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problems with new ceramic stove top and anolon nouvelle cookware

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I bought a new whirlpool ceramic stove with a convection oven. It is great, except for my set of anolon nouvelle copper cookware do not fit the 6/9 inch burners. The 10 inch saute pan in 7 1/2 inches on the bottom. Should I use the 6 or 9 inch burner?

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  1. The 6" burner is too small, and will give you uneven heating. The excess heat on the 9" burner will just escape into your kitchen. It won't harm your pan.

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    1. re: DuffyH

      Thanks so much for your response! I read if the pan is not large enough, the heating element will just cycle on and off because there is not even pressure....I will try what you suggested and see how it works.

      1. re: diezauberfloete

        Most ceramic cooktops don't care if there's a pan there or not. Check your owner's manual. Perhaps yours has a pan sensor? I've never heard of this with radiant cooktops, but it could be.

        1. re: DuffyH

          I found out my stove top does have a pan sensor. It senses how hot the pan is getting and adjusts the element accordingly. It says not to turn on the burner unless a pan is on it. I am not sure if a smaller or larger pan would interfere with this mechanism.

    2. Use either one, depending on what you are cooking and what results you are getting. The six inch burner should be fine for simmering, because the copper layer will help spread the heat evenly.

      I take it this not an induction range? The anodized version of Anolon Nouvelle should work better than the stainless version on a radiant range.

      1. Thanks so much for your reply. I wish it was an induction, but it is not. I have the anodized version not the stainless.