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Subject Topic: Where do you cook when it rains?
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27/8/2013 at 7:54am
 Location: London
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We went away for the first time at the weekend for one night. We ate out for our main meals, but used a cheap and cheerful Halfords gas stove for hot water and a bit of toast at breakfast. But the weather was awful. I ended up with a large umbrella using the stove next to the car for a bit of shelter. We pitched in the pouring rain on Saturday. We don't have a porch/gazebo/tarp yet, but will probably end up buying something for our next trip.

I only saw one other person with an umbrella cooking outside (out of 100 pitches) so wondered what everyone else does? (Maybe they ate cereal!)


27/8/2013 at 8:12am
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From what I have seen people either, make do without cooking if it is raining. Cook in their tent (risky for all sorts of reasons) or use a porch/canopy/gazebo etc.

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27/8/2013 at 8:14am
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We've got an extension that we cook in, have also seen people using tarps to create a cooking area.


27/8/2013 at 8:25am
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I have cooked many times using a windbreak and an umbrella as shelter. Then we upgraded to a wind break and a tarp to make a roof. Finally we got an open porch extension which gives just enough shelter and plenty of ventilation.

It depends on how often you intend to go. If you are going to be regular campers then some sort of porch or extension might be a good idea, or even a seperate kitchen tent.

But a windbreak and a cheap tarp, 2 spare poles and a bit of guy rope will make a shelter that will give suffficient shelter in light/medium rain.



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27/8/2013 at 8:28am
 Location: Suffolk
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I know a lot of people still cook in their tents and did at the car show we were at this weekend. We had a gazeboo and gas bbq with a lid on Saturday, so it wasn't too much of a problem. Normally it's a umbrella or wait until the rain eases. Sometimes I can see the advantage of electric hook-ups





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27/8/2013 at 8:36am
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We struggled last year with windbreaks and umbrellas but this year we had a porch extension without a sewn in groundsheet and I cooked in that.


27/8/2013 at 8:44am
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Lots of folk still cook in their tents. Now this is acceptable if it's a canvas tent with a fire resistant cooking area, it's a horrible fire risk if it's a synthetic tent though. Synthetic tents catch fire incredibly fast. And of course there's the risk of carbon monoxide buildup, and cooking in a tent inevitably increases the amount of condensation. And finally, it makes your tent smell. Even my canvas tent has a patch of slightly greasy, slightly bacony smelling canvas on the roog above the kitchen area!

Cooking in an attached porch is better for ventilation but the fire risk is nearly as high, the only benefit of being in an open porch in this case is that you can possibly throw any blazing item out the tent, or escape yourself. Of course if there are other folk in the tent behind the porch extension they may not quite have this chance to escape, always have a second exit planned. No rear door? Don't cook in the porch, if it goes ablaze the tent will follow within seconds.

It's safest to cook in an area separate from your main tent. Most campsites won't allow gazebos for other safety reasons so your choices basically are a day tent, a kitchen tent, a tarp or some sort of canopied windbreak. A tarp plus windbreak is a very versatile combination and you won't get charged extra for it like you might for a kitchen or day tent.

Having said that I loved my old kitchen tent, it meant my main tent was clear of all the cooking storage clutter and it was a safe place for knives and hot pans away from the kids. There are some brilliant little utility tents around nowadays that pack up small and won't break the bank, I'd recommend them if you're not taking a pup tent too. most campsites do turn a blind eye to cooking tents in my experience if it's the only extra tent on the pitch. (And it fits.)


27/8/2013 at 9:06am
 Location: North Wiltshire
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Get yourself a cheap tarp and mount it over the door, which gives you rain cover when unzipping/zipping in the wet, and an outside kitchen area. The windbreak behind protected the whole area from the wind.


27/8/2013 at 9:09am
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Fishing brolly if not taking the tarp.

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27/8/2013 at 9:12am
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27/8/2013 at 9:43am
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Used to be this:



Now this:



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27/8/2013 at 10:13am
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Started with this:


Rapidly changed to this:


and/or this (depending on which tent we took):



We now go for this (And LOVE it!!!):


.... with an almost-matching windbreak, if absolutely necessary!! (Sorry, no close up!):


Not at all keen on the idea of cooking "indoors". Besides which, we absolute love the outdoorsy feel, be it cooking, eating, or just sat chillin'.... in fact, the lot.... apart from sleeping!

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2014: 34 nights
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27/8/2013 at 10:18am
 Location: Earth
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Robens tarp, plus windbreak here. But look into buy a kitchen tent next year.

If its that bad, it's fish & chips.


27/8/2013 at 12:53pm
 Location: London
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Ooooh i'm loving the pictures, thank you!

I'm thinking a tarp plus windbreaker will be more flexible for the sort of camping we do. Any recommendations? the Quecha one is out of stock...


27/8/2013 at 1:02pm
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I have a kitchen tent I use for longer stops, for weekends sometimes I use a tarp and windbreak or sometimes cook in the tent on an electric hob depends what I'm cooking. Usually try and plan one pot meals if the weather forecast is iffy.


27/8/2013 at 1:08pm
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generally we eat quite simple stuff and I use an umbrella if absolutely necessary... Low tech, me!



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