Using a Cobb cooker as a heater in camper?????

Submitted: Monday, May 11, 2009 at 13:01
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Went to the Victorian Camping and Caravan show on Saturday and bought a Cobb from a Anaconda. Pretty good deal I thought at $179 for the SS one.

Then later at the Cobb stand the bloke was doing his demo and apart from the cooking etc he was on about using it as a cheap convenient way to heat a tent or camper. He was talking 10c an hour not sure how he did his arithmatic.

I have some misgivings about this and wondered how others feel, is anyone using their's as a heater?

Apart from the heating issue are there any pitfalls I should watch out for when cooking with it?



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Reply By: Farko - Monday, May 11, 2009 at 13:26

Monday, May 11, 2009 at 13:26
Heaters in tents are a disaster waiting to happen - even more so, anything with a flame. Tents burn so quick, the burns are awful. Do not cook in tents either - cramped space, things get knocked over. The consequences of an accident can be horrific.
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Follow Up By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Monday, May 11, 2009 at 13:50

Monday, May 11, 2009 at 13:50
Anything that creates a flame creates gases which in an enclosed space WILL kill you



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Follow Up By: Member - Mark G Gulmarrad - Monday, May 11, 2009 at 21:21

Monday, May 11, 2009 at 21:21
Graham

does that include the good ol' baked beans????

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Follow Up By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Tuesday, May 12, 2009 at 09:19

Tuesday, May 12, 2009 at 09:19
If you can light it good luck to you.



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Reply By: MrBitchi (QLD) - Monday, May 11, 2009 at 13:49

Monday, May 11, 2009 at 13:49
S'pose you could but I wouldn't.

1. You'd have to leave the cover and the cooking plate off. Although there would be no flame, briquettes burn bloody hot and having an exposed heat source in a tent is not a good idea IMO.

2. Having a fire in an enclosed space is a recipe for carbon monoxide poisoning.

I HAVE used mine in the annex of the camper after cooking a meal but we always make sure it's well out of any traffic area and it gets put out as soon as we decide it's bed time. And we don't have any kids running around... Don't cook with them in an enclosed space as they give off too much smoke etc.

The only heat I need when camping is SWMBO ;-))
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Follow Up By: Johnny boy - Monday, May 11, 2009 at 15:16

Monday, May 11, 2009 at 15:16
Hi GT,
I watched the demo at the Syd CC show and at the end I asked him that as well as travelling with it in the car whilst it cooks , he said I wont endorse it but I have heard of people using them for that ,I then received a phone call from my mate saying that Rays out doors had them for $185 with a roasting rack so he grabbed the catalogue and walked into Anaconda and they matched and beat it buy 10% ,I think I paid about $166 at the end but the show was good !

Regards John.
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Reply By: dionbremner - Monday, May 11, 2009 at 15:16

Monday, May 11, 2009 at 15:16
Not sure I'd use one as a heater but they make great pizza!
Cheers
Dion
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Reply By: Member - Bushpig - Monday, May 11, 2009 at 15:52

Monday, May 11, 2009 at 15:52
We have had one for a year now and we use it as a heater in our cold house. We leave a window open ajar but it does smell a little after you put new heat beads in it. Once they glow read there is no flame and the heat is great. Also cooks a mean roast.

Cheers Jack
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Reply By: psproule - Monday, May 11, 2009 at 17:35

Monday, May 11, 2009 at 17:35
Burning heatbeads emit carbon monixide. Read the packet. You know the rest.
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Reply By: Trekkie (Member - WA) - Monday, May 11, 2009 at 21:53

Monday, May 11, 2009 at 21:53
Note the comments re FIRE and POISON GAS
Having said that I always put mine in the Camper after we have eaten to warm the camper - but dont sleep with it inside
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Reply By: Blaze (Berri) - Tuesday, May 12, 2009 at 00:52

Tuesday, May 12, 2009 at 00:52
If using Heat Beads as we most do with a Cobb and you read the side of the packet, it clearly states.. TOXIC, DO NOT USE INDOORS...


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Reply By: Tadooch - Tuesday, May 12, 2009 at 20:29

Tuesday, May 12, 2009 at 20:29
I agree with Trekkie. I have had my cobb for 8 years. Once lit in a well ventilated area and all briquettes are white, it can come in the house and sit on any surface safely to cook. You should always avoid the self lighting briquettes as they are way to toxic to cook with the lid on.
I have had mine in the camper on the vinyl floor but never with the kids. I always have some ventilation no matter the weather. I now have a insulated blanket so the warmth stays in long after the coals have gone out...still my one eye that seems to always stay open keeps a watch on the embers under the trivett.
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Reply By: brushmarx - Friday, May 15, 2009 at 16:51

Friday, May 15, 2009 at 16:51
Sorry for a late reply, but just got back from 2 weeks away, Brissie to Melbourne, down via the Darling River.
The Cobb will have a meltdown if fuelled up, lid on, and no food to absorb the heat, so with the poisonous beads etc, it's probably not a good idea as a heater.
There is a gas heater that uses some new technology that the camping shop said is safe indoors, and doesn't put out carbon monoxide. They run on disposable largish gas canisters, but the one we bought was bloody hopeless, and the owners book said not for indoor use. The thing should be called a warmer, not heater.
Absolute waste of $70.00.
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Follow Up By: GoneTroppo Member (FNQ) - Saturday, May 16, 2009 at 10:29

Saturday, May 16, 2009 at 10:29
What brand of "warmer" was, so I can stay away from it?
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Follow Up By: brushmarx - Saturday, May 16, 2009 at 14:17

Saturday, May 16, 2009 at 14:17
It is a Coleman Propane Catalytic Heater, standard ignition model.
I may have a faulty unit, but I queried a camping shop near Melboune, and was told "what did I expect for that price... a bloody air conditioner?"
Maybe this is a faulty unit, and I am returning it to the store I bought it at to see what they have to say. But if it is indicative of the model, the poor performance is something I do not expect from the Coleman brand.
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Reply By: GoneTroppo Member (FNQ) - Saturday, May 16, 2009 at 10:28

Saturday, May 16, 2009 at 10:28
Thanks for your thoughts everyone.

I'm going to try using it with the coconut husk fuel thingies they sell. I never intended to go to sleep with it going, rather just to warm up a bit while sitting around on a bad night.

It would be interesting to actually measure the level of carbon monoxide or anything else for that matter. I'll see what I come up with.

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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Sunday, May 24, 2009 at 12:55

Sunday, May 24, 2009 at 12:55
Are the Anaconda ones still "Grey imports"?? having read a few forums, Anaconda are not resellers of Cobbs... The Anaconda ones have no warranty from Cobb.

http://myswag.org/forum/index.php?topic=2094.0

I also bought one recently at Anaconda, but I got no box, cookbook, instructions, basically a Cobb Premier in a carry bag for $180... Little pist with that. Got the sort of instruction book off the Cobb site, but no cookbook etc. :(


Got a roast running as we speak though.
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Follow Up By: GoneTroppo Member (FNQ) - Monday, May 25, 2009 at 07:10

Monday, May 25, 2009 at 07:10
Not sure about the grey imports, when I asked the Anaconda people they said they would honour any warranty.

Like all warranties it's still a case of putting it to the test, mind you I can't see that much going wrong with it really.

Mine came with box, cookbook, instructions, carrybag.All the ones they had there were the same.

Seems odd that yours did not, was it a demo?
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