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gladius wrote: Mon Jan 18, 2021 1:51 am
XexoX wrote: Mon Jan 18, 2021 12:06 am Just saw this this easy, at least it looks easy, gas range hack from Kenji for wok cooking. He says it doesn't work on all gas ranges, so YMMV.
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Good to know. My range works!
I’ll have to stir fry next chance I get.
Here it is, 12:34 AM and I'm trying this hack :) Unfortunately, my cheapie stove blows out at about medium high gastitude. I'll just have to continue running full snort with the diffuser.
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gladius wrote: Mon Jan 18, 2021 1:51 am
XexoX wrote: Mon Jan 18, 2021 12:06 am Just saw this this easy, at least it looks easy, gas range hack from Kenji for wok cooking. He says it doesn't work on all gas ranges, so YMMV.
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Good to know. My range works!
I’ll have to stir fry next chance I get.
Wonderful. Let us know how it goes.
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XexoX wrote: Mon Jan 18, 2021 12:06 am Just saw this this easy, at least it looks easy, gas range hack from Kenji for wok cooking. He says it doesn't work on all gas ranges, so YMMV.
Whoa! How have I not seen that before? I’m gonna go try it on my stove....
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7x57mm@gmail.com wrote: Mon Jan 18, 2021 2:43 am
gladius wrote: Mon Jan 18, 2021 1:51 am
XexoX wrote: Mon Jan 18, 2021 12:06 am Just saw this this easy, at least it looks easy, gas range hack from Kenji for wok cooking. He says it doesn't work on all gas ranges, so YMMV.
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Good to know. My range works!
I’ll have to stir fry next chance I get.
Here it is, 12:34 AM and I'm trying this hack :) Unfortunately, my cheapie stove blows out at about medium high gastitude. I'll just have to continue running full snort with the diffuser.
Might blow out at medium but at it's highest point before it blows out might be more BTU's than when on high with the diffuser on.
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I have an infrared thermometer. In the name of science (and just plain fun), I'll time how long it takes to get my wok to the smoking point (which is usually 450-460 degrees) as well as side wall temps with and w/o diffuser.
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Glad I have open burners, with flames in the center AND edges, that reach 23,000 btu without any hacks! (-:
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I am jealous JB65, not gonna lie. I think my stove has the equivalent of 23 Bick lighter units :)
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OK, here are the results of my laboratory controlled scientific wok heating tests :)

The wok was thoroughly wiped dry prior to each test (and seasoned afterwards). With diffuser: the bottom of the wok reached 450 degrees in 2:57 seconds running the gas full snort. The four "sides" if you will, ran a low of 351 to a high of 424 (I didn't move the wok during either test). The wok was left to cool to room temp and it was thoroughly wiped dry prior to the second test. Sans diffuser, the bottom of the wok reached 450 degrees (roughly at a medium high heat setting before it would blow out) in 2:05 seconds and the sides ran a low of 293 and a high of 411. Stupid me, I didn't prep stir fry ingredients to use afterwards 🤦🏿‍♂️
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Well, this WokMon thing-a-ma-jig really caught my attention as far as fire-focusing and heat-buildup is concerned for my yet future wok. I do find his invention somewhat overpriced for what it is, and
and while wife did say "just buy it Dan," I am convinced
that I can make it myself :lol:
Check out the heat comparison tests here:
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He sure is proud of that "WokMon" nothing more than a jerry rigged wok ring. $80-90...NOT!
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Late to the thread, but interesting. I have a 23-25k btu burners (capital culinarian) but find the flame pattern less than ideal for a wok. The hole pattern has 2 outter ring rows with flames pointing out and only 1 inner angled in. I actually sent a message to capital that they should offer a wok burner cap to go with the wok grate, idea would be change the cap shape slightly and hole pattern. Zero response so may have to give it a try myself (have most of the equipment to make it but may be easier to have a larger shop make a few blanks).
Guessing there would be some market for it as well.
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XexoX wrote: Mon Jan 11, 2021 9:46 pm Chappy Chap, did you do a search for woks here? I did a while back and someone bought one from Japan. Can't remember the user name, or the brand name, but they really liked the wok.

Another user here bought one from the wok shop, a thicker one. You might want to read about woks at the Wok Shop. There are shallow and deep ones, hand hammered, spun, and cast.

Searching the web I find US, China, Japan, and Thai made. Well, at least ones sold in Thai shops. I saw Cantonese, Mandarin, and Peking woks at webstaurantstore.com.in different sizes. Searched for Ray's, but could only find burner kits to use the wok on.

Also fun, do you want a flat bottom one, or a round bottom one? Carbon steel or cast iron? I've even seen a brass one from Thailand. Oh, Nordicware has an aluminium one.

Good luck hunting and let us know what you decide on.
Well it took me until 3 weeks short of 60 to do it but I finally bought my first wok. It only cost about $50. for the 3 pcs. carbon steel for the wok, not the base of the cover. Very happy with the Town site and its offerings. So many to choose from, thank you AdamPT for the link and for everyone's comments. The wife and I both liked the carbon steel the best. Any cookbooks or recipes out there to offer so I can start dishing up something new over here!! Thanks again, I followed you again Mauichef, don't throw huge dollars at it, just quality construction and materials, you're the best!
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FisherMAn1298 wrote: Tue Jan 19, 2021 10:15 pm ...Any cookbooks or recipes out there to offer so I can start dishing up something new over here!! ...
Grace Young has some cookbooks, and J. Kenji López-Alt is publishing a wok cookbook this year. At least he said that on one of his YouTube videos I watched yesterday. Fuchsia Dunlop has a few books out, but some of them that are OOP are ridiculous in price. Best of luck!
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XexoX wrote: Tue Jan 19, 2021 11:34 pm
FisherMAn1298 wrote: Tue Jan 19, 2021 10:15 pm ...Any cookbooks or recipes out there to offer so I can start dishing up something new over here!! ...
Grace Young has some cookbooks, and J. Kenji López-Alt is publishing a wok cookbook this year. At least he said that on one of his YouTube videos I watched yesterday. Fuchsia Dunlop has a few books out, but some of them that are OOP are ridiculous in price. Best of luck!
Didn't know about Kenji, that's cool. And btw there's a price tracker site called ereaderIQ that is great for Kindle versions - plug in your authors to track and it emails you when they drop in price. Believe it or not it's pretty standard for most Kindle books to be reduced to $1.99 for a day or two a year. Just got to spot them when they do! Still waiting for Fuscia's books. But I got the Food Lab for just a few dollars.
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Chappychap wrote: Tue Jan 19, 2021 11:49 pm
XexoX wrote: Tue Jan 19, 2021 11:34 pm
FisherMAn1298 wrote: Tue Jan 19, 2021 10:15 pm ...Any cookbooks or recipes out there to offer so I can start dishing up something new over here!! ...
Grace Young has some cookbooks, and J. Kenji López-Alt is publishing a wok cookbook this year. At least he said that on one of his YouTube videos I watched yesterday. Fuchsia Dunlop has a few books out, but some of them that are OOP are ridiculous in price. Best of luck!
Didn't know about Kenji, that's cool. And btw there's a price tracker site called ereaderIQ that is great for Kindle versions - plug in your authors to track and it emails you when they drop in price. Believe it or not it's pretty standard for most Kindle books to be reduced to $1.99 for a day or two a year. Just got to spot them when they do! Still waiting for Fuscia's books. But I got the Food Lab for just a few dollars.
Thanks for the suggestion, but I'm old school. I want the book. I can remember where on a page I read something. Not the page number, but I can usually find things by looking at a particular area of the page. Of course, I'm running out of shelf space!
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Hi guys and FisherMAn1298
I just moved the Shapton stone question to a new thread
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Had to cook some Chinese food after all this wok talk........ :D

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mauichef wrote: Wed Jan 20, 2021 6:32 pm Had to cook some Chinese food after all this wok talk........ :D
What were the dishes? Look great.
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From L to R
Chicken with Young Ginger and Mushrooms
Fried Spicy Tofu With Mini Peppers and Thai Chilis
Stir Fried Shrimp and Sweet Tomatoes
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As an aside I think this thread has altered the way I look at any gas-related things forever. I have to replace my tankless water heater and every time I see this 199,000 it makes me dream of wok'ing with that much BTU :lol:
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