This portable cooktop unit is very safe. It stays cool to the touch even on maximum heat. The heat is generated only when a pot or pan is on the cooktop. It is the greenest way to cook. The precise instant temperature control is more efficient than any other cooking technology. You can melt butter and chocolate, steam fish & dumplings, stir-fry meat and vegetables, boil water for pasta or soups. It's ideal for buffets, outdoor parties, offices, student dorms, cottages and camping, etc.