Before TAYLOR & NG® created the Preseasoned Wok, a carbon steel wok needed to be seasoned before it could be used for the first time. Seasoning is a tedious process that requires deep cleaning and repeated heating and oiling of the wok over very high heat. Properly seasoned carbon steel has proven to be one of the best materials for all around cooking ease - it is a superior material for fast, efficient heating and even heat distribution. All Chinese restaurant chefs worldwide would confirm and attest to this fact. There is no coating to peel or crack. It is NATURAL. This preseasoned carbon steel wok is ready to use to provide a virtually non-stick cooking surface. This Natural Nonstick Wok was designed with a flat or round bottom to accommodate electric or gas cooktops. It comes with cool-to-the-touch wood handles. The 14" wok comes with an additional wood grip handle. A wood knob dome cover helps retain heat while cooking. We use a special high heat process to season our woks. This turns the carbon steel wok into a temporary blue oxide film color. This will fade away with cooking and you will begin to season your wok more with your own cooking. It will turn into a brown/black color, a sign of a well seasoned wok. We do have a clear food-grade coating on our woks to protect it during storage and transportation. This clear food-grade coating should be removed prior to cooking. Please follow the instructions in our wok care booklet included with each wok purchase. Some areas may have a thicker application of the clear food-grade coating and may require you to repeat the removal process. Olive oil is not recommended for this procedure.