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New Wolf Cooktop

Yes...difference is dramatic. Looks 50% more flame on high. I have only done one with my old stove and now one on my new one...with the jet costing $2.40...no reason not to try nor try boring out two or more...I'm doing one for now. Takes two seconds to drill and blamo. Front left burner for me.

Rangetop is about two years old...A newer one I believe...love it.

Using a Viking high end hood...sorry, don't have the model number but it is the more expensive version...roof mounted blower...mounted the hood very high, at 36"...chose the medium blower from Cherins...should have bought the highest power blower due to mounting the hood so high but sales dude scared me about the "noise"...live and learn...still OK but doesn't catch all the smoke when I *really* cook...which is basically every night. Reallyphysically attractive hood...I may end up replacing the blower with the higher power some day...still in buyers remorse/denial somewhat. But the Wolf rangetop with the char broiler and the drilled jet is MONEY...red knobs, steaks rain or shine, super happy.

May 28, 2011
jahmon in Cookware

New Wolf Cooktop

The rangetop with the charbroiler is simply awesome. Unscrew the little brass jet tip and drill the 1/16th hole to 5/64th. Replace and that burner is now converted from 16,000 BTU's to 20,000 or 22,000 BTU's.

Safe and easy. I did it to my Wolf stove years ago and finally got around to doing it to my Rangetop. The low, simmer and medium settings still work just fine, but you'll get big juice on high.

It's great to have one very hot burner for Wok cooking, boiling big pots of water for Pasta, Lobster or Crab, etc.

May 28, 2011
jahmon in Cookware

Tip for Wolf Stove owners - More BTU's

Yep. I'm no technician myself but a third party Wolf service guy did it to one of my burners 12 years ago. I finally did it to my Rangetop today and sorry I didn't do it earlier...I'm actually considering doing it to all of the jets, but I'll start with the one and decide if there are more to come or not. You can also buy a replacement copper jet for about $2.40 so if you ever want to switch it back for warranty reasons, etc. you can. Oh, and enjoy your *New and Improved* Wolf!

May 27, 2011
jahmon in Cookware

Tip for Wolf Stove owners - More BTU's

Unscrew the little brass jet tip and drill the 1/16th hole to 5/64th. Replace and that burner is now converted from 16,000 BTU's to 20,000 or 22,000 BTU's.

Safe and easy. I did it to my Wolf stove years ago and finally got around to doing it to my Rangetop. The low, simmer and medium settings still work just fine, but you'll get big juice on high.

It's great to have one very hot burner for Wok cooking, boiling big pots of water for Lobster or Crab, etc.

Jah

May 27, 2011
jahmon in Cookware

Bangkok restaurant suggestions

I would recommend Krua Apsorn...thought it was quite good last year. Also, if you really want authentic Thai food, go to My Choice, a little home spun restaurant down sukhumvit soi 36...order the southern curry and grilled Thai eggplant salad...heaven in the City of Angels...

Nov 21, 2010
jahmon in China & Southeast Asia

Which range is best: Wolf, Viking, or DCS?

Thanks for the note, johnb. A technician did the jet drilling on my last Wolf stove and there were no problems whatsoever with the extra gas...just a hotter burner. I just need to look into whether I do it myself or find another or the same Wolf technician to do it again to my new Rangetop. You are right, I'm sure Wolf would void the warranty.

Your other comment is right on regarding the Viking VCIH 4208 Professional Island Hood. I think there are two issues. One is that the actual hood is very big and looks beautiful, but it has a huge perimeter area with lights, etc. which greatly narrows the actual intake surface space. The other issue in my mind is that there are a total of four filters which look like regular restaurant baffles, but right in the middle there is about a 6 inch metal plate. So in effect, you have four quadrants of sucking but right in the middle there is a dead zone which has to reduce the amount of flow. I'm wondering if I might be able to buy one replacement filter/baffle, then get it cut to the right size to fit into the hood to replace the metal plate...I've attached a picture. Frustrating to spend all that money and buy the larger blower just to have it not function up to expectations. Sometimes I wonder if appliance salespeople assume they are selling to "trophy" kitchen people instead of people to will maximize use on a daily basis...

Nov 03, 2008
jahmon in Cookware

Which range is best: Wolf, Viking, or DCS?

Years ago I had a 30" wolf stove. One day I had a Wolf technician over to take a look at the electric ignition, and I mentioned that I wish the stove had one hotter burner for my wok.

The technician pulled out the jet from one of the burners, used a drill and bored a larger hole through the middle of the jet and replaced it. Voila, I had a Wolf stove with one burner at approximately 22,000 BTUs for use with my wok.

8 years later at my new house, I very recently bought a Wolf rangetop with a grill. I'm tempted to try to bore the hole in the jet myself, but will probably find someone who will come out and do it for me...I don't know if I could screw it up but I'll probably chicken out...unless someone else has done it themselves and can encourage me.

Also, I bought a Viking Professional Island hood with a 1200 CFM blower on the roof. I love the restaurant look with the removable and dishwasher safe grease traps. I have to say though, when I am grilling marinated meat, and the smoke is really pouring off the grill...the 1200 fan can't quite keep up...wish I would have purchased the 1500 or possibly a vent-a-hood. On the other hand I did set the hood at the maximum recommended height of 36" off the rangetop for aesthetic and line of view reasons...

I can't stomach replacing the new 1200 CFM blower right now...but I may in the not too distant future if I'm still annoyed...

Nov 01, 2008
jahmon in Cookware