Outdoor Camp Kitchens.

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  1. Fshrmon

    Fshrmon New Member

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    Greetings.

    In this off season, I've been researching and kicking around some ideas to tweak my kitchen set up. Currently, I have one of those inexpensive collapsable metal stands to hold a 2 burner stove, but our PUP came with a Coleman Guide 3 burner stove, which is fantastic, but it doesn't fit on my stove stand. Other than that I have the kitchen box with utensils, plates, cups, etc and then my two coolers (food & beverages.)

    I mostly cook outside, along the side of the PUP. Some over the coals and new this year i'm going to pick up a dutch oven to add to the mix. We do own an Instant Pot that i've been kicking around bringing on our next trip as well.

    I realize I'm totally all over the map here. Hence, why i'm inquiring to see what all of you do. If you have any photos of your setup that would be helpful too.

    1) Do you use a folding table? If so, what kind?
    2) Do you run propane for your camp stove from the on board tank or do you use the little green bottles?

    What is your set up like? What do you like and what would you tweak to your system/setup?

    Cheers.
     
  2. silvermickey2002

    silvermickey2002 Morris County, NJ

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    We use a folding table for both stoves. Not sure of the brand, but half of it is a table and the other half is a metal grid. We picked it up in Walmart a few years ago. We try to keep it as simple as possible. All the utensils are in a see thru Rubbermaid box. I have a 10 lb propane tank that I use specifically just for the stoves. Easier to carry around then the 20 lb tank and cheaper to fill than using all those little green bottles. The setup we use works for us, been doing it this way for about 10 years.

    Here is the table we use (just found it)
    https://www.walmart.com/ip/Lifetime...g-Table-Light-Commercial-Pearl-80506/49408130
     
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    BikeNFish Well-Known Member

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    I use THIS table and use the green bottles.
     
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    Fshrmon New Member

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    Thanks for the info.

    What other ways are your kitchen's set up?

    Ex. storage tips and tricks? set up tips and tricks? what's your kitchen camp luxury item(s) that you like to bring/use? What makes your camp kitchen 'just the way you like it'?

    TIA.
     
  5. Popiworks

    Popiworks Paddle faster, I hear banjos!

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    I use the 2 ft by 4 ft table mentioned above and place my camp kitchen on it.
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    Fshrmon New Member

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    That looks really cool. Did you build that? or where did you find it?
     
  7. Econ

    Econ Active Member

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    This depends more on your personality. To answer this ignores YOUR personality and describes mine.

    I don't drive 700 miles round trip to sit around a camper. That can be done in my backyard. We are going places and doing things. Our camper is a base camp. We eat in the morning and sleep there. We are simple people. We don't complicate things. KISS

    We are not going to get involved in time consuming activities like dutch ovens, etc. Go explore. Enjoy nature. When was the last time you took a thermos of coffee and watched sunrise? You can cook at home if that's how you get your thrills.

    We are health food people. We don't cook for taste. WE eat to refuel. The majority will live a much shorter life caused by their poor dietary choices. I reversed severe Acid reflux by diet only.

    We carry an old Coleman white gas stove, a quart of white gas, a backup propane stove, and the stove inside. Most sites have a picnic table. If not there is a TV dinner stand.

    Good luck.

    Remember, Keep It Simple

    We don't eat after 1 PM
     
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  8. silvermickey2002

    silvermickey2002 Morris County, NJ

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    When we camp we are on the go! We wake up and cook a nice breakfast and off we go for the day! We usually come back to the camp site for dinner and then we go all out and make a nice dinner and sit and relax for the evening around a campfire that we started so we can cook dinner. Sometimes we cook dinner in the dutch oven, but we cook mostly on the grill over a wood fire. We also keep it simple when cooking meals. We don't have a patrol box for everything. We have a bin for the utensils as I mentioned before, and another bin for some of the other kitchen stuff. Everything has a place in the pup. We usually bring our dutch oven and our friends bring one as well. They are usually used mostly for making dessert. Meals are NOT a huge production, they might take on average of maybe an hour between prep and cooking. But we all help in prepping and cooking the meal. This way we can sit and relax afterwards.
     
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    Popiworks Paddle faster, I hear banjos!

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    Aladin Sane I'd rather be camping

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    I added a high pressure line from my onboard tanks that feeds my coleman grill that hangs on the side of my pup. I have a campmate camp kitchen that sits on a folding 2 foot by 4 foot table sitting next to the stove table.
     
  11. bheff

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    Im with @Econ and @silvermickey2002
    I carry one 12x12 electric skillet and that is it. A few utensils, pair if tongs a spatula and a can opener.
    Breakfast is usually cold but I will occasionally cook bacon, sausage and pancakes. Lunch is always cold. Meat and cheese on crackers, sandwiches etc. Dinner is ways out at somewhere that we dont have at home.
     
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    A lot will depend on where you camp. The campgrounds I favor don't really work for a cookspace next to the camper. The parking pads are separated from the sitting area - usually by trees or boulders.

    So for me, hooking to the camper propane tanks won't work. If I use the grill, I use the green bottles.

    I also rarely have electrical hookups. So no skillets, instant pots, microwaves, etc.

    I mostly cook inside - it requires less stuff and set up. My FnR is hard sided and I'm a veggie, so I don't worry about smells permeating the trailer.

    I like to cook when camping. But I also tend to keep things simple. I camp alone and do photography, so campfires aren't worth the hassle for cooking. Get the fire going, cook, eat, put out the fire so I can go take sunset photos, then come back to start another fire in a wet pit - just not worth it when I can turn on a gas burner or oven and cook, eat, go take photos.
     
  13. Sneezer

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    I need to post some pics of my many iterations of the outdoor kitchen. I cook outside exclusively with the pup. Depending on the length of the trip and meal plan will determine what all I bring. In the past I have done some week long camps and cooked for all 3 meals every day, with a few dinner exceptions for local restaurants. I use one of two different chuck boxes - The Camp Mate Camp Kitchen, and the Beaver Tree Chuck box. The Beaver Tree is smaller, and easier to pack. The Camp Mate however has more utility for me, but is easy to get too heavy - it can be a chore to move. I have 2 collapsible aluminum tables with adjustable legs, rated to 75lbs each. One holds a chuck box, and the other gets the Weber Q1200 grill. I also have an old Lewis and Clark Fold n Go camp kitchen. Heavy as all get out - all steel mostly with a stainless steel sink and faucet. I will have that set up for food prep and cleaning. Then I have a folding camp kitchen table, I think Mountain Summit Gear I think, which holds my Weekender stove on top, small convection toaster oven below, and Blackstone griddle on the side table. I also have a Coleman Road Trip grill with grill plates, 2 burner and single burner griddles, and stove grates that gets brought when I am cooking for larger groups. All of this takes up the screen room outside the pup. I have a 7 gal aquatainer set up as a drain for the sink, and run hot water from the outside shower to the faucet for cleaning purposes.

    About the only thing I do inside, other than some meal prep tasks, is boil water with a kettle for tea.

    For a long stay it can take a while to get everything set up and ready to go, and same for tear down, but more often than not the food is worth it!
     
  14. Tulip

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    We keep things pretty simple I think.
    We have a small collapsible table (I think it is about 4 ft x 2 ft - it doesn't fold but the legs fold in). We've had it forever and it fits perfectly on the folded dinette table while we are travelling. It sits outside the door of the trailer for prep space. The campstove attaches to the side of the pop up. We carry a small bbq as well when needed. Additional prep work is usually done at the end of a picnic table.
    Dishes pots etc live inside the trailer, food is typically in the van as we camp around bears frequently, and we just use the table for prep and dishes.
    We have 2 foldable stools we use to help set up the trailer/put the bikes on the racks. They live under the table once we are set up to keep stuff off the ground/dirt. One holds the water jug. The other holds the dish washing supplies during the day.
    Our kitchen set up is relatively minimal. We have a set of integrated stacking pots from our tenting days, and a griddle for pancakes/bacon plus the basic utensils.
    We have talked about a second table for more prep space but i don't know that we really need it. We might upgrade to a longer 6 ft version, but the one we have now fits easily under the awning.
     
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    We use a couple of different tables for our outdoor cooking space - most are also used for general camp needs. For us, flexibility is a must. We have one roll top aluminum table that I hope lasts a long time yet, since the legs have sliding extensions at the bottom so it goes to counter height, and they can be adjusted so it's level on uneven ground. We've worn out a couple of similar tables, so I try to be nice to it.
    One of the handiest things we bought has been a Coleman table - so handy that we have two in the trailer + one int he house at home - they can be set up at different heights, though don't have the sliding adjustment.
    With these, we can set up kitchen or other areas in various ways, and the tables, while sturdy, are easy to move around as needed. We also have an REI roll top table, adjustable to coffee table and regular table height.
    Friends are on their second camp kitchen table, but both have been too low for my bad back and are more single use than we like.
    This is similar to the table we have, ours does not have the cross-piece: https://smile.amazon.com/Coleman-Pa...G3YKWS790C3&psc=1&refRID=3FAEXJK2EG3YKWS790C3
    We don't have a chuck box, as nice as they are to look at. One huge reason is that we don't leave food supplies out, except when we're cooking - too many critters to get into it, and we're often out of camp during the day. Over the years, we've used plastic boxes with our food and cooking supplies in them From tenting days into our second popup, we used log flat ones, used to store things under a bed. They stacked well in our vehicle, we could keep food sorted well, and I could tote one at a time if I was solo. My husband just picked up the stack of three to carry it to the cooking area.
    As our needs and style of eating changed, we down-sized to a few of the Really Useful brand of boxes. The first couple of years we had the travel trailer, they still traveled in the tow vehicle. (We did discover they aren't exactly dust proof, after our first trip down long miles of unpaved roads in our then NTU pickup.) Now they are carried in the TT, they tuck under the table on the road, and go on a shelf in camp. We still have a cooler in the back of our (2nd) truck, but it's mostly for iced tea and Gatorade, as well as groceries when we restock, since a store may be half an hour or more from camp. (Having a fridge and freezer that work well has been wonderful.)

    I also use the tables on camp days when I'm sewing
     

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    I keep it somewhat simple. But i do eat to tast the food. Im 47, im done with ramon noodles and crap like that. I want to eat, and eat what i like. So i bring stuff and lots of it, thats why i got the camper.
     
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    Love that you sew while camping!
     
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    we cooked outside on a folding table or picnic table when we tent camped. The whole point of buying the Aliner was to cook inside, mostly, which is what we do, and it is working out well - it involves the least amount of fuss and bother, which is nice when on vacation.
     
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    I had a leftover shelf from a metro shelving unit we installed in the house. These are the heavy duty metal racks. I bought a couple of extra poles and that's our cooking surface with a plastic folding table forming an L shape. The poles are adjustable for uneven ground and wire shelf is heat resistant. Of course we're usually cooking for anywhere from 2 to 20 people on this set up, with a flat top and a camp stove or two on the metro shelf.
     
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