Typically i home brew beer outdoors on a big propane burner but over the winter i have struggled braving the cold to get outdoors and brew. With this however i can just move my stove out of the way plug this guy in and get brewing. It takes a little longer to get going than the big propane burner but is still quite quick. It’s a bit noisy and makes some very sci-fi noises while it is running the coil. Also as other posters have stated it does seem to heat a fairly small circle in the center of the pot, even though i have a tri-ply bottom on the pot i use.
I have used this for 3 months now, installed a 220v outlet in my kitchen to get the extra power that 3000w affords. This is a well made unit for a very reasonable price and works exactly like professional induction cooktops from cooktek etc at a fraction of the price. The only thing i don’t love about it is the touch glass controls which require multiple presses to get the setting you want. A good old fashioned dial is the best control. However that doesn’t take a star off of this workhorse that literally boils water in 10 seconds. This is a godsend for boiling water for pasta (which takes ages on a gas or electric stove), and for deep frying to keep the oil perfectly hot even as you add more food. When purchasing pans for this unit, make sure to bring a small magnet with you to test the bottom of the pan for ferromagnetic compatibility. I have purchased several pans from local stores that said they were stainless steel, but did not work at all with this unit. Iron fry pans always work well, though.
Im very glad with this purchase. Here are the specifications for the Max Burton 6530 ProChef 3000-Watt Commercial Induction Cooktop:
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- 3000-watt commercial-quality induction cooktop with 13 power levels
- Push-button controls and digital display and 170-minute timer
- 13 temperature settings from 140 to 464 Degrees F with overheat sensor and auto shut-off
- Function lock
- Cookware detection; for use with induction-compatible cookware
- 3000-watt commercial-quality induction cooktop with 13 power levels
- Push-button controls and digital display; 170-minute timer
- 10 temperature settings from 140 to 464 degrees F; overheat sensor; auto shut-off
- Function lock; cookware detection; for use with induction-compatible cookware
- Measures 17-2/7 by 12-2/7 by 4-3/4 inches
I brewed my 2nd batch of beer today in as many days, it heats up 4 gallons of 54 degree well water to 170 degrees in 20 minutes, to 185 degrees in 25 minutes, my strike, and sparging temps. It takes 6 1/2 gallons of warm wort to boil in 20 minutes. I set the plate on 3000 watts, when the boil starts i turn it down to 2000 watts with no boil overs, no mess. 2000 watts holds the wort at a perfect boil. Totally awesome, love it, an excellent investment. I now can brew beer without concern from gas fumes too, hence indoor brewing during the cold months. I usually get 4 to 5 batches of beer out of a 20lb. 00/batch, this plate uses way less energy, less cost for a batch of home brew. The plate is a little noisy, it has a fan running the entire time it is on, doesn’t bother me any, cooking with an outdoor propane cooker it just as noisy in not more so.
Excellent 3000 watt 240volt induction cooktop. And here’s important info:if you imagine moving/etc where your new place (or any other place you cook, eg, at a neighbor’s barbeque,do consider this solution: if that 2nd location has only 120v service, please do consider this solution:a 3000watt ‘voltage converter’. Such as this unit:from: 220-electronics. Com :3000 watt diamond series voltage transformer with regulator int-dsr3000 1 $166. 50this device , though pricey, goes ‘both ways’. . Converting 120v to 220 , or: 220 to 110. It’s nice to know that your ‘fav’ induction 220 cooker can be used at other service voltages: who knows when you might move. And who knows when you might need some electronic device that’s only available in a voltage which is not available at your ‘new’ or ‘temp’ location??i just ordered mine , though it’s shown to be ‘top of the line’. ( i dont believe in ‘price-shortcutting’ with electronic devices). So will return in time and report on it’s quality.
Reviews from purchasers :
- Induction Hot Plate for Home Brewing Beer
- Nice for brewing beer indoors
- gallon batches with this induction burner and it works great. Brings water up to strike temperature quickly and
This product is very powerful. I’ve used it a couple of times and it has treated me well. The only issue i had was the plug. This is a standard 20 amp plug. Up until now, i didn’t have one of these receptacles in my house. After having an electrician over for a quick switch all is well.
I have the max burton 1800 watt unit and is the only thing i use, i have had it for 3 years now with not one issue. I thought i would upgrade to the 3000 watt unit and i did, the unit is very solid, gets things hot and boils large amounts of water like you would not believe, but the display was not clear as the picture shows, but when i complained to the company at that time they were prompt in their response and offered on with a good display (that was not a deal breaker for me) actually their customer support was what anyone would wish for. One of the reasons i returned it is what another reviewer mentioned and that is 1800 watt setting and below is pulse and i believe it is 1800 watt hot per pulse, and the reason i say that is when comparing boiling water in equal size pans and amounts of water on the 1800 watt unit and the 3000 watt unit at low temps the smaller unit does not cause nearly the boil the large one causes. The other reason which for me was the deal breaker was the fact that the units heating area was very small, if you use a 12in skillet and heat water in it you will see a 5 to 5. 5in ring that produces the heat and that is a ring that is no more than 1′ wide, it is not even a solid circle of a heating area, that to me is a flaw i could not deal with, i could have dealt with the pulse issue if the heating area was like 10′ and solid, i would have not worried about it then. The current configuration is a great one for many i am sure but for controlled/even cooking i don’t believe this works well.
I recently switched from brewing 5 gallon batches with a propane burner to using this induction burner. You hit your temperatures to much faster and go from sparge to boil in under a half hour. If you need to brew indoors (like us here in manhattan) get this powerful induction burner.
Homebrewing 5 gallon batches with this induction burner and it works great. Brings water up to strike temperature quickly and cna maintin a strong rolling boil.
I use this in a commercial bakery to heat up syrups, i use an over-sized 15 gallon pot on it and can say i was extremely impressed. Before using this, i was using a 96,00 btu (imagine small jet engine) gas burner to heat up this same pot, it took me about 15 mins to get my 50 pounds of syrup to a boil with that, with this cook top, i get the same results within 5 minutes, and since this product does not need a hood fan to be considered safe to operate, it saved me a minimum of 10,000$. On top of that, it is extremely well made and durable and has sustained repeated commercial use, and weights up to 100 pounds. It comfortably holds our 22 inch pots still allowing easy access to the controls. If you are curious about this unit, know that you need a special plugin for this (220v) and no adapter will work, you will need an electrician to put one in for you.
This magnetic induction cooktop is powerful and works very well in a commercial environment.
I’ve had this burner for about a year now and it is now the go to burner in the kitchen. I first bought it for brewing beer but it does so much more. The temperature settings are plenty adequate and it is well-made. There are no complaints and if something should happen to it i probably would buy another one, but i doubt that i will have to because it seems rocksolid.
I’ve used these in my kitchen for 6 years now ( though they only tend to work for about 2-3 years). I have 3 of them so that when 1 goes out i have backups. Cook great, work fast, heats quickly, stays cool, and is pretty quiet. Just be ready to replace it after a while.
This is a great way to cook, but only if you take the time to learn how to use it. I have been using it for about 3 weeks and have been discovering new approaches with each use. This is not like cooking on a regular cooktop. Upon purchase the first thing that i did was to test how fast it would boil water. Using a half liter of water and the same pan i boiled water with our gas range that has a 15000 btu burner. With this cooktop it took 1 minute and 30 seconds or 38% of the time for the gas burner. I also spent time boiling water with various pots and pans to get a sense of how it performed. Its strong point is it speed and control. Start boiling water and turn it off and almost immediately it stops boiling.