I am on my second model. The first one was in daily use and lasted just over one year- out of the warranty period. It worked great! Naturally, it takes a while to heat up but then it delivers plenty of heat for large stock pots, large iron pans. It also takes a long time to cool down and herein may lie a design weakness. This has a cooling fan on the bottom to preserve the controls and internal wiring. I do not know if the fan is has a thermostat or is always on. If the hotplate is shut off when hot, I suspect the cooling fan also is shut down. The residual heat wears on the components above. I plan on not shutting it off when hot but setting the rheostat at the lowest setting with the hope the fan will keep cooling until the internal temperature drops. Then shut it off completely. We shall see if that extends service life. Also, when this thing is on for a long time it really gets hot so watch it. Pots boil dry, pans burn and it will melt stuff. I mean it produces major heat! It is quite sturdy and stable and supports a heavy stock pot just fine with its 9 inch iron plate. I like this hotplate and recommend it to anyone needing lots of heat which is portable or stationary like a stock pot station.
Hot en Tot
New Mexico USA