Re: Ohh Shit! is this normal?
The UK outlets use 230V power transformers, meaning that all appliances draw 230V for appliances. The US has 120V lines. Most, if not all, appliances made in the US are meant for 120V, but have tolerances up to 240V for international outlets. This burner may not have that tolerance...unless it's water damage, this seems like it might be the case.
You should be able to find a voltage transformer at any electronics store that will step down the voltage from 230V to 120V—assuming this is the problem, it will fix it and it should work normally.