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Old 01-13-2013, 07:52 PM   #1
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Cooking preference, In or Out?

I discovered I dont care to use the stove inside...found it was easier to microwave and grill. I like cooking outdoor because its not so clausterphobic.. coffe is a meal in itself (the stuff of life) which is always brewed inside as soon as my eyes pop open with the sunrise haha

Cooking inside my travel trailer never bothered me, but the lack of room and tight storage in the A Frame finds me preferring outdoor cooking or not at all, just microwave meals.

One dog show I was camping at, the motorhome next to us fried chicken outside...oh man, talk about food envy! My show buddy and I were drooling! We vowed the next dog show we entered together, we would have chicken! haha Our husbands found it funny - I dont like using the grill if its just me so hopefully this latest purchase will work for my culinary wants when I am solo.

I bought this propane camp stove/oven combo to try out in the Spring with new camp kitchen...plan on baking some cinnamon rolls with my coffee...baked chicken, meatloaf or salmon on future dinner menu too! Winter better end soon, I can easily become a shopaholic! haha

Whats your preference in your A-Frame? In or out?
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Old 01-13-2013, 08:51 PM   #2
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I dont have an A frame but I usually always do all the cooking outside on the Coleman two burner. Unless we are cooking one more course then my wife will cook it inside. But I prefer to cook outside. I also have a little portable grill that works great.
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Old 01-13-2013, 08:58 PM   #3
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I always carry a double propane burner, a propane stove, a charcoal grill, and electric hotplate. We rarely use the stove or oven inside unless we do a night snack for the kids, like macoronni and cheese.
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Old 01-13-2013, 09:18 PM   #4
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I am glad that its not so odd to prefer to cook outside than in - especially to know you guys in the larger units do too! Thanks for sharing! I lile reading how other campers set up their kitchens and cooking! I am bound to pick up a few tips along the way!!

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Old 01-13-2013, 09:36 PM   #5
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handbuilder...would you please repost with a review on that combination stove and oven when you use it. I see them at the beginning of the season at Costco and haven't got enough feedback to decide whether to buy one. (We do all of our cooking outside also, although we don't have an A Frame)
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Old 01-13-2013, 09:42 PM   #6
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We definitely prefer to cook outside when we're camping. Our Blue Ridge has the outdoor kitchen and we have really enjoyed it. Nothing like watching the Tennessee Vols on a crisp Saturday afternoon outside the camper with a pot of chili on the outdoor stove. (Be nice if the Vols could win a game, but that's a subject for a different forum, lol.)

We keep a small charcoal grill stowed underneath, too. We prefer the taste of charcoal cooked meat to that cooked over gas.

Being outside is the whole reason we camp. Why not do the cooking there as well?
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Old 01-13-2013, 09:42 PM   #7
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I used to tent it.
We bought a popup so we wouldn't have to cook or eat outside anymore.
The TT has a fair sized kitchen and gets used.
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Old 01-13-2013, 09:47 PM   #8
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Two other musts for RV camp cooking: an electric griddle and a toaster oven.
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Old 01-13-2013, 10:14 PM   #9
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Mike, I see several people like to use the electric griddle...it may be the next addition!

Bob, I will be happy to give a review! Costco offers the best deal both price wise and bundle wise at 179-! I got mine at Sportsman Unlimited for 199 bit it did not include the griddle tht Costco included.... it sells for 229 at Cabelas and 289 elsewhere. I missed Costcos deal, waited too long pondering the few reviews but did like the few tht were written there and on Cabelas site.
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Electric griddles are great for breakfast of all sorts, tortilla wraps, and I've even cooked buisquets using a 2 inch pan to act as the oven.
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as my mom used to tell my brother and i .... take it outside! oh wait, that was different. i always cook outside. grill, bbq, smoker or dutch oven.
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Old 01-14-2013, 08:56 AM   #12
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I also prefer to cook outdoors. We always bring along the two burner stove and the grill. Use one or the other and sometimes both. And of course, we never leave home without the coffee pot, both electric and percolator kind. A few years ago we went camping and the electric coffee pot died and we had no back up. Had to go with "Cowboy Coffee" in a sauce pan.
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Old 01-14-2013, 10:30 AM   #13
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handbuilder we have that stove and have used it the last 3 years. It works well and I find the burners have more power than the ones in the camper. You have to watch the temperature of the sove as there is not alot of adjustment for the flame. You can crack the stove door open alittle if it starts to get to hot. I would recommend that you use a 20 lb propane bottle to run the stove as I found the small green bottles did not have enough flow to run more than I burner on high.
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Weather permitting I enjoy cooking outside. I just like being outside and cuts down on the mess in the trailer.
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Two other musts for RV camp cooking: an electric griddle and a toaster oven.
And a cast iron dutch oven and frying pan. We cook like gourmet chefs when we're camping. We use both the inside and outside, depending on the weather, etc. A lot of the prep work is done inside. anything that requires frying of any kind is done in the dutch oven over the campfire. We had a very elaborate kitchen set up in our tenting days. Now i'm really glad it's all self-contained and we don't have to drag everything along, set it up, take it down, put it away, etc. Life is grand!
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We use our coleman road trip LXE for almost everything as we have the full griddle and pot tops for it. Can make pretty much anything from pancakes and bacon to steak, soup you name it. For everything else there is the microwave and Keurig coffee maker.
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Inside only if weather is bad or for breakfast if we don't go out to a restaurant. I carry a weber for grilling or smoking meats. If I'm frying fish I don't want to smell up the inside of the TT so we use the outside kitchen stove, works well.
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Old 01-14-2013, 01:24 PM   #18
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With the exception of breakfast, we don't cook any of the meat inside, it's all cooked on the grill or fire while camping.
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With the exception of breakfast, we don't cook any of the meat inside, it's all cooked on the grill or fire while camping.
Ditto.
I mostly use the campfire in the evenings. An old fridge shelf makes a good grill. Add a sharp stick and a roll of aluminum foil and you can whip up a pretty good meal.

I removed the microwave from my unit after the first trip (actually, the Dempster Highway removed the microwave for me ) but I don't carry a generator and rarely camp where there's electricity so I get a lot more use out of the extra storage space.
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Cooking outside my wife has never used the oven in either trailer we've owned. She does use a crock pot and a electric skillet, but even that she does outside.

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