I cook Chinese food 3 times a week, have been to China a few times, and own more than twenty Chinese cookbooks. I realized that there is one absolutely crucial element to achieve wok hey, which is at the heart of Chinese cooking, and that is a powerful burner. No western burner is good enough for wok hey Chinese style. You need more than 50,000 BTUs for a number of preparations – good luck finding that even in a professional Western style restaurant stove. I searched wide and large for a suitable burner and I finally found it: the outdoorstirfry burner PF13L160 is the best in its class. It gives you more than enough power for ANY Chinese food preparation. A fantastic product. Get it, and then go to this Utube channel to learn how to use it: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCg0m_Ah8P_MQbnn77-vYnYw/videos. It truly is a different technique the one you need to master or you will eat ashes. A final word about Mr Dong. He is a terrific guy, always willing to help, and very prompt on the uptake when there is a problem to solve. Do yourself a favor and get the PF13L160. A new world of taste awaits you.
The only thing to work on in the future is to make it a little more rust proof…
Thank you for your feedback. Our next gen burners will be much more rust proof.
Can the PF13L160 produce a smaller flame to gently simmer water?
PF13L160 power is continuous from zero to max. It is perfect to simmer water if you dial the flame down enough.
Is there much difference between the manual ignition version PF13L160 and the electronic ignition version PF13L160EI?
PF13L160EI has an electronic ignition head. It usually takes 3~5 strikes to ignite a flame on the ignition tube end. Once the flame on the ignition tube end ignites the main burner, you will need to turn off the ignition tube flame to avoid damaging the ignition wire. If you stop the main burner between cooking dishes, you will need to repeat the ignition process for each dish.
PF13L160 has a pilot light and requires manual ignition. You would ignite the main burner at low flame first by turning on the left valve. Then turn on the pilot flame by turning on the right valve. Adjust the pilot flame to appropriate flame size (~0.5 to 1″ in length of flame). The pilot flame stays lit between cooking dishes. If you turn off the main burner between cooking dishes, you only need to turn on the main burner for cooking next dish (no need for any more manual ignition). Because of its simplicity PF13L160 offers better reliability.
Hello, What thickness is the carbon steel of the 14″ wok you sell? Also, I saw a 1mm 14″ wok for sale on another web site (carbon steel) – is that too thin for your wok burner? Thanks.
I have just received your wok burner the 160,000BTU one manual start. I am so keen to start using it.
My main object is to achieve the wok “hai” flavor. When I cook noodles etc. will the “hai”taste come automatically or do I have to visibly burn them a little to get that taste?
Our wok thickness is close to 2mm. The heavier the wok, it is easier to retain heat. But of course it is heavy and sometime hard to handle.
In term of the “wok hei”, can you read our page at http://outdoorstirfry.com/?page_id=399. You will have to try it out yourself in term of getting the right amount of caramelization.
Thank you so much for your prompt reply. Also thank you making such a great wok burner!
Cheers and thanks,
Tested in the dark. Looks pretty past midnight.
What size round bottom wok does a PF13L160 hold?
It can hold any size from 13” and up with optimum in 14”~16”.
I wanted to buy a PF13L160 and wanted to make sure they were still available and you are still shipping during Covid.
Also I was wondering if you had a recommendation of large wok size. I’ve been cooking on what is probably an 18″ wok and was looking to move up to somewhere between a 20″ to a 24″. Do you have any thoughts as to what large sizes work well with the burner?
I bought a PF13L130 from you a few years back and have loved it. I cook for my family of 7 through the Minnesota winters and though it sometimes struggles, I’m almost always able to cook except on the coldest/windiest days. We’ve just moved to CA and didn’t bring the stove with us and I figured I’d get an upgrade anyway as I’ll be cooking for 9 now. Thanks.
Welcome to California. If you are anyway close to south bay area next to San Jose, you probably can have a local pick up to save shipping charge etc. We are shipping PF13L160 no interrupted by COVID-19. PF13L160 is more suitable for large size of family. The stove should be able to accommodate large wok size. 20~24″ wok should not be any problem. We don’t carry those large size. I believe you can always find and order online.
What is the size of this. And weight?
PF13L160 size is 30” height, 24” length and 13” width, weight is ~23 lbs..
I see you include standard hookup for US 20lb propane tank. Does this hookup include the regulator?
Will this unit cradle a 36cm round bottom wok? What is the smallest wok I can use with this unit?
The stove has a regulator and a connector for a 20lbs propane tank.
36cm is about 14”. This is the optimal size for PF13L160. Smallest wok size is 14”.
I noticed my burner is not turning up so high. I have it on full blast and I can only get a medium flame. I did leave it out overnight and there might be some rust accumulating, maybe the holes are a little plugged. It used to run very hot at max output. What do you think?
One highly possible reason is that you leave a burner valve in open position when you turn on the tank valve. The regulator detects a leak and only gives partial pressure out. To reset the regulator, here is the procedure:
- Turn off fully the propane tank top valve – to stop any more gas coming from the tank;
- Turn on fully the burner left valve – to let all pressure inside the regulator go out.
- Turn off fully both burner left and right valves – to prepare for regulator leak check.
- Turn on the propane tank valve – you should hear one click from top of the tank immediately. Then after 10~30s you should hear another clicking sound from the regulator indicating it is completing its leak check and full pressure is available. If you don’t hear this second clicking sound, you should do a leak check to see where a leak develops and fix it.
- Once you hear the 2nd clicking sound, you can turn on the burner valve to ignite.
We have mentioned this on item #8 on page 3 of the installation guide.
Let me know any further question.
Wow, it works! Thanks