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    Re: I put the cooker on the gas and took it off gas after it blew vissle.

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    They don't whistle? How do you know when they're done? . . .
    You don't. They just shut themselves off when the water boils. Good luck remembering to check.

    I used to have one at work. The water kept getting cold again, so I ended up heating it over and over
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    Re: I put the cooker on the gas and took it off gas after it blew vissle.

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    They don't whistle? How do you know when they're done?

    The electric kettle exists in the US, but is not as effective because we have 110 V household power, not 200 V. Takes longer to boil. Easier to use stove, which is 220 V.
    Many British kettles are only a thousand or 1,500 watts, just like American ones. But they're available up to 3,000 watts. Those bad boys boil your water in a flash.

    Electric kettles with thermostats beep when the water reaches the desired temperature — or in the case of the one I'm using now, anywhere from ten to fifteen degrees Celsius (18 to 27 Fahrenheit) above it.

    I brought a British 3,000-watt kettle home from a trip to England and installed a 240-volt outlet for it in the kitchen. I even installed a UK-style outlet, just for fun. That outlet came in handy when I realized I could easily run a cord out the window and power a 3,000-watt heater on our deck. The heater was expensive but it extended the deck's comfortable-for-socially-distant-visiting season considerably.
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    Re: I put the cooker on the gas and took it off gas after it blew vissle.

    In my case, I don't need to "know when it's done" because I'm standing in the kitchen, at my countertop, getting the rest of the stuff ready for my cup of tea! It boils, it automatically turns off, I pick it up, pour the boiling water onto the teabag in the mug, wait, chuck the teabag on the compost pile, add the milk and drink the tea. I've never understood why or how anyone would/could walk off once they've switched the kettle on. It only takes about a minute for it to boil!
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    Re: I put the cooker on the gas and took it off gas after it blew vissle.

    What happens when one and a half million Brits turn on their kettles in five minutes:
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    Re: I put the cooker on the gas and took it off gas after it blew vissle.

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    You don't. They just shut themselves off when the water boils. Good luck remembering to check.

    I used to have one at work. The water kept getting cold again, so I ended up heating it over and over
    That doesn't happen with a 3,000-watt kettle. You don't have time to go anywhere before it comes to a boil.
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    Re: I put the cooker on the gas and took it off gas after it blew vissle.

    Ha ha! That makes us Brits look even more bonkers than usual!

    I can safely say he doesn't need to add any extra electricity for me at 7.30pm Monday to Friday - I don't watch EastEnders. If I'm ever unfortunate enough to have to sit through an episode, I imagine I'll be getting myself a stiff drink afterwards, not a cup of tea!
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    Re: I put the cooker on the gas and took it off gas after it blew vissle.

    The video provided me with another epiphany. I hadn't realized that the grid's frequency is self-synchronized. Any generator tied to it that begins to lag gets a boost from the grid because it's out of phase. The generator being less powerful than the grid, it speeds up much more than the rest of the grid's generators slow down. During the boosting phase, it becomes a motor and consumes power rather than producing it.

    I'd also never realized that the grid's frequency varies. It's one of the many engineering facts that are obvious (to an engineer, anyway) — but only in retrospect.
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    Re: I put the cooker on the gas and took it off gas after it blew vissle.

    This from the Wikipedia entry for TV pickup:

    The largest ever pickup was on 4 July 1990, when a 2800 MW demand was imposed by the ending of the penalty shootout in the England v West Germany FIFA World Cup semi-final. In addition to pickups, the Grid also prepares for synchronised switch-offs during remembrance and energy-awareness events.

    Rather fortunately for the UK National Grid, Remembrance Sunday comes around considerably more often than England getting to the semi-finals of the World Cup!

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    Re: I put the cooker on the gas and took it off gas after it blew vissle.

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    They don't whistle? How do you know when they're done?
    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    You don't. They just shut themselves off when the water boils. Good luck remembering to check.
    My electric one for work (because the school frowns upon gas appliances in our offices) has a blue light which turns on while heating, and goes off when the water has boiled. That, in addition to the loud audible click when it turns off, do a pretty good job of notifying you, at least in the small confines of an office.

    Whistles are still better, though.
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    Re: I put the cooker on the gas and took it off gas after it blew vissle.

    Ours makes itself quite obvious when it's boiling. It makes a bit of a racket.

    It's not so good at announcing when it's arrived at a lower pre-set temperature. It emits an unusually discreet beep, perhaps owing to its English heritage. Understatement is a key attribute of Englishness.

    I once saw an advertising display in a Carphone Warehouse shop in London proudly proclaiming that the latest model featured "slightly improved software".
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