18 May The induction cooker. Its working principle and advantages
I have recently decided to change my usual kitchen for an induction cooker . I've had everything except coal. Gas, ceramic hob, and now I'm going to be able to enjoy an induction one. I have been investigating advantages, disadvantages, and energy consumption and general characteristics, and I am going to share them with you in this post, in case they may be useful to you in the future, to choose a kitchen model or another.
Honestly, gas cookers with a flame are surely more appreciated by professional cooks, or by more advanced cookers, but they are a hassle when cleaning. Although there are already easier-to-clean models out there , having to deal with burners, grates, and more is tedious. Of course, it seems that gas stoves can be the most economical in terms of economy. Another thing is its impact on CO2, which, as we already mentioned, depends a lot on where the energy comes from. Our country is not bad in renewables, and we have a significant percentage of nuclear energy, which generate almost no CO2. Therefore, an electric stove can be more respectful with the environment, than a gas one.
Then there are the glass ceramics . I have used it for 6 years and cannot complain. Well yes, I complain because its energy consumption is very high. Some time ago I bought a device to measure energy consumption in my home (efergy) , and I was able to verify that turning on the vitro consumes a lot of energy . A single medium fire can reach 2200 kW. Taking into account that they can be on for quite some time throughout the year, we can be talking about an appreciable money.
Induction hobs. How do they work
Its operating principle is, how could it be less, directly related to its name, induction . Induction consists of the generation of a magnetic field, which by itself does not generate heat, but in contact with a metal container, it causes it to heat up, and therefore to heat food. This principle, known as Faraday's law (who discovered and investigated this phenomenon), makes them more energy efficient than other types of kitchen, and therefore, allows us to save energy and money.
Since they only heat the container, it is possible to place a paper or cloth between the container and the plate itself and it will not heat up. Well, I correct, it will heat up, but it will be due to the heat transferred by the container itself and its contents. That is, do not experiment much with this at home 🙂 This makes them much easier to clean , since you do not have to wait so long for them to cool and therefore the remains of food will not stick so easily.
Regarding the potential savings, it all depends on the prices of electricity, gas, etc ... but what is clear is that they far exceed the glass-ceramic hobs and that for convenience when cleaning, they far exceed the gas cookers. What do you think? What are your experiences?