This is pretty stupid. I just bought a new teakettle. After bringing it home, I read the instructions that were inside the kettle. They specify that high heat should not be used! WTF!!! It’s for boiling water, the faster the better! Who uses medium heat with a tea kettle? By the way, it was not cheap and was a good brand.
I am going to boil it whatever way I feel like and if it breaks I’ll just trash it.
Just a WAG, but perhaps it does its job perfectly well when used as designed, and turning the heat up higher doesn’t get the job done any better and will only damage the kettle? Not that you’d expect the manufacturer to know about his own product, obviously. :dubious:
Well, the thing about a stovetop kettle is that it will not go over 100 degrees Celsius until all the water has boiled off. It doesn’t matter how hot the burner is until it boils dry. Once it boils dry, then it matters very much and you could melt the solder off the bottom plate. Perhaps this is someone trying to warn you not to let it run out of water…
True up to a point, but this does assume that the kettle is a superconductor - clearly it’s possible for the base of the kettle to exceed 100 C and there will be a temperature gradient to consider across the thickness of the base. That could cause distortion if you’re brutal.
I’d just use it as directed. I had to replace a burner on someone’s stove a few weeks ago because the bottom of his kettle partially melted onto it. Generally I assume directions and warnings are there for a reason.
Judging by the picture, I think it’s the same kettle we have. Which we’ve used for several years now on high heat with no noticeable damage to kettle, stovetop, or anything else. Of course, I didn’t think to read the directions on ours (it’s a teakettle, fer Og’s sake!), so I don’t know if it came with any warnings or not.
I have an oxo that looks almost exactly like that, and I’ve been using it on the stove on high for about 6 years now with no problems. I have no idea whether the instructions said not to use it on high.