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Old 07-07-2008, 01:05 AM   #1
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I am thinking about boiling with electricity. Does anyone know much about induction heating element's? I have been flirting with the idea of using one of those along with a heat stick. Does anyone out there have any experience/knowledge on doing this? Does anyone know what kind of plug these things have on them? I will mostlikely be using a 220v. I am pretty much going into this blindly at this point. About the only thing I do know is that I will have to have a SS pot, as an aluminium pot will not work.



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Old 07-07-2008, 01:38 PM   #2
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I've read a bit about induction stoves for kitchens and learned 3 points: They are more efficient than traditional electric stoves b/c all energy is converted to heating the pot up. There is a safety benefit in that the cook surface remains cool to the touch. Thirdly, though, they are ridiculously expensive because of the high voltage circuit and controls, plus the propriety cookware. I've never used one, but they seem far too expensive to for a couple of small benefits over a traditional way of heating water.



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Here are some general Boiling With Electric links:

http://powersbrewery.home.comcast.net/~powersbrewery/hlt.html
http://www.bodensatz.com/article.php?story=20031026072427120
http://btracy.com/hot_liquor_tank.htm
http://www.brewing.schmidt-house.com/ElectricKettle.htm
http://home.chattanooga.net/~cdp/boilnew/boilnew.htm

Sorry, I don't know much specifically about induction elements, but the above should at least be good reference as you progress.

Edit: Been reading a bit... I would worry about the thickness of your kettle. You didn't indicate if this is for 5 gallon batches, or much larger.... A good thick-gauge S/S kettle will set you back a couple hundred, and that's excluding the cost of an induction stove itself, which appears to be well in the thousands of dollars. If you've got other good reasons to invest in one (cook a lot, current stove is dying anyways, etc etc) then perhaps it would be worth your money... but my gut reaction is that it's too new, too pricey, too much "tech" for our low-tech field.

After all, $3k could buy you all the parts to assemble one HELL of an Electric-based Brutus 10 system.

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Old 07-07-2008, 07:50 PM   #4
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I was flirting with the idea of something along this lines:

http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-Induction-cooktop-cooker-range-stove-burner-2200W_W0QQitemZ120278079125QQihZ002QQcategoryZ2067 2QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

Get something like that, and put in a heat stick.

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Old 07-07-2008, 08:18 PM   #5
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Could be interesting. I'll toss out the obligatory "Buyer beware" due to the (insanely?) low price of the unit and the Engrish prevalent throughout the ad. But Hey. You could be onto something.

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That is some of the best engrish EVAR!

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Guys that thing is a steal! After all it has "Self-protection form being destroyed by thundering " I mean really, that just says it all.

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The bottom of your pot MUST be perfectly flat for induction stoves or their efficiency is greatly reduced. I don't know about you but every pot/pan I have rocks and wiggles a little on the stove top.

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here is the rub with Induction. It is a magnet that excites the atoms in the pot. For this to work your pot must be ferrous. Meaning the pot must be iron. Induction ranges will not work on Stainless or aluminum.


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I had read at least one site that claimed S/S would work. I do not know for sure. Magnets stick to S/S, does that mean it is (at least somewhat) ferrous?

(Sorry, I don't know jack sh!t about metallurgy )

I wonder how much an iron 15gal kettle would cost....... or weigh...... *shudder*



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