Electric Stove

The traditional gas stoves are being replaced by electric stoves in most commercial and domestic kitchens around the world. The purpose of both these stoves is the same – to cook food – and principally they do it in the same way too – by providing heat. However, in electric stoves, the heat is provided through a heater coil that is powered by electric current.

The electric stoves are standalone appliances that are designed to be at countertop level so that they can match with the heights of the other counters in the kitchen. To match with the kitchen décor, they are also available in various colors. The main component where the cooking actually takes place is the top surface of the stove, known as the cook-top. These may have four different coils or markers, such that four utensils can be placed simultaneously on the cook-top.

Previous versions of electric stoves had metal coils, just like a traditionally gas-powered stove would have. The utensils were meant to be placed on these coils. The burner was in the middle of the coils. The burner would give out an open flame when ignited, which would assist in the cooking process. However, with electric stoves, the need of the burner is no longer present. When the stove is turned on, the electric current will heat up the entire cook-top. This enables the cooking process.

Today, though most electric stoves still have the coils, the technology is undergoing several changes. One of the most prominent changes is the arrival of the glass-ceramic cook-tops. These cook-tops can transmit heat without becoming hot. When a utensil is placed on the cook-top, it will transmit the heat from the heating apparatus underneath to the utensil which will cook the food, but will itself not get much hot. This is a special property of glass-ceramic which is becoming very popular in domestic as well as commercial kitchens.

Another advantage with the glass-ceramic cook-tops is that they have completely flat surfaces. As there are no coils, cleaning is much easier. There are four marked places on the cook-top where the utensils are meant to be placed. These stoves will not make the surrounding area much hot, as gas stoves and old-style electric stoves are prone to do.

One of the most prominently mentioned problems with electric stoves is that because they do not have an open flame, users may not realize when the surface is hot and may burn themselves. This problem is answered today, by placing a prominent LED to indicate that the stove is in operation. Another problem is that most electric stoves take a significantly longer time than gas stoves to reach the proper temperature needed for cooking. They also take a long time to cool down once the cooking is done. One more point is that they are low in efficiency than gas stoves, sometimes as low as 50%.

But there are several advantages too. With the absence of gas, there is less danger of kitchen pollution with fumes such as those of the dangerous carbon monoxide. The risk of gas leaks is avoided and so also the risk of having an open flame in the house.

Electric stoves can be adjusted for temperature such as gas stoves can be. For this, a thermostat is provided with a sensor attached to the cook-top. When the thermostat senses that the required temperature is reached, it will shut down the heating element so that the temperature can remain at that temperature. Some modern electric stoves have features that can maintain different temperatures for the different coils or markers so that four different foods at different temperatures can be cooked at the same time.

This Electric Stove Review is Written/Updated on Mar 7th, 2009 and filed under Kitchen Appliances. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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