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Message posted by katymg01/7/2020 at 10:08am
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Hello again

Question: full size electric kettle v. travel kettle v. collapsible kettle v. gas top kettle for the caravan please.

First time using electricity as we have always camped under canvas and used a stove top camp kettle (which does take a long time!). It's not a big van with only some storage - but we won't be towing much (at least this season, as we have bought a seasonal pitch) so I don't at this stage need to worry so much about weight.

Anyway, I have seen a smart blue collapsible Kampa kettle which could be packed away in a drawer. Or without a water heater am I going to regret not having a full size kettle? (I have a spare full size kettle which I could just take and leave in the van without having to buy anything new).

Thoughts?
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Full size whistling kettle on a cheap cv270 hob - campinggaz camp bistro 2 is 13 quid on amazon - the little canisters have great pressure so you get a quick boil, and you can boil up outside to reduce the condensation in the caravan.

Theres no way on this earth I would ever use a collapsible kettle -I wont even use a collapsible washing up bowl!!!

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If you are on 10amp electric, a 2kw full (1.7lt) size kettle will be fine, if you are on 16amp electric, then a regular fast boil 3kw would probably be the best option.

I would go for a full size kettle if you have the space, if not then maybe 1.2lt, lots to choose from out there.

If the electric is metered, that would be a reason to go for a smaller kettle, a 1000 watt 750ml travel kettle will get to a rolling boil fairly quickly, and keep the electricity usage down.

I use a 550watt kettle that only takes 500ml of water and that gets to a rolling boil in 6 minutes, although I use a leisure battery with 600watt inverter for, so no mains electric for me, as you have electric a very low wattage kettle like mine, would not really be needed, unless you wanted to be ultra frugal.

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So we have free (as in included in the seasonal pitch price) electric. I am not sure of ampage but they did not warn us about low ampage so hopefully regular. I will have the bistro stove in the camp kitchen or awning area but that will be for good weather. Thinking about those early mornings, late hot chocolates, rainy days ... me thinks I will take spare regular kettle and see (stove top camping kettle is there already) and see which one I use the most.

Collapsible one seems unnecessary.
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Save your gas and a use the electric as it is included, quite amazing that they do not meter it, a friend of mine had a static in Scotland, again electric was included in the fees, so the electric heating was left on when they were not there, dangerous in my mind, but the electric heater was left on for months at a time, I went to it a few years ago in winter, we walked in and it was well toasty, the last person to use it had been there in the summer !

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Message posted by dk16801/7/2020 at 3:46pm
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Just bought myself a Swan 1L 2kW Jug Kettle from Amazon for my van.

I am only my own, so don't need a big kettle.

It is quite difficult to cordless kettles that are 2kW or under, so hopefully this will do nicely.

I could probably get away with 2.2kW and there are a couple of small kettles with that wattage, however, I would rather not chance it.

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The important factor in all this is the total current draw (amps) of all the appliances in use at the same time.

Using a high wattage mains kettle will usually be OK providing you turn off anything else of high wattage whilst using it!

Just common sense really!

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I had electric kettles in all my vans until our last one. Problem was the lead and plug... just not close enough other than putting on oven glass top, which is fine as long as youíre not cooking. So bought a whistling kettle, and despite it taking a little longer, it works for us. Even more so in new van. Donít know who designs the kitchens and plugs in vans but they obviously neither cook or brewer up!

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It's not just a question of water volume or power consumption with a electric kettle, caravan kitchens are notoriously tight on space, you don't want a big fat kettle hogging all your very limited worktop space!

I got a low powered mains 'camping' kettle from lidl/aldi (?) a while ago, it's a good balance between power, volume and size.

As I've got one electric hob on cooker, I tend to use that (when on EHU) with a small ordinary kettle that I can also use on gas, in fact electric kettle hasn't come out of the cupboard for last few trips!


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