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milk steamer for induction range

frank1o05 Dec 10, 2013 11:43 AM

Last weekend, I had to put some long screws into our old electric range to tie it back together. It's time for a new one. I would love to buy an induction range, but I have not been able to find a stovetop milk steamer that works on induction. (A brand new Bellman doesn't.) I am neither willing to forego steam for cappuccino nor clutter up the counter with yet another single-task machine. And what I read about steel plates between an induction hob and non-induction cookware is not encouraging. Any advice?

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  1. c oliver RE: frank1o05 Dec 10, 2013 12:00 PM

    I'll be interested in replies re the disks. I've been meaning to go to a metal fabricator to have one made cause...I'm cheap :) All I've read is that they basically make it non-induction, heating and cooling slower, which of course we know. What else have you heard please? I want to buy a Turkish teapot and also haven't found an induction-capable one.

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      frank1o05 RE: c oliver Dec 10, 2013 12:22 PM

      Warping, blistering (yes), extremely slow heating.

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        c oliver RE: frank1o05 Dec 10, 2013 12:27 PM

        Can you give me a or some citations for that please? I've read that the heating basically just takes it back to what one gets with 'regular' electric.

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          frank1o05 RE: c oliver Dec 10, 2013 12:33 PM

          Reviews on Amazon, if memory serves. My electric coils get red glowing hot. I wouldn't want a red hot metal disk sit on top of a slippery glass surface.

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            c oliver RE: frank1o05 Dec 10, 2013 12:51 PM

            Well, induction doesn't get red and neither does the cookware. One of my CI skillets is a tad high-centered and wants to 'twirl' around at times but it's never slid anywhere. I've used all different weight cookware on it with no problem.

            Here's a cappucino maker that works on induction. Appears there are others:


            BTW, welcome to Chowhound!

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              frank1o05 RE: c oliver Dec 10, 2013 01:27 PM

              Thanks. I guess it's reassuring that nothing gets glowing hot. But then my steamer won't heat up as fast as it does on the coils. Your link, btw., pointed to an aluminum pot. I know there are espresso makers that work on induction. It's the steamers that appear to be in short supply.

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                c oliver RE: frank1o05 Dec 10, 2013 01:40 PM

                It's hard to say. All I've read is that you lose the speed of induction. But I don't know if that means you're any worse off than you are with regular electric. Maybe find a store where you can 'test drive' a cooktop by taking your pot in? Just a thought.

    2. JayL RE: frank1o05 Dec 10, 2013 03:10 PM

      I seriously don't think you're going to have an issue with an induction disk...you're just steaming milk.

      The stainless Bellman steamers are supposed to work on induction. You need a small hob.

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        frank1o05 RE: JayL Dec 10, 2013 05:12 PM

        Thanks, Jay. Our Bellman doesn't hold a magnet at all, so I doubt it will work.

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          JayL RE: frank1o05 Dec 10, 2013 06:13 PM

          No...if it's not magnetic, it certainly won't work.

      2. DuffyH RE: frank1o05 Dec 11, 2013 11:45 PM

        Is this what you're looking for?


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          frank1o05 RE: DuffyH Dec 12, 2013 05:11 AM

          Sadly, now. That thing is just an elaborate stirrer, and the foam it makes is lousy compared to good steam.

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