Using tea kettles on stovetops is something that a lot of people get wrong. There are a lot of different wrong answers out there. One answer is that tea kettles do not go on the stove. Others say to use a gas stove instead of one with an electric coil built into it. Another one says that you should put your kettle on the back burner and leave it alone until you’re done using it. Because heat can damage your kettle if left too long over direct heat. Should you choose to put your tea kettle on the stovetop despite these warnings about any potential mishaps? This article explains whether you can safely put on tea kettles a stovetop as long as you follow certain precautions outlined by your specific product’s instructions.
Required Precautions for Using a Tea Kettle on Stovetop
Before your tea kettle goes on the stovetop, you have to do a few things:
- Make sure that the kettle is empty and completely dry.
- Follow your product’s instructions for prepping a new kettle before placing it on a burner.
- Be careful not to place anything directly under the pan or kettle and the coil.
Never place any of your utensils on top of it. Also, be careful not to leave your tea kettles on the stove unattended as they may overheat and crack.
These precautions are essential when you consider the work involved in getting the kettle itself on. If you happen to drop it while it is on an electric coil, you could risk damaging the coil. Then again, if you drop it while it is on a gas stovetop, the risk of damage beyond repair increases exponentially.
List of Tea Kettle Types to Be Used on the Stovetop
Before getting into the specifics of using tea kettles on the stove, it’s essential to know what kinds of kettles are made in the first place. The following is a list of kettles that are safe to use on a gas or electric burner.
- Glass kettles: Glass teapots work just like any other glass cooking pot when placed on a burner. As with all glass, please do not take chances with temperature by lifting your teapot directly off of the stovetop after heating it (to clear water) before placing it back down again.
- Stainless steel kettles: Stainless steel kettles are one of the more common types of tea kettles. They are available at most retailers today but can be very expensive depending on the brand you buy. If you buy a stainless steel kettle made to look like or have decorations on them that look different. Or have different properties than other stainless steel kettles.
- Aluminum kettles: Aluminum tea kettles are probably one of the most common types available on the market today. Because they are lightweight, easy to use, and affordable. They work just like any other aluminum cooking pot when placed on a burner. As with all aluminum, do not take chances with temperature by lifting your teapot directly off the stovetop after heating it (to clear water) before placing it back down again.
- Glass-covered stainless steel kettles: These are better than their stainless steel counterparts. Because they are priced much lower than their glass-covered counterparts. The difference is that they do not have a glass cover, so you cannot see if there’s any steam leaking out of the bottom of your kettle at all. They are also often much more expensive than their stainless steel counterparts. Despite the disadvantages, these cans can be cooked on a stovetop in any situation because they do not rust.
Are Stainless Steel Kettles Safe?
Stainless steel teapots are the most popular type of tea kettle today because they are safe to use on a stovetop. They do not rust, so there is no chance for rust to cause you any problems. Stainless steel teapots have been known to last for years and years without even a single scratch or ding on them. The only reason that they rust is because of improper usage and washing. If you follow the manufacturer’s instructions and take proper care of your tea kettle, it can last for a lifetime.
Keeping rust from forming on stainless steel tea kettles is also very easy to do. Because it will not form if you use warm water when you hand wash your teapot. Also, make sure to dry the interior after using warm water to eliminate any residual moisture that may be left inside. You can then let it air dry for a few days before putting something else inside the kettle to keep it from becoming distorted due to heat.
It would help if you never used stainless steel tea kettles on your gas burners. Because they can become warped or even melt to the point where they are no longer usable at all. Even using them on indoor electric coils is risky because it will take far less time for rust to form than it would on a stovetop. Rust is not that common of a problem to encounter when using stainless steel kettles. But that does not mean that you should not take precautions while using them.
Now you know more about using teapots on stovetop burners. It is important to remember that no one type of kettle is perfect for every situation. You should always follow the manufacturer’s instructions to make sure that you are protecting your kettle from damage.
After reading this article, you will know what to expect when cooking with tea kettles on the stovetop. It is some of the most common advice given to people who are making their first time using a tea kettle. Please note yet, that some tea kettles are better for stovetop use than others. So always check your product’s instructions before using it. In the end, there is no one type of tea kettle that is better than any other. It all depends on what kind of kettle you prefer and how much money you want to spend. Tea kettles are not cheap, but they can last for years if you know how to take good care of them. Good luck, and happy tea potting!