Wok cooking can be a fun change of pace. And, there is more than Asian foods to wok. We carry 12", 14", 16" and 19" round bottom woks. Each is made from cold forged carbon steel with riveted handles. Our woks come from Asia. It's the one thing that makes sense to import from Asia.
Our Spiders, Woo Rings or Wok Rings are typically used to hold the wok in the grill. We recommend a Wok Rack to hold the wok outside the grill. You'll need hand protection to handle a hot wok. Check out our welding gloves. Plus, we offer wok accessories to make your wokking more enjoyable.
Our wok page is found, here.
Tongs are probably the most overlooked accessory. The right tongs can make life so easy while the wrong pair can produce an instant migraine. There are many types: salad, pastry, ice, pasta, and utility. They come in several styles: spring loaded, spring-less, nylon coated, locking and color coded. And, let’s not forget build: metal, plastic, 6-inch plus lengths and light-to-heavy duty.
The best tongs we have found, in fact, the only tongs we use, are stainless locking tongs with a cushion grip. We like the cushion grip feel and locking ability for compact storage.
For use around the cooker, we typically use 16" tongs. They are long enough to grab steaks during a sear and short enough to handle single items on an elevated grid. If grabbing deep in the cooker or across an xl size grid, we offer longer 21" tongs.
Around the kitchen we use 9" and 12" tongs. Shorter lengths make it easy to maneuver with serving plates and along a counter top.
Aprons are a simple way to keep clean before, during and after the cook. Plus they make a great place to wipe your hands when you misplaced your towel. Here are a couple things we look for in an apron:
- An adjustable neck strap to custom fit the apron to our body.
- Long strap ties, so not to fumble tying the backside bow knot.
- A length that is above the knee, so it doesn't hinder walking.
- Reasonable fabric density and twill blend, so the apron lasts and cleans up in the washer/dryer.
- A dark color, so rub and sauce stains are hardly noticeable.
Leather welding and silicon gloves are popular hand protection choices when handling hot equipment. Please note, there is no absolute hand protection apparel available. When handling hot equipment, the best procedures include but are not limited to: advance preparation, clear pathways, short carrying distances and recognizing when something is too hot to handle/touch.
Welding gloves (not Tig or Mig) are our preferred gloves for handling hot equipment. Simply, they are a cost effective protection and fabricated to take a beating. Glove preferences includes: comfortable fit, heavy insulation or lining (foam, cotton, wool) for added protection, Kevlar thread stitching, reinforced thumb crease and wing folded thumb for improved thumb dexterity.
We went through 30 or so pair before finding the gloves we offer. They are thick, (wool insulated), "chromed" leather and the "Large" size runs big. On a side note, we don't buy or recommend gloves from the local discount hardware stores - gloves are too thin and the leather stiffens way too fast.
With food handling, we do not use leather gloves. For handling big chunks of meat, ribs, brisket, pork shoulder (butts), our favorite glove is a simple PVC coated glove with a soft interior lining that fits loose to the hand. Nothing too fancy, just a glove thick enough to provide some hand protection from the hot meat. Note, PVC gloves are not for handling hot objects as most PVC gloves have a melting point near 250 degrees Fahrenheit.
We like to wear Nitrile exam gloves when prepping food, handling lump or cleaning out the ash in the cooker. When prepping food, we typically go through 2 - 5 pair. It's easier and quicker to rip off a glove to grab something out of the cabinet than constantly wash the hands.
Makes sense to use exam gloves when handling lump or ash. It keeps the finger nails clean. Remember to make sure the lump is not burning. Wearing gloves is all about cleanliness and safety. We offer Welding and Food Handling gloves in our accessory section, here.
Why a clock! One of the more common questions on the forums is…how long does it take to cook such and such? Well, we can give ball park estimates, but the best way to learn how fast you cook something is, time your cooks. So, nothing better than a little stop & start clock to help keep time.
On a side note, we’ve tried writing down start times only to use the paper to wipe up a spill. We’ve tried remembering times, but after 10 hours and a night’s sleep, it’s generally forgotten. We’ve tried watches only to find the watch missing in action at critical times. The table top clock is a simple way to remember times.