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ClubChapin

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Vortex + Wok
« on: February 09, 2015, 09:52:43 PM »
I've made wings a couple of times with the Vortex, but what I bought it for is using with my Wok.

Tried it for the first time tonight.  Turned out pretty well.

Made a Panang Curry.  Doesn't look great, but was really tasty.




1buckie

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Re: Vortex + Wok
« Reply #1 on: February 09, 2015, 10:45:27 PM »
Wok Around The Clock !!!

Nice setup....looks like it worked just right !!!

The wife would love the Panang Curry......... 8)
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Re: Vortex + Wok
« Reply #2 on: February 10, 2015, 02:18:56 AM »
Looking good! I figured the Hillbilly vortex I made would make a great blaster for my wok- you just confirmed that!
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Re: Vortex + Wok
« Reply #3 on: February 10, 2015, 09:21:18 AM »
great idea, I like that one
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ClubChapin

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Re: Vortex + Wok
« Reply #4 on: February 10, 2015, 05:24:55 PM »
It seems like the best way to simulate a wok burner.   It was nice and hot right on the bottom as it needs to be.

Downside is, that once it is raging, there is no turning it down. I've got two wog rings, used one on the grate above the vortex and one to set the wok on the side.

Be sure to have everything ready to go in before you start.

I've also heard of, but have not tried, setting a wok on top of a chimney. I suppose you wouldn't want the coal higher than the top row of side vent holes.

A pair of charcoal baskets may also work, although I would think the hot spot would start to get a little large.

I was hoping the the gourmet grate would make a nice ring. The wok sits too low in it. Even if it worked, I think a vortex underneath wouldn't work and you could not have a high heat spot in the middle.

ClubChapin

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Re: Vortex + Wok
« Reply #5 on: February 10, 2015, 05:25:27 PM »
Looking good! I figured the Hillbilly vortex I made would make a great blaster for my wok- you just confirmed that!

I think it will work grate.

1buckie

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Re: Vortex + Wok
« Reply #6 on: February 10, 2015, 08:01:41 PM »
This is really a good way to use the wok.....with that setup, you can slide the wok around along with paddling^^^^

the Weber woks are fixed & don't allow for the sliding motion.........even the stainless ones are flat bottom.....
they can get dang good & hot though.....




On the upside, a spread out charcoal array will get pretty even heat over a large area....


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AcrossFromHoss

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Re: Vortex + Wok
« Reply #7 on: February 10, 2015, 11:41:18 PM »
smart setup im going to have to try that thanks
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ClubChapin

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Re: Vortex + Wok
« Reply #8 on: February 11, 2015, 04:13:42 PM »
On the upside, a spread out charcoal array will get pretty even heat over a large area....

I think a wok is normally heated very hot in the center, not across the whole pan.  You sear and can add into the center and can push things to the outside to slow them down a little.

I tried to use the Vortex to simulate a wok burner.  A pair of charcoal baskets may work also.

You can see how well this set up re-seasoned my wok, right above the coal:

Before:


After:
« Last Edit: February 11, 2015, 04:20:49 PM by ClubChapin »

1buckie

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Re: Vortex + Wok
« Reply #9 on: February 11, 2015, 04:29:50 PM »
Yes, usually that's the case.....run like this....



The re-season looks great....fixed that quick !!!!!

Sometimes, I'll want to do a larger area of say, deep fry & that's where the extra area comes in...






or a slightly bigger puddle of stuff at a less than gas burner heat......



I'm not real good at this stuff.....just kinda go along breaking rules & seeing what happens..... :o
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ClubChapin

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Re: Vortex + Wok
« Reply #10 on: February 11, 2015, 05:17:11 PM »
I'm not real good at this stuff.....just kinda go along breaking rules & seeing what happens..... :o

It looks like you nailed it.  The last one looks tasty and healthy.  The middle two look like they are gonna be tasty. 

or a slightly bigger puddle of stuff at a less than gas burner heat......

I'm pretty sure that charcoal (Briq or lump) is a lot hotter than the largest gas burners on the hob in my kitchen.

1buckie

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Re: Vortex + Wok
« Reply #11 on: February 11, 2015, 05:26:16 PM »
Yes, the lump does fine....surprized at how easy it is to get to 350~375 frying temp.....

And those were tasty....Nachitoches meat pies.....




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Jammato

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Re: Vortex + Wok
« Reply #12 on: February 11, 2015, 05:35:47 PM »
looking at the wok now and thinking about this weekend

fried chicken looks good

as do those vegies
It would be easier to let that chicken drink that beer than shoving up his pooper
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Re: Vortex + Wok
« Reply #13 on: February 11, 2015, 05:45:59 PM »
looking at the wok now and thinking about this weekend

fried chicken looks good

as do those vegies

@Jammato

Not fried chicken....maybe even better:

http://weberkettleclub.com/forums/grilling-bbqing/natchitoches-meat-pies-on-the-lump-disco/msg116950/#msg116950


And hey, @ClubChapin 

What is your sauce consist of...and spices?

I think that really would be one the wife would like............ ;D
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Jammato

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Re: Vortex + Wok
« Reply #14 on: February 11, 2015, 05:51:28 PM »
meat pies, Yea could do that

I just need to get the wok working in the kettle, never tried it
It would be easier to let that chicken drink that beer than shoving up his pooper
If we were meant to grill with gas then the garden of Eden would have had a pipeline