Traditional stove burners are not the best design; their coils only provide heat at specific points, and so do not cook evenly. Buying a new stove isn't necessary however; all you need to do is use burner plates like this one, from Nordic Ware. This cover fits directly over an eight inch burner, and evenly distributes the heat. This distribution reduces boil overs and and burning, and can be used for precise temperature control on delicates foods, such as sauces. The burner stays warm for a time after the burner is turned off, which helps keep pots and foods warm. Compatible with both gas and electric burners.