no longer sear!  A good 1/2 of it’s function remains — all the lower settings — but the induction coil inside seems to have decided that a hearty boil is about all it wants to give nowadays.

true-induction-cooktop-double-burner-energy-efficientI have been quibbling about replacing it.  Prices have dropped by 1/3 over four years. Many new RV’s are being built with dual burner induction stoves.  I guess it’s time to bite the bullet and upgrade.

Our first burner was a Max Burton unit which I bought because it seemed to garner the most positive reviews and I knew the company name.  It has done a good job.

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nicely packed for shipping

I’ve been looking at the True Induction version for a few months now. I commented on the possibility of change back in August, and finally pulled the trigger on the new purchase.  After 4 years of living with a single burner the idea that I’ll be able to have two pans hot at the same time is absolutely orgasmic!

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The unit comes with an extremely abbreviated owners manual, but it does come with a 60 day trial guarantee — if we don’t like it True Induction till buy the unit back as well as paying for shipping. Not bad.

The new unit still plugs into a 110 VAC socket.  And a 20 amp 110VAC  socket doesn’t have enough power to run 2 burners at 450º. What the manufacturer has done is to design the unit so that you can use any combination of 1800 watts between the two burners.  So you can set one burner on 10, and the other burner off,  or 9 and 1, 8 and 2, 7 and 3, etc.  I’m sure we’ll get the hang of it quickly enough.  And the idea of cooking pasta while keeping the sauce HOT is really appealing.

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The new unit on our counter — you can see the propane stove directly beneath it. This is about the right size that if we had bought the ‘in-counter’ version we could have mounted it in the same width opening.

Seeing as we picked the unit up from UPS late last night we haven’t used it for anything more than a bowl of oatmeal this morning.  It’s different from our old unit — well, duh…. I’ll try to update you on how it’s working and how much we like it as time goes on.

The entire top of the unit is Schott Glass.  I was curious about the switches and sensors.  On our old Max Burton unit the switches were outside of the glass top and they consisted of membrane switches.  Those are kind of prone to failure though we have not had any problems in 4 years.  I’m happy that on the new unit the controls are sensors underneath the glass surface. Just like in a high end home appliance.  Of course this unit cost considerably more than the Max Burton — it’s just a better made unit we believe.

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With a couple pots for scale

The one thing I have noticed is that the digital readout is a bit squiggly.  It’s as if the bottom side of the glass is textured and the display is showing through textured glass. The shot on the right isn’t very clear, as an illustration, but that’s ok — you get the idea. 2015111908401608

And now for something completely different!

On our way back from UPS last night I noticed the price of gas.  WoW!  I haven’t seen sub-$2.00 gasoline in a long time.  And there it is,  $1.97 per gallon.2015111819143001

Thanks for stopping by. I’ll be here tomorrow.  I hope you will too!

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5 Comments

  1. Induction is the wave of the future. I love that the burner never gets hot. I was blown away by the fact that you can put parchment paper between the burner and the skillet to catch any splatters when frying things.

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    1. Linda, It’s funny about induction. We think of it as the wave of the future but Europeans have been using it for a long while now. We are so provincial, we think we have everything first, and we are the best at everything and there are oodles of ways in which SERIOUSLY we lag behind Europe in health, and safety, and creativity, and innovation. I have never actually TRIED the parchment trick. I’m told it works, but haven’t ever thought to try it out.

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  2. Ill have to keep this in mind for the future…maybe one for the house if I can afford it. I love Linda’s parchment comment. Great for clean ups.

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    1. If it were me, I would think very strongly about buying a home verison if we ever went back into sticks & bricks. They are currently ‘more expensive’ than your typical gas or electric but not prohibitively so, and not more than some of the upper end ranges.

      Great for cleanups — yes.

      Something different to get accustomed to — definitely — there are little idiosyncrasies, even between brands. I like the new unit as much as the old one — but there are little unique features that a person might like better or worse within the range of liking the appliance. The idea of choosing EITHER TEMPERATURE or POWER is a bit odd. The old one defaulted to the “power” setting (watts) and I got accustomed to it. This one seems to return to the last used choice — either power or temp — it’s not a huge thing, and I supposed that a home unit would be different still.

      I always used to prefer gas but induction has won me over big time.

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