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Message posted by reggiewac27/7/2009 at 5:50pm
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When I was younger we went camping every summer. When it came to meal times we always cooked inside, and ate outside if the weather was fine.

I'm just about to go away on my first trip since then with my girlfriend and I'm wondering if people still cook inside? This might well be a stupid question, but I haven't been on a campsite for about 15 years so I don't know!! The tents we used to use were heavyweight fabric, much different to the synthetics of today.

I've been thinking about what kind of stove to go for. If I can decide on the fuel type I'll find the best one, but at the moment I'm stuck between a Coleman dual fuel and a normal gas one. Is it acceptable / safe to use a petrol stove inside a (large) tent? Is it safe to use ANY kind of stove inside?!

Have the tent materials or health and safety forbidden it?

I've purchased a stand / kitchen unit for the stove by the way, I wasn't going to use it on the floor :o)

Any thought would be most gratefully received by this soon to be camper-once-more!

Message posted by fudgetastic27/7/2009 at 5:59pm
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I am also wondering about cooking inside. After having  folding camper which had full cooker, I have now got a Khyam tunnel tent and dont fancy cooking outside in the British weather. Is it okay to cook using gas inside the tent??

Message posted by Fathe27/7/2009 at 6:05pm
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Chaps have a watch and read of this thread

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Message posted by Tabs-R-us27/7/2009 at 6:27pm
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First and foremost every opportunity to not cook in the tent should be taken.

Petrol stoves can leek and spray fuel everywhere if youíre not careful thatís a fact and donít let anyone tell you different. The coleman duel fuel is a very good cooker and kicks out the heat cant knock that but can be dangerous if your not to familiar with it. (takes practice, I know)                  You donít want folk placing their mess tins/pans or trying to cook toast on you, do you?

The safe bet is a standard butane low pressure twin hob this will cook your food in relative safety and long as you have the required ventilation (apologies if im teaching you to suck eggs here)

Your food may take a bit longer to cook ........but cook it will! Anyway,  isnít it all about the relaxing and chilling out in the first place

Standard butane or propane cookers do have a bit of an initial out lay for the gas bottle and combined with the cooker take up a bit of space in your car etc but will last you a very long time.

If you need a litre of boiled water in 4 minutes then go coleman duel fuel

If you have the time and can wait 10 .............................Well!

I may sound anti petrol stove but there is a lot less that can go wrong with a on off valve on a gas bottle and a on off knob on a hob.


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Yep quite agree Fathe..

Have a look at the thread posted above mine

that should clear up your question about cooking inside or out!


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Message posted by sanhozay27/7/2009 at 6:57pm
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Quote: Originally posted by Fathe on 27/7/2009
Chaps have a watch and read of this thread

That video, which has been around for years, doesn't tell us anything conclusive about the dangers of cooking in a tent. The owners of the tent weren't there and we can only speculate what might have caused the fire and what lessons could be learned from it.


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Message posted by alahol227/7/2009 at 7:01pm
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As long as you are sensible, there is no reason not to cook inside a tent with gas.  Just make sure there is no way any part of the tent can blow into the stove or knock it over/off its stand.  I would agree that liquid fuel stoves can flare, those I wouldn't use inside.

Message posted by mandyo27/7/2009 at 8:11pm
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i have an electric hob which i use to cook inside the tent...we use a bbq outside...i think if you take extreme care then yes you can get away with cooking inside the tent...although we do not have gas so no naked flame which i feel safer without.

 



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Message posted by glen_p27/7/2009 at 9:09pm
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We were discussing this at the weekend as my brother may be reverting to a tent instead of the folding camper.

Basically I have no issue with cooking inside even a modern tent but with some caveats. Firstly I would use gas, not a Coleman or other liquid fuel stove. Flare ups are just too much of a risk to my mind. Secondly I would want a proper stand for the cooker with a windshield. That will provide a solid barrier between the tent wall and the stove (and also will prevent splashes of grease). Thirdly ideally you want a tent which has a mesh window above where you're cooking. You also should ensure adequate low-level ventilation, especially if you've got a sewn-in groundsheet. It goes without saying that you wouldn't want to deep fry chips, and keep a close eye on things!

If anythign does seem to be getting out of hand (e.g. s frying pan is smoking badly) turn the gas off!

Glen

 


Message posted by Gareth2927/7/2009 at 11:07pm
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In my mind its just not worth the risk of cooking in a tent. You go camping to enjoy the great outdoors, so enjoy it. Your not just risking your own families life, but other families too, I for 1 wouldn't want the death of somebody else due to my stupidity on my conscience, not to mention a charge of manslaughter! Is it worth it really? For beans on toast!?

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Message posted by oldham28/7/2009 at 2:12am
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Reasons not to cook in main tent

Gas / fuel leak / electrical problem

Fumes / Fire / boiling liquids

Now know that it will never ever happen to you or your family.  I can also assure you that the day I was severely scolded in a tent my parents were also just as convinced as you all are.   Yes the day was perfect,the sun shone,everyone was happy, the pan was on the stove,  I went in the tent, knocked the edge of the stove and ended up rolling around on a ground sheet covered in boiling water, as I moved the water moved with me.  The joys of camping on grass.   I still have the scars.   So I for one, vote for keeping all such items in a utility tent away from kids, dogs and tripping hazards. 

 

 

 


Message posted by TheThrashers28/7/2009 at 3:24pm
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I cook in my tent. i have a rigid cooker stand with a wind shield around it i have a camping gaz twin burner with its own side shields the cooker is positioned so it can't be knocked over and is by a window with a mesh ventilation panel above it . We have a large front door and large side door that are open when cooking. but from what most of you are saying is i am stupid to do this.  OK i will go out and buy another tent called a utility tent and that would be ok then even though i will pitch it on the same pitch next to my main tent.

 



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Message posted by TraceyD28/7/2009 at 3:40pm
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What I don't understand is when people say cook in the porch or the utility tent, surely there's as much chance of a fire in either of those too?

When we camp for over a week we take the day tent and set it up as a kitchen with our double stove with gas bottle, fridge, larder, etc, etc, in there.

If we go for a week or less we set up our suitcase stove on a rigid table in the porch extension, or before we had this we cooked inside the tent.  We try to BBQ as much as possible but as we live in England that's not every night. 



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Message posted by sunvalleysue28/7/2009 at 3:44pm
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We have been cooking inside our tents and the trailer tent when we had it for 15 years now and never had any problems at all.
We just use common sense and do everything safely.We will always continue to cook inside.

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Message posted by reggiewac28/7/2009 at 3:50pm
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Maybe I haven't asked such a silly question here after all! There seems to be a lot of opinions.

Thank you all for your answers :o)

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We do cook in the porch section of our Hartford XL...though reading the various threads about cooking in tents I must admit I do feel a bit scared about it, even though we have been doing this for three years ( taking extreme care ). We use a camping gaz three ring cooker ( oval shaped with windsheild ) and use a half size gas bottle ( little stumpy one ) that is located on the floor as near to the tent doorway as we can get it.  We never cook with the door closed.

For various reasons outlined on the cooking threads ( and sheer heebeegeebies ! ) I have bought a tarp and I also have the Khyam windbreak with canopy so I am hoping to rig up some sort of shelter to cook under.  However, I was intending to attach this to the main tent...and now I'm not even sure about that......17

 



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