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,
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.