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Polyscience Control Freak induction top and carbon steel cookware performance.


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Anyone here using the Control Freak induction cooker with carbon steel pans? How do these perform on the unit? I’d like to know if the burner/heating pattern is nice and even.

I have De Buyer Mineral B Pro pans (24 cm and 28 cm diameter); even if I brought them to temperature slowly, got marked hotspots when tested them on several commercial induction hobs.

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26 minutes ago, kikochople said:

Anyone here using the Control Freak induction cooker with carbon steel pans? How do these perform on the unit? I’d like to know if the burner/heating pattern is nice and even.

I have De Buyer Mineral B Pro pans (24 cm and 28 cm diameter); even if I brought them to temperature slowly, got marked hotspots when tested them on several commercial induction hobs.

Can you say which hobs you've tried previously that you didn't like the results?  I'm in the market for a good induction hob and I don't want to make a bad choice.  I'm looking at the Vollrath HPI4-2600 and would like to know if you've tried it but weren't happy with it.

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8 minutes ago, KennethT said:

Can you say which hobs you've tried previously that you didn't like the results?  I'm in the market for a good induction hob and I don't want to make a bad choice.  I'm looking at the Vollrath HPI4-2600 and would like to know if you've tried it but weren't happy with it.

No, I didn’t tried any of the Vollrath products (don’t know if they’re available in Europe, where I live). I tested a Hendi unit and another one from CASO Design. Both were commercial grade. Others came from local manufacturers.

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Carbon steel is pretty much a worst case scenario for even heating on any source — it doesn't have the thermal transfer of aluminum or copper, nor does it have the mass of cast iron to hold heat.

 

I think you can expect to always get some hot spots unless the coil size is the same size as the pan or larger. Most countertop units have a somewhat small coil by necessity.

 

Based on the teardown photo in this image I would guess the Breville has a coil somewhere between 20-25cm in diameter?

 

 

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