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Skim Through Different Types of Heat Diffusers and Their Uses

Heat Diffuser: Types and Uses
A heat diffuser is used to reduce the heat to the lowest level, supplying an equally distributed temperature to the base of a cooking utensil. Thus, it plays a vital role in preventing food from being burned or from being cooked unequally.
Fatima Rangwala
Last Updated: May 31, 2018
When it comes to cooking food in the kitchen, using specific kitchen appliances and accessories gets mandatory. Certain food items need to get cooked and simmered for a longer time. In such a case, you don't want to see your food getting cauterized and stuck at the bottom of the cooking utensil; in turn spoiling the texture of the cookware too. To ensure you don't face such setbacks, use a heat diffuser. A diffuser is a stove-top metal utensil, which is designed to fit on the burner in your kitchen. It is flat and round in shape, and simply helps in distributing heat evenly across the entire bottom of the utensil. This facility totally eliminates the possibility of the food getting burned.
One type of heat diffuser is constructed using two flat pieces of metal, having a huge air space (perforation) in its center, while another diffuser, usually used for a ceramic cooktop, is not perfectly flat in shape. The fabrication used to make a diffuser is solid and heavy. Some stove-tops are made of chromed metal sheets, which can possibly rust and wither in a few years. Another type has two sheets of metal bound close to each other. Instead of perforations, they are bound with some slats and porcelain coats. Some people have a personal choice of cast ironing their diffusers. Some say that cast iron stabilizes the utensil and evenly distributes heat from the gas stove. However, others opine that it is not ideal since it can ruin an entire glass cook-top and damage the stove's life.
Most of such diffusers have a wooden handle attached to the equipment. Of course, a handle's purpose is to provide a firm hold and comfortable movement around the stove. However, some instruments have a plain dish type look, with the handle missing.
When you cook specific dishes like soup or rice in ordinary utensils, they need to be simmered on an awfully low heat. In many cases, long before the food gets completely cooked, the stoves low down on heat, and entirely switch off. These things get very troublesome. In such cases, a heat diffuser can save you from a bunch of calamities in your kitchen. Available in various shapes, sizes, and qualities, it is a good substitute for all those who do not have ovens in their homes.
Chemistry: A common place where students deal with stoves is a chemistry lab. They engage in a lot of chemical experiments and projects, by constantly using temperature-related instruments. To keep the heat constant on such instruments, a diffuser can be used.
Cooking: As we have already seen, diffusers can be of great help in the kitchen. Since you can easily and evenly control the heat while preparing a dish of your choice, you don't have to worry about the food getting burned anymore.
Automobiles: It goes without saying, that the only fired up part in an automobile is the engine. Of all the different ways to keep the engine cool, one of them is a diffuser; indeed, one part of the engine's radiator is a heat diffuser. It definitely keeps the automobile's temperature in a sound range.
With so many areas of application, we can say that a heat diffuser was one of the best discoveries!