I have made paella many times.
I have always used a 16" fry pan by Vollrath, similar to this one with great success.
Like this one: http://www.restaurantsupplypro.com/p...914rs/fry-pans
For heat I used my turkey fryer burner as most residential stove tops will not have the btu's necessary to heat the pan evenly...
This is a very versatile pan, it also works great for chicken and fish fry(s), or whenever you need a big batch of anything (awesome for sausage gravy if your into that)...
I just recently got one of these as a gift and think it will work excellent for paella, can't wait to try it... Either way a VERY versatile tool.
I am not saying that a traditional paella pan is not the best tool for it's specific task, I always look for the best value and multi-function...
Just my $.02
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