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Subject Topic: Stupid question - where to put cooker!
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Message posted by 4princesses on 13/4/2011 at 7:55pm
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This probably will go down as one of the most stupid questions, but its puzzling me!

We've just bought a vango tigris 800, without the additional part. I know the cooker can't be used in the tent, but there isn't really a canopy where it would be sheltered!

What set up would you recommend or suggest, especially if its (dare I say it!) raining!!

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Oops, I thought I was in the camping under canvas forum, could a moderator please move it!

Thanks!

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You will get a range of replies to this one.  I usually cook in the open.  When it's raining, I wear a hat.  If it's raining really hard, I sometimes cook under a small canopy, to keep the worst of the rain off.

Other people have a utility tent that has all their kitchen stuff in, and often a camp kitcen unit to chop, prepare and cook on (they also have handy storage for kitchen type stuff).

So - you can do whatever you like.  Most people make do with minimal extra kit and wait to see how they feel about getting more stuff.  I'm pretty happy with a stove on a couple of bricks and a chopping board on my knee (and a cheeky beer in the cup holder...


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Hi,

We have a day shelter for our big trip in the summer but when we go at easter the campsite do not allow gazebos etc. I had the same questions as you Rhian and found this in case of bad weather etc.

However, I am no way near as experienced as many of the people on this site and haven't tried it yet so don't know how effective it is!

Hope it helps anyway. :-)

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hi 4princesses if theres four of you and you are using the main bedroom pod....2 persons  to each bedroom with divider seperating you.. you could use the entrance at the front of the tent to cook if you leave the main front door open ..thats what me and the missus do

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With a number of children running around I would use a utility tent to keep all of the hot and sharp things away from the littlies.


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There are 6 of us - 4 daughters (hence the username!) we plan on using 3 bedroom,s and using the 4th as a wardrobe/storage type thing!

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Quote: Originally posted by millypip on 13/4/2011
Hi,

We have a day shelter for our big trip in the summer but when we go at easter the campsite do not allow gazebos etc. I had the same questions as you Rhian and found this in case of bad weather etc.

However, I am no way near as experienced as many of the people on this site and haven't tried it yet so don't know how effective it is!

Hope it helps anyway. :-)


Similar (but cheaper) here - I've got one of these and the canopy bit is quite low and you end up with a lot og guy ropes to move round when you're cooking. It works though!

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when we first started out camping we did it outside under a canopy and next to a windbreak but these days we use a kitchen tent and it's so much better as everything is in it's place.  The one we have is an Outdoor Revolution XL



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we have a day tent and friends use a outhouse like the one in the pic by Diane. Both so usefull in the rain. Other option is one of those kitchens and atach the big umberella with sides that looks like a jelly fish

Message posted by ashwellgirl on 13/4/2011 at 11:36pm
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Personally i don't think you question is at all stupid in fact it's a sensible question.  at least you are thinking along the lines of you don't want to cook in the tent :)

Some people have day tents where they set up all their kitchen equipment, some just have a barbeque etc :)

We have a tt with a sun canopy so the kitchen goes outside even though we could have it indoors as its a canvas dh wants it outside.

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just thought, we are currently looking for a bigger kitchen tent as I've bought another kitchen unit  so both don't fit too well in our current kitchen tent and we're considering the Quecha Base Seconds (I think it is) as it's bigger

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We started off cooking outside, on another trip when the weather forecast didnt look to good we used a gazebo - becuase the site allowed them. This year with have a brought a universal canopy

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If you'd rather not commit to buying a tent extension or an additional utility tent,until you've seen how things pan out,maybe try a simple tarp,lashed off the tent somehow..and maybe used along with a cheap windbreak...?

http://tente.quechua.com/en/tent/r-5,a-46,abri-tarp.html

..so even if/when you do end up progressing to a "better" set-up,at least the tarp' and windbreak will still come in handy...

(..but it is surprising just how much easier it is,if you can have a well set out cooking area though..something that can be left once "assembled"..)


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big vote for the base seconds got one for 30 (ok 2) when someone posted on here about them.good size and goes up in seconds,and down in less than a minute! so does anyone need a royal day room?

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The side canopy for the tent is quite expensive IMHO, but would do what you need. Alternatively, there is the old style Vango Tunnel Canopy. If you had access to the end door then you could go for one of end on canopies or the Vango Adventure Tarp (using longer guyropes and the tent's porch poles).

Otherwise, as suggested - a utility tent or a Khyam roofed windbreak.

All our tents have a frontwards opening door under an arched pole so we use the Vango Adventure Tarp when it rains or just cook outside if its nice.



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