DIY Portable Super Powerful Wok Station

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DIY Portable Super Powerful Wok Station

Post by floydmeddler » Tue Mar 26, 2019 6:50 pm

Hey folks,

Wasn't sure where to post this topic. I remember we used to have a 'BBQ/Smoking' room. Would have been more suitable in there. Ah well...

So... I want to build a portable wok station that I can use in the garden / take camping etc. I want something really powerful to recreate Chinese restaurant style food.

Original ideas was to for out and buy this Eastman burner:
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However, it's pretty pricey with postage to the UK. Next thing you know, the DIY spirit in me kicked in and an idea was born.

I've never built anything that uses a high powered gas burner, so I thought I'd better share my design here before I blow myself up. :D

This type of design is very popular.

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Here's what I'm thinking. Buy this for £25ish

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Very powerful. Up to 150000 BTU apparently. Check out this vid: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IgYBEMtSZSs&t=68s

And this aluminium pot for £15 : Image

- Put 3 2cm bolts onto the surface of the pot to act as feet that will raise the unit off the ground.

- Punch 3 65mm air vent holes into surface of the pot

- screw the burner to the surface of the pot

- punch a few more smaller holes close to the rim of the pot to mimic a wok ring like this.

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Total cost would come in at around £40 as opposed to £200+ for the Eastman!

Any thoughts/advice welcome.

Cheers!

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Re: DIY Portable Super Powerful Wok Station

Post by Brewedout » Tue Mar 26, 2019 7:21 pm

If the burner is powerful, you may melt an aluminium pot?

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Re: DIY Portable Super Powerful Wok Station

Post by floydmeddler » Tue Mar 26, 2019 7:49 pm

Should be fine
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Re: DIY Portable Super Powerful Wok Station

Post by Kev888 » Wed Mar 27, 2019 10:43 am

Unfortunately a pot which has liquid in is completely different - the liquid transfers the heat away. It is easy to badly deform aluminium sheet in air, with large burners, especially if the heat is contained (as within a shroud). So unless you're certain there is enough clearance and venting then steel/stainless/iron etc might be better.
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Re: DIY Portable Super Powerful Wok Station

Post by floydmeddler » Wed Mar 27, 2019 12:07 pm

Ah - Ok Kev. Thanks for that. I knew it was sensible to post here!

I originally went with aluminium as it was easier to punch holes in. Cheaper too, of course.

Thanks again.

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