Food Warmer

Submitted: Tuesday, Oct 14, 2003 at 20:49
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Self and family have just returned from our first real 4WD trip to Outback NSW, Corner Country, Innamincka and the Cooper, before heading south to the Flinders.

I would like to thank all and sundry, for the various info that I have tapped into on this fantastic site. We had a great trip, with the only hiccup being the battery and the camper trailer that it was attached to, parted company just west of Camerons Corner. No drama really, we sourced a replacement at Innamincka.

We had a excellent trip, with the weather conditions varying between 38 degrees and a dust storm at Broken Hill to near zero temps at the Flinders.

In my preparation for the trip, I was greatly assisted by Peter, Andrew and the Crew at ARB Southern at St Peters in Sydney. Great advice with no strings attached.

Had better get into the TOPIC -: As there was always "left over" food from the previous nights bar b que or curry, we often wished that we had some means of re-heating it for snacks or meals the next day. Is there a device or product that can be fitted to the engine coolant system or some other 'thing' that would enable us to reheat food items prior to a road-side stop. Basically so that it is ready to eat at the time of the stop.

Thanks again for all the bits and pieces of info.
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Reply By: Member - Cocka - Tuesday, Oct 14, 2003 at 21:24

Tuesday, Oct 14, 2003 at 21:24
Well done Brian, glad you enjoyed the trip.
When we decided to upcamp and move on we sometimes make our plunger coffee after breaky & keep it hot in a thermos until morning tea break. We have a wide necked thermos and can keep all manner of hot food in it.
In emergencies we have a single burner hiking stove (small) that's great for reheats also.Carpe Diem
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Follow Up By: macca - Tuesday, Oct 14, 2003 at 21:38

Tuesday, Oct 14, 2003 at 21:38
Have to agree with cocka..the small butane stove comes in handy for quick left overs and a burnt slab of toast whilst its cooking
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Reply By: soldierboy - Tuesday, Oct 14, 2003 at 21:36

Tuesday, Oct 14, 2003 at 21:36
hello brian.
we have a 12 volt esky type thing that doubles as a heater.
keeps the drinks cold untill you have your bbq then use it to heat up your food as you drive.
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Reply By: foxer - Tuesday, Oct 14, 2003 at 21:46

Tuesday, Oct 14, 2003 at 21:46
The old stand by of some alfoil. Wrap it up and place it on the manifold works pretty well and doesn't cost to much!!
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Reply By: explo - Tuesday, Oct 14, 2003 at 22:19

Tuesday, Oct 14, 2003 at 22:19
Bought myself a12v oven,it si about 12L x9d x4h(inches)from marlows about 2years ago. Made by lion products,it has a hotplate in the base which gets very hot .Use mine everday at work while driving ,1.5-2 hours for a frozen pies to red hot .Makes nice hot ham n cheese rolls (melted) Also comes with 2 rectangluar saucepans/lids Only problem on/off switch melted,but replaced it with a better one

cheers macca
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Reply By: Mick - Wednesday, Oct 15, 2003 at 10:30

Wednesday, Oct 15, 2003 at 10:30
Just a warning,
The 12volt fridge/heaters drag lots of current, so there fine whilst driving, but dont use them too much if camped in one spot for a few days. TRhey will flatten your battery much faster than a danfloss compressor type fridge.
A good suggestion was the small gas canister barbies. there quite small, and use an aerosol type can of gas.
Look up Golden Bell website.
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Reply By: Benna - Wednesday, Oct 15, 2003 at 11:18

Wednesday, Oct 15, 2003 at 11:18

Jaycar ( ) have a 12volt portable stove(looks like an oven with lid and all). about $50 i think check it out, seems half decent, gets to 140 C.

Never tried it

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Reply By: Moose - Wednesday, Oct 15, 2003 at 13:25

Wednesday, Oct 15, 2003 at 13:25
4WD touring is great isn't it?
Just a word of warning re keeping leftovers warm. Food that's kept warm is a breeding ground for bugs that cause "food poisoning". Not sure whether from one night to next lunch break would be a problem but it may be safer to store it in the fridge until you want to eat and then heat using a stove.
You make it sound like you want to get lunch over with as quickly as possible. Relax and take your time - heating a bit of tucker will not take too much time.
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