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Wolf Cooktop For Wok - OR - Can I do better?


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Wolf Cooktop For Wok - OR - Can I do better?

deepsky | Feb 25, 2009 03:52 PM

Hey.. we use a WOK for 90% of our cooking at home and need to upgrade our cooktop, and could use some advice! I think we found a solid solution (within budget) but wanted to run it by some of you to make sure in case we could do better.

If you're familiar with WOK cooking, you know that "heat" is critical. Restaurants with special Wok burners can range over 100,000 BTU's, all the way up to 250,000 BTU in China.

I know I can't get anything close to this for home, and, our budget of $5000 for everything (incl installation) is pretty limited. That said, trying to do the best I can.

So... what I've come up with is this for our limited space kitchen/island that'll only accommodate a 30" cooktop is as follows:

WOLF - two 15" integrated modules, including one 15" gas cooktop and one 15" multifunction cooktop with Wok Grid & 22,000 BTU burner. All totaled, including install just under $5000 including downdraft ventilation with oversized 900 (or I could go 1100 CFM) blower that'd route the grease, smoke etc. outside). Yes, I know, a overhead hood ventilation is way better, but can't do it because the increased cost (with install) and the fact that my ceiling leads to an "loft" upstairs rather than the outside.

I'd like to have 22,000 BTU (at least) and this seems like it'll be a good set-up but... can I do better with any other brands, e.g. bluestar, viking, etc. ? I looked at Miele but they didn't seem to have an equivalent.

Any thoughts or suggestions? Love to hear 'em. Thanks!!

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