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Message posted by pixieland norfolk07/4/2009 at 8:44pm
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always cooked in tent we have no kids or pets so we dont have them to worry about but the weather has beenso bad sometimes you have no choice starve or try and find a pub which isnt easy when you are in the middle of now where wont cook in tent with our meths stove it frightens the live out of me

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Message posted by ANGELAS07/4/2009 at 8:56pm
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Quote: Originally posted by pubgal21 on 07/4/2009
i am worried now about taking new tent at weekend hubby would go nuts if it broke already where did you get it fixed did you have to send it back or just buiy new poles did they last all weekend or did you have to cut yourr trip short
I've ordered the sections from Vango and he's explained how to re-thread them. Luckily my parents were on the same site with there caravan so we slept in there the second night as the little one was so scared. It upset me more than anything else as we are usually on our own and in three years it was the first time i had a problem that i couldn't handle myself. Anyway Hey Ho all adds to the fun [:errr:]

Message posted by pubgal2107/4/2009 at 8:59pm
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would you have been able to sleep in tent if needs must wondering also if there is anything i can do to poles to strenthen them so it doesnt happen may email vango and ask them ( on oour easycamp we taped the poles together when the string broke and to make them stronger but dont know with this one??


Message posted by HappieAnnie07/4/2009 at 9:18pm
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Sorry Glen, did you say you've used a Trangia IN a small tent? I used one a fair bit when doing my Duke of Edinburgh's award and I've got to say that using meths frightens the life out of me.

A practically invisible flame, highly flammable vapour (which comes off v. quickly), the danger of flashback when people mistakenly believe it's all burned off and attempt to refuel a hot (or even still burning) stove. They're OK when treated with the respect they deserve, but they're nowhere near as innocuous as a stove you might have in your home kitchen and shouldn't be used as such.

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Message posted by Hairywol07/4/2009 at 9:29pm
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A small camping tarp (3x3m) & couple of uprights will cheaply save the day.

http://www.outdoorgb.com/p/wechsel_tarp_shelter/?utm_source=froogle&utm_medium=directory&utm_content=GBR&currency=GBP&country=GBR

or

http://www.springfield-camping.co.uk/Vango/Adventure+Tarp+2009/1351/pc

I wouldn't cook in my Vermy - perhaps a kettle but deffo all. Especially wouldn't take the remotest chance of fat splashes.

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Message posted by Jonah17707/4/2009 at 11:48pm
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Hi,

We bought the khyam 4 pole canopied windbreak last year, basically as a windbreak, but we ended up setting the bbq up in it and it was fine.  It stood up to quite a battering too.  You don't get the height and space you would in a utility tent though.


Message posted by Liddenham08/4/2009 at 8:31am
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The Outdoor Revolution Double Outhouse is highly recommended on these boards, and is just £34.99 here.

Personally, I would only ever cook inside a frame tent with designated kitchen area.

Not worth the risk...


Message posted by deemo08/4/2009 at 8:59pm
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Do I understand this right, the problem seems to be that you shouldn't cook in your tent, or indeed in something that is attached to our tent. So an extension or sun canopy is a no- no, it has to be separate, so the flames can't jump across?

Please advise, thanks.



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Message posted by mumshadenough08/4/2009 at 9:32pm
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I think the main issue is, cooking in a tent or in anything attached to your tent, could damage the tent, or in the worst case, set light to the tent, and once alight, it can spread VERY quickly. (see you tube - tent fire)

However, if you are sensible, make sure you have a fire bucket nearby, lots of ventilation and not cook fatty things on the top if you are using a grill, chances are, you will never have a problem.

It is pretty much agreed that it would be safer to cook in a utility tent that is away and separate from your main tent.

If you cant afford one, it's pretty easy to set up a tall pole windbreak and a cotton tarp above, good ventillation, and cheap to replace should the worst happen.

Try not to be too scared about it though, if you know that you are not gonna be flame throwing with your cooker, you should be okay!!

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Message posted by glen_p08/4/2009 at 10:16pm
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Sorry Glen, did you say you've used a Trangia IN a small tent?

Yes - but I also said be sensible! Actually more likely would be in the entrance porch on my old hike tent.

The Trangia has the flame well enclosed inside the body of the stove and it's virtually impossible to tip over. Yes, you make sure it's well out before moving or refilling (and I would only refuel outside anyway, partly 'cause I wouldn't want meths spilt in the tent).

I would rate them much safer than most small gas stoves.

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Message posted by PigletandTigger08/4/2009 at 10:40pm
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Quote: Originally posted by mumshadenough on 08/4/2009

I think the main issue is, cooking in a tent or in anything attached to your tent, could damage the tent, or in the worst case, set light to the tent, and once alight, it can spread VERY quickly. (see you tube - tent fire)

However, if you are sensible, make sure you have a fire bucket nearby, lots of ventilation and not cook fatty things on the top if you are using a grill, chances are, you will never have a problem.

It is pretty much agreed that it would be safer to cook in a utility tent that is away and separate from your main tent.

If you cant afford one, it's pretty easy to set up a tall pole windbreak and a cotton tarp above, good ventillation, and cheap to replace should the worst happen.

Try not to be too scared about it though, if you know that you are not gonna be flame throwing with your cooker, you should be okay!!

Emma xx




The trouble is it's possible to be perfectly sensible and still have a problem.

We nearly set fire to our carport with our Cadac, we didn't do anything daft but we got a huge flame out of it, God knows what that would have done in a tent!

I won't repeat my BBQ/wet grass/windbreak attached to tent story again but I would always now have a decent firebreak between what I'm cooking in and my main tent (other than the frame tents and we're careful what we cook in those plus we have no kids running around).

I would be wary of cooking in an extension, especially in tents where it is the only door out of the tent and the rest of your family are in the tent.

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Message posted by Gemma-lu08/4/2009 at 11:12pm
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don't get me wrong, i boil a kettle in our tent, and i use a gas heater but i am wary when cooking. We have seen a few near misses when fat has splashed the flames and gone up. We use a quechua tarp to cook under now and it does just the job

Message posted by mickeyboyc09/4/2009 at 6:47am
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Would it be any help to pin a fire blanket around the cooker stand on to the nearest bits of vulnerable tent?

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Message posted by MOUSEMAID09/4/2009 at 11:42am
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The fishing brolly with attached windbreak is fine..we have used one for cooking for several years now without a problem.

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Quote: Originally posted by Liddenham on 08/4/2009

The Outdoor Revolution Double Outhouse is highly recommended on these boards, and is just £34.99 here.

Personally, I would only ever cook inside a frame tent with designated kitchen area.

Not worth the risk...


We have one of these - wouldn't be without it now!

It is pictured in our gallery



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