Ciggy Lighter kettle?

Submitted: Tuesday, Mar 25, 2003 at 09:56
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Anyone ever used a plug into the ciggy lighter kettle of any form?? Successful?

I have the gas stove and billy for when its not raining, but when it is, thought you would just make one in the car... or while your still heading to camp!!

Thoughts?
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Reply By: Goodsy - Tuesday, Mar 25, 2003 at 10:08

Tuesday, Mar 25, 2003 at 10:08
Have used them. They work but take a very very long long time to boil. Was quicker to get out the gas stove.
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Reply By: Member - Bob - Tuesday, Mar 25, 2003 at 10:28

Tuesday, Mar 25, 2003 at 10:28
I have a gas kettle that is pretty fast. It contains one of those disposable Gaz cylinders in the base, and has an ignition system operated by a button on the handle. It is about the same size as an electric jug, but only holds about four cups of water. It cost about $149 and is made in Israel (probably in the same factory where they make the bombs to blast the bejesus out of the Palestinians). The other option is to boil a billy and use a thermos.
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Follow Up By: Member - Bob - Tuesday, Mar 25, 2003 at 10:29

Tuesday, Mar 25, 2003 at 10:29
But Truckster, why don't you just use the bottom drain cock on your radiator?
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Reply By: Goodsy - Tuesday, Mar 25, 2003 at 10:36

Tuesday, Mar 25, 2003 at 10:36
Just timed it 20 minutes to boil one cup.
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Follow Up By: Truckster - Tuesday, Mar 25, 2003 at 22:23

Tuesday, Mar 25, 2003 at 22:23
Pass..

thanks anyway!
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Reply By: paul - Tuesday, Mar 25, 2003 at 10:41

Tuesday, Mar 25, 2003 at 10:41
i got an aussie bush kettle. Always carry plastic bag with a handful of dry twigs, will boil 0.5L in about 4 minutes. Cause the exposed tube is so small in diameter is not usually affected by rain - though i wouldn't try it in a tropical storm.
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Follow Up By: Truckster - Tuesday, Mar 25, 2003 at 22:24

Tuesday, Mar 25, 2003 at 22:24
yes but to use it you have to stand in the rain!

I have a 3 burner stove and billy I can use out of the back of the car, but not keen on it when its wee weein down.

thanks anyway.
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Reply By: Member - Cocka - Tuesday, Mar 25, 2003 at 10:57

Tuesday, Mar 25, 2003 at 10:57
We have had an immersion heater for some years. Just sit it in a mug of water and plug in. It's OK if your desperate but don't try holding it between your legs while driving. We now find it easier to take a thermos & make coffee last thing before we pack up camp and a plan for cuppa stop somewhere. We are coff-a-holics and actually make plunger coffee, it's the only way to go.
With the immersion heaters you can also get them in 240v if you have an inverter.
Try the Jaycar Electrics site they have all sorts of doodads.
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Reply By: David - Tuesday, Mar 25, 2003 at 11:05

Tuesday, Mar 25, 2003 at 11:05
Got to agree with the others- woefully slow.
However I bought some cheap insulated coffee cups which also have a 12v connection- they work great if you have atleast warm water to start with.. I often have warm water from a thermos which was boiled up say yesterday- and about 20 mins or so after making a warm coffee I have a nice HOT coffee. Sits in a cup holder and works a treat- you can take your time drinking your coffee while you drive with a proper insulated cup with lid!
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Reply By: Member - Cocka - Tuesday, Mar 25, 2003 at 11:18

Tuesday, Mar 25, 2003 at 11:18
Hell, a $149 for a jug to boil some water, it would want to come with alarm clocks and doodads. Almost as bad as $2000 for a set of draws.
Truckster you can also get those mini bushwalkers stoves that have a refillable fuel bottle attached. They are small, efficient and you can sit a billy on them. But I think they cost a bit, usually available in good hiking/camp stores.
So much to see and so little time.
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Follow Up By: Member - Bob - Tuesday, Mar 25, 2003 at 11:59

Tuesday, Mar 25, 2003 at 11:59
You could say the same thing about fridges "Hell $1200 just to keep your beer cold" What value do you put on your time (or having cold beer)? If the immersion heater takes 20 minutes to do one cup, and the gas thingy does four cups in four minutes, it wouldn't take many coffees before its paid for itself no matter how you value your time. Admittedly, you could be doing something else while the immersion heater flattens your battery, but you would need to do some serious forward planning if two of you wanted a coffee at the same time. Unless you each had an immersion heater and one of those ciglighter double adapters;-)
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Reply By: Time - Tuesday, Mar 25, 2003 at 11:59

Tuesday, Mar 25, 2003 at 11:59
Got a $20 12 volt kettle from the camp shop, boils 2 cups of water in about 20 minutes, only use it when there are fire bans on, else use the gas burner or camp fire to boil the billy. Must say that when the fire bans are on I'm usually happy with a cold drink, so not much use has been made out of the 12 volt job.

Cheers

Buggerlux
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Follow Up By: Member - Cocka - Tuesday, Mar 25, 2003 at 12:23

Tuesday, Mar 25, 2003 at 12:23
That sounds like an excellent option - you can spend the other $129 on 4 slabs of your favourite.
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Reply By: Member - Peter- Tuesday, Mar 25, 2003 at 15:17

Tuesday, Mar 25, 2003 at 15:17
I agree with how slow they are ,the bush kettle I got from NZ called a thermett is made of copper and will boil water in a couple of minutes even when using only gum leaves also has a stand that goes on top to sit a small pot or fry pan .Peter York4x4
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Reply By: Member - Willem- Tuesday, Mar 25, 2003 at 20:20

Tuesday, Mar 25, 2003 at 20:20
Truckster,

We have had a 12 volt kettle for years. Holds about two cups of water. Bought it at a camp shop for $17. We only use it to top up the thermos and boil the water whilst having smoko or lunch. Takes around 30 minutes...... but what the heck, who is in a hurry? Can be boiled when driving on a relatively smooth road. Cheers, Willem
Never a dull moment
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Follow Up By: ThePublican - Tuesday, Mar 25, 2003 at 22:15

Tuesday, Mar 25, 2003 at 22:15
Todays junk mail, Aussi Autos ,12 volt kettle and 2cups $16.95,
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Reply By: Truckster - Tuesday, Mar 25, 2003 at 22:27

Tuesday, Mar 25, 2003 at 22:27
Thanks people, I already have one of them insulated cups thats about 6in tall from Aussie Disposals with a lid on it, was thinking of something cheap and easy.


seems it doesnt exist anymore in these technological times. :(

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Follow Up By: duncs - Wednesday, Mar 26, 2003 at 12:30

Wednesday, Mar 26, 2003 at 12:30
Hey Truckster,

I got a single burner butane stove frome Big W comes with a butane cylinder and piezo igniter. The cylinder disconnects from the stove when not in use. Turn the knob and it lights. Takes seconds to get going. Came in a plastic carry case and cost a massive $19.00

Duncs
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Reply By: jaycee - Saturday, Mar 29, 2003 at 18:29

Saturday, Mar 29, 2003 at 18:29
The trouble with cheap and easy these days Truckster is that it comes attached with a research and development bill of about $1,000,000, a patent fee and a cost for having a mickey mouse picture on it!
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Reply By: Member - Chris - Tuesday, Apr 01, 2003 at 02:06

Tuesday, Apr 01, 2003 at 02:06
G'day truckster,

I've bought one of the infamous ciggy kettles from Marlows for $20 or something.
Yep, takes a while but over very long distances ie. Nullabor it was worth it's weight in gold. From the moment of plugging it in it took about 15 minutes to get to coffee temperature - why it has to be boiled I dont' know. I'm sure the critics have got their reasons but I think we take 240V kettles for granted and wait for them to boil for the sake of it, and to save the roof of the mouth when hitting something unexpected like a bump or roadkill.
The better half and myself basically kept the ciggy kettle going non stop across the nullabor so when you finished your coffee the next one was ready - all without losing time to stop and drag out a stove. Also with it's cute little lid and compact design it fitted snuggly into the console of the cruiser preventing it moving around and splashing.
*IN NO WAY DOES THIS MESSAGE PROMOTE DRIVING WITHOUT THE OCCASIONAL BREAK AND STRETCH OF THE LEGS OR PROMOTE DRIVING NON-STOP FROM PERTH TO THE EASTERN STATES WITH YOUR ENTIRE LIFE AND LIVES OF OTHER ROAD USERS RELYING ON A $20 CIGGY KETTLE.
All the best Love the bush.
Chris
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