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Message posted by vicdominy on 08/9/2015 at 10:21am
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I have bitten the bullet and bought a lovely family tent. After a LOT of looking and chin rubbing we have gone for a 'nearly new' Outwell Alabama 7p.
It has a large enclosed porch area at the front but I'm a bit worried about using a camping stove inside the tent.
Due to the width of the tent (460cm) getting a porch/canopy, so we can cook outside but still have weather protection, appears tricky!
Any ideas how to achieve a safe and weather proof cooking nook?

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Message posted by RTS5 on 08/9/2015 at 1:19pm
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Do a search on tarps on here. Loads of threads on them, several with pictures. Great cheap way to get an outdoor kitchen.

Message posted by Bob61 on 08/9/2015 at 1:20pm
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Go electric and you can cook inside in relative safety providing you don't have dogs and kids running amok.

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RTS5 - having looked about, I think a tarp is def the way forward. Will do some thread searching this evening.

Bob61- our friends do a lot of non-electric campsites (read fields😉) so we would still have to look for an non-electric option too...
If possible I'd like one thing that works well...

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Message posted by ladycake on 09/9/2015 at 2:44pm
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tarp and king poles for us. a tarp can be done in any shape you like! can be a porch, windbreak, stand alone shelter.....even if your`e desperate a waterproof mat to sit on!

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A tarp will work fine, however, one must remember it is not to be treated as a permanent structure, and needs to be taken down in the event of bad/stormy weather.

A separate utility/kitchen tent is more suitable IMHO.

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Hi, I have been camping for thirty years and I have been on these boards long time too. I have looked at that tent and I think that, with care, you can cook in the front porch section. It is big enough to have your cooking stand well away from the sides, the rest of the tent has other doors so you can banish people/dogs etc and you can have that big front door open with all the vents up in order to diminish steam causing condensation through the tent.
Tarps are great, I use them a lot, because I use smaller tents that I can handle solo, but if I had a tent that size I would not use a tarp, I would use the porch. That is what I used to do when I did have a big tent. The safety issues are about ventilation, not having the heat source near the tent walls and having undisturbed space so pans etc are not going to get knocked off the stove.

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