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R2Egg2Q 03-02-2013 01:28 AM

Got a Thai charcoal cooker
While picking up a 20" wok at The Wok Shop to use in my XL BGE, I found this Thai charcoal cooker:

I'd seen a similar cooker earlier in some posts elsewhere by Brethren member Woodmonkey and he recommended them for wok cooking. When I saw this cooker in person I had to get it.

I've been having fun with it and with some different recipes! I tried my 12" wok on it with K briquettes and found the heat a little lacking (even after removing the insert to allow more air in under the Wok):

Experimented using some hanging tender(hanger steak) meat instead of flank (won't do this again - too tender & texture didn't seem right):

Put my 10" CI grate from my Mini BGE onto the cooker & seared the last of the hanging tender:

We enjoyed the grilled hangar steak with the meal:

I've found lump burns hotter in the cooker and have no problems keeping my. 16" wok hot:
Chicken, shallots, fermented black bean sauce, & asparagus:

This was cooked in 2 batches to avoid overloading the wok & combined at the end:

To shut it down & save an unused lump, I put the cooker into the XL BGE and close it up.

The cooker has worked out great so far, especially for some mid-week quick cooks.

Thx for looking!

mbshop 03-02-2013 02:14 AM

sure looks interesting. seen them but not in detail.

SmokinAussie 03-02-2013 02:14 AM

Re: Got a Thai charcoal cooker
Hi John, I love it! That is a fantastic find!



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buccaneer 03-02-2013 02:17 AM

Great work John...with your skills and taste you are going to have a heap of success with that!:clap2:

ShadowDriver 03-02-2013 04:52 AM

That looks like a great piece of kit for cooking but not heating up the kitchen, especially in the summer time (not to mention all the smoke and smells that go along with it)!

FireChief 03-02-2013 05:03 AM

Wow, everything looks fantastic! Interesting find, thanks for sharing.

NBBD 03-02-2013 05:52 AM

Thanks for sharing this in detail! Drooling over the meat shot

Phubar 03-02-2013 05:54 AM

Very nice R2!

HeSmellsLikeSmoke 03-02-2013 06:34 AM

I saw that on the website and it looked very interesting. Thanks for the report. I need many more BTUs than I can get on my LP kitchen range top.

Tane has suggested a 32,000 BTU portable wok burner that they carry, but that looks very good too.

realspaazz 03-02-2013 06:59 AM

That is cool! I gave up using the wok on my glass top electric stove. Tried the side burner on my gasser, but still not enough heat. That cooker would do wonderfully. I will have to keep my eyes open for one.

John Bowen 03-02-2013 07:06 AM

Very interesting - great looking food.

IamMadMan 03-02-2013 07:14 AM

Thanks for sharing.....

Interesting cooking device for the hotter days when we move to our outside kitchen.

Woodmonkey 03-02-2013 07:16 AM

I have had my Tao for about 2 years and am eggstaticly happy with it. As you have found out they are great for steaks also. Next up tandoori chicken.

chicagokp 03-02-2013 08:14 AM

Got a Thai charcoal cooker
That looks really great! Both the food and cooker.

Ron_L 03-02-2013 09:15 AM

Very cool! Where did you find it, and can I ask how much it was?

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