We're looking for an electric hotplate to use on our porch, as we have one of those ranges with a fan hood that doesn't vent to the outside (wonder who came up with that brilliant idea?). We'd like to be able to cook onions, fish, etc. without smelling up the house.
We purchased one a while back, but it has a thermostatic control that cycles the coil on and off. This makes it pretty much useless for any kind of serious cooking as it won't maintain a constant temperature. I'm looking to replace it, and have been going on the assumption that I would need one of those $100+ professional ones available at restaurant supply stores, but I'm starting to wonder if that assumption is correct.
Has anyone used a Waring SB-30 or similar? They call this a "portable single burner", but none of the reviews mention whether it cycles on and off. I have a note in to Waring, but my main question is: Anyone out there familiar enough with hotplates / "single burners" in general, who can tell me what to look for?