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Old 11-01-2016, 07:20 PM   #1
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Induction Cooking

Thinking of taking out old stove top gas unit and exchanging for induction stove unit. Has anyone done this? Problems? Two burner vs one burner? Particular brand?
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Aside from the obvious difference that you can use the gas stove when you are not connected to electric power, don't see any reason you couldn't do this.

Do you know what kind of electric current an induction cooktop will draw? Presumably your trailer has the 120 Volt - 30 Amp electric service which was universal in the 70s and it may not be enough to run the induction cooktop, particularly if you want to run the air conditioner at the same time.
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Old 11-02-2016, 05:23 AM   #3
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Many residential induction cooktops require 240 volts AC. Maybe smaller ones are OK with 120 volts? Pretty heavy amperage ratings though IMO.
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Thinking of taking out old stove top gas unit and exchanging for induction stove unit.

I replaced our electric stove last year with a Samsung Induction stove an love it. Easy to clean and the surrounding area by the burners do not get hot, however, I would not replace my AS gas burner with a one top induction range. Instead what I did was buy a portable one that runs off of 120. IMO this gives you the best of both worlds: an extra burner and the option to cook inside or outside on it. There are many portable induction tops on the market and they run the gamut in price. I bought one from Vollvath and use it both at home and when camping.

Anyway that is what
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Great suggestion! Do you know how many amps it draws?

We went with a one-burner Iwatani butane stainless portable unit, rated at 15,000 BTU as I recall, which also works for boondocking without electric. It lives in the tow vehicle near the campground picnic table, along with coolers and 12-volt mini-oven and tea kettle. In effect a small kitchenette next to the AS, which is handy for early risers.

The small butane fuel cans are sold in most campground stores, as they also power other devices, especially for tent campers.
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Sorry I don't know however I have never had a problem using it at a campsite that had electricity. I am not sure if I used it when running our generators. I doubt it would be a problem as it is 110 especially if one is not running HP or AC
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The problem with using any added electric appliance is there is not enough available power.

120 volts
x 30 amp (electric service)
3,600 watts (total wattage)


3,600 watts
-1,800 watts (for a two burner induction cook top)
1,800 watts (not enough for air conditioner and converter at the same time)

add edit:
when a campground is full sometimes voltage drops, so there is even less available watts when this happens
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I have a portable induction cooktop that is small use 1800 watts. Works great and when I have electric it is faster than gas. I can also use an extension cord for use on picnic table.

Info for this unit which Fagor Induction Pro cooktop can be found here.

www.fagoramerica.com

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Nice looking!

http://www.fagoramerica.com/applianc...on_cooktop_pro

1800 watts / 120 volts means 15 amps, right? For the full-on highest setting, I guess. Well within the capacity of most campgrounds but you would want to use a #12 AWG extension cord. Is our outside duplex outlet rated for 15 amps? Not sure, but this burner and a toaster at the same time might trip the breaker.

Thanks for the link.

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Nice looking!

http://www.fagoramerica.com/applianc...on_cooktop_pro

1800 watts / 120 volts means 15 amps, right? For the full-on highest setting, I guess. Well within the capacity of most campgrounds but you would want to use a #12 AWG extension cord. Is our outside duplex outlet rated for 15 amps? Not sure, but this burner and a toaster at the same time might trip the breaker.

Thanks for the link.

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Yep. 1800 watts uses up the capacity of the breaker. Don't be making toast or coffee or drying your hair at the same time.
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