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Old 07-13-2009, 10:44 PM   #1
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Default Cast iron electric burner for starters/flask

I have read here that glass flasks (chemistry style) should not be used on an electric element (spiral metal style). Would using a hot plate with a cast iron burner (electric) work ok? Would the glass still be at risk to crack? I have read about the star shaped metal wire, but I would just rather use a burner without one if cast would work.

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Old 07-13-2009, 10:57 PM   #2
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Yes, it should be fine so long as the flask is not in direct contact with the electric heating element. The star shaped wire thing is known as a trivet. I use an electric range for boiling starter flasks regularly and never had a problem. My trivet is a burner grate salvaged from a junked gas stove. Never had any problems doing this.

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Old 07-13-2009, 11:12 PM   #3
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Yes, it should be fine so long as the flask is not in direct contact with the electric heating element. The star shaped wire thing is known as a trivet. I use an electric range for boiling starter flasks regularly and never had a problem. My trivet is a burner grate salvaged from a junked gas stove. Never had any problems doing this.

Thanks for the advice, I just don't want to mess up the glass top or have to bust out with propane since I have gone electric. Electric starters here I come!
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