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Aug 28, 2011 04:46 PM

Wok Question About Buying/Using Indoor Butane Portable Stove

I have an electric stove and want more heat for my wok. I am not interested in buying a new gas stove or an electric wok. (I accept that others love their electric wok, but they are not for me.)

I've been doing a lot of research on using a butane portable stove for my 14' carbon steel wok. I would like any insights on the following:

1) Does it heat your food evenly?

2) Are you pleased with the results?
3) How many BTUs would you recommend?

4) Any safetry concerns?

5) Anything else?

I thank you for your time,

El Bandito

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  1. I used to have a cheap butane stove and now have an Iwatani 35-fw rated at 15,000 BTU/hr. The cheap one wasn't very good; it didn't get hot enough and the flame got weaker and weaker. This is typical of butane stoves; as butane evaporates it cools the canister, causing lower gas pressure.

    The Iwatani stove has a piece of metal that transfers heat to the butane canister to maintain the gas pressure. This works well; the stove maintains almost full heat until the canister is empty. I find it adequate for stir-frying. It's nowhere near as powerful as a real wok stove, but it is a bit better than most home stoves.