Most moka pots don't work on my induction stove. How can I still use them? I use a camping stove temporarily, but it requires me to buy gas refills every now and then. Is there an easier way?
Yes, you just need to get a pot that's made of the right stuff. Induction hobs only work with magnetic metals. If you can stick a magnet to your coffee pot, it will work. Traditional moka pots are made of aluminium, which is why they don't.
I have one that looks like this:
A quick search on Amazon should find you what you want, or enquire at your nearest big cookware store - the advisors there should be able to show you which ones will work (most will have indicators on the box in any case).
Shop for stainless pots with a magnet! If it sticks, they will work provided the base is big enough. I found a larger unbranded one (at Goodwill!) with a flared base that works perfectly with my portable induction cook plate. Start at 1500 watts and drop down to 300 as soon as the liquid begins to show up in the upper container, the drop even lower and finally off to avoid the final surge of overheated steam.
If you want to stick with your pot and don't want to use an adapter you could also buy a single stove like this one:
At least thats what my father uses. Its also nice because you can place it on the kitchen table so you don't have to get up once the coffee is ready. (Not to mention that this is a very handy device for keeping food/beverages warm and on the table).
Please allow me to confirm the size thing: i use an alessi 3 cup on a portable induction hob, and have used on one permanent one - the base is about 3 inches - Works beautifully. Have just tried on another built-in induction hob (whirlpool schott ceran) and nothing. Take aways: - the magnet test is good to show potential to be an induction pot - the "induction" mark on the base of an item likewise (like this moka pot) - not all induction hobs, however, are created equal.
WHen looking through the manual on this hob that's NOT working with the pot, it does not say what the "minimum" size is for surface (eg, what is "too small"); all it says is if the thing is "not of the correct dimensions for your induction hob, the message "no pot" will appear in the display ".
Who knew one had to ask about "minimum dimensions" for a hob??
PS - just found a hack for an induction hob that has failed to start up with one small indcution hob - as commented above:
Use two, as shown!
It's a fluke there are two of these available, but my guess is putting on anything induction-ish with the moka pot will work.
Satisfaction, of sorts. At least i can make coffee again :)
CNC Kitchen solved the issue by placing an iron disc inside the boiler.
This way he was able to make coffee even with a moka made of plastic.
I'm SO happy I found this post. I had the same problem - a hob that rejected my beloved moka as too small. I just tried the 'stick another pan alongside' trick and it works!! Thank you, thank you, thank you. I'm really looking forward to having my first decent coffee in weeks at breakfast tomorrow!