What is your largest induction burner, and what do you put on it?

burntfingersJune 17, 2012

Hello all,

I've pretty much decided on the Bosch 800 induction cooktop, which has an 11" burner (800 rather than 500 only because I like the controls in the metal strip). Last night I realized that the only pan I have now that actually has an 11" botttom surface isn't ferrous, so I'd need to replace it. And I don't know that I've ever seen a non-aluminum pan that big.

So - how big is your biggest burner, and what size pan do you use with it? How often do you use that burner? And... I know it will be less efficient, but can I still use that burner with a smaller pan?

Thank you, all those who have come before me....and know so much more!


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I have the Bosch 500 series, 30" and I have the Le Creuset braiser pan that easily fits on that.
I also have a 6-1/2 quart oval le creuset that covers a great deal of the surface.
I have a 19" cast iron griddle pan (Lodge) that works beautifully there.

    Bookmark   June 17, 2012 at 5:38PM
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We have a 13" element on our Thermador cooktop. A 12" skillet works well with it - I've seared scallops this way and the cooktop did a great job. I also have big roasters/casseroles which will fit, but haven't tried these yet. I will when it's cooler.

I'm still learning my way around the cooktop, but so far I see plenty of ways to use the different elements with their variable sizes and power.


    Bookmark   June 18, 2012 at 12:09PM
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My largest burner is 11", too. I have 6qt, 8qt and 12qt pots, 12" skillet, 12" straight-sided skillet, all of which go on there. They're Tramontina tri-ply clad, except the 8qt, which is Wolfgang Puck from TJ Maxx. I also have a big Oneida non-stick skillet that fits on there. I use any pot with a bottom diameter of 9" or more on that burner. I use that burner on most days. When we make Sunday "family breakfast" with hash browns, eggs and a big ham slice in three separate skillets, I wish I had two burners that size. And there are only 3 of us in our house.

    Bookmark   June 18, 2012 at 12:16PM
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Thank you, all! Feeling much better now...


    Bookmark   June 18, 2012 at 1:48PM
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I have the 30" GE Profile. Biggest burner looks to be 11.5 inches. I use a big oval Le Cruset, a 15" cast iron pan, and a very large steel comal on it.

    Bookmark   June 18, 2012 at 4:13PM
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If you need new induction-compatible pans,definitely check out Marshall's and TJMaxx. They get in different European brands at a big discount, and most of them work on induction. They usually have a lot of affordable pans, including nonstick pans.

    Bookmark   June 18, 2012 at 10:00PM
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Again, thank you, GWers! And Ginny, thanks for the tip - I love "browsing" in Marshalls anyway and this gives me a legitimate excuse! Will have to look for a TJMaxx somewhere as well...

    Bookmark   June 19, 2012 at 11:12AM
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