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NickD

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I’ve travelled 000’s of miles and use one of these to cook for our family of four outside...
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Takes up very little space and the canisters are cheap, easy to store and widely available. I use with normal pans that I keep in the van.
We use one these as well, with a small backpacking stove as a backup or for when I really need two burners at once.

The bit I don't like is the canisters. They are flimsy so need robust storage (we stick ours in a plastic tub with some other cooking stuff but I always worry about punctures and leaks). And it may just be the stove we have but there's a lack of regulation, so initially a kettle boils in no time at all, but by the end of the canister you have to wait 10 minutes or end up with a bunch of canisters with dregs in them.

So I'm currently looking at cadacs since many here rave about them.
 
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HHinds

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We’ve camped for a few years without an electric hook up and have a number of different bits of kit for cooking out doors. Which includes:

A basic one ring gas hob that uses the butane canisters,
A Trangia that uses liquid fuel
A biolite campstove that uses solid fuel and will run a USB charger
A Cobb oven

They all have their uses but the ones we’ve used the most are the gas ring and the Cobb. I love the Cobb and have cooked all sorts in it. I have found that if you want to cook something in the Cobb’s large wok pan it is best to start it on the gas hob first and then put it on the Cobb to simmer.

Now we have a Cali Beach and have bought a one ring induction hob from Argos so we can quickly boil a kettle on arrival at a site. An electric hook up is still a novelty for us . We haven’t done a long trip in the van yet but I’m certain we won’t be taking all of the above kit with us - but hubby is threatening to pack the new pizza oven, with bread maker for the dough!!
 
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We’ve camped for a few years without an electric hook up and have a number of different bits of kit for cooking out doors. Which includes:

A basic one ring gas hob that uses the butane canisters,
A Trangia that uses liquid fuel
A biolite campstove that uses solid fuel and will run a USB charger
A Cobb oven

They all have their uses but the ones we’ve used the most are the gas ring and the Cobb. I love the Cobb and have cooked all sorts in it. I have found that if you want to cook something in the Cobb’s large wok pan it is best to start it on the gas hob first and then put it on the Cobb to simmer.

Now we have a Cali Beach and have bought a one ring induction hob from Argos so we can quickly boil a kettle on arrival at a site. An electric hook up is still a novelty for us . We haven’t done a long trip in the van yet but I’m certain we won’t be taking all of the above kit with us - but hubby is threatening to pack the new pizza oven, with bread maker for the dough!!
If you are hooked up to the mains you can use an electric kettle from the socket in the van. Easier than getting out an electric hob of any sort. You do have to carry it of course! Ours is 800 watts and it's great for early morning cuppa, all done from the bed! Better than at home!
 
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If you are hooked up to the mains you can use an electric kettle from the socket in the van. Easier than getting out an electric hob of any sort. You do have to carry it of course! Ours is 800 watts and it's great for early morning cuppa, all done from the bed! Better than at home!
Yeah, we considered getting an electric kettle but decided that as we had a kettle for the gas hob and because you can cook other things on the induction hob to go for that option. Doesn’t mean that we won’t end up buying an electric kettle as well at some point. We can add it to our ever growing list of stuff we want for the Cali
 
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I use a 1967 2 burner Coleman stove with stand. So far we've not had to endure a wet weekend so it works fine cooking outside. I have a number of other camp fuel powered stoves from 1 up to 3 burners so we have different options depending on what we are doing that day/vacation.

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Fatb10ke

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I use a Big Green Egg MiniMax. It's a ceramic charcoal grill. We cook everything on it. In July we did a 10 hour rack of beef short ribs at 110°C while we went for a 9 mile walk.

I've binned gas, you don't get the flavour, and my Cobb never sees the light of day as you can't control the temperature.

The only downsides are the price of the MiniMax in the first place and the weight. Mackerel cooking.jpeg
 
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I use a Big Green Egg MiniMax. It's a ceramic charcoal grill. We cook everything on it. In July we did a 10 hour rack of beef short ribs at 110°C while we went for a 9 mile walk.

I've binned gas, you don't get the flavour, and my Cobb never sees the light of day as you can't control the temperature.

The only downsides are the price of the MiniMax in the first place and the weight. View attachment 51977
You’re a brave man to travel with a Kamado, I have a full size one which we use all the time at home but the weight and potential mess put me off getting a smaller one to travel with. I do agree though, it may be worth it for the flavour..still thinking
 
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Fatb10ke

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You’re a brave man to travel with a Kamado, I have a full size one which we use all the time at home but the weight and potential mess put me off getting a smaller one to travel with. I do agree though, it may be worth it for the flavour..still thinking
Chris, I have a total of 7 Big Green Egg's because I run a cookery school. My MiniMax's travel with me all over both on holiday and to give private lessons. I've never broken anything or made a mess. Yes they are heavy but they're so worth taking away.
 
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Hi Fatb10ke,
I think I just found your web site, looks cool! you may have a new customer at some point.
 

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