Looking at the videos, it seems that the flame on the natural gas burner extends far above the top of the wok height when used with full power. Is this correct? If so, I’m concerned that it will be a fire hazard to the surrounding area. Do you have any recommendations?
Good question. Without a wok to stop the flame, the flame from a PF13LFN160 can reach about 3~4 feet in height at maximum heat. Typically this flame will be stop by the bottom of the wok. Then it surrounds the bottom of the wok upward to heat the entire wok. Your wok will need to be a long handle type. We recommend 2 feet clear space around the stove and you will need to have high enough ceiling.
Thanks for your quick response and for the answers to my questions. Unfortunately, we don’t have a space where it would be safe to use this burner, so we’ll need to cancel the order. Thank you for your help.
We understand your constraint. May we suggest two replacements:
- If you can use propane tank, we would suggest to send you a PF13L160 plus refunding the difference. PF13L160 should achieve greater heat than a PF13LQN120. Please note that the maximum flame height of a PF13L160 can still reach 1~2 feet. However this usually would not happen as the cook usually dials down the heat before removing the wok on top (this should apply to PF13LQN120 as well). Besides not everybody needs to cook at maximum heat at all time.
- Get a PF13LQN50WG stove instead. This should still enable you to hook up to a natural gas line. Although it has lower heat, it is still at least twice as powerful as indoor gas burner. This one has really short flame. Maximum flame height is only about half foot.
Let us know your decision. If you decide for refund, we will gladly do so.
If we don’t hear from you by end of today, we will refund your order.
Thanks for the suggestion of alternative options and sorry for being slow to reply. I believe that the original PF13LQN120 design is the best for my situation and that I can adapt it to make it safe. Therefore, I’ll stick with my original order – sorry for the inconvenience.
I plan to add a stop on the gas valve to prevent it from opening all the way and creating too high of a flame. Ideally, I would also find a way to add a wraparound splatter guard as well to help contain the food and flame. If you have any advice for these, please let me know.
OK we will proceed to ship a PF13LQN120 stove.
On the splatter idea, we have not come up with any good idea except at home our cooking does not toss that much. Restaurants toss a lot. That is why they have stainless counter top around the stove for all escaped food pieces.
Great, thank you for all of your help.
At our home we put the stove on concrete. We sweep everything splattered from the stove to the ground to our compost bin.