At first I thought this looked like an infomercial gimmick, but I was pleasantly surprised to discover that the Turbo Pot is a legitimate great idea.
Eneron makes pots and pans with heat exchanging fins on the bottom to increase the efficiency of a gas range. They work just like cooling fins on a computer chip heat sink, but in reverse. That simple change raises the cooking efficiency from 25-30% to 40-60%.
Because the heat transfer is more efficient, the time required to boil water or cook food is reduced. The test results shown here are for heating 20 pounds of water from 70 to 200 deg F:
For more detailed test results see: Fisher-Nickel | Prototype Commercial Stock Pot Testing
Eneron offers these usage tips on their site:
- You can lower the burner to save energy while keeping your normal pace in the kitchen.
- When the burner is on high, you need to bear in mind the cooking time will be shortened.
- Keep it clean like a standard pot.
- If soup, sauce, etc. spills out, typically it will go to the tip of the fins and won’t get between the fins. A brush usually cleans up the spill.
- Treat the pot with normal respect you would have your personal belongings— don’t bang the fins on anything. Even though bent fins at the edge of the pot won’t affect the performance of the pot, a well maintained pot will save you money in two ways in the long run.
I didn’t see any info about where to buy one or how much they cost, but I’m sure Eneron will be happy to help: Eneron.us