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When I was asked to test a pan with a stone coating, I jumped at the chance. Like most of you, I had already heard of these stoves that appeared a few years ago, at the same time as the ceramic stoves. I wanted to conduct my little survey on the interest of these stoves and their efficiency. The least we can say is that the consumer is not helped in his research and that it takes a lot of courage to try to unravel the true from the false on these new-style stoves. I suggest you take this trip with me in the middle of the stoves.
Why these new stoves?
As I said, stoves with stone or ceramic coating have grown like mushrooms for a few years. The coated pan, and especially the one I have tested, has been very successful, in particular through its appearances in teleshopping programs.
The health argument
At first I thought that these stoves had appeared as an alternative to Teflon which is accused of all ills today especially because of PTFE (polytetrafluoroethylene)and PFOA (a perfluorooctanoic cide).From what I have read, the contraindications concerning these two chemical compounds are still far from unanimous (read the article Ceramic stove, we tell you everything ) and in the end we don't really know on which foot to dance. The precautionary principle dear to our time still advises the most skeptical to avoid Teflon even if by consulting the Tefal site, we learn that the brand no longer uses PFOA. Regarding stoves with stone coating, you should know that they also contain PTFE (at least as far as I could understand) which allows to bind the rock minerals which constitute the non-stick coating. For my part, I am not too focused on these health issues (maybe this is wrong) but what I find really unfortunate is the state of ignorance in which we let tangled up consumers. I really had to consult dozens of sources to see a little more clearly and I don't think I have understood everything yet. I imagine that for a person who is really trying to guard against possible health risks, they can sometimes be mistaken by nebulous terms. I have thus been able to see for other brands that the stone-coated pan is guaranteed to be Teflon-free, but does that really mean that it is PTFE-free? I admit, I am lost and I guess you too saw the countless messages that can be read on the forums.
Health argument number 2
When you are told about healthy cooking, it refers to the cooking method that does not require fat and not to the possible components present in the pan. As with a Teflon pan, these pans are non-stick and allow you to cook food without adding butter and oil. For stone-coated stoves, baking comparable to stone is emphasized for better development of taste and flavors. As always I am on the wrong foot because I do not understand what is criticized about butter and oil (yes, I like fat) but it is a question of taste and therefore which cannot be shared not necessarily.
The solidity argument
If the health argument cannot therefore be advanced in all cases, there is also a solidity argument in the balance. These stoves would indeed be stronger than Teflon stoves which suffer from the mistreatment which they are subjected to, in particular by passing metallic objects over their fragile surface. For stone-coated stoves, their resistance would be increased precisely thanks to this type of coating. At first glance, and looking closely at the pan at my disposal, we actually have an impression of solidity and better resistance compared to Teflon. According to UFC-Que Choisir, this pan also reacts well over time and its anti-adherent power seems to last. The Kela brand also offers a 5-year warranty for these pans while, for comparison, Tefal only offers a one-year warranty on its non-stick products. In my case, I consume excessive amounts of stoves today and I think that many consumers are used to throwing away their utensils frequently after one year, either because the coating is no longer effective and it is done the trunk, either because the pan curls. Normally we should be able to keep our stoves for life and that's why I still regret my stainless steel stove which was stolen from me (yes, there are people who steal stoves) and who seemed to be able to survive even if its use requires some constraints (see on this subject this excellent article on sheet steel stoves My pots and pans are really cheeky .)
What is a stone-coated stove?
Again, we read everything and anything. I myself was taken up by the agency, speaking of stone stoves as is common use. If some people may have thought that craftsmen were carving from the rock of stoves, it is high time to put them back on the right track. In reality the Stoneline stoves of the Kela brand are made of forged aluminum which I think must be the case for a large number of stoves in stone coating. To be exact, we should also speak of a "stone" effect which once again remains for the consumer a completely opaque element as it is difficult to find what it refers to. According to the shops, we will find appellations such as "natural stone" or "stone stove" which allow us to ignore the real composition. Again I had to do a lot of research to find a semblance of precision that resulted in "coating with stone particles". We will not know more and I find it a shame. Far be it from me to want to sue these stoves. On the contrary, an alternative to Teflon, far too fragile, is in my opinion a good thing. We still need to be well informed, which is clearly not the case today. True transparency on this type of product is desirable (no need to have medical proof of an error in a few years). While waiting to be - finally - informed about these new-style pans, I still suggest a little test with the Stoneline pan from Kela to show you its effectiveness in cooking without fat. I will not be able to give you a detailed report on its longevity since I have to give it back but if you have this type of stove yourself, do not hesitate to tell us your impressions of their strength.
4.5 mm aluminum bottom Compatible with all lights Dishwasher compatible Price: around € 30 for the 20 cm diameter