Re: Electric smooth top stove in common house?
From: Beverly Jones Redekop (
Date: Wed, 12 Oct 2016 14:28:07 -0700 (PDT)
If you do go with gas, be mindful of the contradiction of our common house
kitchens: we want commercial capacity (feeding large crowds) with a homey
feel. Our kitchen is really pretty, with maple cabinets and white Corian
countertops, but our excellent gas stove makes black marks on our huge
pots...which streak all over our pretty counters.

DO go high capacity with your stove (induction or gas) and DO go attractive
residential with your kitchen (stainless steel restaurant counters would be
awful)...but go for TOUGH attractive residential.  We've broken a small
corner of the counter by the sink too, as we use massive soup pots to feed
our happy crowds.

50/50 hindsight :-)

On Wed, 12 Oct 2016 at 10:14 Mike Mariano <Mike [at]> 

> Our community is doing meals 3 nights/week, serving around 25, with a 36"
> wide smooth electric cooktop that's been working just fine:
> In our own homes, a number of us used our appliance allowance as a credit
> toward purchasing 30" electric induction cooktops, which I would highly
> was out of the price range for the Common House at the time,
> unfortunately.
> Definitely do NOT go with gas for a new building: carbon monoxide is
> generated from burning any gas, and it's incredibly bad for indoor air
> quality. Induction is far more energy efficient and doesn't negatively
> affect air quality. Induction heats very quickly, doesn't bake spills and
> such onto the ceramic cooktop surface (because it's the pan the heats up
> and not the cooktop), and we saw it used with success at some cohousing
> communities visited in the UK last fall.
> Mike
> michael mariano aia | schemata workshop
> inc
> architect & principal
> 206.285.1589 <(206)%20285-1589>
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