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MEC products are versatile, and they can be used on a wide variety of heat sources. The list below tells you which heat sources need a heat diffuser and which don’t. You can get a heat diffuser to go with your MEC order here.

You can use MEC on the following surfaces WITHOUT a heat diffuser:

  • Gas stove
  • Oven
  • Open flame
  • As a slow-cooker insert
  • Outdoor grill
  • Solar oven

With these natural heat sources heat is steadily and evenly spread, so there is no need for a diffuser in these cases – provided you keep the heat setting between low and medium-low throughout the cooking process.

You can use MEC WITH a heat diffuser on the following heat surfaces:

  • Wood stove
  • Ceramic/Glass Cooktop
  • Induction stove

A diffuser is needed with these heat sources because electric heat is sporadic and uneven. A diffuser in these cases help spread the heat out evenly to the 100% natural pot.

What is the maximum temperature in an oven (+ wood fired oven)?

In the oven (both types), the recommended max temperature is 450 Degrees Fahrenheit. Start at lowest temperature (~250 Degrees F) and increase to desired temperature after 5-10 minutes.