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External cooking

Post by Feran » Jan 09, 2023 Views: 351

I am sure this has been discussed previously, but hey, maybe things have changed.

To use a small camping stove outside, say to cook smelly things, or avoid heating/fogging up the interior, do you prefer

1) Camp stove on a 1lb propane/butane can

2) Camp stove connected to the campers propane tank

1) seems more flexible as you are not tethered, and therefore also no tripping hazard
2) seems cheaper + environmentally friendly long-term, plus no extra mini-tanks to carry

Anything else glaring/obvious that I may be missing?

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Re: External cooking

Post by Wewok » Jan 10, 2023

Here are some tools that you may find helpful for external cooking:

Stove: You'll need a stove to cook your food. There are many types of camping stoves available, ranging from small, portable stoves that use propane/butane canisters to larger stoves that can be connected to a propane tank.

Fuel: Depending on the type of stove you have, you'll need a fuel source. If you have a stove that uses small propane/butane canisters, you'll need to bring enough canisters to last the duration of your trip. If you have a stove that's connected to the camper's propane tank, you'll need to make sure the tank is full before you leave.

Cooking utensils: You'll need pots, pans, and other cooking utensils to prepare your meals. It's a good idea to bring a variety of utensils, including a spatula, tongs, and a spoon, so you can cook and serve different types of food.

Grill: If you want to grill food, you'll need a grill. There are portable grills available that are designed for camping, or you can use a grill that's connected to the camper's propane tank.

Cooler: A cooler is essential for keeping perishable food items fresh while you're camping. Make sure to pack enough ice or ice packs to keep the cooler cold.

Table: It can be helpful to have a table or other flat surface to use as a workspace while you're cooking. If you don't have a built-in table in your camper, you can bring a portable table or use a picnic table if one is available at your campsite.

Other helpful tools: Other tools you may find helpful for external cooking include a knife, cutting board, dishcloth, and dish soap for cleaning up. It's also a good idea to bring a first aid kit in case of any accidents.

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Re: External cooking

Post by GavraM » Jan 10, 2023

Both options have their advantages and disadvantages.

Option 1, using a small camping stove that runs on 1lb propane or butane canisters, is certainly more portable and allows for greater flexibility in terms of where you can set up your stove. It is also easy to use and does not require any additional equipment or setup. However, the canisters can be heavy and bulky to carry, especially if you're planning a longer trip, and they can also be more expensive in the long run. Additionally, it is not environmentally friendly as the canisters cannot be refilled and must be disposed of, they are also not commonly recyclable.

Option 2, using a camping stove that connects to your camper's propane tank, is generally more cost-effective in the long run, as the larger tanks tend to be less expensive per unit of fuel compared to the smaller canisters. It also eliminates the need to continuously purchase and dispose of canisters. Additionally, it eliminates the need to carry extra fuel canisters, which can be a benefit if you're planning a longer trip or if you're backpacking to a remote location. However, it does require additional equipment and setup, and if the hose or connection is not properly maintained, this could cause a leak or fire hazard.

Overall, both options can work well for outdoor cooking, it depends on your specific needs and preferences.

If you are looking for a more environment-friendly solution but are not willing to give up on mobility, you can check here for recipes for a camping stove that runs on a different kind of fuel such as alcohol, liquid fuel, or wood. They could give you more options in terms of availability, but they may come with more disadvantages such as more frequent refills, heavy load, more complicated usage, and fire hazards.

I recommend carefully considering the factors that are most important to you, such as cost, portability, convenience, and environmental impact, and choosing the option that best fits your needs.

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