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Keep looking for different tops. When you need uniform heat, you want the burner to be a bit larger than the pan bottom. This helps cancel the edge effect. However, most of the time I find that I don't need more than one large burner. Anything that is simmering it doesn't matter. Get the stovetop with the largest burner you can find, then buy one new ...


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Matching the size of pan to size of burner is the most important consideration for creating a cooking surface with even temperature. Parts of the pan bottom that reach beyond an electric element will not heat well at all and could remain a hundred degrees or more lower in temperature than the center of the pan, depending on the pan size and design. (Yes, ...


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Most likely, yes, it will matter. Unless your frying pan is really super heat-conductive material or the size difference minimal, the outer areas will be significantly cooler than the middle. That's ok (but not ideal) for dishes that get moved constantly (think stir-fry), but when making something that fills the entire bottom of the pan (omelette), you are ...



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