Range's cast iron grates cracked under normal use in three locations. Kitchen Aid refuses to admit there is a problem.
Under normal use, my cast iron grate on my range has cracked in three locations. The latest, I had just cooked dinner and then turned on the oven to bake some scones. While it was preheating, I heard a loud POP! Looked at the grates and there was a new crack! This is a defect and because KitchenAid has not had any other complaints or recalls they refuse to do anything about it! I'm not even abusing this appliance! Just normal use!
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Yes you can definitely use iron cookware on this range without an issue. It is made for all types of cookware. Just make sure you do not drag the pan against the grates, but any cookware would hurt the grates if you did that.
You are definitely safe to use them.
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glass cleaner WITH ammonia, and a small toothbrush works well. mop up with an old washcloth, rinsing often. for pieces which have gummy residue, and which can be removed to the sink for soap and water finsing afterwards, try GooGone.
Try This.... Place the grates in a sink of hot, soapy water and let soak for 15-20
minutes. For tougher stains, add a cup of sudsy ammonia to the water.
Make sure grates are thoroughly dried after each cleaning. After the
cleaning process, Lightly coat the bottom of the
grates with a cooking spray and then blotting them dry. Or If you self clean the oven on occasion, put them in the oven when running the self clean cycle.
Cast iron cookware is NOT recommended due to the weight and the potential damage it can cause to the glass top surface. There's nothing better than a good old-fashioned cast iron skillet that's been broken in over a number of years of use, but they are better suited for gas ranges rather than electric. I hate it. I have several cast iron skillets that I only use on the outdoor grill, because I currently own a glass top electric range.
Aluminum bottom pans and copper bottom pans heat well, but can leave metal transfer marks on the cook top surface. If the marks are cleaned after use with an approved stove top cleaner, you shouldn't have any problem retaining the condition of the glass surface, however. Stainless Steel seems to offer good resistance to metal transfer, but takes a little longer to heat than aluminum or copper. So...you have somewhat of a trade off. Baked enamel cookware seems to be the best recommendation because it heats wells and causes the least amount of damage to your glass top surface.
IMPORTANT: Make sure the bottom of your cookware is FLAT. If your pans are warped or bowed, this can cause uneven heat transfer on the heating elements and potentially cause the cook top to crack. Most manufacturers will not replace the top if it still under warranty if it is determined that your cookware caused the problem.