Electric range with "variable" heat?

Discussion in 'Cooking Equipment Reviews' started by bill180, Nov 8, 2009.

  1. bill180

    bill180

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    All electric ranges and cooktops I have seen regulate the heat by turning the heating elements on and off.

    So a cooktop (burner) will turn on FULL blast for a little bit, then turn off, then back on FULL blast, then off again.

    With a gas range, you can adjust the flame and thus the heat to be steady at a set amount of heat...

    So the question is...

    Is there an electric range/cooktop which "adjusts" how hot the heating element gets?

    And the heating element would be on all the time, just at different levels of heat - like a gas range.

    Does anyone make anything like this?
     
  2. ryan.brosseau1

    ryan.brosseau1

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    The short answer is no. All electric heating elements are either on or off. Some units will have a switch that cuts half of the voltage to make an element a warming element, but again it will either be on or off as it cycles.

    The long answer is that if you get a unit that has electronically controlled surface elements, the unit's computer software will cycle the element in a precise fashion to simulate the heat control and flexibility of a gas burner. For example a regular electric range uses a simple infinite switch to run the surface element, as the element draws current a bi-metal spring heats up and cools down in the switch cycling the element. In an electronic unit, you set the power level with a potentiometer (like a volume dial on a radio), and the computer then pulses electricity to the element to maintain the desired temperature.

    One side note, the electronic controlled models are almost always a glass topped stove, or induction.

    Examples of the electronic controlled units would be the Kitchenaid Professional model # KESK901SSS range of products and the Frigidiare Gallery Professional model # FPES3085KF, which can be seen on their websites.

    Of course their are others in higher price ranges, like Wolf and Viking.
     
  3. temcirvb

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    That's great! That's quite a very informative post. Thanks for your share.