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Old 08-25-2007, 12:46 PM
 
Location: Colorado
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Default Flat surface stoves or not???

Question about flat surface stoves.....We rented a home with a flat surface stove. It seemed to take forever for the stove eyes to heat. Is that normal? I know the coil eyes I'm presently using heat up in a flash. Would like opinions because I need to buy a stove within the next 30 days. I like the look of the flat surface & easy cleaning but when I want to cook.....I want to cook! Not stand and wait for water to boil!
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Old 08-25-2007, 05:14 PM
 
Location: Zebulon, NC
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I moved from an apartment with coils to a house with smooth top. I don't see any difference in the time it takes to heat.

If you want the fastest heat, you would need to go with gas. For electric, it's been my experience that it doesn't take any longer with smooth top.
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Old 08-26-2007, 02:56 PM
 
Location: Connecticut
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We went from coil electric to smoothtop glass and I haven't noticed much of a difference in speed to heat up. I think the smoothtop looks much better and would never go back to coils. I also agree that for the fastest heat, go with gas. Professional almost always use gas for this reason. Jay
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Old 08-26-2007, 04:07 PM
 
Location: University Place, WA
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Question about flat surface stoves.....We rented a home with a flat surface stove. It seemed to take forever for the stove eyes to heat. Is that normal? I know the coil eyes I'm presently using heat up in a flash. Would like opinions because I need to buy a stove within the next 30 days. I like the look of the flat surface & easy cleaning but when I want to cook.....I want to cook! Not stand and wait for water to boil!
Was the rental home flat surface an older stove? My college friend had a flattop stove about 20 years ago and she hated it because it took forever to heat up. Another friend, who built their house 8 years ago has a countertop flat surface and I have cooked on it and it is wonderful. Heated up and cooled down same as coil. I'll get flat surface when I next get a stove.
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Old 08-27-2007, 06:06 AM
 
Location: Colorado
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There must have been something wrong w/the flat surface stove I used at the rental home according to what you all are saying. Thank you all for the input......I really wanted to get a flat surface stove.
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Old 08-27-2007, 06:23 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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In my last 2 homes I've had the flat top and LOVE it. I'll be moving soon and am getting another flat top. They are so easy to clean if you have a spill.
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Old 08-27-2007, 08:16 AM
 
Location: Richardson, TX
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is it true you can't use certain kinds of cookware on this type of stove, such as cast iron?
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Old 08-27-2007, 09:36 AM
 
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is it true you can't use certain kinds of cookware on this type of stove, such as cast iron?
I have a smooth surface stove and use a cast iron frying pan on it all the time. Never had any problems.
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Old 08-27-2007, 11:13 AM
 
Location: Zebulon, NC
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The user's manual for my stove said not to use copper bottom or cast iron. It did not specify why, but I would think the cast iron could damage the glass top. I don't want to take any chances - I like my stove top scratch-free.
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Old 08-27-2007, 05:24 PM
 
Location: The Great State of Texas, Finally!
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I have a flat stop stove and it heats in a flash. Really easy. And you don't have to worry about food flying down the coil wells.

Cobolt
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