Webasto diesel cooktops

Submitted: Sunday, Jun 07, 2015 at 14:13
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There are plenty of threads here on Webasto diesel heaters, but I can't find anything on their diesel cook-tops.
If anyone is using one I would welcome any comments on the pluses and minuses of this unit. I realise that they are rather pricy and can take a while to heat up and cool down.
Keith
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Reply By: TomH - Sunday, Jun 07, 2015 at 15:05

Sunday, Jun 07, 2015 at 15:05
Dont know about modern units but we had diesel stoves years ago. Were dirty smelly things with a drip feed that had to be managed carefully to keep temp steady.
Had no alternative where we were. Wind across the flue caused problems at times as well.
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Reply By: PeteS - Sunday, Jun 07, 2015 at 15:20

Sunday, Jun 07, 2015 at 15:20
G'day Keith,
We have a diesel cooktop in our Kimberley Karavan and it's a great product. As you note already, they are slow to get going, however that's fine as it also helps warm the van on a cold morning. We just hit the button and let it do its thing. We don't use it a lot as we cook outside 99% of the time. We mainly use it when we are running low on gas, cold mornings (stay inside the van) or if it's not the best of weather (wind/rain). It hardly uses any diesel.

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PeteS
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Reply By: Frank P (NSW) - Sunday, Jun 07, 2015 at 16:34

Sunday, Jun 07, 2015 at 16:34
G'day Keith,

Like Pete S (g'day Pete), we have one in our Kimberley Karavan, too. We use ours a fair bit, especially in cold weather when it adds to the room heater, and like it. It is particularly good for slow cooking, eg steaming rice and when a long, slow simmer is required and a fire is ruled out.

It's not much chop for high temperature stuff where things have to be seared, like meat in a pan - gas or a fire is better for that.

Temperature is adjustable through a wide range, though it is slow to respond, and it's extremely frugal on the diesel.

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Reply By: Ozhumvee - Sunday, Jun 07, 2015 at 17:13

Sunday, Jun 07, 2015 at 17:13
We have one in the Oka and echo most of the previous comments re the slow to get going but as we use an electric jug to boil water and a normal toaster for toast ours is only used for cooking.
We've also sat the camp oven on it and cooked a roast, pies and puddings and it is used to cook most of our meals especially when a fire isn't available.
Very frugal with the diesel as well and we don't have any gas at all.
It has been installed for about four years now and has performed faultlessly in that time.
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Follow Up By: Noisy Mango - Monday, Jun 08, 2015 at 10:00

Monday, Jun 08, 2015 at 10:00
Hi Peter,
What type of electric jug & toaster are you using? Are they powered by an inverter or generator?
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Jenny.
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Follow Up By: Ozhumvee - Monday, Jun 08, 2015 at 10:40

Monday, Jun 08, 2015 at 10:40
We have 400ah of lithium batteries, 680w of solar and an 1800w Xantrex inverter which provides the 240v for normal electrical appliances like an inductive cooktop for outside cooking or when in a van park (rarely), breadmaker, 1000w electric jug, sunbeam toaster, all the usual wall warts to recharge phones, laptops etc. All charging is done with the solar, no input from vehicle and no gennie.
As well as the diesel cooktop we have a Webasto thermotop which provides hot water and central heating if required.
We can last a week or so with bugger all solar in crook weather and in an emergency can charge from the truck but in four years have yet to do so.
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Reply By: Member - BUSH CAMPER - Monday, Jun 08, 2015 at 10:00

Monday, Jun 08, 2015 at 10:00
We have a new, Newage caravan, 17 series offroad Big Red, and when we ordered it we requested a diesel cook top and the combined diesel hot water and heater. No smell and we find it very good, and gives you more bench space when its not being used.
When we use it, just hit the start button a few minuted before you need to start cooking.
Takes about 4 minutes to get up to temperature, controls are good, and takes a little time to cool down but that's OK, don't put anything on it. We have a portable induction cooker that I use when we have power, just sit it on the diesel cooker, induction cooker, $ 49.00 on Ebay.
We have no gas at all in the van, so can close up door vents and keeps the van warmer at night and no drafts, also no dust when on outback roads.
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Follow Up By: Member - KeithB - Monday, Jun 08, 2015 at 21:26

Monday, Jun 08, 2015 at 21:26
Do you have a rough idea of what the cost was to install both units, purchase price of the units excluded?
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Follow Up By: Ozhumvee - Tuesday, Jun 09, 2015 at 07:09

Tuesday, Jun 09, 2015 at 07:09
Keith
I've just bought both units to fit to a mates new van, much cheaper to buy from ebay, there are sellers with good reps. One based in Turkey is very good to deal with and has a good rep on RV forums here.
Prices were several hundreds below AU cost with 5 day shipping.
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Reply By: Member - BUSH CAMPER - Monday, Jun 08, 2015 at 21:50

Monday, Jun 08, 2015 at 21:50
Don't know the cost to install, all in the price of the van
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Follow Up By: Member - KeithB - Monday, Jun 08, 2015 at 22:28

Monday, Jun 08, 2015 at 22:28
Thanks for the feedback anyway
Keith
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