camping bbq ideas

Submitted: Monday, Jul 10, 2006 at 14:36


OK, apart from the obvious (cooking on the fire which we are already decked out for), I was just wondering if anyone has any ideas for bbqs or hotplates which can cater for a slightly larger gang than just the simple round gas bbq.

I looked at one today, 2 burner, foldup legs, one piece body/plate and it looked ok, except it is 555 (deep) x 665 x230 all up ($100 for the Garth Jumbuck at Bunnings) I was hoping it would sit on it's side in the camper trailer and minimise storage wastage, but it is slightly too deep. It will fit in the car but takes up a fair bit of extra room in the back of the Jack.

Anyone come across a similar unit slightly smaller, or any other ideas for having a good sized hot plate on gas?

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Reply By: Grizzle - Monday, Jul 10, 2006 at 14:57

Monday, Jul 10, 2006 at 14:57
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Reply By: Sand Man (SA) - Monday, Jul 10, 2006 at 17:35

Monday, Jul 10, 2006 at 17:35

What you take camping is always a compromise between portability (storage) and size. (how many you can cook for)

Tell all the other freeloaders (gang members) to bring their own BBQ:-)

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Follow Up By: D-Jack - Monday, Jul 10, 2006 at 18:15

Monday, Jul 10, 2006 at 18:15
Yeh Sandman, I know what you mean. I'm thinking of something to take with us when we go and stay somewhere for say 4 or more days. Alot of camping grounds or caravan parks have free or pay bbqs, but we use them heaps and am wondering if there is anything of a decent size we can set up on our campsite to use for bacon and eggs, fish and calamari, sausages/chops, vegies etc., even toast. This is on top of the 3 burner gas stove we have for boiling water/vegies etc. Saves having to carry everything over to the Bbq and back again. Obviously the more serious camping trips and 4wd trips you need to travel lighter! One of the reasons we got the camper through was to give us more room for the luxuries! Thanks for your input.

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Follow Up By: Mike Harding - Monday, Jul 10, 2006 at 18:29

Monday, Jul 10, 2006 at 18:29
Pop round to your local engineering shop and ask them to cut you a piece of heavy gauge steel to whatever size you want.

Most of the camping shops do a cast iron BBQ plate about 15" x 10"?

Buy three cheap frying pans?

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Follow Up By: D-Jack - Monday, Jul 10, 2006 at 19:51

Monday, Jul 10, 2006 at 19:51
Mike, I didn't mean I wanted something on top of the 3 burner stove, I meant we wanted something 'extra' or over and above the 3 burner stove (looks like I'll have to rephrase that one too! - make that 'apart from' the 3 burner stove!). English language funny isn't it!
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Reply By: markcas - Monday, Jul 10, 2006 at 19:55

Monday, Jul 10, 2006 at 19:55
I use a Webber Q gas BBQ.It can cook 3 roasts and all veg required.Heaps of baccon up 12 pices of toast.You have to add small hotplate to cook eggs .It is a bbq and oven so you can cook bread cakes pizza and great steaks ect just like your oven at home.Look into them you wont be sorry
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Follow Up By: D-Jack - Monday, Jul 10, 2006 at 20:28

Monday, Jul 10, 2006 at 20:28
Thanks for the suggestion Markcas

Looks a little too bulky for what I was looking at. And I was also thinking of something that you could leave out overnight with less worry that some scum will take off with it. The one I looked at was only $100 so less likely to grow legs. It was also squarer, so easier to pack for a trip away. Would even sit on the roof rack if necessary. Weber Q looks like an excellent product though. Thanks for trying.

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Reply By: geocacher (djcache) - Monday, Jul 10, 2006 at 23:05

Monday, Jul 10, 2006 at 23:05
I make these.

The hot plate is able to be leveled if the stake isn't in straight, as is the pot ring (not shown) and the pot hook, ring and hotplate pack flat with the stake into a canvas bag that while a little weighty packs easily. You could strap it to your cargo barrier.

I've made about 9 or 10 so far. Every time it comes out at a camp fire someone wants one.

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Follow Up By: geocacher (djcache) - Monday, Jul 10, 2006 at 23:06

Monday, Jul 10, 2006 at 23:06

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Follow Up By: geocacher (djcache) - Monday, Jul 10, 2006 at 23:08

Monday, Jul 10, 2006 at 23:08
Worked that time. Actually you can see the pot ring (just) hiding behind the hotplate.

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Follow Up By: Member - Pedro the One (QLD) - Tuesday, Jul 11, 2006 at 00:41

Tuesday, Jul 11, 2006 at 00:41
Hi,D-Jack .......... and geocacher....

Please consider, iffen I have interpreted your needs correctly :

The famous Pedro's Pole BBQ, as shown in My Rig Photo 2 !!!

Have tried 872 different ways to attach it to this reponse but keep getting it cicked up! Thusly you'll need to click on My Rig.

Cost around $6 - $8 to set up (really!) utilising scrap bits from my also famous "She'll Come In Handy One Day" box.

Approx. 1800 mm length of Galvanised Water Pipe, several pieces of steel rod (in my case: old threaded rod around 500mm long) a couple of meters of Jack Chain (Bunnings/Mitre 10 ..... hence the $6 - $8).

Drill x number of holes in line (to accept the rod) at various levels vertically in the gal. pipe, mine are spaced around 100mm apart, then drill another set of holes at 90 degrees to the first lot but spaced midway 'twixt the first lot.
(These spacings will give you your height adjustments.)

You the need to drill appropriate small holes in your cookware !!!
Go on .... it really wont hurt them!
Cut the jack chain to various lengths (be accurate in getting pairs and triples to the EXACT same length otherwise your cookware will TILT !

1 ..........Bang the pipe into the ground, behind fire or gas ring or gas stove or whatever:

2 .......... Stick rods through pipe holes:

3 .......... Hang cookware from rods, @ appropriate levels:

4 .......... Cook !!!!

5 ......... When whatever is cooked, spin the pipe around, plonking the kettle/billy over the fire/stove/whatever to boil whilst you get stuck into your wok-cooked seafood/camp-oven damper/panfried bacon and eggs/camp oven roast/grilled steak and chips (yes chips!) etc. etc.... limited only by your imagination ......

Nothing metal gets too hot to touch, the height and the arm (rods) really are infinitely adjustable to the heat of the fire .......... I also hang a cheap 6v Dorcy light at the top of the pole shining down to ensure minimal charring .........

As you can see in my picture, I can hang camp oven, Bedourie lid as frying pan, billy or kettle (I use both!) wok, all at the same time.
And no, there is no stability problem at all, even when everything is fully loaded and you swing the pole around!!

I'm sure you can fing a hidey-hole for the Pipe somewhere,even lashed to the roofrack or, just thought of this idea .... covered with an old fishing rod cover.
My rods and chain are carried in a 550mm PVC tube offcut, cap glued at one end and loose as a lid at the other.

Damn ...... that's a lot of description for such a simple piece of gear.
No downsides so far ... 'ylclept it is so cool to use that you keep wanting to take photos of it in use !!

Fire thought ........ a few heatbeads in a metal container instead of the gas stove ???

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Follow Up By: Member - Pedro the One (QLD) - Tuesday, Jul 11, 2006 at 01:39

Tuesday, Jul 11, 2006 at 01:39
Oooops .........

Forgot a detail : bung the steel rod in your vice and bend a 10mm upturn at ONE END only, thusly removing any chance of a cookpot slipping off. Generally, the weight will help here, making the threaded rod ideal for 'non-slippability!"
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Reply By: Grizzle - Tuesday, Jul 11, 2006 at 11:16

Tuesday, Jul 11, 2006 at 11:16
Go to they are the importers of Gasmate products. We use a Hot Ozi barbecue for all of our cooikng when camping. (feeds a family of 4). We have cooked stir frys etc on it. We also use it for toast and the like. Sitro also have heaps of camping gear and other barbecues. They also have a factory outlet in Notting Hill (Vic) which is really cheap

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