Hot Plates: The Portable Burner for Convenient Cooking
Do you need a hot plate? Maybe your family enjoys eating on a patio or deck away from your kitchen, and you would like to keep a dish warm while serving. Maybe you’re a professional caterer who often needs to cook without a kitchen. Maybe you love to travel and camp with your family and friends. Whatever your reasons, a hot plate can save the day by providing one or two extra burners wherever you have access to an electrical outlet.
Cooking with an electric hot plate is similar to cooking with an electric range that would be present on a stovetop. Electricity passes through the heating elements, warming the coils, which in turn heat the pots and pans and any of their contents. Electric coils provide consistent heat that is evenly distributed across the burner. The coils and plates do retain heat for some time, and all hot plates do not come with warning lights to indicate a hot burner, so users should exercise caution. Because of the coils and the heat retention, electric hot plates can be difficult to clean if something is spilled on them.
Typically available in single or double burners, electric hot plates use a traditional coil or iron plate to transfer heat to your pan or skillet. Depending on the model of hot plate, a range of temperatures will be available, and individual knobs can control each burner.
How to Use An Electric Hot Plate for Cooking
Hot plates have a variety of residential applications. Hot plates are an excellent way to optimize kitchen space, especially when full-sized stoves are not feasible in many apartments and small homes. As tiny homes become more popular, many people are choosing to free space in their kitchen by eliminating a traditional range and using an electric hot plate.
Electric hot plates make outdoor entertaining easy. If you are hosting a barbecue with a buffet, use a hot plate to keep a dish warm. While it is fun to cook over an open fire, if you are camping with an electrical hookup, hot plates can be used for meal preparation. If you are tailgating at your favorite sporting event, the flexibility of a hot plate will allow you to prepare and heat a variety of your favorite pre-game dishes.
Some residential instances might require heat outside the kitchen. Gardeners who practice canning may choose to set up a station that allows them to have all the necessary tools in one place. Many artists require a burner to help heat their materials. The variety of applications for hot plates is almost endless.
While they have many fantastic residential applications, there are some limitations on hot plates because of the heat they generate. If you are considering purchasing a hot plate for use in a dorm room or apartment complex, check any rules or lease agreements first. Many organizations have restrictions regarding hot plates as a safety precaution.
Hot plates can be used professionally as well. Especially useful for caterers and chefs who may have to cook outside a traditional kitchen, a portable hot plate can be an important tool in a range of instances.
What Are the Benefits of Hot Plates?
Many brands of hot plates are available with the structural design and materials that are used in commercial kitchens, giving professionals and amateurs access to superb quality without the price tag that often accompanies commercial-grade equipment.
Electric hot plates are very affordable. The units typically cost less than other kinds of hot plates, including induction models, which can cost up to five times as much and typically require specialized magnetic cookware. This kind of cooktop does not require any specialized pots like an induction unit would. Cooks can use glass, aluminum or copper pots and pans, like they would use on an electric stovetop. Not having to buy specialized equipment helps to make electric hot plates an affordable option.
General Summary of Proposition 65
The “California Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986” (more commonly referred to as ‘Proposition 65’)
was enacted to ensure that customers be properly warned when a product contains a substance known to cause cancer or
reproductive harm. The law requires the State of California to publish and maintain (annually) a list of substances
to be available to the general public. Additionally, the law requires that businesses properly notify residents of
the State of California about the presence of these substances in the products they purchase, or that may be present
in their homes, workplaces, or that otherwise may be released into the environment. The specific list contains a wide
range of naturally occurring and synthetic substances including manufacturing and construction chemicals, pesticides,
tobacco, food-additives, solvents, household products, drugs and byproducts created from a specific product usage.
You may have noticed the below warning label on our products, or on products from other manufacturers. The warning
has become increasingly commonplace and oftentimes raises questions about why the warning exists, and what it means
to a customer. The warning itself is just one of many requirements for businesses operating in and/or selling products
to customers in the the State of California. The warning does not mean that a product that includes the warning will
cause cancer or reproductive harm, but rather it simply is provided in order to educate the consumer that a substance
may exist. A large number of the substances listed under Proposition 65 have been in regular use for many years
without any documented harm to a consumer. This is due to the low concentrations and minimal exposure that actually
occurs with these substances. Those chemicals, however, have been determined by the State of California to be listed
as potentially harmful.
I don’t live in California. Why did my product include this warning?
In order to ensure compliance with Proposition 65 requirements we have determined that all products manufactured by
Living Direct Inc, including products sold under the EdgeStar, Avallon and Koldfront brands, should include the
above-referenced warning label. This labeling requirements exists for all of our products regardless of the
location / destination to which the product is ultimately sold and/or shipped.
We believe that our products, when used as designed, are not harmful and as such this warning is provided
in order to properly conform to the requirements of Proposition 65.
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