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Jun 15, 2013 11:33 AM


My new stove top knobs has numbers 1-10,where my old stove had low,medium low,medium,high.I know where low,medium ,high is just don't know what the numbers in between stand for.Like 1 is low and 5 medium and high is 10 ,but what are the numbers in between for and called?

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  1. Did it not come with a manual?

    1. You will likely be more successful posting this enquiry on the Cookware board.

      1. i want one that goes to 11.

        Sorry. Not helpful but couldn't resist.

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        1. Manual doesn't tell me anything on the dial settings except where low ,medium,high are. Some body out there has to have a stove or even a mixer that had numbers on the dial instead of words .Like low medium etc. What are the numbers in between for.

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          1. re: walnut

            If you assume one is low/simmer, 5 is med and 10 is high then assume 2-4 is med low and 6-9 as med high. That what I do for my stand mixer.

            Honestly I don't understand buying something without understanding it. I would call the place where you bought it or call/email the manufacturer if you want exact definitions.

            1. re: foodieX2

              Why is it a range for medium low and med high ? Why is there a gap? Why not just 2 or 4?

              1. re: walnut

                Who knows? One of life's great mysteries.

                1. re: foodieX2

                  Really would like to know why medium low would be a range? Does some one know

                    1. re: foodieX2

                      Thx been there no help on why ther is a range

                    2. re: walnut

                      The range is because cooking is not an exact science. Foods have different water, fat etc contents. Pans conduct heat differently. One pan may boil on 7 another not until 10. One food may simmer on 1 another on 4.

                      Why not just have fun and figure it out?

                      1. re: walnut

                        Dude (or Dudette), it's *all* a range.

                    3. re: walnut

                      I've been cooking for so long that anything in between low, medium and high is really just a matter of feel. But if I were to hazard a guess I would call 3 med low and 8-9 med high. Can't help you out with the other #'s.

                      1. re: miss_belle

                        Why is there a range for. Medium high? Why do some have exact number and others a range? Sorry just trying to understand

                2. A correlation of numbers with terms, albeit for ovens: