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Old 03-02-2013, 01:28 AM   #1
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Default 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!

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Old 03-02-2013, 02:14 AM   #2
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sure looks interesting. seen them but not in detail.
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Old 03-02-2013, 02:14 AM   #3
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Hi John, I love it! That is a fantastic find!



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Old 03-02-2013, 02:17 AM   #4
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Great work John...with your skills and taste you are going to have a heap of success with that!
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Old 03-02-2013, 04:52 AM   #5
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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)!
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Old 03-02-2013, 05:03 AM   #6
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Wow, everything looks fantastic! Interesting find, thanks for sharing.
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Old 03-02-2013, 05:52 AM   #7
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Thanks for sharing this in detail! Drooling over the meat shot
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Old 03-02-2013, 05:54 AM   #8
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Old 03-02-2013, 06:34 AM   #9
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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.
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Old 03-02-2013, 06:59 AM   #10
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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.
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Old 03-02-2013, 07:06 AM   #11
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Very interesting - great looking food.
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Old 03-02-2013, 07:14 AM   #12
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Thanks for sharing.....

Interesting cooking device for the hotter days when we move to our outside kitchen.
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Old 03-02-2013, 07:16 AM   #13
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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.
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Old 03-02-2013, 08:14 AM   #14
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That looks really great! Both the food and cooker.
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Very cool! Where did you find it, and can I ask how much it was?
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