This is what we opened our door to when we arrived at the campground, what you can’t see or smell is the pungent aroma of apple cider vinegar that didn’t leave the house for a week.
Anyways, this spawned a conversation we had over and over again when researching and planning our tiny home adventure. What type of stove should we get. Originally, we rolled the idea of a propane stove, which would have been great for other appliances like the water heater and the refrigerator, but we eventually decided that we didn’t want to be dependent on another fossil fuel. Plus, the idea of a leak or a rupture in the gas line freaked us out. Then we thought of getting a marine alcohol stove, but were off-put by the cost and with the thought of a pot of boiling water taking so long.
Finally, the decision was made for us by 84 Lumber | Tiny Living when they put in the Kenyon cooktop. For the ~10 months leading up to it’s shattering, it was a great stove. We only had a couple minor grievances, one that the size was just a little too small for two pans to fit next to each other, and secondly that sometimes a pan would slide over the touch screen buttons and shut the burners off.
So when the stove broke, we decided to begin the search again and we found a seemingly better cooktop made by True Induction. Check it out on Amazon here. So far, it’s been a great stove for many reasons. One, it heats things up amazingly fast. Water boils faster than you’ve ever seen. Temperature is exactly what you set it at and it changes almost instantaneously, a big change from the conventional electric range. It doesn’t heat up the surrounding area like the old stove either since induction works because of magnets, all the energy goes into the pan and isn’t wasted on heating anything else. The only downside is that it’s not quite what I imagined from the infomercials on late night tv, you can’t really put your hand on the stove while it’s cooking. It might not burn your hand off, but you don’t want to keep your hand on it either. There are lots of brands of varying prices, we went for the lower end of the price range and opted for the 110volt version as opposed to the 220volt.
Unfortunately, our well-worn camping pots and pans we had been using wouldn’t work because they are made out of lightweight aluminum. Since the cooktop works with magnets, only certain pots and pans work. Check out his article to help you choose more wisely next time you’re in the market for cookware. (link below)
Great article from Stanford Magazine for Sustainable Cookware by Sara Kolarik:
Our induction cooktop by True Induction:
Our Pot and Pan by Cooks Standard: