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Old 09-01-2014, 01:54 AM   #1
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WARNING induction cooktop

we just work up tp toxix fumes in the rv. Smell of burning plastic. Lucky my wife is a light sleeper, After opening windows and roof fans to clear fumes., we found the following We had left an empty unplugged,. crock pot which had plastic on bottom sitting on the cooktop. We have three cats. One of them must have walked across the top and stepped on the ON pad. (if not we have a major cooktop problem). Since it was not smoky yet and apparently just started, no alarms went off. Maybe 'newer" is not "better" !! Guess we now keep the breakers off til time to use the cooktop or fit some type of cover with legs to keep it off the on pad. Anyonw else have any similiar situation?
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The True Induction install manual recommends that switch be installed to shut off power to burner off when not in use. Your comments must be one of the reasons to have the switch.
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The True Induction install manual recommends that switch be installed to shut off power to burner off when not in use. Your comments must be one of the reasons to have the switch.

Actually had the OP had induction, nothing would have happened when the cats turned it on.....it simply would have sensed there was no pan present and turned off.....no heat generated......much safer in my opinion.

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FYI...We didn't want to buy all new pots & pans for an induction cooktop. Then I found a Ballington cooktop converter that lets you use any type pot & pan on the induction cooktop. It works great and saved us a lot of money. A simple google search for induction cooktop converter will show the different sizes available, although we only bought the 7 1/2'' which works for us.
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FYI...We didn't want to buy all new pots & pans for an induction cooktop. Then I found a Ballington cooktop converter that lets you use any type pot & pan on the induction cooktop. It works great and saved us a lot of money. A simple google search for induction cooktop converter will show the different sizes available, although we only bought the 7 1/2'' which works for us.

Wow, the article presented below says you are taking DOUBLE the time to cook your food using the converter........you are missing all the benefits of induction this way !

You could have bought a nice induction ready pan for what the converter cost you. I went to Target and got one pot for soups/stews/boiling pasta and one nonstick stainless steel (induction ready) frying pan for less than $99.

You are not getting the speed, performance, or efficiency you paid for......buy just one pan that is made for induction and see the HUGE difference yourself !



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Actually had the OP had induction, nothing would have happened when the cats turned it on.....it simply would have sensed there was no pan present and turned off.....no heat generated......much safer in my opinion.

Did I miss something here? OP subject line states "WARNING induction cooktop".
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Just unplug the induction cooktop when not in use. I agree with pasdad. Most if not all induction cookers won't work at all unless the correct induction compatible cookware is used.
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we just work up tp toxix fumes in the rv. Smell of burning plastic. Lucky my wife is a light sleeper, After opening windows and roof fans to clear fumes., we found the following We had left an empty unplugged,. crock pot which had plastic on bottom sitting on the cooktop. We have three cats. One of them must have walked across the top and stepped on the ON pad. (if not we have a major cooktop problem). Since it was not smoky yet and apparently just started, no alarms went off. Maybe 'newer" is not "better" !! Guess we now keep the breakers off til time to use the cooktop or fit some type of cover with legs to keep it off the on pad. Anyonw else have any similiar situation?

Do you have an induction cooktop? Or simply a glass top electric cooktop? Was it sensing the metal shell of the crockpot as a pan and heating it? But then if it was, I see no difference than if the crock pot was plugged in and generating its own heat.

What I surmised from your post was you have a glass top cooktop with heating coils and it was starting to burn the little plastic feet on the bottom of the crock pot. Very different from an induction.

Can you clarify please ?
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I would also surmise a radiant heat cook top as opposed to true induction. True induction will not heat up until metal contact is made. It's magnetic. I guess it could be possible the screws securing the plastic feet could have made the contact. Specific information would make it easier to troubleshoot.. IMO
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Metal (magnetic) contact is not required to make a induction burner stay on. What is required is a magnetic field from a close enough ferrous metal. Such as a crock pot.
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Noted... Thanx
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induction cook top

YES This is a "TRUe Induction "double burner top made by Sequoia Brands It came with our 2014 Dutchstar. Upon inspecting the empty crock pot this am we found that it was the paint burning off the metal bottom. the manual states that the power will completely shut off after 9 seconds if the wrong type of cookware is applied or no cookware is placed on the unit. It is obvious that the 9sec auto turn off was not working. thanks for all the comment s anyway. was just trying to give other that havs this same type of product to be aware.
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What kind of distance or space under the Crock pot to the top of the stove? Maybe it's close enough to create the magnetic connection.
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the manual states that the power will completely shut off after 9 seconds if the wrong type of cookware is applied or no cookware is placed on the unit. It is obvious that the 9sec auto turn off was not working.
The right type of cookware is anything that a magnet will attach to. Your crock pot has steel parts that will attract a magnet. It does not have to be touching burner. Just close enough to create a magnetic feild. The 9 second off feature will not work if burner finds a steel/magnetic item.
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