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GoNova 02-06-2012 07:49 PM

Will this cheap 3500 watt induction burner work?
 
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http://www.mainlinebrewers.com/proje...ction-brewing/

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https://byo.com/component/k2/item/2967-induction-heat

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I am exploring the jump to electric brewing and found this very reasonably priced induction burner. Can you guys think of any reason why it would not work? I suspect my brew kettle will be larger than the burner. Will that be a problem.

http://www.amazon.com/Avantco-IC3500.../dp/B00514BTJ6

Would this just plug right into my 240 dryer outlet?

Any other things I should be thinking about?

Excuse my ignorance, but I'm just starting to learn about electric brewing.

Cheers. :mug:

Biohazard 02-06-2012 09:24 PM

What kind of brew pot do you have? Induction cooking requires good contact between the pan and cooktop. A keggle wouldnt work well, and I would suggest a stainless steel pot. I know more about the cooktop than I do brewing so I will leave that to the experts around here. Worse off you would have to use a heatstick depending on your batch size.

Lennie 02-06-2012 10:40 PM

I have a triple-layer bottom on my SS kettle and it is magnetic. Once I insulated it I could get a boil on 4gal with an 1800W induction burner. Theres no guarantee that a SS pot will be magnetic, check it first with a magnet (fridge magnet is good enough).

Yes I believe the burner would plug in the 240V outlet.

GoNova 02-07-2012 01:36 PM

Thanks guys. I do have a stainless pot. Is it ok if the diameter of the pot exceeds the diameter of the burner?

WAORGANY 02-07-2012 01:46 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by GoNova (Post 3753688)
Thanks guys. I do have a stainless pot. Is it ok if the diameter of the pot exceeds the diameter of the burner?

Yeah it just needs to be magnetic and MOST SS pots are not!

Biohazard 02-07-2012 02:33 PM

Not sure on the plug part, I know my dryer certainly doesnt look like the plug shown on this site:
Plug Picture

Lennie 02-07-2012 03:49 PM

Looks like a standard 240V plug to me, three prong with one sideways to the other. Hard to tell the actual size though.

Definitely check your pot to be sure its magnetic.

My pot hangs over the sides of the hotplate a couple of inches. It really doesn't matter except if the hotplate will hold the weight. I've heard of people putting wooden spacers under the overhanging edges of the pot to hold some/all of the weight. Induction will work as long as the bottom is within 0.5" of the cooking surface, at least I've read that.

JustLooking 02-07-2012 05:06 PM

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Originally Posted by Lennie (Post 3754443)
Induction will work as long as the bottom is within 0.5" of the cooking surface, at least I've read that.

Anyone know more about this? For weight reasons it would be good if you could support your pot on the outer edges a little above the burner. But the website say that the cooker automatically switches itself to standby mode when the cookware is removed from the cooking surface. I wonder if this is controlled by weight or the induction current being recognized?

Lennie 02-07-2012 05:26 PM

The instructions with my little 1800W Max Burton burner state that the pan has to be within 1.5" of the burner surface. I'd read the 1/2" value on another thread here on Homebrewtalk.

JustLooking 02-07-2012 05:42 PM

Does yours have the "automatically switch to standby when the cookware is removed" feature?


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