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Offline The Big Dog

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Camping stoves
« on: May 19, 2015, 20:08:13 »
Looking at doing a few 1 or2 night camping trips with my son riding pillion. What do you blokes use to cook on, looking for something to boil water for tea, and maybe cook sausage and bacon for breakfast? thanks in advance for any advice

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Re: Camping stoves
« Reply #1 on: May 19, 2015, 20:27:16 »
I use a Trangia.
it's idiot proof ......
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Re: Camping stoves
« Reply #2 on: May 19, 2015, 20:55:18 »
Coleman sportster, maybe a bit overkill for a 1 or 2 nighter but burns what you have in the tank so you won't run out;)

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Re: Camping stoves
« Reply #4 on: May 19, 2015, 21:56:08 »
Another vote for the Coleman Sportster

Get yourself a Zippo lighter and a small diameter tubed syphon and yours set to go.

powerful burner, stable, and will run on what's in the bike's tank, but will also run on meths/paraffin

It comes in a plastic case that I keep the zippo and a tiny bottle of washing up liquid and a scourer in.

On offer in Go Outdoors
http://www.gooutdoors.co.uk/coleman-sportster-2-camping-stove-p118560



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Re: Camping stoves
« Reply #5 on: June 08, 2015, 23:04:24 »
I have one of the Coleman Dual Fuel for camping in the van - they're expensive, big but ace kit. Had mine around 10 years. Have replaced the "generator" (fuel control gubbins)
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Coleman-3000000 ... ping+stove

Also have one of these: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Bulin-Multifuel ... ulin+stove
Not bad, multi fuel. They're nicknamed "roarers" for a reason - sound like a jet engine. The arms and burner get sooty when you turn them off.

Got one of these too: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Vango-ACXSTOVE- ... mini+stove
Nice and lightweight, gas only.

Note that the last 2 stoves will burn the grass, so be careful

You can get an adaptor that converts the cheap, disposable gas canisters to the threaded, standard gas canister fitting

Dual fuel - unleaded petrol (doesn't smell in use) or Coleman fluid
Multi Fuel - unleaded or Camping Gas

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Re: Camping stoves
« Reply #6 on: July 14, 2015, 22:22:48 »
+1 for the little £20 Vango style gas stove. I have one with a piezo igniter and it's never let me down. Go Outdoors have a version of their own that's not Vango branded, but looks damn near the same, I think I paid £17 for mine.

The stoves that run on petrol are dirty, noisy and often only has 2 settings: volcano and burning hells.
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Re: Camping stoves
« Reply #7 on: July 15, 2015, 05:37:23 »
Quote from: "Juvecu"

The stoves that run on petrol are dirty, noisy and often only has 2 settings: volcano and burning hells.

that's not strictly correct
The Coleman sportster none of the above although it is heavier and bulkier than many other stoves.

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Re: Camping stoves
« Reply #8 on: July 15, 2015, 16:55:37 »
Quote from: "Juvecu"
The stoves that run on petrol are dirty, noisy and often only has 2 settings: volcano and burning hells.

Certainly not all of them. The Coleman Dual fuel (I have the twin burner briefcase style) is superb. Clean, nearly odourless, as controllable as a domestic gas hob and very quiet. It packs a punch of around 40,000 BTU ;)

However, I did state that the Multifuel Bulin one I have is noisy (I did say it's a "roarer") and also leaves soot when turned off.

Now bear in mind that petrol is available worldwide. Camping Gas isn't - ISTR you can't carry it on the Chunnel (I could be wrong) and you certainly can't carry it onboard an aircraft (can't carry petrol either but you can buy it literally anywhere)

Another place where petrol has a big advantage (besides purchasing) is when it's chuffin' cold outside. Petrol still works, butane & propane won't (unless you heat the canisters)

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Re: Camping stoves
« Reply #9 on: July 15, 2015, 19:50:48 »
I use a Primus (butane) ..small , lightweight , folded up in its bag will take up half the palm of your hand ..!!
As for what fuel to use ? Well , there isn't many places you will go that don't sell butane and you won't be going many places that require a petrol stove.
They are both as good as each other and if you want a good selection of stoves go-outdoors are pretty good .

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Re: Camping stoves
« Reply #10 on: July 22, 2015, 18:37:51 »
Found two cheap stoves on eBay by chance, some people might be interested in these.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/291468363827
That one is exactly like the one I bought from Go Outdoors, only I paid about £17 for it. It is a very stable stove for cooking on.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/221746693480
This one is similar, but looks like it might be even smaller and lighter. It's possibly less stable because of the smaller feet and pot/pan rests.

I like the stoves that have the tube that go off to the gas canister because they are stable. I've knocked pots & pans off these and you usually don't spill much of the contents if you do because there's not enough space for it to fall over completely. You can also use these with a large gas bottle without adding more instability, the ones that just screw in on top of the gas bottle always seem to fall over for me.
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Re: Camping stoves
« Reply #11 on: August 14, 2015, 20:55:35 »
A few years ago I was pootling around an old Army Surplus store and came across a 90's Swedish Army Anodised Aluminium camping stove - a 3 parter  - burner cage/big pot/small pot/and spirit burner (methylated spirits - which can be got at any B&Q etc ) - small, quiet and very efficient - no soot, no smell, simples :) still using it now...

It looks like this:

https://www.hammockforums.net/gallery/showimage.php?I=11918

(though mine came without the strap) - and only cost me 12 quid at the time.  They're only £20 now!

In fact, I liked the idea so much I've expanded on the set and made one myself, out of an old Nescafe coffee tin and a cheap spirit burner - so I can cook double. No photos,sorry, but I'll be bringing it to the West Wales meet :)
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Re: Camping stoves
« Reply #12 on: August 15, 2015, 02:12:07 »
Haha. Another "hanger"? :)

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Re: Camping stoves
« Reply #13 on: August 15, 2015, 13:44:45 »
Only if you want it to be :)  

I think the 'hanger' bit is for when you've run out of meths (or drank it all) and still need to cook.

The outer black section has a couple of internal fold-in cross-bars which enable either pot to sit over the burner with about 2" of flame clearance.  Quite well thought out actually...
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Re: Camping stoves
« Reply #14 on: August 15, 2015, 14:05:32 »
Sorry, the "hanger" was a reference to users of hammocks ;) (hammockforums)

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Re: Camping stoves
« Reply #15 on: August 17, 2015, 21:50:51 »
OOohhhh - Now I see ! :) (doh!)

No, Sorry - I shamelessly stole the picture from that website, as it was far better than any I had myself, and I couldn't be bothered to upload any of my own anyway.  

I didn't even notice the name of the link until you explained it...  :haha: shows how observant I am
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Re: Camping stoves
« Reply #16 on: August 31, 2015, 08:05:21 »
http://www.sportsdirect.com/karrimor-ex ... lsrc=aw.ds


Used this one with a Coleman self sealing fuel can and was very impressed, light weight in it's own small plastic box with ignition and it heats up water/food very quickly. Have a Coleman dual fuel (petrol etc) stove never been anywhere remote enough to bother with it much.

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Re: Camping stoves
« Reply #17 on: January 19, 2016, 14:29:24 »
Dinners ready soon as you arrive...... Bit much for two at one sitting though. Seat in the sidecar not too comfy...
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Re: Camping stoves
« Reply #18 on: January 19, 2016, 15:02:56 »
 lol  how to get chased down the street by neighbourhood dogs!
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Re: Camping stoves
« Reply #19 on: January 19, 2016, 20:25:17 »
Subtle. You'd hardly know it was there...
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