I have an electric stove, but always use my crockpot for low & slow cooking- mostly because it uses less electricity. I really have no idea. One would think that by now they'd make stoves that can handle prolonged use like that.
Is it a Bad Idea to leave a pot of bone broth simmering on an electric burner overnight? Dad sez it'll burn out the coils in the burner if I leave it on that long, and I have no idea if he's right.
I have a flat top electric stove and have made stock overnight probably a dozen plus times so far. I turn it on super low, and I usually put a lid on (cracked a bit most often). I think the first night I left something on to cook like that I got up twice to check on it worried sick. Now I have to remind myself to check on it before I go to bed. I just make sure nothing is near the stove, the water level is good, temp is super low, etc.
I know burner coils can burn out over time, but not sure about them burning out when left on for an extended period. I did see mention some folks putting it in their oven overnight as there was less 'fire' risk that way......not sure of the temp though.
Yeah I got my little crock-pot from big-lots for $10. I use it sooo much. Thats how i make my bone broth, too! Three days, baby.
I simmer stock on an electric burner all the time; at least once/week for 12-30 hours, for the past nearly five years. I have never used up an element. A crock pot would be a much better choice if you have room, though. I'm going to look into one. The reason I use the stove is that I do ten litres at a time, with a few birds at once, or lots of big bones.
You might be able to find a slow cooker in a charity shop - some of the ones near where I live quite often have one in. Strangely, only some charity shops seem to be allowed to stock electrical goods - the others obviously wouldn't have one!
People use electric stove burners to keep coffee hot for hours and so forth all the time. That said, a slow cooker is a great thing to have.
I prefer a crock pot over using an electric stove. Even when I have my stove on the lowest setting it will still come to a boil after a couple hours. The lid starts popping up and fluids slowly start to release. When I wake up I always have a mess on my stove and I always worry that something will catch on fire. I don't have any of these problems with the crock pot.
Thanks everyone for the input! I was able to cram most of the bones into my tiny slow cooker (no small task), so they're simmering in there right now. The burner would be way more convenient for big batches of broth, but still seems kinda risky, I guess!