How to install or replace your Induction Cooktop Downdraft Fan?

Ventilation is important in every cooktop so that heat and odor will be dispelled out of your house. This is especially the case if you’re cooking food that smells around the house mercilessly. For instance, fried fish is great, but the aroma spreading all over is not that pleasant.

When using an induction cooktop, you can easily install or replace a downdraft fan on your own. You don’t really need a very powerful fan for this as using induction cooktop removes all possibility of heat from spreading. If you know how induction cooktops work, you’ll know that there is no wasted heat when using this as the heat is directly transferred onto the cookware.

Your major concern therefore is to have a downdraft mainly for dispelling the odor, keeping your kitchen smelling fresh. Before you try installing a downdraft vent yourself, first know how it functions.

 

What is an induction cooktop downdraft fan?

An induction cooktop downdraft fan is one of the major components of your downdraft ventilation as it serves as an exhaust fan that absorbs the air and heat from your kitchen and expels it outdoors or wherever the vent leads to. Downdrafts are found behind cooktops instead of being installed overhead, as in the case of the more popular range hoods.

When in use, the downdraft is pulled up from the countertop where the fans start to pull air into the filter and out the ducts. When not in use, the downdraft retracts to a cabinet below and out of sight. This is great if you’re keeping a minimalist design in your kitchen, and even better for induction cooktops that are installed directly onto the counter.

Key Takeaway: Downdraft ventilation is best installed when you’re using cooktops as it can be installed easily on the counter where the cooktop rests. This type of ventilation is not recommended for range hoods.

 

How to install or replace the downdraft fan of your induction cooktop?

It’s not difficult to install or replace a downdraft for your induction cooktop. It doesn’t really require that you have DIY backgrounds as long as you can properly follow the instructions listed in the manual of your downdraft ventilation. More or less, the instructions below are the same for most downdraft models:

Step 1: Downdrafts will be installed behind your cooktop or behind the counter where the cooktop is currently installed their width should match or slightly exceed the width of the cooktop.

Step 2: Prepare the ductwork. This may be difficult or time-consuming depending on the length of the duct and the passageways. Obstructions need to be removed or you have to punch holes to complete it. If you’re only repairing or replacing an old downdraft, you can use the old vent system.

Step 3: Install the vent that you have bought. Manufacturers sell complete kits so you won’t have to worry how to mount them such as the:

 

Broan 273603 Eclipse 36-Inch Ventilator – Downdraft Model, Satin Aluminum Finish

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Broan 273603 Eclipse Downdraft Model Ventilator, 36-Inch, Satin Aluminum
  • 500 CFM Interior Blower
  • Automatically raises into position and turns unit on with the touch of a button. Disappears flush with the cooktop surface
  • Two washable aluminum grease filters

 

Note: If you’re replacing only the fan, this may be difficult as most manufacturers create downdrafts as a whole, fan included. It’s better to replace the entire downdraft, although this route can be expensive.

Step 4: Simply follow the instructions written in the manual that comes inside the packaging of your chosen brands. You may need screwdrivers for this step or duct tapes to put things in place. As previously mentioned, it’s recommended to change the entire downdraft, even if only the fan is not working as most models don’t really have replacement fans.

However, if you really want to try your DIY skills, you can buy a separate fan such as the:

 

Phanteks PH-F140TS_OR,140mm CPU Cooler, Case and Thermal Premium Fan

Phanteks Slim Low-Profile Heatsinks, 120mm PWM CPU Cooling PH-TC12LS
  • 100% compatible with high VRM Modules and high RAM heat sinks. PH-TC12LS follows INTEL's CPU Keep-Out-Zone. Low profile design. 1.85 inches tall and compatible with 2.9 inches small form factor case (74mm total with fan).
  • Six 6mm C-Type nickel plated heat-pipes with slim aluminum stacked fins. Direct airflow to CPU. Improve heat distribution on the new aluminum fins. Compatible with the PH-F140HP Series. Phanteks' patented P.A.T.S technology.
  • Can withstand temperatures of up to 200 DegreeC. Increases cooling performance. Deflects other thermal radiation from other heat sources. PH-F120MP High Static Pressure fan is included. PH-F120MP's new Seven Blade design.

 

Step 5: Connect the downdraft onto the vent. Secure it with duct tapes so that no air would leak out. Afterwards, plug it into an electronic socket and turn it on for you to test.

 

How to choose the right downdraft fan for your induction cooktop?

Downdraft ventilation is expensive; it usually ranges from $400 to $800. You want to get the one that will last considering the price. Therefore, we have listed a few factors that you should check:

Capacity: Check the number of CFM that the downdraft is capable of. CFM stands for cubic foot per minute, which means simply means the amount of air that can be removed in a minute. Usually downdrafts are around 900 CFM. For your induction cooktop, you won’t need a big one since it won’t be dealing with heat too much.

Exhaust: You can choose if you want your downdraft vent to direct all captured odor and heat outdoors, or simply use a filter and recirculate the air back. The latter will save you more money, as you don’t have to worry about ducts. For induction cooktops, you can go with the filter, as it is fairly effective at keeping your kitchen odor free.

Kitchen Size: Definitely go for downdraft if you have very limited kitchen space, as the pop up downdraft fan won’t take up too much space. It is relatively small and installs behind a counter. Because of the small kitchen, the downdraft is also capable enough to filter the air and blow the heat out.

If you have an industrial sized cooktop and a big kitchen however, the downdraft fan may not be enough. For this, consider getting an overhead range.

Price: Downdrafts can get really expensive so try your best to find one that is within your budget. There are definitely cheaper ones but if you feel like splurging, check out:

 

Bosch DHD3614UC 800 36″ Stainless Steel Downdraft Range Hood

 

Key Takeaway: Downdrafts are powerful little machines for their size so they are considerably expensive. Make sure to assess your needs so you’ll get a downdraft with the right size and capacity.

 

Conclusion

Ventilation is very important in the kitchen as smoke and odor can be all over the place especially if you’re doing a lot of sautéing, searing, or grilling. You’ll want to keep your kitchen smelling fresh and a downdraft is one of the most affordable ways to do it. Not to mention, a popup downdraft vent looks really sleek and cool.

How to buy the right Induction Cooktop for my Range?

There are three major types of induction cooktops; these are the portable, built-in, and range. If you’re new to induction cooktops, it’s best to review what’s in store for you as well as assess your needs and wants. This way, you’ll be sure to find out what’s best for you.

In this article, we will look into the right induction cooktop for ranges. These are freestanding ones that come with a built-in oven and can be simply pushed up against a wall, between existing counters or cabinets. If you were a previous owner of gas or electric range, the appearance is almost identical, except of course of the function of the cooktop.

If you were a cooktop user transitioning to a range, you may need some tips on how to purchaser an induction cooktop range.

 

What are the factors to consider when buying an induction range?

Below we have listed some factors that you need to consider when choosing the right induction range. These may differ from person to person, so it’s better to assess your needs on each factor.

Size – Like any ranges, measuring the available space of your kitchen is important before purchasing anything. This is so you can be sure that you have enough space to place your newly purchased range. Consider the counters and cabinet sizes, as you might need to customize, if anything.

Freestanding induction range are more or less the same width and height as standard gas and electric range. There’s also the so-called slide-in induction range that is about the same width as standard cabinets, so it will align perfectly with it. For this, check out:

 

GE PHS920SFSS Profile 30″ Stainless Steel Electric Slide-In Induction Range

 

Built In – If you want an induction range that you can build into your existing cabinetry, you may want to get an induction cooktop only that is thin enough to be fixed onto the counter. It will give the impression of a range (especially if you also built-in the oven underneath it) but occupying too much space.

Built-in induction cooktops are also cheaper than the ones that come in ranges. If you don’t need the oven that comes with it, or would like to buy a separate oven, this type of induction cooktop is your best bet. Check out:

 

GE PHP900DMBB Profile 30″ Black Electric Induction Cooktop

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Secura 9100MC 1800W Portable Induction Cooktop Countertop Burner, Black
  • 15 power levels from 200-1800Watts; 15 temperature range from 140 Degree Fahrenheit to 460 Degree Fahrenheit
  • Digital control panel; Lightweight and compact for easy handling and storage
  • Built-in count-down digital timer with 1 min increments up to 170 minutes; The auto-pan detection; Equipped with diagnostic error message system, Low and high voltage warning system

 

Induction cooktops such as these have the entire feature found in a range, with the exception of the freestanding body and the oven. It comes with four or more induction cooking elements, touch controls, sensors, different power levels, etc.

Features – Additional features would incur additional cost, but some are generally fun to have in your induction range. Before you choose the additional features you want to your induction range to have, first decide how many heating elements your range will have. The standard count is four heating elements but it can go as high as five or six.

Decide if you need more than four because the bigger the number of elements, the bigger the range will be. Some heating elements may only be intended for small pots of pans. We suggest getting four even sizes of heating elements just to be sure. Average families don’t need to go beyond four.

Next, resolve whether you need an oven or not. Induction ranges come with one large oven or two small-sized ones. Next, you might want to have a storage area at the bottom of the range where you can store cookware. As for the induction cooktop, select the materials you want. We suggest having ceramic glass and stainless steel.

Friendly User Interface – Pay for something that you will really use and just right for your home needs. Bear in mind that some induction cooktops are meant for commercial use or industrial and restaurant kitchens that has a lot of heat options and features that you won’t need at home. You’ll be paying a lot for this, but you won’t be able to maximize it.

Make sure that it’s built for home use and that it’s fairly easy to control and navigate. Get something that has about 10 power levels and 10-temperature range. Also check if the voltage is just right for your home. Most standard homes use about 120 volts and 15 amps of electricity.

 

The Frigidaire FGIF3061NF Gallery 30″ Stainless Steel Electric Induction Range

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Frigidaire FGIS3065PF 30" Slide-In Electric Range with Induction Technology True Convection Oven Temperature Probe and Steam Cleaning in Smudge-Proof Stainless Steel with Black
  • Faster Boiling with Induction: Get meals faster to the table with induction technology. Brings water to a boil in less than 2 minutes
  • Reduce Cleanup Time: Easy clean up. It heats the pan, not the cooktop. Spillsdon't burn on the surface.
  • Exceptional Temperature Control: Adjust heat with greater accuracy than on gas or electric cooktops especially at lower settings.

 

Key Takeaway: Induction ranges are typically on the expensive side so you want to get something that would last you years of use with no problems. By reading through this buying guide, you’ll have clear insight on your needs, which in turn would make the decision-making much easier for you.

 

What are the benefits of an induction range?

If you aren’t convinced of getting an induction cooktop range yet, here are some benefits that might sway you:

  • The heat temperature is instant and very accurate – Simply set the temperature you want and turn it on. You don’t need a thermometer on hand as the heat is very accurate unlike most gas and electric range models.
  • The smooth-top cooking surface is neat – It looks very elegant as it is made of durable ceramic glass. You don’t have to deal with messy burners again.
  • It is safe for little kids – You don’t have to worry about hand burns as there is no open flame and the cooktop itself doesn’t heat up. Instead, heat is transferred directly onto the cookware.
  • No heat is lost – Because the cooktops doesn’t release heat, there is no heat lost. The magnetic field directly transfers the heat onto the cookware.

 

Conclusion

Induction ranges are great to have in the kitchen because they heat up really fast, have accurate temperature, and is safe for both the children and the elderly. If you’re worried about the cost, just think that most gas and electric ranges of the same size (and same number of heating elements) almost cost the same. In the long run, you’ll be able to save more with an induction range.

How to select the best Portable Induction Cooktop?

Induction cooktops are conquering kitchens in the US because of its sleek presentation and design as well as the compact size that may be considered as portable. It is fairly easy and more hassle free to use than electric and gas ranges or stoves.

Induction cooktops, although slightly similar to the use of electric cooktops, are very different as it creates heat in the cooking vessel itself, rather than within the burners. It also requires cookware that is conductive and responsive to magnets. When in use, it only heats the pan and contents, resulting to reduced wasted heat compared to other types of cooktops.

If you are in the lookout for the best portable induction cooktop to add to your current kitchenware or you want to replace your existing ones, it’s best to check out a guide that will help you in the buying process so you’ll be certain that you’re getting the best out of your hard-earned cash.

 

What are the factors that you need consider when selecting the best portable induction cooktop?

Below you will find the list of factors we have compiled and explained briefly so you’ll have an idea of what portable induction cooktop to get:

Size: Consider the space you have and your needs. If you’re planning to use it solely for travelling/camping/out of town, you’ll need something that can be taken anywhere with ease – that is not bulky, won’t hurt your back or arms to carry, and very easy to transport. It shouldn’t also be sensitive to lots of movements, slight banging and shaking.

If you’re planning to use the induction cooktop at home as well as double as a travelling buddy, you need something that is the right size for your daily cooking needs but won’t be painful to bring with you whenever you need to. Take note, most portable induction cooktops only have one burner, so if you’re going to double it as home use, it may not suffice.

Portable induction cooktop for home use is only great if you’re alone or with only another person in your small kitchen apartment. To give you an idea of the size, check out:

 

DUXTOP 1800-Watt Portable Induction Cooktop Countertop Burner

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Duxtop 8100MC 1800W Portable Induction Cooktop Countertop Burner, Gold
  • Duxtop Induction Cooktop uses 120 volts, 15 Amps of electricity - standard in all homes; lightweight and compact for easy handling and storage
  • Digital control panel. Built-in Count-down digital timer with 1 min increments up to 170 minutes; 10 temperature range from 140 Degree Fahrenheit to 460 Degree Fahrenheit; 10 power levels from 200-1800Watts
  • Requires induction compatible magnetic cookware. Compatible with Duxtop and other induction ready cookware such as cast aluminum enameled iron and Steel, stainless steel with a magnetic bottom, or cast iron

 

Features: Think of the features you want your portable induction cooktop to have. There are a variety of additional features to choose from as many companies try to best each other’s products. You can have a cooktop that includes a touch pad, pot size indications, timer, automatic burner adjust, etc.

If you intend to only use your cooktop during camping and out of town travels, we suggest getting the simplest portable induction cooktop that you can find; one that heats well and cooks well with no fuss and added features that don’t really contribute much to the cooking process.

This is because the energy used in these places are very limited and you won’t be able to maximize all these features, making it not worth the extra dollar spent. Get something like the:

 

Aroma AID-509 Induction Cooktop

Aroma Housewares AID-509 Induction Cooktop
  • Uses induction heating - the fastest way to cook
  • Up to 70% more efficient than traditional stoves
  • Cooks at a high heat with no open flame

 

Power Supply: For a portable induction cooktop that will be used for frequent travels, get something that is the standard electric volts as it is easier and safer to use. You might want to check in your city what the standard voltage is, but mostly it’s about 120 to 220 volts.

Smaller induction cooktops, those with just one burner, come in about 120 volts. This is great as you can just plug it and leave it to cook your food. You don’t have to worry about any power surge happening. Make sure to check the power of your portable induction cooktop before buying as there are ones that are capable of going over 400 volts and most homes can’t withstand this large amount of power.

Price: For something that you will use only about three times a year, get something that won’t hurt your budget. However, if you’re going to use it more than that, say, you’re a real adventurer and you spend more time outdoors than in the comforts of your own home, invest in something that will last years of hard use.

 

The Max Burton 6050 Induction Cooktop, Stainless Steel and Black

Max Burton 6050 Induction Cooktop, Stainless Steel and Black
  • Operates on 110/120 volt
  • 6010 Induction Interface Disk to use any cookware is included in this bundle
  • 10 variable temperature settings from 100F to 450F, 10 power levels from 500 to 1800 watts

 

Key Takeaway: The factors more or less contain all the stuff you need to know when searching for the best portable induction cooktop. Make sure to consider each so you’ll be able to get what you really need.

 

What are the benefits of a portable induction cooktop?

If you’re not convinced yet if you should get a portable induction cooktop, you might change your mind when you have read the following benefits:

  • It is very safe to use: This is because the cooktop itself doesn’t heat. The induction process creates the heat and transfers it onto the cookware. No fire risks!
  • It is fast: When you’re on the go, you want your food to cook fast. An induction cooktop lets you do that.
  • It is efficient: It saves you energy in the long run as there is no wasted heat.
  • It is very portable: It won’t weigh you down as the entire body of the cooktop is very light, especially if it is made of durable yet light materials like stainless steel. It also doesn’t require too much room and space because of its compact body.
  • It is affordable: You can purchase a cooktop that will last you years of use for only below $100. You can even find one that goes below $50 during sales. Repair and parts replacement are relatively affordable too.

Key Takeaway: Portable induction cooktops are the way to go when you’re planning to use it outdoors. It’s great, affordable, and fuss-free.

 

Conclusion

Induction cooktops are the best choice when it comes to portability because they’re very light to lift and will not weigh you down. The heat it produces is definitely enough for all the cooking that you’re planning to do, while being safe, affordable, and efficient.

How to choose the right Cookware for your Induction Cooktop?

Induction cooktops are really awesome to use because the cooktop itself doesn’t heat at all only the pots and pans do, so it’s a safe for everyone, especially little children and the elderly. Because of this technology, the induction cooktop only requires certain cookware for it to work.

If you were a gas or electric cooktop user, you may want to consider purchasing induction compatible cookware as well. It may be a bit costly, but the shift to induction cooking will save you money in the long run.

 

What types of cookware can you use for your induction cooktop?

There are only select types of cookware that you can use for your induction cooktop. If you are an avid cook and always spends time in the kitchen, you may own a lot of cookware made of glass, aluminum, or copper. If you decide to shift to using induction cooktops, you may find that this cookware won’t work anymore and that you have to change them as well.

You can find a whole set of induction compatible cookware such as the:

 

Duxtop Whole-Clad Tri-Ply Stainless Steel Induction Ready Premium Cookware 10-Pc Set

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Duxtop Whole-Clad Tri-Ply Stainless Steel Induction Ready Premium Cookware 10-Pc Set
  • Set includes 8-Inch, 10-Inch Fry Pan; 3-Quart Saute Pan with lid and handle helper; 1.6-Quart and 3-Quart covered saucepan; 6-1/2-Quart saucepot with cover.
  • Whole-Clad Tri-Ply Stainless Steel construction eliminates hot spots and ensures even heat distribution along the bottom and side walls of the cookware.
  • Stay-cool stainless-steel perfect-grip handle riveted to the pan.

 

Induction cooking is very different from gas or electric cooktops. This is because the coils of induction cooktops are able to create an electromagnetic field between the cooktop and the pan, triggering heat to happen in the cookware if it is compatible. Otherwise, it won’t work. Induction cooktops are only compatible with cookware that’s conductive, responsive to magnets, and has iron content in its base.

Cookware compatible for induction cooking should have iron as its component. As such, cast iron, enamel cast iron, and most types of stainless steel cookware are all induction compatible. However not all types of compatible; for example, there are stainless steel cookware that contains a little bit of aluminum – that won’t work.

An induction ready non-stick skillet that you can try is the:

 

TeChef – Art Pan 11″ Frying Pan, Coated 5 times with Teflon Select Non-Stick Coating (PFOA Free) / Induction Ready

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TeChef - Art Pan Collection/Fry Pan, Coated 5 times with Teflon Select Non-Stick Coating (PFOA Free) - 11 Inch (28 cm)
  • The world's finest cookware with DuPont Teflon Select / Coated 5 times with DuPont Teflon Print Designs - Made In Korea
  • Extra-heavy gauge aluminum construction - No PFOA, No Cadmium, No Lead
  • Pattern on the frying pan helps to cook better and healthier food with just the right amount of oil, every time

 

If you really want to use the abovementioned no-nos, Aluminum, copper or glass cookware will work if the bottom has a layer of magnetic properties. If you’re not sure if your cookware is compatible, try holding a magnet against the bottom of the cookware. If the magnet clings, the cookware will work on an induction cooktop.

An induction ready aluminum cookware that you can try is the:

 

Fagor Michelle B. 14 Piece Cookware Induction Ready Forged Aluminum Cookware Set Lemon-Lime

Bestseller No. 1
T-fal C515SC Professional Total Nonstick Thermo-Spot Heat Indicator Induction Base Cookware Set, 12-Piece, Black
  • Set includes 8-inch and 1025-inch fry pans, 1-quart and 3-quart sauce pans, 5-quart stock pots, one egg wonder, stainless steel steamer insert and 2 nylon tools
  • Prometal Pro nonstick interior is exceptionally durable and scratch resistant, safe for use with metal utensil
  • The unique T-fal Thermo-spot heat indicator shows when T-fal pan is perfectly preheated for cooking

 

It is also fairly easy nowadays to find induction cooktop wares as many manufacturers have acknowledged the widespread use of induction cooking, and have made products specifically for it. Just look for the “induction compatible” symbol on the bottom of their cookware or it may be printed on the cookware’s packaging.

Key Takeaway: Only cookware with magnetic properties will work on an induction cooktop such as cast iron, enamel cast iron, and stainless steel. Popular cookware such as glass, aluminum and copper won’t work unless the bottom is coated with magnetic properties.

 

How does an induction cooktop work?

Before you feel comfortable using an induction cooktop, you need to know how it works. Otherwise, everything would feel like there’s something in the cooktop that is “unnatural” and would have eventual negative drawbacks, considering how it is a cooking and heating appliance, yet the cooktop itself doesn’t heat up.

Firstly, there’s no magic happening inside the cooktop. It is of pure technology. The cooktop is usually made of stainless steel body with ceramic glass on top, where the heat or energy comes out. Underneath the glass is a coil made of copper. When plugged in an electronic source, the coppers create an electromagnetic field that heats the cookware you’re using.

The heat only goes to the space where the cookware is resting, the cookware itself, and the food inside. Everything else remains completely cool to the touch. You can even put strips of paper next to the cookware and it will not even heat up. This flameless cooking technology is great as it minimizes risk of burn injuries and accidental fire.

The induction cooktop will not work if the cookware is not compatible as no heat will transfer and will be conducted. The cooktop will send signals to heat, but an incompatible cookware will not be affected and will remain cool so is the food inside it.

Key Takeaway: An induction cooktop uses coils made of copper that generate an electromagnetic field that produces the heat transferred onto a induction-compatible cookware.

 

What are the benefits of having an induction cooktop?

If you aren’t convinced yet as to why you need to shift to an induction cooktop, read through below:

  • Induction cooktops are safe because there is no heat or open flame that can cause burns on your hands or skin or accidental fires in your kitchen. The cooktop itself stays cool to the touch.
  • The heat temperature is very accurate unlike the one generated by gas and electric burners.
  • It heats really fast; turn it on, put the cookware on top and immediately start cooking.
  • It uses half the energy used by both gas and electric stoves, making it a ver green option.
  • The cooktop doesn’t heat since induction cooktops use electromagnetic currents that flow directly to the cookware, making it ideal for homes with kids.
  • Induction cooktops are portable. They’re fairly thin and the materials used are lightweight so you can take it anywhere, during camping or out of town in an RV.

Key Takeaway: Induction cooktops have a lot of benefits. It is a space and money saver, it keeps your family safe, and it’s also good for the environment. Your pocket will also be delighted considering the induction cooktop itself doesn’t cost that much.

 

Conclusion

Buying the right cookware for your induction cooktop is not really expensive, so if it’s the only thing keeping you from making the shift from gas or electric ranges to induction cooktops, definitely go for it. Induction ready cookware is not expensive; you can get an entire set for less than $100.