Why is it that when you place a pot on top of the stove, the fire which is coming out of the gas burner seems to “open” as to allow the pot to “fit” ? This does not happen for stoves which have the burner a bit further down from the support of the pot!

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Why is it that when you place a pot on top of the stove, the fire which is coming out of the gas burner seems to “open” as to allow the pot to “fit” ? This does not happen for stoves which have the burner a bit further down from the support of the pot!

In: Chemistry
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The convection current of warm air and flame bends around the pot and turns more vertical again at the edge. The flame-in-progress is just following the moving air.