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The cutting board is large and covers the top of the stove but not the side and back metal strips. Will this interfere with the use of the cooktop? Is it dangerous? Should I just remove all metal from around the induction cooker?

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  • Welcome to SA! In order to answer your question, it would be helpful to have more detail on what information you're specifically seeking. What dangers are you concerned about?
    – FuzzyChef
    Aug 30, 2022 at 17:28
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    I don't believe they typically give a fig for what's under or around them, just what's on top. Can set them on a metal countertop... Got a specific model number / brand in mind? Look up the manual.
    – Ecnerwal
    Aug 30, 2022 at 20:44
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    I don’t think materials matter as much as stability and maybe height. I’d be most concerned with something like a large pot of liquids that might tip over.
    – Joe
    Aug 30, 2022 at 23:29
  • I think magnetic lines of force extend equally above and below the element that creates them, so you're right to be concerned. I'd worry about the stove grates heating up. Aug 31, 2022 at 3:29
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    Mark: no, really, they don't. The inverse square law protects you from that.
    – FuzzyChef
    Aug 31, 2022 at 5:26

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I put my portable induction single burner stove unit on top of a breadboard on my stove w/ no problems. However, I have now switched to a large stainless steel cookie sheet (in case someone accidentally lit the burner on the stove.)

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  • I assume the cookie sheet doesn't get warm from using the induction hotplate. This would be nice experimental confirmation of Fuzzy Chef's point in the comments, to satisfy anyone not convinced by theory.
    – Chris H
    Oct 11, 2022 at 6:06
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It is probably a good idea to put child safety locks on the knobs to prevent anyone accidentally turning the gas stove on.

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  • Welcome Susan! That's a good point. It seems you construed the question as about general dangers; admittedly the concern with the stove's metal was not strongly enunciated. Yet such incidental points fit better in a comment next time. Relish it!
    – ariola
    Jan 18 at 9:05

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