Radio: Induction Cooking

Radio is a newly launched daily radio spot carried on more than 60 stations around the country (and growing). You can get your daily dose here, by listening-or reading-to Bob's 60-second home improvement radio tip of the day. Today, it's all about Induction Cooking.

Listen to ON INDUCTION COOKING, or read text below:

Gas cooktops deliver only half their energy to cooking. Electric units are less expensive, but they're only half as efficient as gas. Induction cooking is eighty-five percent energy efficient, which is why it's been so popular in Europe and Asia for years.

Induction cooktops run on electricity, but instead of a red-hot burner, coils under a smooth ceramic glass top heat the pan itself, by magnetic friction. Nothing around it heats up. You can actually touch the cooktop without burning yourself… a nice safety feature. The hitch is, you do need to have cast iron or stainless steel cookware: anything non-magnetic won't work.

At three to five thousand dollars, they're not cheap, but a low-end induction unit delivers the heat of a fifteen thousand-BTU deluxe gas range, using half the energy of its electric cousins.

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