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« on: September 12, 2013, 01:27:08 pm »

I did a forum search for inductive stovetop and didn't find anything.  Is anyone using the hotplate sized inductive cooktops in their PC?  It looks like a good way to cook without excess heat in the RV.  There are many units available for less than $100 but most of them in this price range seem to have issues (small heating area, fan noise, temp control).  I'd like to try one of these units but would like to find someone that has experience with one.  Thanks, Mark
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« Reply #1 on: September 12, 2013, 02:24:22 pm »

 I decided to purchase one for use both in the RV and and out by my bbq at home, and settled on the Fagor 1800w portable unit (attached pic) I've used it a few times at home and I really like it.  It puts out no heat at all, except from the pan or pot itself.  It has easy controls (7 settings) and can be dialed down nicely. It is 12x14 and weighs 8 lbs.  Some might be annoyed by the little fan underneath, but it doesn't bother me. I used the nesting Magma pots/pans with it, but any magnetic cookware would work.  Their website has a nice video clip of it. It's $149 on their site, or $134.20 on Amazon.

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« Reply #2 on: September 12, 2013, 04:44:06 pm »

We bought an inductive stovetop from Camping World when they were on sale, and our experience with it has been great.  Wife's only comment was why didn't we get one sooner.  We use it inside the PC and outside when camping.  Just remember you can't use pots that magnets don't stick to (or to which magnets don't stick in case my old English teacher reads this).
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« Reply #3 on: September 13, 2013, 08:49:22 am »

Mike, is there a high frequency whine emitted by the Fagor?  I won't be able to hear it, but my wife probably will.  I read some of them whine and it can be painful to those who still have their high frequency hearing.  Also, do you have any issues with low/med heat?  I think most of the cheaper units cycle b/w high power and off to control temperature much like my microwave.  Finally pulling over 1000 watts will mean the inverter won't be able to power the thing.  That's a downside for dry camping, but I haven't found any that aren't at least 1200w. Thanks, Mark
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« Reply #4 on: September 13, 2013, 09:18:33 am »

I didn't notice a whine at all, and it didn't seem to irritate the dogs at all. Whining can occur on any of the units I think, but it's related to the pan thickness.  This is what Fagor says: 'During cooking, some cookware, especially pieces with a thin or non-uniformed bottomed surface, can emit a very low noise and vibration. In this case, there is no risk for the cooktop or for the cookware. However, cookware with a thick flat base will help to avoid such noise or vibration completely.' The Magma stuff i use is very heavy duty.  I havent had any problems with low/medium heat, but I haven't used it extensively enough to compare heat settings on a wide variety of pans, like cast iron.  Not being able to use it for dry camping is a trade off, I suppose, but the Fagor unit only uses 1800w to allow you to Sear and Stir Fry.  The other wattages are Melt=300w, Warm=600w, MedLow=800w, MedHigh=1000w, Boil=1300w.  The other things I like about the unit are the built-in timer, and also that it turns itself off if no cookware is detected.

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« Reply #5 on: September 13, 2013, 10:27:15 am »

It seems that stove top would solve the problem with our conventional stove.  My wife melts the control knobs and panel decal.  She can't seem to remember to place the big square griddle only on the large burner.  Placed on the small burner the pan over-hangs the knobs and then heats them along with the decal to distortion.

I need to buy two new knobs and decal.
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« Reply #6 on: September 13, 2013, 08:23:13 pm »

Ron, you keep ratting your wife out on things she's done in the PC. When do we hear from her?

Oh, this is (of course) Holly and not John asking the question
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« Reply #7 on: September 14, 2013, 06:43:03 am »

Ron, you keep ratting your wife out on things she's done in the PC. When do we hear from her?
Funny you ask.  I would be quite surprised if she got on this or any other of my forums.  She has none of her own, never getting into this style of social networking.  I don't think she manages her Facebook account closely either.  She is an email person of which most involve money saving deals, coupons, Groupons and such.  That's her thing.  But I will let her know that people here on the PC forum are asking, especially with me ratting on her. Smile
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« Reply #8 on: September 14, 2013, 08:12:16 am »

Excellent - tell her we need some good Ron Ditmer stories. Even a Phoenix guru like you HAS to have some great bloopers.
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« Reply #9 on: September 14, 2013, 08:34:04 am »

Excellent - tell her we need some good Ron Ditmer stories. Even a Phoenix guru like you HAS to have some great bloopers.
Now you know the real reason.  I won't let her.  Smile
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« Reply #10 on: September 14, 2013, 03:06:29 pm »

Ahh, that almost sounds like a challenge. The PC Forum people will be on the lookout for you now. We just might "happen" to camp nearby and chat with your lady. Wine might be involved.
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« Reply #11 on: September 14, 2013, 11:06:53 pm »

The PC Forum people will be on the lookout for you now. We just might "happen" to camp nearby and chat with your lady. Wine might be involved.
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