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Message posted by LittlepinkMouse via mobile 19/11/2020 at 7:12am
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Quote: Originally posted by spiritburner on 17/11/2020
What van you got?   I find our needs are a lot less than many with bigger vans.

With our small van I often cook outside but when I do cook inside I mostly use Ridgemonkeys, regular & XL. They cut down on mess from splashes or spitting & clean up easily.

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Not heard of those until I looked them up now. Thanks for pointing me in their direction. Iíve got a Ford tranny conversion. (Converted at source)

Message posted by Capt Lightning19/11/2020 at 9:59am
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I still recommend a low wattage electric kettle. I have a 750 Watt one that is just right for the van. A kettle for the gas hob is fine, but you can always use a saucepan. I'm not a fan of BBQ's, but they seem to go with the territory. When you have little enough room, you have to think on what you need, not what you want.

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Message posted by LittlepinkMouse via mobile 19/11/2020 at 10:06am
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Quote: Originally posted by Capt Lightning on 19/11/2020
I still recommend a low wattage electric kettle. I have a 750 Watt one that is just right for the van. A kettle for the gas hob is fine, but you can always use a saucepan. I'm not a fan of BBQ's, but they seem to go with the territory. When you have little enough room, you have to think on what you need, not what you want.



Iíve bought a low watt kettle and already have one suitable for the gas as we bought it for on the woodburner at home. We donít bbq either but I know itís popular.
Thanks for your thoughts. I think we are looking forward to a simple life in the van. Part of the pleasure is to pare everything down to essentials.

Message posted by franbee19/11/2020 at 10:41am
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We try to cook outside as much as possible, mind you, we tend to mostly camp in France in the better weather. So we carry the small suitcase stove that we used with the tent, cook on the table outside. We only cook inside if the weather is too bad. We do use the inside gas rings for brews, very handy when travelling, or on days out. And the small leccy kettle for on site with EHU.

Message posted by LittlepinkMouse via mobile 19/11/2020 at 11:10am
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Quote: Originally posted by franbee on 19/11/2020
We try to cook outside as much as possible, mind you, we tend to mostly camp in France in the better weather. So we carry the small suitcase stove that we used with the tent, cook on the table outside. We only cook inside if the weather is too bad. We do use the inside gas rings for brews, very handy when travelling, or on days out. And the small leccy kettle for on site with EHU.



Are there any rules and regs (by laws etc) around where you can use your gas if youíre parked up? I assume itís not Ďpoliteí or Ďwelcomedí in a private car park such as at the national trust but is it ok in lay-bys or public car parks?

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Message posted by franbee19/11/2020 at 12:25pm
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Anywhere you like in France, they don't care.
In the UK, we've brewed up in many a lay by, promenade space, paid car park, motorway services. Would do so in an NT car park too.

We do try to support local shops though, so would buy teas from there if possible.

Message posted by spiritburner19/11/2020 at 12:35pm
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Ford Transit - they range from small to huge! Parring down to the essentials while still being comfortable & having fun is the crux of camping or vanning to me.

If I don't think the place I'm parked would welcome me using a stove outside I use the van's hob or camping stove in the van doorway.

I don't bother with a leccy kettle.   It would mean carrying two kettles as we are usually off-grid.   Waste of space, especially in a small van. Our gas lasts ages as the 2 gas rings are the only thing run off it. I appreciate on ehu the elec is often 'free' but I'd rather not waste space than save pennies. Everything else in our van is 12v from solar-backed leisure battery.

Our van kettle has a heat exchanger on the bottom & is very efficient.






Message posted by LittlepinkMouse via mobile 19/11/2020 at 12:41pm
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Quote: Originally posted by franbee on 19/11/2020
Anywhere you like in France, they don't care.
In the UK, we've brewed up in many a lay by, promenade space, paid car park, motorway services. Would do so in an NT car park too.

We do try to support local shops though, so would buy teas from there if possible.



Super thanks for the advice😉

Message posted by LittlepinkMouse via mobile 19/11/2020 at 12:43pm
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Quote: Originally posted by spiritburner on 19/11/2020
Ford Transit - they range from small to huge! Parring down to the essentials while still being comfortable & having fun is the crux of camping or vanning to me.

If I don't think the place I'm parked would welcome me using a stove outside I use the van's hob or camping stove in the van doorway.

I don't bother with a leccy kettle.   It would mean carrying two kettles as we are usually off-grid.   Waste of space, especially in a small van. Our gas lasts ages as the 2 gas rings are the only thing run off it. I appreciate on ehu the elec is often 'free' but I'd rather not waste space than save pennies. Everything else in our van is 12v from solar-backed leisure battery.

Our van kettle has a heat exchanger on the bottom & is very efficient.




Long wheelbase high top tranny so reasonably big for a van but not removal lorry motorhome sized! (Someone in my family has one of those!)
Thanks for the advice. All guidance much appreciated.





Message posted by spiritburner19/11/2020 at 5:39pm
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Aye - a neighbour has one like that. I was amazed when I saw the Transit badge on it.

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Message posted by LittlepinkMouse via mobile 19/11/2020 at 8:14pm
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Quote: Originally posted by spiritburner on 19/11/2020
Aye - a neighbour has one like that. I was amazed when I saw the Transit badge on it.



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