Can Ceramic Cookware Be Used On Gas Stove

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Using Ceramic Cookware on Gas Stove

 Written by Timothy Spencer |  Fact Checked by Brian Dean |  Edited by Josh Reynolds

Last Updated: September 17, 2022
🔍The short answer is yes, you can put a ceramic cookware on a gas stove but only on an emergent basis. With that being said, you should also ask if you should use a ceramic pot on the gas stove or if is it safe to use them. The answer to that is no, it is not recommended that you use your ceramic pots on a gas stove on regular basis and there are tons of reasons which are detailed below along with a case study (research conducted by Kentucky Education Department.  

Key Takeaways:

Do not use any cold substance when the ceramic pan or pot is hot.

Do not exceed the cooking temperature as recommended by the manufacturer.

Do not use a hot ceramic pot to cook frozen food.

Allow the saucepan to cool completely before putting it in the freezer or fridge.

Make certain that the cookware does not slip onto the burner of the gas range.

To avoid scratches, use a wooden instrument instead of a metal spoon for constant stirring.

When cooking, avoid placing other things on your ceramic cookware, such as paper towels, as they may melt on the surface or catch fire.

Table of Contents

What is Ceramic Cookware?

It is regular cookware but has a ceramic non-stick coating only. Ceramic cookware sets are typically constructed of one of three materials:

Earthenware:

The cheapest category of ceramic cookware. Not so good for use on the stovetop.

Stoneware:

This cookware is the most durable and heavy category of ceramics. They retain heat efficiently and are considered the best choice for a stovetop.

Porcelain:

Porcelain is ceramic cookware that contains kaolinite, a kind of clay. These are easy to clean & resistant to harmful bacteria but are also prone to chips and cracks more than stoneware.

Here have a look at this video, this woman has described in the best possible way:

Other’s Experiences on using Ceramic Cookware on the Gas stove?

Before giving you our final approach, it is pertinent to mention here that we have conducted a detailed and thorough probe into the matter, asked people, and look for the right answer in different online community forums to give you solid and authentic advice.

While looking for this in an online community a person who is running a business of online pottery while answering the subject question has said that:

Ceramic cookware, like other glass goods, will break if exposed to direct flame. There are many distinct varieties of clay, each burned to a different temperature (1600 F-2500 F), with varied compositions and structures following firing.

Most porcelain will break when exposed to the direct flame because the region in direct contact with the extremely hot flame expands considerably quicker than the rest of the pot.

It will be shattered by the disparity in growth. The same type of pottery will shatter if placed immediately from a hot oven in extremely cold water, exactly like most glass.

Reason:

30% spodumene (lithium source), 10% G-200 feldspar, 10% pyrex, 25% OM4 ball clay, 25% fire clay, and 5% grog are common flameware ingredients. This is also how Corning pyrex glassware was created almost a century ago. For low thermal expansion, they employed boro-silicates or petalite.

The ceramic in spark plugs and lab ceramics are made from a high alumina formula that is burnt to extremely high temperatures, resulting in no free silica and a low thermal expansion coefficient.

Research for what is the best Cookware for Gas stoves (Case Study).

The Kentucky Department of Education has conducted an experiment in this regard, whereupon they have conducted an experiment to find out the cookware best suitable for different types of stoves/cooktops.

They had asked four different groups of students to conduct their experiments in this regard and find which cookware is most suitable for gas stove along with other stovetops i.e. induction, electric, etc on the basis of:

  • Transparent lids
  • Cool-touch handles
  • Oven and stovetop safe
  • Non-stick surfaces
  • Dishwasher safe

Students were also given the following success criteria:

  1. Students identify the problem as well as the criteria and limits that go with it.
  2. Students collaborate to find significant information and organize it in such a manner that it is evident which of the cookware sets is better.
  3. Students offer input on the efficacy with which important material to be studied is presented.

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Students were also asked to neglect any other aspect in the instant matter and only focus on the efficiency of the cookware stove type. After conducting experiments, the four groups separately gave their conclusions which were:

Cookware

Description

Ceramic Cookware

Oven-safe up to 500 degrees. Best for bakeware.

Stainless Steel Cookware

Ideal for all stove tops (gas, ceramic, electric, induction).

Simply Balaton

Can be used on only gas, electric and ceramic stovetops. Not suitable for oven use.

You can download the full case study from here.

Relevant FAQs

Why it is not recommended to use a ceramic pot on a gas stove?

The ceramic cookware is ideal for only ceramic cooktops/ranges. However, if you use it on your gas stove on regular basis then it can damage your cookware due to being exposed to high heat.

But what if I do not have any other option?

In that case, you can use your ceramic cookware on a gas stove but with exceptions. Avoid putting them directly over an open flame, especially while they’re hot. Heat your ceramic pot with oil and allow it to cool before cleaning.

Why you should not use ceramic cookware on an open flame?

Your ceramic cookware is coated which allows them to withstand higher temperatures than normal nonstick coated cookware. Moreover, as per research stated above, ceramic cookware is not built to cope with the high temperature.

Hence, using ceramic cookware on an open flame can jeopardize this coating and makes your cookware lose its durability, resultantly discoloring and ruining your ceramic pots and pans.   

a 3d picture of ceramic cookware

Can Ceramic Cookware break on the gas stove?

Well, the chances for this are low but still, there are chances. There are several varieties of ceramic cookware available, but not all of them will shatter when heated on a burner. If you’re wondering if you can place a ceramic pot on the burner, the answer is yes.

Ensure that your pot is specially designed for usage with high temperatures. Most clays and earthenware can tolerate high temperatures, but don’t make it so heavy that carrying it becomes difficult.

Can You use Porcelain Coated Ceramic Cookware on Gas Stove?

Unlike, regular ceramic cookware, porcelain cookware can be efficient when used on the gas stove. They tend to perform better. But again, using them also regularly on a gas stove can damage their strength.

Though this cookware works greatly with gas stovetops, still cookware made of aluminum, stainless steel, and copper produces the greatest results with this cooktop since it distributes heat evenly.

Can you use stoneware on Gas Stove?

Definitely not. Most manufacturers advise against using stoneware on the stovetop. As per discussions and studies it has been proven that stoneware cannot hold high temperature of direct flame.

Can you boil water in ceramic pots?

No. Boiling water on ceramic cookware is like deliberately trying to damage your cookware. They cannot withstand that much heat as stated above and resultantly, will be damaged.

Conclusion:

Though it is possible to use ceramic cookware on the gas stove, still it is not advisable to go for this. If you still want to then you can comply with the precautions detailed above.

Ceramic cookware is prone to direct flame as it can create cracking or chipping on the pot/pan and also causes chances of making your ceramic cookware to lose its coating which is its main attribute.

The handle of your cookware does play a role in this regard too. Hence, using the gas stove the handle can also be damaged.

Not only this, but the above-mentioned case study can also help you to ascertain which cookware is best for what cooktop/stove.  

External Source:

Kentucky Department of Education 
Quora 
Youtube

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This article has been drafted by Team BurnEssa. This said team comprises of experts in their relevant fields having sole objective of providing a solution based on facts and figures. We are also running a local store with regard to providing certified services of Gas Cooktop repair & installation. So the advices we provide in this forum are legitimate and genuine to the extent of our best knowledge, experiences and expertise. You can join us on our social media platforms to contribute in helping others.

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