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Old 10-21-2010, 03:05 AM   #1
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Default Largest Pot for Kitchen Stove?

What is the largest size pot people typically recommend for a regular kitchen gas stove? Can most gas stoves handle a 30 qt pot? I assume electric stoves generally have a smaller capacity?

I'm talking more about damage to the stove, than variation in boil volume and time.

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Old 10-21-2010, 03:06 AM   #2
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I used to use a huge 28 quart pot on my stove with no problem. It was slow to boil but it got the job done.

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Old 10-21-2010, 03:13 AM   #3
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I use a 30 quart on my electric stove, usually only do a 3 gallon boil, works great!

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Old 10-21-2010, 04:30 AM   #4
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I ask because our 14" diameter 40 quart aluminum kettle (used over 2 burners) damaged the enamel on the stove where we are renting.

I suspect it was a change in airflow by using 2 burners, or could have been a reaction due to aluminum or pure pot size? Looking at smaller pots, even 6 gallons is 12.5" wide so I'm undecided on weather 1.5" will make a difference.

Are your pots 'standard' diameters for those sizes (~13"+)?

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Old 10-21-2010, 02:25 PM   #5
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The pots will kick down a lot more heat than you realize.
I have a 20Qt pot that is ~12in. in diameter that will biol 3+ gallons with out a problem on my cheap electric apartment stove. The largest element on my stove is about 7in. in diameter. I also pull the burner out and lay sheets of aluminum foil under neath it to help reflect more heat into the pot. cut down on boil time by several minutes

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Old 10-21-2010, 02:39 PM   #6
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gf--My pot is at least the size of yours & has worked on out propane gas for over a year w/ no consequences. The heat has presented no problem to the porcelin top.

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Ive done a full boil in a 40qt aluminum pot on a bottom-of-the-line kenmore electric stove. With the weight of the pot you're pushing 70lbs, so the top kinda got bent, and the heat generated from having a burner on full blast for a couple hours is pretty worrisome. Needless to say, that was probably too much.

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Wow I have a hard enough time with a 20 qt pot on an electric stove. I can't believe you guys use bigger ones too! I'll give the aluminum foil a try tomorrow.

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Wow I have a hard enough time with a 20 qt pot on an electric stove. I can't believe you guys use bigger ones too! I'll give the aluminum foil a try tomorrow.
My first boil kicked so much heat back down that it heat changed the burner insert. all sorts of pretty colors in it now....

I put the foil in shiny side up and kinda pull it up around the base of the pot. Its worked well for the last 3 batches.
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for me, 22 qt Stainless is the largest that will fit on my induction electric under the microwave. I have good results without the issues caused by aluminum.

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