Re: common house kitchen stove
From: Mariana Almeida (
Date: Wed, 20 Mar 2013 11:02:11 -0700 (PDT)
You know, this goes against my cohousing philosophy of purchases: 

Here's my philosophy: For common use, purchase the most foolproof, easy-to-use, 
commonly- found version of any item. 

Here's why: In a shared environment where most people use the item infrequently 
and without looking at directions, you will want to pick the item carefully to 
be the easiest to use. So, I think that would be gas or electric stoves. 

Why I reached this conclusion: we have a list of unusual appliances and unusual 
lamps that were broken by people attempting to use them improperly. When an 
item doesn't conform to expectations, it takes people a long time to figure it 
out, and often results in breakage.

But Mike is proposing that everyone in the whole community have these stoves, 
so they will all get used to using them. That's good. However, if you have 
guest cooks, they will need to learn to use this. 

One more point: this stove requires cast iron, which is heavy. Some of our 
older members can't lift the cast iron pans and refuse to use them. By 
requiring cast iron, you may be causing some problems down the road for cooks.
Berkeley, CA

> From: Mike Mariano <mike [at]>
>To: "cohousing-l [at]" <cohousing-l [at]> 
>Sent: Wednesday, March 20, 2013 8:41 AM
>Subject: Re: [C-L]_ common house kitchen stove
>I was asked to explain induction cooking, and honestly, the Wikipedia entry 
>appears to be quite complete:
>In short, with an induction stove, you need to use ferrous metal cookware 
>(think old school cast-iron, or the expensive, brightly colored 
>porcelain-enameled versions). Unless the cookware is on the stove top, there 
>is no heat generated on the surface of the stove when it is on, energy is 
>transferred directly to the cookware which generates the heat in the cookware 
>material only. This translates into very little wasted energy, and the really 
>good part: no combustion gases in your home or common house.
>Date: Tue, 19 Mar 2013 11:30:28 -0700
>From: Mike Mariano <mike [at]><mailto:mike [at] 
>Subject: Re: [C-L]_ common house kitchen stove
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