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April 13, 2012, 06:56:00 PM
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Ordered one yesterday, arrived today. On the lowest setting, it boils water rapidly. First thing that comes to mind is using it as a space heater.

Build enclosure, two "windows" for intake fan and exhaust fan. On induction cooker, place large heat sink. No fumes, can easily be switched back over for use as a cooking utility.


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*Exhaust fan might melt. Non-passive heat-sink would almost certainly melt.
*Enclosure should be insulating, cheap, unable to melt @ ~300*F, non-flammable, and non-magnetic.



Ideas? This worth trying out for the sake of curiosity, or doomed to fail due to something I'm not taking into account?
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April 13, 2012, 07:34:14 PM
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When you cook, the temperature is usually regulated by water evaporating from the food. If you pump all the cooktop's energy into a heatsink, it's likely to get red hot and damage the vitreoceramic cooktop. If you had fans that were big enough and reliable enough I suppose you could make it work.

Plus, it's an expensive way to get heating that is no more efficient than the simple resistive heating of a $30 fan heater.
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April 13, 2012, 08:11:10 PM
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Plus, it's an expensive way to get heating that is no more efficient than the simple resistive heating of a $30 fan heater.

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