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Postby Visionsbydarrah » Tue May 10, 2011 8:59 pm

Slowcowboy, thanks for the input.
I believe I will get one for my next road trip.
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Postby Oldragbaggers » Thu Sep 01, 2011 10:25 pm

Gary and Cheri wrote:
You've made me think. Why pay for electicity and use propane?

Gary


Making me think too....an electric hotplate for when I have electricity (hopefully most of the time) and a butane burner for when I don't. Throw in a small hibatchi grill for burgers and that sounds like a complete setup to me.

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Postby pmowers » Wed Sep 14, 2011 3:58 pm

slowcowboy wrote:any one ever used one of the propane fired crock pots. or ever used one of the propane fired skillets?
If you can put a tank on it we have probably used it. The Coleman Crock Pot tends to burn everything in the middle of the bottom. We created a flame spreader and attached to the burner after taking an hour to scrub the carbonized roast out of the pot. They have a new model out that is a combination crock/skillet/griddle which looks like they may have learned their lesson, but it is pretty expensive. The propane skillet, on the other hand, is a joy to cook with. I have used it to do everything from pan sear steaks, salmon and tuna, to making jambalaya, meat sauce for spaghetti to eggs, pancakes and sausage. Piece of cake to clean as well.

My buddy was getting ready for a week-long fishing trip and had all of his gear laid out in the living room when his wife2B walked in. While she was looking over the coffeemaker, crockpot, skillet, lanterns, oven and stove, all propane powered, he told her the propane microwave was still in the storage building. She was telling her co-workers the next day, and mentioned the microwave while the electrician was walking by, stopping him dead in his tracks, while he set her straight. When she got home, my buddy couldn't get out of town fast enough
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Postby mikeschn » Wed Sep 14, 2011 6:38 pm

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?


So let's say you've set up a campground queen teardrop that runs only on electric. And you end up at a campground that doesn't have electric. What do you do?

Can't cook, cause your stove is electric.

No lights, cause they are all electric too!

Or do you pack 2 stoves, and wire for two sets of lights? How about 2 sets of furnaces, and 2 sets of air conditioners? :? :? :?

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Postby pmowers » Wed Sep 14, 2011 8:08 pm

Good question. Even though I haven't camped without electric in at least 10 years, we still use propane- but then I have a gas stove at home. If I were to use a hotplate I would burn everything. And some look at us strangely when we are camping in tents, cooking over a coleman, with a microwave oven and refrigerator sitting right there in the camp kitchen. Since my friend bought a 19' Bantam, we don't sleep in a tent anymore, but still cook most of our meals outside- maybe just old habits die hard. Like my old CSM said, "the purpose of going to the field is not to be miserable, but to learn how not to be."
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Postby slowcowboy » Thu Sep 15, 2011 8:25 am

slow here in wyoming has never in his life had the option to camp where there WAS electrity on a campground.

I always have to use lots of propane and white gas. Electricty is not a option in wyoming.

I have a power strip from wall mart if I ever get the chance to use it for 120. and a 400 watt power invertor.

but never had any chance to use them.

the propane skillet though rocks folks. I mean it rocks!!!!!!!!!

never tried the crock pot. I never see anything good about it.

I am now staring at a 12 volt version on ebay. but not into it yet.

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Postby Oldragbaggers » Thu Sep 15, 2011 10:44 am

Has anyone used the Coleman Fold-N-Go or the All-in-One stove?
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Postby eamarquardt » Thu Sep 15, 2011 11:19 am

Oldragbaggers wrote:Has anyone used the Coleman Fold-N-Go or the All-in-One stove?


I bought a Fold-N-Go to use as a BBQ (I know that's profane). They make a grate so you can use it as a conventional burner and also an aluminum griddle top for it. The grate might be worthwhile but I'd go for the grate and a separate frying pan/skillet/griddle rather than the Coleman attachment.

It is reasonably well made, reasonably easy to clean, and cooks ok although not as well as my Patio Caddie grills at home. The BBQ grill is only sheet metal (but porcelain coated), the area over the burner is solid (no vents), and doesn't cook quite the same as a regular grill but close enough.

I like the size of it and it folds up nicely.

Like all things in life, it is a compromise but a reasonable one. I'm keeping my separate propane burner as I BBQ and cook at the same time but I'd say the Fold-N-Go is a keeper.

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Postby Oldragbaggers » Thu Sep 15, 2011 11:40 am

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Postby KBS » Sun Nov 06, 2011 9:58 pm

I have a classic Coleman 425 gas stove. It works fine, but I hardly ever use it because the white gas is smelly and the pumping, and all that. So, I bought a $16 conversion generator that accepts 1 lb. propane bottles. Now it fires up instantly without any fuss.
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Postby iplay10us2 » Mon Nov 07, 2011 7:57 am

I'm a solo camper, so this is what I now carry with me and use.

http://www.safarichefgrill.com/safari_chef_grills.php

Only downside for some would be that it is only the one burner. I usually do cook my evening meal over the fire or use the bbq pit if the campground has one, so normally don't need more than one burner.
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Postby bc toys » Mon Nov 07, 2011 10:27 am

I like that little grill did it set you back a lot of $$$ think we would like one
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Postby iplay10us2 » Mon Nov 07, 2011 5:30 pm

bc toys wrote:I like that little grill did it set you back a lot of $$$ think we would like one


Amazon has some new ones for $70.

http://www.amazon.com/CADAC-Safari-Chef-Lightweight-Gas/dp/B002JTQ25W/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1320705124&sr=8-1
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Postby slowcowboy » Mon Nov 14, 2011 10:43 pm

I am tempted kirk. I like the looks of them 426s and the 3 burner coleman suitecases stoves.

I could put all 3 burners to work and be fun to restore one more coleman.

but I got a 2 burner 413E

and all the rest of the collection.

where the heck am I going to put it?

I mean. I got a coleman peak 1 and

and 500A single burner.

and the 2 lanterns.

the propane one.

the 228 E big hat.

the cristmas edition 200a single mantle.

I might get in trouble if I pack home one more coleman.

and I like the looks of one of them 3 burnes 426s!

hmmm

where can I hide the dang thing.

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