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Postby Alfred » Sun Jan 24, 2010 12:53 am

mikeschn wrote:I like your little pig. You put my little baby keg grill to shame... :cry:

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Mike - Where'd you get the baby keg grill? That looks cool...Al.
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Postby Conestoga » Sun Jan 24, 2010 10:05 am

So all who've posted this thread recently (except Arne) boil water and do eggs using propane even when you've paid for a site with electric hookup?

That's what we were expecting to do, but maybe we'll take an electric kettle.

Conestoga wrote:We cook primarily with propane, and white gas when going light. However with a trailer we're going to end up in some sites that have electricity included, so why not use it, particularly for hot water & breakfast.

Don't want to lug two sets of cookware or get electric appliances or an expensive induction burner. The only thing I can think of is a hot plate type electric burner, but I suspect the common ones are wimpy...

Any suggestions?
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Postby Miriam C. » Sun Jan 24, 2010 11:35 am

Conestoga wrote:So all who've posted this thread recently (except Arne) boil water and do eggs using propane even when you've paid for a site with electric hookup?

That's what we were expecting to do, but maybe we'll take an electric kettle.

Conestoga wrote:We cook primarily with propane, and white gas when going light. However with a trailer we're going to end up in some sites that have electricity included, so why not use it, particularly for hot water & breakfast.

Don't want to lug two sets of cookware or get electric appliances or an expensive induction burner. The only thing I can think of is a hot plate type electric burner, but I suspect the common ones are wimpy...

Any suggestions?


I bought an electric hot plate from Walmart and it isn't wimpy. It's primary function is to cook inside. I am seriously thinking of getting an induction burner. Really like the "not hot" aspect.
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Postby Gary and Cheri » Sun Jan 24, 2010 12:51 pm

Another possible (more expensive) option:

http://www.everythingkitchens.com/cadco ... HR-1C.html

http://www.smallspacesappliances.com/ce ... ktops.aspx

http://www.stacksandstacks.com/portable ... ic-cooktop

You've made me think. Why pay for electicity and use propane?

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Postby Wig » Sun Jan 24, 2010 3:32 pm

Ive used a friends camp chef it was awesome. I want one! we made fajitas on his big flat grill.heres what it looks like.http://www.campchef.com/store/item/152/TB90LWCG_expedition_3x_triple_burner_stove.html
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Postby Mightydog » Sun Jan 24, 2010 3:40 pm

We use an electric kettle for coffee, cocoa and hot water for dish washing so we're not taking up room on the stove. The stove is used for making eggs and peaches with dumplings....ummmmm. With everything in action, breakfast gets on the table and in my tummy that much faster.

If we're not paying for power, then we go with the blue enamel tea pot for hot water for cocoa, coffee and dish washing. It's Alton Brown's theory of the multi-tasker. If it's in my kitchen, it has to have more than one function.
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Postby Cliffmeister2000 » Sun Jan 24, 2010 5:01 pm

The Costco out here has a 2 burner CampChef for $99 at the moment.
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Postby Shadow Catcher » Sun Jan 24, 2010 8:37 pm

I have seen a reference to a double walled gas grill on one of the Australian caravan maker web sites. I know how much gas our home grill takes and the prospect of something more efficient is attractive. Why is there no insulation on grills or toaster ovens or...
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Postby Conestoga » Sun Jan 24, 2010 11:45 pm

I just got a cheap electric single burner and tested it out. It does truly get hot. :thumbsup: thanks Miriam

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Update Feb.1: This thing pictured above works well for what was intended. It has a cast iron surface, so it takes a bit longer to warm up and cool off, but it's really nice & simple to have at a campground with an electric hookup.

New for this trip is a "Sportsman" propane single burner which we're also pleased with:

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Postby Classic Finn » Sun Mar 14, 2010 3:18 pm

We are using a double burner Primus Stove. All stainless. Works very nicely. Looks quite nice too. Only thing it doesnt have the sides however that I will make myself as they are basic. ;)

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Postby Classic Finn » Sun Mar 14, 2010 3:54 pm

iplay10us2 wrote:For the most part, I have always used a Coleman 2 Burner propane stove.
However, after seeing someone else post about the Cadac Safari Chef grill:

http://cadacsafarichef.safarichefgrill.com/

I have ordered one and it should be here next week. I like that this gives me a lot of cooking options all in one. I really like the wok part because I do like to cook lots of veggies. The Coleman stove burners do limit the size of the pot you can use with them.


Just thought Id chime in on the Cadac. That is a very popular grill here in Scandinavia. Real good reviews on it too. :thumbsup: :thumbsup: I think you,ll enjoy it.
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Postby goramsey » Sat Mar 20, 2010 6:24 pm

Miriam C. wrote:
prohandyman wrote:
I don't want to cook much, and I really don't want to BAKE at all while camping".

I think my wife said the exact same words. She even takes a crock pot with dinners in it, and makes me cook breakfast so she won't even have to use the stove!


:thumbsup: couple of real smart women. :applause: We have a Coleman two burner and it doesn't regulate well. My favorite is the butane stove. It works great.

Another member mentioned using an electric hotplate. That is next on my list. My daughter uses an electric sandwich maker to make omlets and a breakfast pizza like thing. Her family loves them. If you are wired for electric you might consider it also.


Butane sounds good to me. I did read that though they are great, they have trouble at high altitudes and below 40 degrees. Has anyone found that happening? So. Utah has some pretty high campgrounds.
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Postby bobhenry » Sat Mar 20, 2010 7:34 pm

Don't ask me I have a white gas coleman 2 burner I picked up for $10.00 at a yard sale. Used it once.

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Need hot water for hot cocoa a 32 cup coffee maker is our water heater from the tap hot water. Mixed in a bowl with unheated water you can regulate the temp to wash the dishes or for personal hygiene. The little toaster oven for toast or a load of biscuits maybe even some cookies.

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If I have to pick just one it is this orange and red propane 2 burner cook top a $5.00 find at Goodwill.

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Of course this one always works too.

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Postby mechmagcn » Sun Mar 21, 2010 4:23 pm

I have the Camp Chef oven and love it :thumbsup: I also picked up a small hotplate at a second hand store for use when electricity was available. Need to learn more about DO cooking. :oops:
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Postby slowcowboy » Mon Mar 22, 2010 12:09 am

any one ever used one of the propane fired crock pots. or ever used one of the propane fired skillets?
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