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Should I buy a Paella Burner on a wheelie stand or a steel tripod ?

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We get a lot of questions from our customers here at Saffrondust.  We love to hear from you, and we do our best to respond to all messages in 24 hours.

One of the questions a lot of our customers ask, is whether they should buy a paella burner on a wheelie stand or on a steel tripod.  

The Garcima Rolling Stand paella burner comes with a great little wheelie stand and a 46cm carbon steel pan, and the other burners either come with or can be bought with a red steel reinforced stand.

So, to start with I will explain a little bit about the burners.  All of the burners have 3 little pegs underneath which are designed by the manufacturer to fit into either stand configuration.  

So the Garcima Rolling Stand paella burner comes with a 400mm dual gas ring burner, and a wheelie stand.  The 400mm burner though is exactly the same model as our normal 400mm burner, so even though it comes with a wheelie stand it will fit the red reinforced steel tripod just as easily.

It really comes down to how you want to use the burner.  There are a couple of differences which I will describe.

Portability :

The wheelie stand is great if you want to move your burner around.  Say you set it up on a balcony or a deck, and when you are not using it you want to wheel it out of the way.  Perfect, the burner is designed with 2 wheels that allow it to be moved around quite easily.  It is more portable than the red reinforced steel stand.  

With the reinforced steel tripod you would need to pick up the burner and stand together and move them around.  The burner and tripod when assembled weighs about 6 or 7 kilograms so it is not too heavy to move around, and the tripod actually screws into the bottom of the burner with wingnuts so it is also very stable to pick up and move around as a single unit.

On a scale of 1 to 10 I would give the wheelie stand a 9 for portability and the reinforced steel tripod maybe a 7.

The handy tray :

Secondly, the wheelie stand comes with a convenient tray underneath as part of the stand, whereas the red reinforced steel tripod does not have a tray.

The tray is great if you need somewhere convenient to keep your meats and veggies or your rice whilst you are cooking your paella.  At about knee height you can just bend down grab the ingredients and get back to the task at hand.

With the red reinforced tripod, you would need a little table or flat surface close by to keep your ingredients as you are getting ready to cook your paella recipe.

On the scale of 1 to 10 I give the convenience of the tray about an 8, as it is quite useful.  With the red reinforced steel tripod I cant really give it a rating because it doesn't have a tray.

Ease of assembly :

You might think after reading everything so far in this article why on earth would anybody not buy the wheelie stand with their paella burner.  Well, another of the differences is the ease of assembly.

The red reinforced steel tripod is easier to assemble than the wheelie stand.  All it has is 3 screws and wingnuts to screw the legs into the steel braces, and then another 3 wingnuts to tighten the tripod into the burner.  If you look at the videos below you will see the trick is to assemble it upside down, and then turn the burner over once it is fully assembled.

Once you know the trick I would give it about a 9 out of 10 for ease of assembly.

The wheelie stand takes a little bit longer to assemble.  This makes sense because there are more parts and there is the handy tray that needs to  be assembled as part of the unit.  It certainly doesn't take a long time, and as you can see from the video below it is quite easy for one person to assemble by themselves.  Likewise, the trick is to assemble it upside down.

For a score out of 10 I would give ease of assembly of the wheelie stand about a 7.

Stability :

Both the Garcima wheelie stand and the Garcima steel tripod have been stability tested and certified by the AGA, so they are both very safe and stable.

The wheelie stand though is only used on the 400mm burner not the 600mm burner.  Its not to say you couldn't use it, it would still fit, but it is designed to be used with the 400mm burner, and it is stability certified for use on the 400mm burner.

The reinforced steel tripod will fit both the 400mm and the 600mm burner models, and provides a very stable platform for even a large paella pan laden with ingredients.  When you think about it, a 90cm paella pan weighs about 16 kilograms and delivers 50 serves.  

So thats about 5 kilos of paella rice plus 10 liters of water plus a few kilos of meat and vegetables.  No wonder it has 4 handles, you are looking at a combined weight of over 30 kilograms sitting on top of a burner and stand assembly that probably weighs about 10 kilograms.

So in terms of stability, provided the stands are assembled properly and used with the appropriate burner there is no difference, they both get a 10 out of 10.

So it is impossible to say one stand is better than the other, they each have different features which make them slightly better in certain situations.

If you are going to take your burner away camping you might prefer the red reinforced steel stand because it is easier to assemble, on the other hand if you are going camping you might prefer the convenience of the handy tray.

If you are going to leave your burner set up on the balcony you might choose the wheelie stand, but if you are planning to assemble it and disassemble it often you might choose the red reinforced steel tripod.

Once you have made your choice, ordering is easy from Saffrondust.  We accept Visa, Mastercard, and Paypal and our one page checkout is a seamless experience.  Shipping is fast and free out of our depot in Sydney, so you could be cooking up a paella storm in just a few days.

Don't forget to check out our range of paella packs and paella ingredients including Spanish paella rice, paprika, and saffron.  Saffrondust is your one stop shop for all things paella !



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