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