Portable Induction Cooktops as the only "Stove"?
This is my first post here; I'm so glad to have found this forum. I've been lurking a long time, reading about induction cooktops and kitchen remodeling advice. Now I'd like your opinions, if you don't mind. Here's what I'm working with:
I live alone. My kitchen is quite small and it gets VERY HOT in the summer (Phoenix + mobile home + full afternoon sun). I've been trying to figure out ways to cool it off so it's more pleasant to work in there. The worst culprit is the gas range. The pilot light in the oven puts out a lot of heat even when it's not in use. When it's in use, the heat is unbearable.
Induction cooking sounded "cool" in more ways than one! I purchased a portable induction cooktop from Craigslist and love it, so much so that I've decided to get rid of the gas range entirely. I don't do much baking so won't miss the oven; a countertop oven will suffice for the rare times I bake. With the range gone there will be more working countertop, and cabinet space under the counter to store things like the crock pot and toaster oven.
I also got some beautiful Fissler pressure cookers. I figure using pressure cookers with induction cooktops will reduce cooking time and heat in the kitchen considerably.
Looking at the induction cooktop options, the built-in ones are expensive, expensive to install and expensive to repair when they break. I would need to rewire the kitchen for 220. When cooking, I have never used more than two burners at a time in my entire life. So my question is, is it crazy to consider having portable induction cooktops as my only "stove"?
Absolutely not crazy at all. If your cooking is two burner, two portable cooktops would work well. Just make sure that the circuit you are using won't be overloaded by using them. You know, kind of like if you put the coffee maker on, and then the toaster, and want to use both units. Simple stuff like that.
Kill the gas range, remove it even, have a professional cap it off. Replace the countertop or put a block over the hole and secure it, then have at'er with your two induction cooktops. You won't regret it.
I'm actually replacing all the cabinets and countertop, so getting rid of the stove will give me a nice 66" stretch of uninterrupted countertop to work on. That's one side of the "L".
There are enough outlets on different circuits that it won't be a problem to run different appliances.
I think that's a marvelous idea.
My husband and I have been fine with just two portable induction cooktops for the past year (as we've been living overseas) and we plan that even when we go back home we'll stick to our two induction cooktops. The place where we got our cooktops also sold double ones and I think it would be better to get a double cooktop if you want to get two.
We just got one at first and then got another one as we love induction so much and discovered it would be cheaper to get another one here and post it back home than to get another one when we get back. I guess you're in the same boat as us there as you already have one.
One thing though is that since the induction cooktop heats and cools things quickly it has been more difficult to make pancakes in our aluminium frying pan, I expect that using a cast iron skillet could mitigate that effect though although I will not be able to test that theory until I get back home.