Eastman Outdoors Gourmet Carbon Steel Wok Review

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This Eastman Outdoors® Gourmet Carbon Steel Wok Station caught my attention with its portability to cook outdoors, its high BTU burner to produce searing heat for stir-frying and the carbon steel material in the wok.

I don’t know about you. Our kitchen has an electric stove that’s incapable of retaining high heat to cook stir-fries. In addition, the vent “system” (LOL at the word “system), is non-existent. So two major strikes against any authentic Asian cooking.

I’ve always dreamed about building a shed of some sort in our next house to be able to cook outdoors without smoking the inside of the house. The Eastman Outdoors wok station presents a very creative solution. Now all we need to do is to carve out some space in the backyard and put a roof of some sort to prevent the inclement weather condition.

Table of Contents (click a title to jump ahead)

Capacity | Heating Technology | Easy to Use | Other Features | Customer Reviews | Pros and Cons | Price, Warranty and Where to Buy

Capacity: Large Families

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This wok is 18 inches in diameter, which is about 4 inches bigger than the normal wok size. There is another one with 22 inches. For average families, 18″ is already on the larger size. You can comfortably feed a large family of 6 to 8 people with this wok. This wok allows you to fry 2 pounds of chicken wings or fish without any problem.

Heating: Propane Gas

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The beauty of this Baby Kahuna unit is in the burner. The heat source is propane gas that will power up to have 65,000 BTU (British Thermal Unit) as opposed to the average of 7,000 BTU in a stove top burner. If you cook Asian stir-fries often, you’d really appreciate the differences in the BTUs.

To cook authentic stir-fries, the heat has to be searingly hot very quickly so you can toss in the meat and vegetables and season them with all spices within minutes. Such a simple cooking process is hard to achieve on a stove top burner because of the lower BTUs, even with the most expensive ranges on the market.

Control the level of flames is done at the propane tank connection. So make sure you have the propane tank set within your reach, not so close to cause hazard, while cooking.

Easy to Use and to Clean

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This wok station requires that you assemble the burner unit, including hooking up to a propane tank and test leakage, etc. It’s really not my forte to assemble anything that I can’t assemble a simple box to save my life (Pathetic!). If you are like me, you can always rely on your husband, partner or boyfriend to get this part done. The instructions that come with the unit is very detailed in both written content as well as in diagrams.

The wok is made of carbon steel. I couldn’t find the information on the grade of the carbon steel but venture to guess it’s of low carbon steel due to the cost.

Let’s digress for a minute on carbon steel. Carbon steel is a type of steel without minimum requirements for various contents such as chromium, cobalt, nickel, etc. Carbon steels are categorized into low, mild, medium, high and ultra-high based on the progressively higher carbon content. The higher the carbon content, the more expensive.

The carbon steel cookware is either rolled or hand-hammered into very thin sheets of materials. The cookware allows for quick and high heating. Heat conduction is not as good as some other materials such as copper. However, it’s thin and light for easy maneuverability. I am sure you are familiar with the tossing and flipping of the wok by an Asian chef in movies or in real life.

The wok requires a bit of special care before the first use and after each cooking. It needs to be seasoned with lard or cooking oil before the first use. This is how it’s done:

  1. Pour hot, better yet, boiling water into the wok and rinse it and pour out the water. Wipe the wok dry with a kitchen towel or a paper towel.
  2. Heat the stove on medium to high heat, rub some lard or cooking oil on the inside of the wok.
  3. Pour out the cooking oil and rub it with a towel. Be careful not to burn your hand.
  4. Repeat the process after each use.
  5. The longer you use and season the wok, the more non-stick it becomes and the better flavor it will produce.
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If you plan on using this wok unit often, you may want to consider getting an outdoor cart to have all the sauces and seasoning ready when cooking. Here is an example of a metal outdoor serving table. It’s foldable for easy transport and storage.

Other Features – Model #37503

Color: Steel

Dimensions (inches): 18 inches in diameter

Accessories: A wok spoon and a spatula, a propane gas regulator and hose, 12″ AccuZone thermometer

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5With 4.8 out of 5 star ratings, this wok station was adored by many customers. Some people liked it so much and they had since gifted to other family members. They appreciate the instant high heat this unit produces for Asian-type of cooking and the delicious food it can produce wherever, at a beach party, on a campground, or in the backyard. It’s only limited by your imagination.

Pros and Cons

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ProsIt’s portable and versatile to cook anywhere. It’s a well-made unit with sturdy burner stand and adjustable leg height for different people. The wok size is very generous and made of carbon steel. It has insanely high BTU perfect for stir-fries and alike. The carbon steel is very durable and will last for a lifetime or two or three, with proper care, of course.

ConsYou can only use this station outdoors. The wok size is too big for most average families. The propane flame control is at the propane connector, not by the stove. So you’ll have to step away for a few seconds to adjust the heat and flame while paying attention to the cooking.

Price, Warranty and Where to Buy – Pro Logic Cast Iron Wok

The price on Amazon for the same unit is about $20 cheaper than on Eastman Outdoors.

Eastman Outdoors only offers 30-day manufacturer warranty. If you have any issue with the product, you need to call Eastman Outdoors Customer Service at 800-241-4833 with proof of purchase. One customer reported excellent customer care by Eastman Outdoors.

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