Posted 05 January 2007 - 04:20 PM
Excellent posts! I love the idea of a second/outdoor kitchen. While we welcome the heat of canning most days, there are a couple of warm weeks in August when it would be so handy.
Thanks for you information on flattops. I think I'm going to try to limp along on my coil range for another canning season and hopefully forever. The appliance repair/parts guy suggested a "canning coil", a reinforced element that sits up a little higher than a regular element. He explained that this allows the built up heat to escape, which is what destroyed the wiring.
8" canning coil, $32
new wiring harness, $70
new coil stove, $400
new flattop stove, $600+
I think the canning coil with a new wiring harness is a winner.
He also pointed out that my black burner overflow pans (came with the stove which came with the house) were a bad idea. Chrome, shiny, or tin-foil covered burner pans were best as they reflect more heat so that the build up of heat is not near the wiring.
(Yes, he said covering the drip pans with foil was okay if you put the big hole in the foil.)