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    I tried my Cobb oven with the Wok but it was so slow for cooking. Anyone have a small portable solution? I've been reading up about using a chimney. Something about the size of an asian terracotta stove but much lighter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sparrks View Post
    I tried my Cobb oven with the Wok but it was so slow for cooking. Anyone have a small portable solution? I've been reading up about using a chimney. Something about the size of an asian terracotta stove but much lighter.
    I think the chimney starter should do the job, you may have read this;

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    There are quite a few available on Amazon.

    Amazon.co.uk: bbq chimney starter weber
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    Quote Originally Posted by Robmac View Post
    I think the chimney starter should do the job, you may have read this;

    deadspin-quote-carrot-aligned-w-bgr-2

    There are quite a few available on Amazon.

    Amazon.co.uk: bbq chimney starter weber
    I've been using a chimney starter for a few years just to light the barbie and I reckon you're right,it should be just the job for heating a wok.
    It gets very hot,fast.Has also revolutionised starting barbie.Good even ignition of coals in just a few mins.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robmac View Post
    I think the chimney starter should do the job, you may have read this;

    deadspin-quote-carrot-aligned-w-bgr-2

    There are quite a few available on Amazon.

    Amazon.co.uk: bbq chimney starter weber
    Thanks Rob, I had been looking at these, even read the page you had linked to but had wondered if you folks had an even better solution. I have now ordered one - will look at putting a wider base on it to make it more stable and increasing the draught with shutters over the vents, plus to put a support to hold the Wok. This should earn me even more brownie points from the missus. Did look at an Thai/Asian stove at a Thai festival over the weekend but they wanted 80 odd for it - couple of quid in Thailand.

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    I find these good for woks if you get plenty of fire in the bottom they get the wok very hot. PORTABLE CHARCOAL BBQ GRILL CAST IRON FIRE PIT GARDEN PATIO CAMPING BARBECUE

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    That is the small one larger ones are available I just meant that style of bbq.

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    I've given up on using the Cobb briquettes, too slow, too expensive. I just use BBQ beads, which I think are just compressed charcoal and coal dust, or just charcoal and use a slug of meths or a base of small twigs to get them started. Most of the wilding spots I stay at also have plenty of left over charcoal in old campfires so I just spend a few minutes gathering up the leftovers.

    I don't think a wok will ever be successful on a Cobb as the heat source is too low, probably a small campfire burnt down to coals and the wok placed directly on the coals would do.

    I used to motorcycle with a Chinese guy back in the 80s who used that method and he cooked some superb meals whilst we struggled with Trangias and dehydrated crap. He could even cook damper. He lost his wok in a wind storm overlooking the Great Australian Bight, in a hundred years some plonker is going to find it and the Chinese will claim Australia!!!
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    Bought one in NZ for 1$ in a charity shop, brilliant bit of kit. Used it mainly on the camp fire, steaks were superb, also used it for flat breads and potato cakes.

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