Just back from making beer at the home of some friends. Tough to make beer, we found, on a crappy flat-top electric stove, as the burner just doesn't get hot enough to heat up 2-3 gallons of water. Thanks to Charlie Papazian's advice, however, we were able to get through the hardship.
Charlie Papazian, by the way, is the God of homebrewing literature. His motto is "relax, don't worry, have a homebrew."