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  • Post #31 - March 11th, 2021, 9:06 am
    Post #31 - March 11th, 2021, 9:06 am Post #31 - March 11th, 2021, 9:06 am
    We still use a couple of 25 year plus old Woks N Things woks. They are very heavy and thicker gauge carbon than you usually see these days. I am convinced they will last forever.
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  • Post #32 - March 11th, 2021, 10:18 am
    Post #32 - March 11th, 2021, 10:18 am Post #32 - March 11th, 2021, 10:18 am
    bw77 wrote:Have you seen anything that shows what the temperature difference in the wok is as a result of doing this? No more gas is being burned as a result of this hack, so I think the energy being released is the same. The flame is more concentrated when it hits the wok, but then, as stated, diffuses around the wok. Just curious how much this changes things. I would guess a more concentrated heat in the center of the wok?


    Seems pointless to me as well. I always thought the idea was to concentrate the heat then stir everything through the hot spot. Heating the sides makes it more of a curved griddle/plancha. Not useless, but not optimal.
  • Post #33 - March 11th, 2021, 11:53 am
    Post #33 - March 11th, 2021, 11:53 am Post #33 - March 11th, 2021, 11:53 am
    Kenji Lopez-Alt did measure just that in 2014 and found the no diffuser set up was hotter. Whether it’s worth the trouble is for you to decide. Lately he’s advocated torch hei — just use a butane torch to char your ingredients.

    Serious Eats | Wok Mon Converts Your Home Burner into a Wok Range

    https://youtu.be/iac_idcz6XE @ 9:40
  • Post #34 - March 11th, 2021, 1:43 pm
    Post #34 - March 11th, 2021, 1:43 pm Post #34 - March 11th, 2021, 1:43 pm
    Over at youtube, Alex (aka French Guy Cooking) has a series of wok-related episodes that are all very entertaining and informative. Clearly, this topic is a serious rabbit hole. In any case, this video's my favorite of the lot . . .


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  • Post #35 - March 11th, 2021, 2:27 pm
    Post #35 - March 11th, 2021, 2:27 pm Post #35 - March 11th, 2021, 2:27 pm
    160,000 BTU Wok Burner:

    https://www.amazon.com/DuraSteel-Burner ... A3XCM?th=1
  • Post #36 - March 11th, 2021, 7:13 pm
    Post #36 - March 11th, 2021, 7:13 pm Post #36 - March 11th, 2021, 7:13 pm
    spinynorman99 wrote:160,000 BTU Wok Burner:

    https://www.amazon.com/DuraSteel-Burner ... A3XCM?th=1

    *sigh* Just no room in my kitchen. My Thermador cooktop had the option for a high-power wok burner, but it sacrificed four "regular" burners. I don't think I've ever had more than four of the six (plus the griddle) running at once, and that's rare, but it's hard to justify the drop down to two + wok.
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  • Post #37 - March 11th, 2021, 7:53 pm
    Post #37 - March 11th, 2021, 7:53 pm Post #37 - March 11th, 2021, 7:53 pm
    spinynorman99 wrote:160,000 BTU Wok Burner:

    https://www.amazon.com/DuraSteel-Burner ... A3XCM?th=1

    I have talked to the people from the Chinese American Museum who have these high heat burners. They use these in their backyards.
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  • Post #38 - March 12th, 2021, 8:35 am
    Post #38 - March 12th, 2021, 8:35 am Post #38 - March 12th, 2021, 8:35 am
    Here's a similar product with regulator and hose, ready to go for outdoor use:
    https://www.amazon.com/Portable-Pressure-Propane-Cooking-Camping/dp/B002PJJ0MI/ref=sr_1_18?dchild=1&keywords=wok+burner&qid=1615559474&sr=8-18
    If it's really 200K BTU, that's a lot of heat even to stand nearby.
  • Post #39 - March 12th, 2021, 12:34 pm
    Post #39 - March 12th, 2021, 12:34 pm Post #39 - March 12th, 2021, 12:34 pm
    tjr wrote:Here's a similar product with regulator and hose, ready to go for outdoor use:
    https://www.amazon.com/Portable-Pressure-Propane-Cooking-Camping/dp/B002PJJ0MI/ref=sr_1_18?dchild=1&keywords=wok+burner&qid=1615559474&sr=8-18
    If it's really 200K BTU, that's a lot of heat even to stand nearby.


    Just a question, what are you supposed to put that on or in to cook with?
  • Post #40 - March 13th, 2021, 12:11 am
    Post #40 - March 13th, 2021, 12:11 am Post #40 - March 13th, 2021, 12:11 am
    Yeah, I wondered about that too. Probably build a stand with metal legs, or make a small table from 8 concrete blocks. I don't think I'd try it on a wood picnic table.
  • Post #41 - March 13th, 2021, 12:47 am
    Post #41 - March 13th, 2021, 12:47 am Post #41 - March 13th, 2021, 12:47 am
    tjr wrote:Yeah, I wondered about that too. Probably build a stand with metal legs, or make a small table from 8 concrete blocks. I don't think I'd try it on a wood picnic table.

    If you watch the Alex video to which I linked above, you'll some good inspiration. He staked three wooden dowls into the ground (parents' backyard) to support his mounted rig. Of course, it was getting so hot below his rig while he cooked, he had to hose down the lawn underneath it. :lol:

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  • Post #42 - March 13th, 2021, 9:32 am
    Post #42 - March 13th, 2021, 9:32 am Post #42 - March 13th, 2021, 9:32 am
    I've got a propane burner designed for a wok, on legs. I've only used it a couple times, once camping. It's really very similar to the turkey fryer rigs
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  • Post #43 - March 14th, 2021, 12:01 am
    Post #43 - March 14th, 2021, 12:01 am Post #43 - March 14th, 2021, 12:01 am
    ronnie_suburban wrote:you'll some good inspiration. He staked three wooden dowls into the ground (parents' backyard) to support his mounted rig. Of course, it was getting so hot below his rig while he cooked, he had to hose down the lawn underneath it.

    Well, you'll get some inspiration all right. Definitely should have a piece of metal, like a steel garbage can lid or water heater pan, under the fire. And use metal posts to hold it up. The charcoal forge idea was pretty good but might require some type of spark arrestor, like a stainless screen over the fire, to avoid burning holes in everything. There were sparks flying everywhere.

    I think his problem with wood was mostly that he used too small pieces. I've easily got my metal kamado grill up to 900-1000F using small logs, 3" or 4" diameter. That's a lot bigger than what Alex was using.

    A rocket stove would have been another solution. I'm a little surprised he didn't try that. Possibly could have achieved the desired temperature with small sticks that way.
  • Post #44 - March 16th, 2021, 6:44 pm
    Post #44 - March 16th, 2021, 6:44 pm Post #44 - March 16th, 2021, 6:44 pm
    Be careful what you wish for.....

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