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stovetop or cooker? Read below to find out why you can't find one, and
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Canners for Glass and Ceramic Stoves updated for 2009
If you have a glass or ceramic stovetop, you may have heard that you
should use a flat-bottomed canner, but you have been unable to find one! Or,
you may have heard that you are not supposed to can on a glass or ceramic
stove top. Here's what I've found out from the manufacturers:
One of my suppliers asked a stove manufacturer as to why
they were unable to find one. The stove manufacturer told they that on a
glass/ceramic stove there is a sensor so that the heat can not go above a
certain point thus breaking the top.
This sensor does not allow the burner to maintain an even temperature
high enough for a canner to work safely. By fluctuating the temperature the
bacteria is not eliminated in the canning process. Unfortunately this is not
something the salesmen will tell the customer when they are buying the stove
and probably many of them are unaware of this.
A flat-bottomed canner
alone would not solve this problem. The heat will still fluctuate and it
won't get hot enough to get the big canner full of water to a full boil.
Another problem is that canners that exceed the burner diameter by more than
1 inch can trap and reflect heat to surfaces of the stove that are not
intended to get that hot, and thus crack the stove top.
Now, having said
all this, not ALL glass and ceramic stoves are identical in every respect,
so it is always possible that yours is designed differently or behaves
differently from the description above. But there are enough stories of
cracked stovetops to suggest that regardless, an alternative might be
prudent, unless you're sure it is compatible with your stove!
So, what can you do? Here
is a simple solution: buy a simple and inexpensive single electric burner
(shown below) or use an outdoor propane burner and you can use ANY canner with it. Plus, it may come in
handy when you have a lot of cooking to do and need and extra burner!
One big advantage to using a gas stove outside, is: there's no mess to clean
How to choose an electric burner? I look for a robust design and the highest wattage I can find.
single 1000 watt burner doesn't do it. A canner holds around 16 quarts of
water, so it takes a lot of heat to get that boiling. I've found that
one 1300 watt burner will get the average canner boiling,
but it takes a
while. So... to speed it up, I got a second burner, put it on the
counter, right next to the first and put the canner on top, straddling
both burns - and THAT worked like a charm!
Gas grills, turkey fryers, large camping stoves all make excellent
outdoor alternatives. Of course there are two keys: make sure it has
enough oomph (measured in BTU's) and that it is stable and won't tip over.
I've found any turkey fryer, most gas grills and the camping stoves below
work fine. On rainy days I use the camping stove indoors (after taking
precautions to open some windows, locate it on a flameproof surface (granite
counter top, away from anything flammable, where children can't reach it,
never leave it unattended, etc.)
See below for some camping stoves I've
tried and used for canning.
Here's a summary of what
definitely works, in my order of preference:
The Coleman camping stove (Coleman 2 Burner Propane Grill /Stove)
is perfect! It can heat a canner in no time, and folds up neatly for
storage. The canner fits easily on the grill portion. This is, in my
opinion, the BEST solution. And, of course you can use it for camping
and tailgating parties!
The outdoor gas cooker - great in nice weather, or in open, but
roofed area, like screen porch, open garage, etc.!
A gas camping burner or countertop propane stoves with a low, stable profile can be a great spare
high-power burner. But if you do a lot of canning, the outdoor cooker
would be cheaper to operate, unless you use the converter to hook up tp
a 20 lb tank..
One double burner unit. Lots of power, but it can be tricky to get
some canners (the tall narrow ones) to balance and be stable on them)
Two 1300 watt burners - if you want to stay indoors - two of
these, side by side will work!
Two 1000 watt or greater burners, side by side - since you can move
them around it is both a plus and a negative - you can position them to
be stable, but perhaps not a close together as the double unit.
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Coleman 2 Burner Propane Grill Stove
This works very well You'll need 2 or 3 of the small green
cylinders for a day's canning (see left)
Fully adjustable cooking power up to 10,000 BTUs per burner. Large control
knobs positioned in front for easy access. PerfectFlow(TM) ensures
consistent fuel output, regardless of weather, altitude or fuel level.
Durable enamel-painted steel case and aluminized cooking surface for easy
cleaning. Heavy-duty removable chrome cooking grate and non-stick
cast-aluminum grill grate. Folding WindBlock(TM) system doubles as
convenient side shelves. Burn time: 4.5 hours on one 16.4-ounce propane
cylinders (sold separately) - (Note: these are the green 10 inch tall
cylinders so commonly sold, shown attached in the photo of the blue unit). Coleman lifetime limited warranty.
Blake: I have an earlier version of this, and as you can see from the
photos at left. All versions easily accommodates a large water bath canner
OR a pressure canner.
I use it for canning, camping, and when the power goes out! Each model
puts out 10,000 btu per burner (20,000, total per stove).
Mr.Heater 12-Foot Hose and LP Regulator
Make Portable Propane Equipment Easier to Use
This extension hose with regulator makes it easy to connect your portable
propane stove to a 20 lb propane tank (the same one your outdoor gas grill
uses. This makes it MUCH cheaper to use your camping stove as an
auxiliary stove to speed your canning!
STANSPORT 5 Foot Propane Hose and
This allows you to connect a 20 lb propane tank to the portable propane
stoves - much cheaper to operate,
Ideal for use with Coleman and Stansport propane
75,000 BTU capacity
1/2 PSI output
11" WC pressure setting, Regulator, 5'
Bayou Classic Single Gas Burner
Perfect for canning!
13 in. Tall Heavy Duty Steel Frame
Large 16 in. x 16 in. Cooking Surface
Accommodates any size Stockpot
UL Listed 29 in. Hose, Regulator, Valve Assembly
10 PSI Regulator
For outdoor use!
This one has an additional use: I put a standard Weber charcoal
smoker on top of it (omitting the smoker's base) and use it as a
gas-fired smoker - makes smoking and BBQ EASY! And of course, you
can put a large pot on it and use it as a canner, turkey fryer,
outdoor stew pot, crawfish boil, etc.
Hooks up to any standard propane tank.
Waring Pro Burner
I still think you'd want two of these, side by side, under the
1300-watt portable single burner provides extra heating options
(part of their ad says "900 watts", but that is an error - it's
1300!) That's enough to keep the canner boiling, but it is slow to
Durable cast-iron plate heats up quickly and ensures stable heat
Adjustable thermostat; "on" and "ready" indicator lights
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