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January 13, 2023

Induction

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:03 am

Yes, yes I should be writing about Alameda but wanted to briefly weigh in on the latest debate: gas vs electric stoves.

Look, I’ve been a user of gas stoves for most of my adult life. They are wonderfully responsive, when you turn up the flame the pan/pot gets hotter when you turn down the flame it gets cooler. You can also char veggies on your gas flame as well but I recently converted to an electric induction stove which meant that I had to get rid of a number of my existing pots and pans and buy a few new ones.

But, you know what, I now wonder why I didn’t make the switch earlier. The ability of an induction cooktop to heat a pan or heat a pot of water is unparalleled. For those still using gas (or regular electric) you know that time that you use between putting a pan on to heat and then cook where you have just enough time to mince some garlic or slice some onions? That time NO LONGER EXISTS. You have to be ready to go when you’re cooking on induction, there is no time for dawdling.

I know that induction is typically expensive but I got mine super cheap from Airport Appliance. Maybe it was marked wrong on the website but it was way way less than any other model I had currently been eyeing. Plus my gas range top pilot had been broken for the past year and I was tired of having to manually light it.

So I’m firmly on the side of induction in this very stupid debate that is currently raging.

18 Comments »

  1. The debate looks different for tenants.

    Comment by Rasheed Shabazz — January 13, 2023 @ 6:41 am

    • How so?

      Comment by dave — January 13, 2023 @ 7:08 am

    • I am also curious about the debate for tenants. All of my kids have had electric (not induction) in their rentals, except for the place in Berkeley that my son moved from last year. His current home does have induction electric. The Alameda decarbonization plan is on Tuesday the 17th’s City Council agenda.

      Comment by Kevis — January 13, 2023 @ 2:26 pm

      • The debate looks different for the Obamas, too. They have gas throughout , including three propane tanks holding 2500 gallons on their Martha’s Vineyard estate all powering their heated pool (gas), heated hot tub (gas), outdoor fire pits (gas) and multiple gas fireplaces and stoves and ovens in their spacious kitchen. Even their backup generator is powered by propane. There are no solar panels on his mansion.

        But it’s cool you’re doing your part for the environment…

        Comment by Green Warrior — January 14, 2023 @ 4:13 pm

  2. I have to wonder if using induction cooking as opposed to regular electric element heating is more economical. ?

    Comment by John P. — January 13, 2023 @ 10:13 am

    • Who cares? Regular electric sucks so hard that price is meaningless.

      Comment by dave — January 13, 2023 @ 10:54 am

  3. The move to ban gas stoves doesn’t affect me because my gas stove identifies as electric.

    Comment by Spin diesel — January 13, 2023 @ 10:47 am

  4. My understanding is that induction is much more energy efficient but might require 30-40+ amp 240 volt wiring. Was that the case for you?

    Comment by induction wiring? — January 13, 2023 @ 11:26 am

  5. It’s an Alameda issue too. I believe we’ve already banned gas in most new buildings, and various reports contemplate plans to phase it out more broadly. I believe the City is also forcing/encouraging electrical upgrades in connection with other projects, in preparation for this.

    Comment by RJS — January 13, 2023 @ 1:56 pm

  6. Both natural gas and gasoline were originally waste products of oil production. Natural gas was flared at the pump head until a Texan figured out that it could be put in a pipe and sell it. If we decarbonize, we will probably have to flare it at the well head again. Seems to me we could spend a lot of resources to accomplish very little.

    Comment by Ed Hirshberg — January 13, 2023 @ 1:59 pm

    • Gas stoves do seem to be really low on the cost/benefit hierarchy. I was surprised to see it floated nationally. On the local level, though, it’s a way for governments to be seen to be doing something. California cities have been on this beat for while now.

      Comment by RJS — January 13, 2023 @ 2:24 pm

  7. About 3 years ago, I replaced my 1987 gas cooktop with a new gas cooktop. I debated about induction for a while, but decided that I didn’t want to replace all of my pots and pans that should last the rest of my life. But now that I have replaced my gas water heater and gas furnace with electric heat pumps in 2021 -2022, I am sort of regretting that choice. I love my gas cooktop, but it is the only gas left in the house, with a gas line that runs the length of my house through the basement. Oh well, if we have an extended power outage at least I will be able to heat food.

    Comment by Kevis — January 13, 2023 @ 2:01 pm

    • We cooked this way during the last brownout. Seems upgrading the grid and improving generation/reliability would trump banning high-value, marginal-impact uses of gas.

      Comment by RJS — January 13, 2023 @ 2:41 pm

  8. Gas stoves emit some pretty harmful toxins into the air, harming everyone in the household. Yes, the world is a dangerous place but there’s a reason why asbestos is no longer sprayed onto ceilings and children’s fire-retardant pajamas were taken off the market. https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/have-a-gas-stove-how-to-reduce-pollution-that-may-harm-health-202209072811#:~:text=Gas%20stoves%20affect%20air%20quality%20inside%20and%20outside,6%20Switch%20to%20electric%20appliances%20for%20cooking%20

    Comment by Serena Chen — January 13, 2023 @ 5:51 pm

    • Gotta be a bit careful with these studies. For the main one cited in this piece, they sealed the “kitchen chambers” airtight in plastic. And even then, most emissions came from just five stoves that were likely very old and faulty. Yes, there can be problems. But these results are reflective of no real-world setting.

      Comment by RJS — January 13, 2023 @ 6:10 pm

      • Love it when a dude well actuallys a public health legend.

        Comment by You do not know who you're talking to — January 13, 2023 @ 7:22 pm

        • It’s not clear to me why public-facing discussion of facts like these about the underlaying studies would be appropriate with some commenters but not others. If anything, a well-placed public-health “legend” would be in a good position to respond with additional studies or nuances of interpretation that could prove useful.

          Comment by RJS — January 18, 2023 @ 2:27 pm

  9. got a $75.00 single, induction cooktop. Put it on top of the Bosch range. Still use the gas oven, but only use the induction top for range-top cooking. Works great.

    Comment by 1jamesr1 — January 15, 2023 @ 2:46 pm


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