Pressure Canner

melfield_wy(5b Wyoming)July 21, 2012

Hi there! I would love your input on whether or not it is "safe" to use a pressure canner on a ceramic stovetop.

I would love to begin pressure canning as it would give me a whole new worlds of foods to can, but have been told I cannot on a ceramic stovetop. DH and I have plans to replace stove w a gas one, but that won't be happening anytime in the near future.

Thanks for your input.


Cheyenne, WY (6500 ft)

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readinglady(z8 OR)

There have been previous threads on this topic. Some members do can on a ceramic top stove, but basically it comes down to your particular range and its design.

Some companies cycle their burners on and off, which is unsuitable for pressure canning. Others maintain a steady heat.

There is also the issue of weight and what your range will support, as a loaded canner is very heavy.

The only way to be sure is to check your range manual and if that doesn't address the issue, contact the manufacturer's helpline.


    Bookmark   July 22, 2012 at 4:29AM
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melfield_wy(5b Wyoming)

Thank you Carol. I appreciate your help.


    Bookmark   July 22, 2012 at 1:29PM
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I am wondering if it might be possible for you to use a camp stove? Or a turkey fryer, if not too many btu's.

I am thinking this might be really good outside, if sheltered out of the wind and other weather. It would sure keep the kitchen and house a lot cooler.

    Bookmark   July 23, 2012 at 11:07PM
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digdirt2(6b-7a No.Cent. AR HZ8 Sun-35)

Yes Gene many of us do our canning outside so this question has many discussions here about which burners work best.

Most camp stoves would take forever to get up to pressure and there is an issue with their burner size too on some. Many turkey fryers have way too many BTUs can can quickly warp the canner but there are some that will work.

But there are safe to use propane burners available with the right BTU ratings and sufficient burner control to work well.


    Bookmark   July 24, 2012 at 8:55AM
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Linda_Lou(SW Wa.)

No more than 15,000 BTU's for canning.

    Bookmark   July 24, 2012 at 12:08PM
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