Intro: Vastly Improve a Wok Ring
Cutting notches into your wok ring so that it can nest with your stove burner grating vastly improves wok stability and functionality on a normal "renters stove".
But Noah - why don't you just remove the steel burner grating and place the ring onto the stove surface like everyone else?
Well, because if you do that then the ring slides around all over the surface of the stove and falls into the drippings well and just generally fails at cooking. Couple that with perhaps 4 cups of burning hot oil in the wok while deep frying and thought I'd just come up with a simple modification that improves the whole situation.
This is an easy one folks, hold on to your woks.
Step 1: Problem
This is the way that most people would use their wok ring on a stove like mine. I'm a renter which means my stove is a piece of junk - it doesn't crank out enough BTU's to really do proper cooking with the wok and what's worse, the wok ring slides all over the place and even falls into the spot where drippings go into the stove causing a potentially very dangerous situation.
Placing the wok directly onto the steel burning grating without a wok ring is even more unstable then the ring sliding around on the stove, so count both of those options out.
Something must be done!
Step 2: Mark All the Points Where the Wok Ring Crosses the Steel Burner Grate
Here is the solution - modify the wok ring so that it's compatible with my specific stove burner insert grate so that it nests with the grating on the stove and is locked in place at the correct height.
First, mark all the points where the wok ring crosses the steel grating.
There are 5 spots shown in the second photo below. Can you spot them all?
Step 3: Cut Out Sections of Wok Ring at Those Locations
Use an angle grinder with an abrasive cutting wheel to cut out sections of the wok ring as deep as the black steel grating rises above the surface of your stove at those 5 locations.
Grab a pliers and wiggle the tabs you just cut off of the wok ring.
Step 4: Test Fit
Test fit the wok ring. It should sit flush on the surface of the stove and be locked in place by the black stove burner grating so that it no longer can move.
Make any adjustments necessary if it's a tight fit or any of the notches need to be enlarged.
That's all there is to it - enjoy the vastly improved wok functionality.