I was able to use a small block of wood to braced a smaller burner into the large burner socket. no current leakage. it really does appear that the ceramic insulation in the burner has failed although i do not see any failure. . i ordered a new element. chromalox has an MP412 that appears to be the right fit for this Westinghouse stove.
Has anyone experienced this kind of phenomenon before. As i've said, i never encountered it. Makes me wonder if I should be using a hot tub service for stoves these days.
You don't use ground fault on refrigerators because nuisance tripping might not be discovered and can cause loss of food so, on balance, it is an exception to the general rule about appliances in kitchen counters.
These larger 220 style GFI installs cost maybe a hundred bucks plus installation instead of $10 bucks plus installation. And I am a big exponent of not turning the electric code into an encyclopedia for sissies. Maybe this is a really rare happening and made moreso by ceramic/glass surfaces that have become prevalent. If I have only seen this once in 30 years it isn't necessarily a clarion call for larger action.
The main thing that concerns me is, how many stoves might manifest this symptom without anyone knowing? And a drain, if you have a four wire plug or separate drain wire bond to ground, would only mask the problem. Since current takes all paths to ground proportionate to resistance, if a user provides another ground they can get their share despite ground bonding.