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Heat Diffuser

Khatru Jan 30, 2013 01:58 PM

I need a heat diffuser for a clay tagine, but most of the ones on the market get pretty bad reviews. Any suggestions from someone who's had good experiences with theirs?

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  1. Chemicalkinetics RE: Khatru Jan 30, 2013 02:40 PM

    You don't need a heat diffuser for a clay tagine. Most clay tagine can handle direct flame after seasoning the clay.

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      Khatru RE: Chemicalkinetics Jan 30, 2013 08:16 PM

      But I have a glass cooktop. So don't I still need a diffuser?

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        Chemicalkinetics RE: Khatru Jan 30, 2013 08:21 PM

        I may be wrong, but think that means more the reasons why you don't need a diffuser because the heat is less focus than that of a typical gas stove or electric stove. People often recommend using a diffuser for electric burners because the heat can be very intense on the coil and much cooler between the coil. However, I have several clayware and none have problem on an electric stove.

        Ask around some more, but I don't think you will need a diffuser. You will need to season the clayware -- regardless what you decide.

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      GH1618 RE: Khatru Jan 30, 2013 05:34 PM

      I don't have this, but I've been considering it (available in six or eight inch):


      Have you seen a bad review of it?

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        Khatru RE: GH1618 Jan 30, 2013 08:17 PM

        Several. Enough to make me wary of buying it.

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          GH1618 RE: Khatru Jan 30, 2013 09:13 PM

          I saw one admist a buch of positive reviews, and the negative one was completely unhelpful. It didn't explain the nature of the dissatisfaction. I think it was a case of the purchaser's expectations being wrong rather than something in the product. This one is for producing an even low-heat simmer.

          My observation is that no matter what product you look up on the web, you will find someone who doesn't like it.

          But I'm with Chem — I don't see that you need one at all. But then I have never used either a glass cooktop or a clay tagine.

      2. Candy RE: Khatru Jan 31, 2013 02:26 PM

        No you do not need a heat diffuser for a tagine. They are made to take direct heat. If you want to buy a heat to have look for the enameled cast iron diffuser by Ilsa. Heat diffusers are meant to help lower the heat of a burner. Most often they are user on electric coils or gas flames

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          jhamiltonwa RE: Khatru Feb 1, 2013 04:41 AM

          Here is a prior discussion that may help


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