About your cooktop – Maytag 8113P644-60 User Manual
ABOUT YOUR COOKTOP
SELECTING FLAME SIZE
Use a HIGH flame setting to quickly bring liquids to a boil
or to begin a cooking or canning operation. Then reduce
to a lower setting to continue cooking. Never leave food
unattended when using a HIGH flame setting.
An intermediate flame size is used to continue a cooking
operation. Food will not cook any faster when a higher
flame setting is used than needed to maintain a gentle
boil. Remember, water boils at the same temperature
whether boiling gently or vigorously.
Use LO to simmer or keep foods at serving temperatures.
If a knob is turned very quickly from the HI to the LO
setting, the flame may go out, particularly if the burner is
cold. If this occurs, turn the knob to the OFF position. Wait
several seconds, then light the burner again.
ABOUT THE SURFACE BURNER FLAME
A properly adjusted burner with clean ports will light within
a few seconds. You may hear a “popping” sound on
some types of gas when the surface burner is turned
off. This is a normal operating sound of the burner.
On natural gas, the flame will be blue with a deeper blue
core; there should be no trace of yellow in the flame. A
yellow flame indicates an improper mixture of air/gas.
Have a serviceman adjust the mixture if a yellow flame
occurs. (NOTE: Adjustments are not covered by the
On LP gas, some yellow tipping may occur. This is normal
and adjustment is not necessary.
Cookware, including canning equipment, which extends
more than two inches beyond the grate, rests on two
grates, or touches the cooktop will cause a build up of
heat and may result in damage to the the burner grate,
burner and cooktop.
Cookware, such as a wok with a support ring, which
restricts air circulation around the burner will cause heat
to build up and may result in damage to the burner grate,
burner or cooktop.
Foods cook faster when the cookware is covered because
more heat is retained. Lower the flame size when
cookware is covered. This also improves cooking
The cooking performance is greatly affected by the type of
cookware used. Proper cookware will reduce cooking
times, use less energy and produce more even cooking
results. For best results use a heavy gauge metal pan
with a smooth flat bottom, straight sides and a tight fitting
lid. Select a material, such as aluminum or copper, that
conducts heat quickly and evenly.
When canning, use the HI setting just until the water
comes to a boil or pressure is reached in a pressure
canner, then reduce to a setting that maintains the
pressure or a boil.
Prolonged use of the HI setting, the use of incorrect
canning utensils, or the use of improper canning
techniques may produce excessive heat and result in
permanent damage to the appliance.
NOTE: For additional canning information contact your
local County Extension Office. Or, contact Alltrista
Consumer Products Company, marketer of Ball brand
home canning products at 800-240-3340 or write: Alltrista
Corp., Consumer Affairs Dept., P.O. Box 2729, Muncie, IN