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Old 05-27-2018, 12:27 PM   #1
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Induction stove top

I bought a single burner induction stovetop from the flea market for $5. My trillium has no stove top in it. I've found a drop in 2 burner propane. The lined are there to reconnect the propane but I'm thinking the induction stove top will not put out as much heat as the propane. There is no air in the Trillium but I will be installing a Maxxair fan. Thoughts on this, please.Click image for larger version

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Old 05-27-2018, 01:01 PM   #2
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If you will only cook when you have AC power the induction is all you need. Personally I would go with the propane - just personal preference. With the induction, you're going to need non-aluminum cookware (heavier stuff) with a flat bottom.

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Old 05-27-2018, 01:32 PM   #3
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If you will only cook when you have AC power the induction is all you need. Personally I would go with the propane - just personal preference. With the induction, you're going to need non-aluminum cookware (heavier stuff) with a flat bottom.
There are some newer induction compatible cookware pots that are mostly aluminum with a steel insert in the bottom of them. The design of the base is such that they will stay flat. They are a reasonable weight for travel.
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Old 05-27-2018, 04:15 PM   #4
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Like somebody said you can use the induction hot plate when plugged, I'll add maybe to that. I looked up the specifications on the one you pictured, power = 1600 watts which is 13.33 amps of current at 120 vac. That translates to 133.3 amp if attempted to run with a 12volt battery via an inverter. Not likely to work on 12VDC and could over load the 120VAC.

Stick with the propane. There's a reason RVs us propane for cooking.
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Old 05-28-2018, 11:09 AM   #5
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I use an induction burner and love it. I have more counter space for most of the time and use the burner when I want to cook. I have a butane burner for outside. i didn't want to have propane and, after more than a year am happy with my choice. Just personal preference.
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Old 05-28-2018, 11:29 AM   #6
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I’ve heard good things about induction cooktop. Some folks don’t want to mess with propane. It definitely is personal preference.
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Old 05-28-2018, 12:16 PM   #7
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If you like parking in RV Resorts, with a power tree, induction cook top will work for you. Propane works anywhere.

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Old 05-28-2018, 02:15 PM   #8
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If possible, why not both? Then you will always have choices.
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Old 05-28-2018, 04:04 PM   #9
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I have the induction cook top and like it, but only use it when I can't cook on my camp stove outside. Cooking outside I have no food odors, cooking splatters etc. in the camper! Just my preference.
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Old 05-28-2018, 10:40 PM   #10
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I installed a 3 burner propane stove in my Boler rebuild. I wish that I hadn't. I'll most likely never use it, in fact I'm going to cover it with a cutting board top just to have more counter space. One of the by-products of burning propane is water vapor and I sure don't need any more condensation on the inside of my trailer let alone cooking smells and oils. As a rule we don't cook inside, we have a single burner propane stove and last year we bought a single burner induction stove top. We cook everything on it. We have a stainless steel 4 qt pressure cooker that works on the induction burner. Great control over the temp. no more flame to blow out or adjust. Our cookware is limited, we carry only a frying pan and one other cooking pot, so we're not concerned with weight. If I had known about the induction cook top, I would have built it into my counter,but made it easy to take outside. In my opinion if you have power, its the best way to cook.
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Old 05-29-2018, 12:06 AM   #11
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I believe the Lil'Snoozy uses induction, as they have no propane
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Old 05-29-2018, 06:44 AM   #12
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Induction stove top

We have both (or all 3?).

For “no power” situations, in addition to Coleman propane stove/grill, there are also small Butane cooktops that could be used inside the trailer or outside (Floyd Clark sometimes uses a Butane cooktop.)

Especially in the summer, my wife really likes the induction cooktop. Sometimes, we run an extension cord out to the CLAM screen room/tent and use it inside there. Sometimes, it sits on top of the stove cover for our built-in propane burners.

Sometimes, we use a small “Red Copper 5 Minute Chef” inside the trailer for omelettes and/or grilled sandwiches.

Although it is rare that we don’t have electricity, we have occasionally “boondocked” with no hookups (up to 10 days at the Oshkosh air show) and would always want a small Butane or Propane option (at least for morning coffee etc.)

Good luck with your decision(s)!

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Old 06-06-2018, 11:10 AM   #13
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One their website it states the hot water heater is electric also and the heater is electric also. I have been looking at them on my next buy.
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Old 06-06-2018, 11:39 AM   #14
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Does not heat up the interior of the trailer! (other than the heated item)

This is best feature of the of the induction cooktop.

Will boil liquids faster with less power than an electric stove or microwave.
No flame source. Can place your hand on the burner when operating, will only get a light burn from the residual heat of the pot. If you have a pacemaker don't lean over it. Great for destroying a windup watch, VHS and cassete tapes.

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