Culinarian - Some Service Guys Adjust the Simmer Too High
I hate to start yet another CC simmer thread but I started thinking about WHY the simmer appears to be at different temperatures on different stoves. One obvious answer is the people servicing the CC are not adjusting the simmer low enough on some units because of lack of experience with these burners. What else could explain the variation some people report?
Follow me through on this. I just re-adjusted the simmer on all of my burners and I found the service technician had left the simmer too high on 5 of the 6 burners. This might have been fine on lower-powered burners but I don't think they are using the careful touch this burner requires for proper adjustment. Before and after pictures are below.
The technicians may adjust the simmer a little too hot to preven the ignitor clicking as this hotter temperature is not a problem on a lesser burner -- but this "a little too hot" ends up being too high with the 23,000 BTU burner. The service people may not understand the adjustment window for simmer on a CC is *much narrrower* than on lesser burners, and they need to take more care in performing the adjustment.
The more I think about it, this may be a sensible explanation as to why some of the simmers are too high -- because the service people did not understand how to make this adjustment on a CC and they adjusted the CC simmer too high. They turn down the flame until the ignitor starts clicking and then they back off until the clicking stops -- but if they back off too far they leave the simmer too high (without realizing it) and then they tell the homeowner "the simmer has been adjusted." The technician may think they are providing a safety margin to prevent clicking (and prevent further call-backs) but the result is a burner that is adjusted too high.
A service notice and/or more information in the manual would be helpful.
The photos below show before and after on six burners. I have not tried cooking on the re-adjusted burners so I cannot tell you about the simmer performance, and I cannot say how they will operate with the vent hood on. I'll post later with that information. Unfortunately I have a pretty busy week and may not be able do much cooking in the next few days. I can say I adjusted 5 burners noticeably lower. I don't know if it will show up in the photos but I could tell the difference in person and with the palm of my hand.
I'll see how the re-adjusted simmer works, but at the same time I would love to see Capital bring back a dedicated simmer burner for one of the burner positions.
I can tell you I wouldn't hesitate to buy this stove again. It is way too much fun to cook on this stove, which is one of the reasons why a lot of chefs like it.
You don't hear many people complaining that their Maseratis idle too high!
Below are Before and After photos for burners 1-6.