Questions: I am looking for a better way to cook meals on my 24″ steel plow disc, commonly known as a discada or cowboy cooker. My current set up is a basic fish fry type burner with the the actual burner being approximately 4″ and the win block is approximately 8″. I have problems heated the sides for heating tortillas keeping stuff warm etc.. It stands to reason a larger diameter burner will heat a larger surface, however my fear is that the center will be too hot. With regards to the 13′ 160 burner, is it able to keep a very low flame for a slower cook. Also what diameter is the wind shield that surrounds the burner?
Answer: Look like the fish fry type burner is similar to our 9″ PowerFlamer stove although we customize our burner for wok cooking. We have encountered discada cooking in the past. In fact we made one custom burner stove for one catering company. Our understanding of such burner is that the disc needs slow and even heat. Any burner using high pressure gas is not quite appropriate. When burner with low pressure gas is used, the burner needs to sit fairly close to the disc. Since your disc is 24″, the best is to have a low pressure burner that can cover over 20″ area evenly. Unfortunately out biggest one is about 13″ with a burner about 8.5″. Here is a link to such stove http://outdoorstirfry.com/?page_id=291#EF13SP50WG.