Not all kitchen utensils are ideal for an induction cooker - and we hate to have you learn this the hard way. Let's talk about why this is: Basically, ordinary cookers heat pots and pans through contact with a flame or an electrically heated surface - induction hobs do not. Instead, induction hobs produce an oscillating magnetic field. This is a fancy way of saying that the coiled magnetic wire beneath the surface of your stove moves around the electrons in your magnetic, induction-friendly cookware.j. If you skipped that day in chemistry class, this creates an electric current that heats up your forehead - hooray!