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Message posted by sparepeg on 24/4/2010 at 1:59pm
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Hello to all, as a bit of a 'lurker' I don't post much, but love reading the posts and especially looking at the photos! Feel as though I know you all, and thanks for all the great advice. Me and Mr Peg got our tent (first time for me ) last year and had a couple of great trips. One thing we decided was not to cook inside our polyester tent having read the 'fire' threads. I reckon in bad weather   we could use the extension? I see some set-ups do this.
My question is about using an electric kettle for that all-important morning cuppa (yes we got EHU having been not at all influenced by a certain camping website)
Have not got an electric kettle yet, having innocently presumed only one camping kettle was necessary. Fortunately I have learned from UKCS and seen the error of my ways Is steam/condensation a problem in the tent? Any hints (assuming Mr Peg has been dispatched to open vents as part of his'tea duties')..And would it be best to get a 'travel' kettle or the full-on job? Any advice gratefully received, just off to put the kettle on to make up for not being in a tent this lovely weekend!!

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We get by just fine with only one kettle when we camp in the tent ! (ok there's another in the Trangia set in the vehicle but it stays there)

And - we also cook in the tent too   - very carefully & have extinguisher at hand etc etc, so obviously the is steam from the boiling kettle, pasta cooking etc. We always have it set up near the door & it's a very roomy tent & so far no problems.



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If you need an electric kettle not a hob kettle you would need to check the wattage as most domestic kettles are between 2-3kw and the average 10amp hook up has around 2.3kw - so you could use a 2kw kettle if everything else was switched off first - you could probably get away with a fridge running at the same time though.

You can get low wattage kettles on Ebay and in camping shops which aren't necessarily tiny like travel kettles but they will inevitably take a little longer to boil.  I bought us a low wattage toaster but OH refuses to take it as he says part of camping is nipping outside to light the stove and put the kettle on and the toast in the grill - I'd probably go along with that especially if its him doing it!!!!


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we have a camplet now but when we had a tent we always used to cook in the tent, my parents had a large canvas frame tent 30 years ago and used to cook in it too.as regards kettles i take a small travel kettle

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Thanks peeps! Have spotted valbarley's thread in
Equipment - electric hob! This could be used with our kettle. It doesn't seem to take long to boil on our suitcase stove so equally might be good on a hob.
I agree Fiona about cooking outside, it's so nice to be outside. It's just perhaps for cold rainy mornings when you want a quick hot drink, but I reckon we would have a careful brew up in the porch or have the extension up.
Will try to post some pics of said extension, we had to be a bit 'imaginative'attaching it to the Tigris. We had intended it to go on the side but is much better at the front.

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We used the electric kettle in the tent, and all was fine. As some else said we had to make sure we switched off the heater and light first otherwise the switch just tripped. No problems with condensation, its not like the steam is coming out for ages.

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small travel kettles are fine

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A 2kW kettle will be fine if there is nothing else switched on (although be careful if you end up on sites with only a 6 amp supply). I use a 750W kettle. It takes about 8 min to boil if full, which is a bit of a wait, but I tend to put it on and then get on with something else while it boils.

While I now have a Camp-let trailer tent I did use it in my old tent and didn't notice any issues with condensation, even when boiling late at night (when tent walls are a lot colder). I also cooked in that tent. Setting the hob up a little away from the walls, opening up some ventilation and keeping a close eye on it at all times, was enough care. I can appreciate why people with young children may worry about doing so, but if they aren't an issue then neither is cooking inside with care.


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Don't forget that if you tie yourself to electric then you are tied to the availability of EHU pitches. These may take away your ability to be spontaneous, to go to some CL's and to go to C&CC temp holiday sites - it is likely to make your camping more expensive.

Plus if you get a power cut you might really struggle for a cup of tea

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NOOOOOOOO!!! A cuppa in my spcial melamine mug is a camping essential! Best stick with the suitcase stove then. Who takes china cups/mugs rather than plastic?
I am better with crockery that bounces, both at home and camping!

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we used the electric induction hob(fab bit of kit) to boil water in the tent for the morning cuppa ...and also for our night time hot water bottles(-4 at night)...we vented tent well and all was ok.... as the hob was 800w we could also keep the fan heater on at half mast(1000w) and telly...and fridge..in fact we were suprised at how much we could 'plug in' and not trip the EHU...i did take the conversion chart printed on here somewhere and spent a few minutes calculating our usage...

have to say that first cuppa in the morning was the best thing i have ever tasted....wrapped up in my sleeping bag sipping hot tea...bliss(or just easily pleased?)

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We use our 750 watt kettle for cups of tea throughout the day, but for filling a flask or for washing up, or for hot water bottles then we use the gas kettle!

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Quote: Originally posted by sparepeg on 24/4/2010
NOOOOOOOO!!! A cuppa in my spcial melamine mug is a camping essential! Best stick with the suitcase stove then. Who takes china cups/mugs rather than plastic?
I am better with crockery that bounces, both at home and camping!
Me  Don't like tea (or anything really) out of plastic so it's either the enamel mugs or earthenware ones. In the caravan it's enamel & china mugs - but OH insists on enamel then too, (says it's not camping otherwise) - or the cup off his trusty 30 year old Stanley flask.

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I always took an electric travel kettle and it didn't occur to me to check what voltage it took - it works fine. The tent I've used up until now didn't have a sig and it was a dome so any condensation would have risen to the top and cheerfully gone down the inside and safely into the grass - now I have a sig so I suppose I'd better take that into consideration and make sure there's plenty of open doors. I do boil my kettle an awful lot - I do kettle boiling duties for my sister who is non-ehu and we both drink a lot of coffee!

As for the ehu - non ehu dependency - just take a backup camp kettle for using on your suitcase stove and you'll never be stuck. I prefer to use ehu kettle as it's so much quicker, and the one on the stove takes ages......


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we use an electric kettle and have a sig but have never had a prob with condensation.

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We have always used a stove type kettle but Acquired a smallish electric one with one of our frame tents (And all importantly it matches 2 of them in colour LOL) so will be using one for the first time this year ......
I'm still taking the old faithful anyway..... Just incase !!!...... and there is something nostalgic about that whistle....


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