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I'm in the market for a portable camping stove and I came across this 2 burner WITH a STOVE! This thing looks awesome, assuming you have the space to tote it around with.

I have declared 2010 the year of camping for our family. I'm in the process of gathering camping lists and preparing for my buying spree. Any suggestions welcome!

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rusheggie (author)2018-02-10

i was at a thrift store today and saw a butane curling iron. i was considering the options of hacking this this for use as a camping heater or stove. thoughts?

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lebowski (author)rusheggie2018-02-11

As long as you are using it outdoors, it could be worth a try!

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abadfart (author)2010-05-27

id love to build one of thees on to a truck for camping on in to a trailer 

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E-diddy (author)2010-04-06

I bought this oven/stove combo at sams club last year and used it for a camping trip with the family. Worked great for corn bread & beans. Next time we go camping my wife said she was going to bring some cookie dough for warm cookies hot out of the oven.

The temp. control on the oven is non-existint though. There  is a thermometer on the inside you check and turn the knob a little bit at a time until its at the right temp. Keep in mind that the oven is small and you may need to buy smaller bakeware to use it.

In So. Cal. most of the time you cant have fire or charcoal bbqs in the forests due to high fire danger this works well to replace a dutch oven since I can't use it.

It also came with an attachment to hook it up to my big bbq propane tank. I thought it would be useful in case of emergency, like losing gas service due to earthquakes.

It does take up a lot of space in the car though. but you can put cook ware in the oven part to save a little space.

All in all I like it for car camping but if your not going to bake anything then you can save a lot of space with just a 2 burner camp stove.

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Jim Goode (author)2010-03-25

I would suggest a Walkstool for every family member. Expensive, but light, sturdy, and worth it as a versatile comfort item.
See them at; http://www.scandinavian-touch.se/

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CrLz (author)2010-03-17

In my experience, the oven part is too much unless you expect to several week-long trips.

For car camping, just a two-burner flat top stove is good.  Usually you'll have a table / surface to work on and set the stove on.  Cooking two pots at the same time is similar to home, so the timing / logistics of meal making won't be a significantly different challenge.

My dad has a heavy, old fashioned two burner stove with really solid cast-iron burners.  Runs on propane.  The burner assembly was simple, bomb-proof and fool-proof.  The stove surface is wide and stable.  Typical "camping" stoves made from sheet metal are definitely more temperamental.  If you are not going backpacking, I'd suggest something like this.

For most weekend trips, skip the baking!  If you want biscuits/etc, there are plenty of pan recipes.  Those should carry you well enough (desert cakes, morning bread, cobblers, ...)  If you can camp and have a fire, you can additionally use aluminum foil.

Finally, a Dutch ovenis one of the best ways to bake and cook when camping In fact, you really don't get to use a dutch oven in daily life much.  You certainly can't heap coals all around and on top of it in the kitchen!  Thus using a dutch oven when camping becomes a treat.  My best friend cooks ham with cloves and pineapple rings in one, always a pleaser.

If you eat well, sleep well and stay dry, camping is always fun!

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dhawktx (author)CrLz2010-03-21

The dutch oven pictured is actually designed for use in a regular oven.

One that is intended to be used with coals has a lip around the lid that will not only retain the coals, but will keep out most of the ash that the coals produce - even if you lift the lid with the coals in place.

As you can see in the above photo, you'd have to remove all the coals and ash before lifting the lid to check on the contents. At the Lodge Mfg website they are called a Camp Dutch Oven to differentiate them from Home-Use dutch ovens. Lodge Mfg is the
producer of the best cast iron cookware I've ever used.

Another diffentiating feature is that Camp Dutch Ovens have legs to allow you to place fuel under them without having to lift the whole pot, as well as not worry about the pot shifting as the fuel under it burns.

Various sizes of available Camp Dutch Ovens:
https://secure.lodgemfg.com/storefront/product1_new.asp?idProduct=3969


Camp Dutch Oven Accessories (note: Lid Lifter GOOD!):
http://www.google.com/products/catalog?q=Cast+Iron+Dutch+Oven&hl=en&cid=15880887819801252509&sa=title#p


Complete Book of Dutch Oven Cooking
https://secure.lodgemfg.com/storefront/product1_new.asp?idProduct=4117


Booklet: Camp Dutch Oven Cooking 101
https://secure.lodgemfg.com/storefront/product1_new.asp?idProduct=4118

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pbates123 (author)2010-03-19

As you can see from L8NITE's comments what you pack is important. Size is everything and the less you can take the more time to have fun you will have.
Motor homes are great as are campers and tent campers but restrict where you can camp. Camp grounds are great for campers as they usually have toilets some have showers and other amenities.
Camping stores have pots that stack inside each other to save space and plastic plates and stack-able plastic cups also help.  Make up a box with your kitchen stuff - Salt & Pepper a couple of kitchen knives, forks, spoons and a plastic table cloth or two. Tables tend to be in bad shape.
Also be sure to take insect repellent with Deet and to avoid being eaten alive long sleeve shirts/tops and long pants help limit exposure and insect bites especially after about 4 O'clock in the afternoon when the mosquitoes come out.
I found a couple of Coleman Stoves which are similar to the one I use and I would recommend. And I found a foldable Oven at Walmart if you must have an oven. Not sure how well they work as I have never used one. I would check www.Craigslist.org as you can likely find these much cheaper.

http://www.preparedness.com/co2prpeincas.html   $75.00
http://www.preparedness.com/cofongopr2in.html   $83.00
http://www.walmart.com/ip/Coleman-Portable-Camp-Oven/895626?sourceid=1500000000000003260410&ci_src=14110944&ci_sku=895626  $28.83 Coleman folding oven

What ever you do don't forget the fishing poles as no camping trip is complete without fishing!

Enjoy Your Camping Trips!!

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hoka (author)2010-03-17

I am a retired National Park Service ranger and I have spent most of my life in wilderness areas. Very nice stove! You didn't say what kind of camping you wanted to do but good choice to declare family camping year! Get a tent of good quality like Eureka or Cabelas, do not subject your family to air mattresses, instead get or make closed cell foam pads for every one to sleep on. A camp axe and saw would be handy along with extra rope, butane lighters, at least one compass, maps of the area you plan on using, a way to keep food away from critters such as racoons, skunks, bears, etc. a cooler suspended in a tree is good for this. Also get a good first aid kit.
Keep your campsite clean and tidy. Some Audubon books to identify plants, birds and animals is also handy and entertaining. Most of all keep your eyes on the weather and have a really good time, let your memories be good ones.

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g2b2 (author)2010-03-17

Oh good grief!! A stove...the reason you go camping is to get away...not to replicate what you do at home...the first year we brought everything with us including the kitchen sink..by the second year we were lucky if we even brought the tent....Buy a campstove so you can make coffee quickly in the morning without having to rebuild last night's campfire..and so you can fry up the unexpected catch of the day....cook in the comfort of your home kitchen and freeze to reheat the next day or two...keep food simple and the less junk you can live without the more fun you will have....

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caitlinsdad (author)2010-03-16

 Is this real man-vs.-wild camping or a Winnebago with a hookup at the campsite?

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DixieGeek (author)caitlinsdad2010-03-17

I wouldn't call man-vs-wild "real camping". He carries a camera crew and does some pretty unsafe stuff. Please don't follow his example or you could risk injury or death in the outdoors.

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caitlinsdad (author)DixieGeek2010-03-17

You are correct.  I would only watch if they had a series Man-vs-Wild and the Mythbusters go to Antarctica or climb Mt. Everest.

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lebowski (author)caitlinsdad2010-03-16

I have two little girls, so probably something in between. Car camping is probably the appropriate term :)

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navyeod (author)2010-03-17

 Last year Sam's Club, in my area, had a stove similar to what you show.  It had two burners and a smaller, one rack oven.  I believe it sold for around $85-$90, but that could be high.  I wanted one, but don't camp enough any more to justify spending that much.  Sorry, I don't know who the manufacturer was.  Amazon has a Camp Chef that looks like your photo for $190.  Have fun camping and make sure the kids have whistles and know what to do if they become lost.

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l8nite (author)2010-03-16

 I don't know your area of the country so I can't recommend any camp sites but Im sure you can google state and national parks. It's been many years since my kids were little, they're all married now, but they still enjoy camping. We started out with tents, swim rafts doubled as sleeping pads. The stove you showed looks awesome but how much baking really gets done when camping? A coleman portable will cook bacon and eggs or pancakes or boil water for oatmeal and coffee, coldcuts for lunch and charcoal for dinner (it is camping after all ) We moved up to a popup which was nice but the boys still preferred their tent. Sleeping bags are good depending on the weather but usually blankets will suffice and are easier to wash even at campsites or local laundrymats if needed midtrip. Folding chairs, umbrellas and screen tents are nice if you have the room. Bikes are nice transportation for kids and adults at the campsite.. that cars getting aweful full isn't it ! A small trailer will haul most of your stuff and leave room in the car for the kids (lol) It really doesn't matter what you take with you, your going to find something you need you didn't think of so a camping notebook in the glovebox to make notes to yourself helps.
 What started out 24yrs ago or so as 4kids, 1dog,2 adults, a van, a tent and blankets has morfed into 3 kids, 7dogs, 10 adults, 3 27' motorhomes (older ones)a travel trailer, 2canoes, various tents etc etc..

 The MOST importent thing though... have fun with your children !

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