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Did I muck up trying to season a carbon steel wok?

Thank you for taking the time to reply. I am sorry if I offended you in some way, although I'm not sure how, but I apologise. Based on your advice, I'm abandoning my attempt to season a carbon steel wok, because it's clearly not for me. Sorry to have bothered you and Chowhound.

Jul 10, 2012
sponeta in Cookware

Did I muck up trying to season a carbon steel wok?

From the tutorials I've read and videos I've watched (including the one you linked), I understood that cooking chives was something to be done after seasoning, just to get it extra black and remove the metallic taste. Are you saying that I can do the whole seasoning on medium heat with chives? That sounds like a really great solution.

Jul 09, 2012
sponeta in Cookware

Did I muck up trying to season a carbon steel wok?

Thanks for the reply, but unfortunately it didn't really help. Like I said, the wok doesn't fit into any standard oven I've seen around here. I live in a downtown apartment, so grills and blowtorches are really quite out of my league.

Coconut oil has a higher smoke point than pretty much anything else (like it says on the page you linked). That's why I used it in the first place, and why I was concerned when something started smoking pretty quickly.

What I wanted to know was whether I'd ruined this wok already, since the inside now looks weird to me.

Jul 09, 2012
sponeta in Cookware

Did I muck up trying to season a carbon steel wok?

I finally got tired of non-stick woks and decided to get a real carbon steel wok, a Ken Hom Tao Green (because it was the only one readly available anywhere). I followed the instructions that came with it for seasoning, but I think I flunked it...

First, I filled it with hot tap water and let the protective lacquer soften up, then scrubbed the inside for eight minutes with wire wool and detergent for pots and pans. Then I dried it and left it to make sure it was dry.

I coated the inside with coconut oil, then set it on high heat on my electric stove. It was giving off smoke pretty quickly, in a couple of minutes. There was an odd smell, not exactly bad, but sort of metallic. Not having any experience, I don't really know what it's supposed to smell like, but it wasn't the coconut oil, at least. And instead of the color changing evenly like on so many YouTube videos showing how to season a wok, I got a couple of small patches on the bottom that went brown pretty quickly, and the rest stayed the same. When I turned the wok slightly, the remaining oil at the bottom tried to stay away from the brown patches. There was also a strange pattern burned onto one of the patches (see the images I've linked below).

http://imgur.com/C837y,rqSXg
http://imgur.com/C837y,rqSXg#1

1. Did something go wrong with the seasoning? Could there have been protective coating left after all? Did I use too much heat? What's it supposed to smell like? Should I have scrubbed the outside too? The packaging instructions said to do that if used on an induction hub, otherwise the protective coating would melt - but I don't have an induction hub. Also, my oven isn't big enough to fit the wok in it, so I have no other method of seasoning available to me.

2. I suppose the small spots are due to the uneven heat from my electric stove. Even if the seasoning is going right, is there any hope of using a carbon steel wok effectively on such a stove?

Jul 08, 2012
sponeta in Cookware