Originally Posted by Walker
I looked at my butane stove and can not find any BTU rating. How many BTU's do you need to cook at a normal rate (comparable to propane or electric)? Any particuliar brands that you favor?
We have one at home that we bought at the local asian restaurant supply store that we use for fondue, sukiyaki, and that sort of thing at the table. It's not hot enough for wok cooking, though, unless you want to boil everything to death...
But, if I were getting one to cook on regularly, this is the one I would get:
http://www.amazon.com/Iwatani-000BTU-Po ... B00522F2R2
Costs over 3 times what I paid for mine, but with 15,000 BTU it equals the burners on my pro-style gas range. That's anywhere from half-again to twice what a normal house gas range burner puts out.
Goes through the little cannisters pretty quick on high, though -- if you figure a typical wok cookup takes anywhere from 3-10 minutes, depending on what you are doing, you'd go through a cannister a week, at least, just cooking once a day in the wok.
My issue with these would be the cannister cost and availability. What I would prefer is a two-burner propane stove with this much output per burner, that I could just hook up to a 10 or 20 lb cylinder, or even use with 1 pound disposables if I had to. Some of the outfitter-style propane stoves will do that. Or, we could just get a regular Coleman-style propane stove and a separate wok burner and stand. I'd actually prefer that, but it takes up additional storage space.