A Chinese Cooking Table is not your every day run of the mill gas cooking appliance and your not likely to find one of these in a domestic kitchen.
These appliances are extremely thirsty for gas and require a large volume commercial gas meter to be installed in order to allow this appliance to operate as per the manufacturers specifications. As you can see from the main image below there are a numerous burners that flame up when at maximum capacity and the heat out put is extreme, which makes it ideal for large scale commercial operations.
So how do you operate a Chinese Cooking Table?
There a few vitally important steps which need to be followed in order to correctly light and then shut down these gas appliances SAFELY!
Firstly there should be a main gas isolation valve installed which controls the overall supply of gas to the entire appliance. When the appliance is ready for use this must be turned on, but it is also worth noting that this must also be turned off at the end of every cooking session.
Once gas has been safely turned onto the appliance you will find pilot light ignition buttons on the front of the appliance in line with each burner, in this case the buttons are metallic blue. The blue button must be depressed at the same time as a barbecue lighter is held at the pilot light to ignite the pilot flame (as seen in bottom image). Typically the pilot light is located inside the burner towards the middle.
Once a small pilot light flame has been established the blue pilot light button must remain depressed for approximately 6 seconds (each situation is different and some thermo couples will heat up quicker or slower than others), enough time for the thermo couple probe to heat up and generate a small electro magnetic current to hold the gas valve in the open position. This is a safety feature of these appliances to ensure that un burnt gas is not allowed into the room causing a dangerous situation. If you do not succeed initially some times a few attempts may be required to get the pilot light to stay on.
Once the pilot light is lit and remaining steady you can then look to start introducing gas to the various burners as required to then commence cooking. In the image below you will see there are gas control valves for each burner with a yellow handle. Gradually turn the desired gas valve handle on, the amount of gas introduced will dictate how much heat is then generated by the burner. By turning the yellow gas valve all the way on will give maximum heat and therefore can also be minimised by turning the yellow gas valve back towards the off position.
This process can be followed for each burner which is required for the cooking procedures.
When all of the cooking is finished there are a few crucial steps which should then be followed to allow the SAFE close down procedure of the Chinese Cooking Table.
Firstly ensure that each burner valve is turned to the off position, in this case it is the yellow valve located at the front of the cooking table, you will notice that when the valve is turned off the flames from the burners will go down and only a pilot light will remain on.
Secondly and MOST IMPORTANTLY turn off the main gas isolation valve to the entire cooking table, this is the valve which is located directly under neath the appliance and controls all of the gas to the cook top, (depending on the set up the main isolator could be in a slightly different spot).
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Aaron Stewart owns and works in the business of Mayfair Plumbing & Gas Fitting from there offices now based in Adelaide, South Australia. Aaron and his team of licensed plumbers and design consultants are passionate about there work. In this blog they will bring you plumbing and gas tips gathered from around the globe over 20 plus years of experiences in the many different fields of plumbing. If you are looking for a plumbing firm who can do everything from design, construct, project management and scheduled on site maintenance contact the Mayfair Plumbing Group.