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Section: Questions   Category: Halacha
Halacha - Stove top
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Answer: I'm not familiar with "quartz halogen rings" so I can't give you a clear answer without more information. But, if they are the type that have a smooth glass-like surface then a number of issues are raised. First of all, the glass cannot be kashered for Pesach as the pot touches surfaces to do not reach the temperature necessary for kashering. Even more important is that the stove should not be used on Shabbos. Since the heating element is always covered it cannot be considered its own blech, and one should not cover the cooktop with a standerd blech because the retention of additional heat can cause the glass to crack.
posted:2008-04-30 23:12:17

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Rabbi Peretz Moncharsh, 2008-05-04 10:42:10
A good point, however the problem of basar b'chalav is avoidable by designating separate sections for milchigs and fleishigs. As you pointed out this is not an issue with a standard stove top and if one would purchase a smooth-top stove ideally he should separate the two. If impossible, there are potentially grounds to be lenient if the surface is clean, since bliyos do not go from one vessel to another without a significant quantity of liquid. Also, any spill on the stove top is presumably burnt to the point of pagum, and is likely not even edible to a dog.
However, my main point is that for numerous reasons it is highly recommended to avoid these glass stove tops despite their aesthetic appeal.
David Shapiro, 2008-05-01 18:15:17
What about basar vi chalav? Should we not be concerned about simultaneous blios of basar vi chalav ( something which is not a concern with a normal chatzuva)?
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