About 6 months ago we bought a single induction burner. We’re very happy with it and use it for most of our cooking. I have Bialetti stainless steel (induction friendly) espresso maker that should work on the burner, but because of its small size I get periodic warnings that there is no pot on the burner. I solve this issue by putting a large steel plate on the burner and the coffee maker on that. It solves the problem, but it takes longer to make the coffee than if I use a gas burner. So here’s the question.
When I use the steel plate am I making coffee via magnetic induction or through thermal conduction?
Take a magnetic and move it across the Bialetti to see if it just skates or sticks to the pot and do the same thing to the steel plate. I am thinking the Bialetti does not have enough ferrous metal in it to work correctly. Also when you put the Bialetti on the steel plate does it seem to stick even a little? Really hard to know whether it’s magnetic or thermal but if it takes longer than a gas burner I am thinking thermal.
I am currently in Spain and so your shopping may be frustrated, but I have a friend who recently bought an extra small mag induction hot plate that he uses for his espresso machine in the morning and for cooking small quantity items in small pots and pans in the evening.
Might take some searching…
(I have a hideously stupid gas stove in my home in Mexico that has nothing but huge burners. Same problem)
I suspect that’s your problem. If you dig into the induction cookers instructions, you might find that it has some minimum size for the pans you use on it. Your coffee pot may be right at or just under the minimum.
Stainless Steel cookware works on an induction stovetop only if the base of the cookware is made with a magnetic grade of stainless steel. Those with a high nickel content will not work because the magnetic field will be blocked. Stainless steel 432 and ferritic stainless steels, which both have a magnetic field, makes them both great choices for induction cooktops.