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Message posted by riddles28/7/2009 at 4:52pm
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Personally, I try not to cook in the tent.

If it's hammering it down, and I can't persuade the DW that we need to go out to eat, I will.

Now, that being said, I generally am using a Vermont XL with a porch the size of a small county, where I can put my nice freestanding cooker unit in the middle of the porch, warning the kids that daddy is cooking and if they come close I will be asking them to do things for me (guaranteed to keep them away!) and with a bucket of water right by me.

In the event of a fire, we have 2 additional ways out of the tent. Also fire retardant polyester that the tent is made from will tent to melt rather than catch fire.

So, my assessment of the risk is that it is within my tolerance of what is reasonable. Others may disagree.

Now, when we go in the Mallard, which is smaller and generally more cluttered (), you'll find me swearing gently getting wet outside! We have used a little suitcase burner to boil a kettle in the middle of the tent, but that's been it.

GO smaller than a Mallard and I personally wouldn't risk it.

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Message posted by Gordon28/7/2009 at 5:06pm
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Now did i pack the plastic knives and forks and my steel toe cap boots, i don,t want to trip on a guy rope peg and snub my toe then fall over and stab myself on metal knives and forks do i......enough said.... what ever next, we might as well pack up and stick the tent on ebay, petrol ovens in tents i agree is dangerous as is a Bar b Que ( surprised no one has ask if its ok to have one inside yet ) but gas ...well its all down to common sense.

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Message posted by stumpjumper28/7/2009 at 7:50pm
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We cook inside when the weather's awful, we prefer not to as it stinks the tent out. I see no problem with this, our 2 ring gas burner with wind shield is on a solid table, away from the sides with gas bottle out of harms way. We don't have kids, dogs or a SIG and DH can be trusted not to run into things so to us the risk is fairly low.

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Message posted by Stonehouse28/7/2009 at 8:23pm
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I like others will stil be camping inside in sever weather but like someone else said i try to BBQ most of the time, saying which we have just bought the portable BBQ from tescos for 17 its brill!



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Message posted by V8trikemids28/7/2009 at 8:31pm
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One could ask if its safe to cook in a house- Im sure I could find a vid on youtube of a chip pan fire------- (usually used by inebriated people at 2 in the morning--)

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Message posted by pubgal2128/7/2009 at 8:45pm
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 we boil kettle etc and did toast at easter in our orchy which has sewn in ground sheet if weather permiting hubby cooks outside under windbreak that has a canopy and bbq most eve when able in our new utah with canopy we will be cooking in here kids are takn for a walk or to park when cooking or use the other door hubby always stays by stoves if its morning kids are seated behind the breakfast table and not allowed to go near daddy cooking, also i feel it no different from using a gas heater that are made for camping which we have used before as long as you are sensible and careful also fom nnow on will take someones idea of having a bucket of water and take my fire blanket aswell.

 



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Message posted by Ratty28/7/2009 at 8:51pm
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I have been cooking inside tents for years and as with anything in life, just exercise caution and be sensible.

Thousands of people each weekend cook inside their tents, how often do we see or hear about tent fires started by somebody cooking sausages.

I am not saying that gas etc. is not dangerous, but be sensble and have precautions to hand just in case.

Now lets get this on track and not let the few bring this thread down and spoil it for the rest.

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Message posted by Gareth2928/7/2009 at 10:25pm
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I've been fine for years, I've never had a problem, I take great care, ect ect. Its all good till your in hospital or the morgue! Do it at your own risk, just make sure your tents are not too near others, not worth the risk. Happy camping...

Message posted by blacklagoon29/7/2009 at 6:49pm
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I have two small tents, a terra nova solar 2 and a outwell jersey s pop up tent.They are much too small to cook in.The other tent i have,is a larger Eureka K2 XT tent,but it still seems too small for me,so i will not take the chance.
After watching so many arctic expedition programmes ( Ben Fogle etc ),i have noticed that they never seem to worry about lighting up a gas stove in their tents.It must be incredibly dangerous when they do it,as their hands are freezing and their body is aching.

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Message posted by fudgetastic11/8/2009 at 7:01pm
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I think I have found the answer to this problem, a mini oven, no naked flame, can cook and grill, no mess either. OK if you have electric hook up!

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Message posted by oldbwl11/8/2009 at 8:43pm
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I prefer to cook in windless conditions and like my food really hot, so I have mainly cooked inside. The dangers are obvious and the 2 of us take very particular care. So far so good.

The article above about knocking over boiling water reminded me of something I saw a while ago. A chap was cooking outside the front of his tent. In the field in front of him some peeps were playing with a frisby. A gust of wind caused an unlucky young man to over reach to try to catch it and he lost his balance, he staggered backwards, through the windbreak and knocked over the whole kitchen stand. Fortunately no one was hurt in any way (but there was some shouting for sure, and I really didn't understand some of the shorter oft repeated words honest ) So, for me, in the quiet and managed atmosphere of my own space, I feel safer and more able to control the variables. - I waste less gas but get more condensation. This year I want a utility tent.

Lets start another thread on the risks or otherwise of using a utility tent both as a camp kitchen and toilet tent combined (not necessarily at the same time though! LOL!)

Message posted by cut2dabone11/8/2009 at 9:20pm
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So if cooking inside can be bad idea.

Whats a good compromise, ie I noticed a few people mentioned windbreaks with a cover.

Or can someone recomend a good utility tent?

 

 



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Message posted by Sassyb11/8/2009 at 9:47pm
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Ok enlighten a confused newbie.  Where is the difference cooking in a utility/kitchen tent to cooking in your own apart from not burning down your home for the week?

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Message posted by superfurry11/8/2009 at 9:58pm
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while we're asking basic questions - why put the stove on a table and not on the floor?

Message posted by FinFerNan11/8/2009 at 10:10pm
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Not cooked inside (as I'm a newbie) but I do know that the LPG gas heaters used in houses have been known to have poor quality valves and fittings.I seriously doubt the build quality of most camping gas cookers is very much better. Thing is gas is heavier than air. So if you're inside a tent that's "sealed" at ground level, any leakage from the valves/fittings etc can lie around for a while and I'm not sure I'd want to be in a tent if that ignited.

As for those who say things like "I've been camping for "NN" years and I've never seen any problems"

Well I have worked in Construction for over 30 years and I have only ever witnessed one semi serious accident. That does not mean the fact that two people die every week on average is not true. It's just that I have not personally witnessed them (thankfully!)

Strange thing accidents, firstly they rarely are actually accidents and secondly you'll often hear people saying "I have never seen anything like that before!"

Sobering thought?

Just as an aside, I wonder how many people would spark up their camping stove in their cars?

 

 

 

 


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Quote: Originally posted by superfurry on 11/8/2009


while we're asking basic questions - why put the stove on a table and not on the floor?

Because it will burn a hole in the groundsheet? Or did you mean outside? Even outside you can have a few problems cooking with a stove on the ground...you can set fire to or scorch the grass, you can get a bloomin' sore back bending over the pots and finally if there are kids or pets around (even if they're not yours) it's far to easy for a stove or pot to get stepped on or otherwise knocked over.



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