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Converting a non-induction boiler to induction compatible.

Postby palinkagus » Sat Feb 02, 2013 6:20 pm

Just had a thought that I wanted to put out there for discussion. I realize that in order for a boiler, kettle or pot to be compatible with an induction heater it must be magnetic. If you had a non-magnetic vessel couldn't you add an appropriately sized disc of say 1/4" thick steel plate to the bottom and apply a heat transfer paste between the plate and the vessel?

Has anyone ever experimented with this?
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Re: Converting a non-induction boiler to induction compatibl

Postby buckwild1 » Sun Feb 03, 2013 4:07 am

I've thought about this too, even read a thread where it was discussed somewhere on here
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Re: Converting a non-induction boiler to induction compatibl

Postby Soggy Bottom Boy » Sun Feb 03, 2013 2:33 pm

At that size and energy level, I think the heat transfer gel would make quite a stink and kick out some bad-nasty components that you wouldn't want to be breathing for long periods of time. Induction puts an incredible amount of energy into a concentrated area very quickly. I would do some small scale testing before going to the trouble and expense of putting together a big plate and pot. Never the less, I think it would be better, in the long run, to just get an induction compatible pot and go forward with that.
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Re: Converting a non-induction boiler to induction compatibl

Postby Stainless » Sun Feb 03, 2013 2:47 pm

Hi, from what I can remember, induction pots don't need to be magnetic, the 'induction' is created by 'EDDY' current flow, i think its one way of separating non magnetic material from magnetic stuff,, as used in big scrapyards with crusher/scarifier machinees.
what about throwing copper off-cuts into the pot?
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ps, ithink induction can create localised 'Hotspots' in the pot ,,,leading to failure, as in a hole in your pot.
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Re: Converting a non-induction boiler to induction compatibl

Postby Prairiepiss » Sun Feb 03, 2013 3:42 pm

Copper won't work with an induction plate.

A diffuser plate would work. I wouldn't waste time or money on heatsink grease. But it would be back to being enefficient as a regular hot plate as far as heat transfer. But would be a more steady heat. Did that make since? :wtf:

If you have an induction plate. And would like to try it. I say go for it. But if you had to buy one first. I would look at other options.

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