If a Jew turned on a portable burner for a non Jew to cook pancakes and the switch for power went off,but the actual metal is hot enough to cook on without any power,if the non Jew turns it back on is this a problem of bishul akum?

Is it a problem for this pancake which could be cooked without power now,and is it a problem for the next pancake which needs the power?

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    As long as it is still hot when the power comes back on, why isn't it like a twig in the fire?
    – Double AA
    Jan 1, 2014 at 4:20
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    @DoubleAA, perhaps the existing residual heat isn't fuel for the subsequent fire? (Not saying either way, it just doesn't seem obvious that it is the same)
    – Yishai
    Jan 1, 2014 at 13:17

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All pancakes which can be cooked by heated plate are permitted, and those that require switching on plate are forbidden if the plate was switched on by a gentile.

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    – Isaac Moses
    Jan 2, 2014 at 15:35
  • I asked a big posek,he said the same thing.
    – sam
    Jan 3, 2014 at 1:29
  • Thanks Issac. I posted more details about the website to that question and i hope it helps.
    – M. Jacobs
    Jan 11, 2014 at 23:32

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