Canning Element

bookjunky4life(5 Central IL)March 8, 2012

I know from reading previous posts on this forum that I need to purchase 2 canning elements for my stove. (MIL got me a new Presto canner for Christmas, so now I can run two at once!) However, I have limited funds to purchase the canning elements. Ebay has several ranging from $35 to $45 (including shipping). However, I have seen them elsewhere on the internet for upwards of $80 or $100.

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readinglady(z8 OR)

What is your question?

Carol

    Bookmark   March 8, 2012 at 1:39PM
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bookjunky4life(5 Central IL)

Is there any reason I should stay away from the cheaper ones or go for the more expensive ones? Or is a canning element a canning element and disregard price?

    Bookmark   March 8, 2012 at 1:56PM
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readinglady(z8 OR)

I think you'll find some of the more expensive elements have heavier-duty struts to support the canner. This can be an issue if you're using a large canner fully loaded with perhaps two layers of pints. Or say a large fully loaded All-American. That's a lot of weight and you don't want the supports bending or giving way.

The main issue, of course, is whether an element is compatible with your brand of stove.

Personally, my first consideration would be return policy so if you discover the element isn't compatible or is flimsy, you can send it back.

Carol

    Bookmark   March 8, 2012 at 2:23PM
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digdirt2(6b-7a No.Cent. AR HZ8 Sun-35)

Price isn't the primary factor. Whether or not it will work on your particular range is. Most stove brands have a canning element made specifically for them so you begin with stove brand name. Since part of the price is the brand name TM, you'll likely pay a bit more for them and the attached warranty, ability to return if it doesn't work, etc. rather than some generic model that may or may not work on your stove.

Beyond that the only real consideration is correct size and how well built, as in type of element supports it uses.

Dave

    Bookmark   March 8, 2012 at 2:26PM
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digdirt2(6b-7a No.Cent. AR HZ8 Sun-35)

Hmmm - Carol types faster. :)

    Bookmark   March 8, 2012 at 4:17PM
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morz8(Washington Coast Z8b)

Check here for appropriate canning elements for your stove, call them if not sure if will fit your model. I've ordered plenty of appliance parts from them over the years, including my canning element - quite happy with their service and prices.

Here is a link that might be useful: Repair Clinic Example canning element

    Bookmark   March 8, 2012 at 4:37PM
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