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I want to buy/put together a proper, hardcore, jet engine, singe-your-eyebrows Wok burner for stirfrying outdoors.

Is this feasible? Is there anything off-the-shelf, or will I need to buy parts and put it together (not averse to doing the latter if need be)?

I don't have mains gas, will a bottle be sufficient to power something like this? It's not like I'll be using it everyday, but I'm fed up of half-arsed stirfrys off the crappy ceramic electric hob we have.

I'm based in the UK so please bear that in mind when making suggestions.

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No direct XP of buying a wok burner, but there’s plenty of options geared around gas cylinders and 10kw+ burners available like this. Realistically I’m just Googling on your behalf, but I suspect there‘s not a huge amount in it.

I can feel slightly smug as we bought a Fisher Paykel range cooker with a comparatively powerful (for a domestic stove) triple ring burner (5kw+). Not great, but fine for 2 and a world away from the slow sizzle you usually get at home

You might also want to consider a camping stove as a a halfway house - I have one of these , which is meatily powerful for something so small. The downside Is that it requires expensive little gas canisters and you may need to fashion some kind of more robust wok stand and windbreak. It is decent though - I‘ve fond memories of stir frying on a deserted Welsh pier many years ago
 

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I recently bought a propane Foker outdoor wok burner, rated at something like 9 KW and think 10 is the lower limit to consider...
BTW: Look for wind deflection of some sort, I am on the lookout for a better one...like the mentioned jet burner.

Get one with ignition and if possible a pilot flame, nothing more annoying than having to fetch a lighter in the middle of cooking IME...that powerflamer 160 looks the part, now just to find it locally. I seem to recall @Michi has one...
 

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Can't see any way to buy the powerflamer in the UK.

I've found these sorts of things:

Which I imagine you could build something from but I need advice on what exactly to get. I've dropped them an email.
 

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They seem to be readily available on eBay:

They nearly all seem to be in the US though, and import fees etc. quickly stack up if you get stung.

The people I emailed above replied saying they sell this:


Which would be great to have but I think £720 might be stretching the budget a bit 🤣
 

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great find Michi! I searched Ebay and somehow it used to show the item even if destined for a different market but apparently that changed...

I will buy this !

(First I'll check is Ali has the same as that is likely cheaper due to more direct shipping than via the US)

(frankly as I'm fed up with flame outs due to wind gusts that seem to always happen when stir frying)
 
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Guy was super helpful. Have ordered that plus the other bits I need which he advised on. Looking forward to it coming!
 

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looks authentic, and similar to mine (which is a tad more used)
 

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Guy was super helpful. Have ordered that plus the other bits I need which he advised on. Looking forward to it coming!
what presssure does the thing need? ( mine can only handle 30mBar but my coffee roaster works on 50mBar)
 

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what presssure does the thing need? ( mine can only handle 30mBar but my coffee roaster works on 50mBar)
I have zero experience with this stuff so bear with me.

He advised me to get a high pressure regulator like this one:


Which says it's rated 0.5-2bar. I can't see anything on the burner listing...drop him a message, he replied in like 20 minutes.
 

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I will, our connector to the propane bottle appears different (of course, why standardize things internationally, that would make life boring), I have 2 Bar regulator for my weed killer flame thrower (very satisfying to use!)

I suspect full 2 Bar is a bit much , will see what he says.
 

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I am using similar wok burner lately. You need high pressure regulator. It's consumption is insane - 2.5 kg hour, but it is a door to the underworld. Be very careful. And it is spitting flames sideways - so make sure it is at least 30-40 cm away from anything flammable.

I have been doing stir fries lately in 30 cm wok and even at third of its power is aplenty for the batches I use.
 

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so...he responded fast enough, yet the answer is a bit puzzling...
he replied saying I'd need to use the hose and regulator so I'd best find an adapter and he is not aware of the required pressure :oops:
 

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Fuel consumption must be high, horses need proper feed ;-) You only need this high heat for short bursts, but you do need it, at least I do.

I plan to only use it outside, well away from anything flammable, thanks for the warning!
 

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14 inches seem a bit small.... might want to check with the burner guy on the dimension of the woks normally used...

Also, wooden handle like that will probably get damaged/burn pretty fast.

Check out this dude's wok and burner for a good reference. His Wok skillz are pretty legit.
 

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How did you get it delivered this fast :oops:

I'd try to get that hose a bit further, as the pressure is pretty high, but more importantly do check for leaks under pressure with gas leak fluid/soapy water before use!
 

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How did you get it delivered this fast :oops:

I'd try to get that hose a bit further, as the pressure is pretty high, but more importantly do check for leaks under pressure with gas leak fluid/soapy water before use!
They are based in the UK same as me so quick delivery.

Is there any trick to getting the hose on further? Googling suggests I may need some sort of lube.
 

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Ok a bit of mineral oil and I got it over the ridges onto the smooth part, that feels a lot better.
 

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good, I usually use some spit :eek:
 

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yeah, I promised myself not to engage in major DIY for potentially dangerous stuff involving high powered gas applications...

I'm interested to hear how the burner is doing IRL, yesterday I cooked some chinese ..no wind, and again I was underwhelmed with the 6ish kW of power of my current burner, so a want is still present.
 

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Get a Thunder Group. You won't look back. 45 seconds to get my wok from cold to cherry red…

Photo of the setup here.
 
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I've only briefly had the one I got going in the garage to check it was working. It goes exactly like the video on the eBay page (see below). I.e. like a jet engine. I'm impressed.

 
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