From the HBD Archive
From: (Dick Dunn)
Subject: electric stovetop problem
Date: 1992-02-25 10:25:35 GMT

There is one definite problem I've seen with brewing on an electric
stovetop with a big kettle: If the burner isn't flat enough (or pliable
enough in the right direction) to be in good contact with the bottom of the
kettle, it builds up way too much heat. Other folks have already noted
this phenomenon; what I've seen that I haven't seen described is that you
can get enough heat to take the temper out of the trivet-like metal widget
which holds up the burner. It gets tired and sags, which gives less
support to the burner element, which means it makes poorer contact with the
bottom of the brewpot...[positive feedback loop on negative effect]

I don't have the problem; I have a gas (sic) brewing...but I have seen this
effect of destroying electric burners.
Dick Dunn -or- raven!rcd Boulder, Colorado
...Simpler is better.

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