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RV Gadget Box | Portable Induction Cooktops

Compiled by Mark Nemeth #45776, Escapees Technical Advisor

Most RVs don’t have large stove tops, and the burners are usually fairly low output. This can be a challenge when you want to cook a big pot of food such as gumbo, stew or soup.

Several of my RVing friends carry induction cooktops, and they love them. I finally bought one for myself, and I’m impressed with it. I chose the Gas One Es-300 because it was only a couple inches high and would be easy to store. It has a ceramic glass top that’s easy to clean. Although it’s a powerful gadget, it only weighs a couple of pounds, and it’s amazing how fast it heats.

Induction cookers don’t create heat; they magnetically induce heat in the bottom of any ferrous metal pan or pot. That’s right, the only thing that gets hot is the bottom of the pan! My cooker can bring a gallon of cooking oil to 350 degrees in seven minutes and maintain it while cooking. The heat (power output) is adjustable from full blast to the lowest setting that will hold a pot of soup at 160 degrees for hours. Since it doesn’t create any waste heat, it’s great for cooking in the summer when you don’t want to heat up the kitchen.

These units draw up to 1800 watts, so their AC power requirement is similar to a microwave. The only drawback is that they won’t work with aluminum pans and some non-magnetic stainless steel. Luckily, all my pots and pans in the RV happened to be induction-friendly. If new pans are needed, choose cookware that’s labeled as “induction compatible.” There are many brands on the market, and they all do the same job. Prices range from $50 to $100. I found the ES-300 on Amazon for under $50 at www.amazon.com/dp/B01ATSQBRS.

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