cobb cooker alternative

Hi all,

I'm off gas cooking (too many scary fire incidents) when camping. I am looking at the cobb cooker but in order to buy it and gear it up with the very useful accessories (grill plate, fry pan, fry plate, etc...) it will cost me a small fortune.

I have a trangia, which is a brilliant little appliance, but its size and heat output is quite limiting when i have a family to cook for.

Are there any alternative products that come to mind? I'd like not to be reliant on a camp fire for cooking as we can't always light one at every campsite.

Thanks in advance for suggestions.
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Reply By: Wilko - Saturday, Jun 26, 2010 at 15:30

Saturday, Jun 26, 2010 at 15:30
Hi Alexisv,

I've got a cobb but it is a limited when you have a tribe to cook for. I got a keg and cut it so it has a bottom and top that slides together.

I put heat beads in the bottom then put my camp oven on top of them, I then put the lid(top section of the keg) on and let it cook.

Ive got a large camp oven that can take a 3kg leg of lamb and with 15 heat beads, cooks it beautifully.

Cheers Wilko
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Follow Up By: alexisv - Sunday, Jun 27, 2010 at 09:05

Sunday, Jun 27, 2010 at 09:05
Wilko that sounds brilliant - do you by any chance have a picture you could post?
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Follow Up By: Wilko - Monday, Jun 28, 2010 at 08:39

Monday, Jun 28, 2010 at 08:39
Hi Alexisv,

This is a pic of it almost finished, I cit a few breather holes in the side to let the heat beads breath. I'm still doing trial and error on how many, I think I'll add a couple more.

Cheers Wilko

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Follow Up By: alexisv - Monday, Jun 28, 2010 at 13:16

Monday, Jun 28, 2010 at 13:16
That's fabulous Wilko - I love this idea!


You really are the modern day swaggy. :-)
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Follow Up By: Wilko - Monday, Jun 28, 2010 at 18:43

Monday, Jun 28, 2010 at 18:43
I cant take the credit, My old man came up with the idea I just made it
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Reply By: Andrew & Jen - Saturday, Jun 26, 2010 at 16:18

Saturday, Jun 26, 2010 at 16:18
Have a look at www.campingwithhillbilly.co - their combinations with a camp oven can be bought over time as budget allows - see fairly well down the list under products
Rgds
Andrew
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Reply By: Member - Christopher P (NSW) - Saturday, Jun 26, 2010 at 16:38

Saturday, Jun 26, 2010 at 16:38
Hi Teena and i use a coleman powerhouse dual fuel stove , cheap and easy to use. it has two burners and you fill up a tnk with clean mineral spirit light a match flick the lever from up to down, a full tank lasts 3-4 days for us, and its cheap to run, if you have problems repairs are easy and plenty of spares.
dual fuel stoves
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Follow Up By: alexisv - Sunday, Jun 27, 2010 at 09:03

Sunday, Jun 27, 2010 at 09:03
Hi Christopher,

Do you get the same heat/cooking time with this vs a gas cooker?

Alexis.
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Follow Up By: Member - Christopher P (NSW) - Sunday, Jun 27, 2010 at 09:36

Sunday, Jun 27, 2010 at 09:36
Hi Alexis, my sister and her family and Teena and i went to moreton island last year, Michelle (my sister) has a family of five, 2 burner gas cooker, we both started cooking around same time and finished same time ish, there wasn't much difference, we had a pasta meal, with half frozen mince, and they had a few other things as well.

So not much, when you first start the coleman, you will have a big flame but after a minuteit will settle down to a nice gas like flame, juast a tip you can't turn it on and of like a gas cooker, so timing and fore thought goes into it a little more. I.e. putting you water on for dish washing/ hot drinks.

occasionly you may need to give the unit a few pumps whilst cooking to keep it at a good flame.

Seeing as i'm off work sick i might make a video of using it.

If you want a bigger setup you can get a three burner, but i found the two burner can do up to five of us, Teena my 2 niece's and my nephew and myself.

everything on the coleman packs into itself for easy transport.

I hope this helps.

Cheers
Chris
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Reply By: Tadooch - Tuesday, Jun 29, 2010 at 20:05

Tuesday, Jun 29, 2010 at 20:05
Hi alexisv, I saw your post over the weekend and thought you might like to look at this...
http://www.campertrailers.org/little_wombat.htm

I've also seen a cheap Cobb alternative using a steel colander and trivette. I've saved the site somewhere in my files??? Will have to get back to you on that one.

cheers.
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Follow Up By: alexisv - Wednesday, Jun 30, 2010 at 09:53

Wednesday, Jun 30, 2010 at 09:53
I'd love to see the link if you find it Tadooch. I actually went and bought a Cobb and I love it so much I want a second one - so any easy way to knock one up would be great cos the budget will definitely not stretch for another!

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Follow Up By: Tadooch - Wednesday, Jun 30, 2010 at 13:08

Wednesday, Jun 30, 2010 at 13:08
Here it is...

http://rvseachange.com/?p=40


Cheers
Luke
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Follow Up By: alexisv - Wednesday, Jun 30, 2010 at 14:40

Wednesday, Jun 30, 2010 at 14:40
that's brilliant!
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