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TXpedition

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Ok, so I have a coleman burner/grill that I take everywhere when I camp.
http://www.gandermountain.com/modperl/product/details.cgi?pdesc=Coleman-Signature-Portable-Propane-Grill/Stove&i=929854
I REALLY love to cook over wood and coals.
For me the smokey Joe was too small for group meals but... I just saw that weber has a "Jumbo Joe".
It's an 18 or so inch version of the smaller grill. Has anyone tried that?

Most of the time I cook over the campfire as long as there isn't a fire ban using a swiveling grate over the fire.
http://www.kotulas.com/deals/outdoor-living/camping-and-hiking-gear/bobaque-360-swivel-outdoor-grill
 

TXpedition

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Well, I talked myself out of the Jumbo Joe.
Really, for packing as light as possible in my FJ, it wouldn't have fit.
If worse comes to worse, I'll take a bag of charcoal with me and put that in the firepit.
I'll stick to my propane and/or wood while out on the trail.
 

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We had great success doing a lot of meal prep before hitting the trail on our recent 10 day NM/CO run. The wife did a mix of pre-cooked and non-pre-cooked options which gave us options depending on how easy it was to find and setup camp. We invested in a vacuum sealer which gave us peace of mind that things wouldn't spoil as quick as they typically would in the packaging from the store.

We are frequently in areas where fire bans are in place so we have moved to propane as our cooking fuel which is fast and reliable. We even use a propane campfire since it is fire-ban legal and doesn't make everything smell like smoke (the wife's request, not mine!). ;)
 

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Volcano Grill? Some people love them and some don't. You can do all 3 fuel types.
 

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Much prefer cooking over an open fire but with fire bans went on a grill search. First saw a Weber Q on a Ronny Dahl youtube video and bought one. Have been been very happy with how it performs and the food tastes great. As an added bonus, my wife has figured out how to bake cookies in it!
 

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Much prefer cooking over an open fire but with fire bans went on a grill search. First saw a Weber Q on a Ronny Dahl youtube video and bought one. Have been been very happy with how it performs and the food tastes great. As an added bonus, my wife has figured out how to bake cookies in it!
I've got a coleman propane stove that's one burner and one grill grate on the side. I love it.
It's pretty much for burn ban situations and heating stuff in pots, coffee, etc.
 

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I use a combo of a tembo tusk skottle and a single burner cadac safari grille. I have found that since getting the skottle I only ever use the 's Dad to hear water for coffee, which could easily be doe by removing the single burner from the skottle and using it to heat the water pot.. So I may end up only packing the skottle from now on.
 

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I'm curious about the Snow Peak Firepit as well. It's not cheap, but it looks pretty cool. And, I work about 2 blocks from one of only 2 stores in the U.S.
I bought the large one this summer. Ive used it every time ive had chance too , yes expensive but really good value and the constrution materials are top class. The carry bagg provide too flimsy but i had a heavy duty canvass one made Take a look on the aussy site drifter on you tube , we only heve one store in the uk that stocks
 

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Any one else got a SNOW PEAK FIRE PIT Grill and cook then sit around the fire check out drifter on youtube to see the set up sorry dont k now how to put links up
I love the snow peak fire pit but it's big $$ I'm cheap.. Take a look at Craigslist for washing machine tubs.. They take up more room but are pretty awesome for cooking and campfire...
 

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I love the snow peak fire pit but it's big $$ I'm cheap.. Take a look at Craigslist for washing machine tubs.. They take up more room but are pretty awesome for cooking and campfire...
Ive used washing mashine tubs. Just to big and bulky to carry and when used dirty
Yes the snow peak is £££££ but. Am hoping to get a long life out of it I use other methords but nothing like sitting round a fire cooking Meat Will even take a dutch oven
 

Scott

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Ive used washing mashine tubs. Just to big and bulky to carry and when used dirty
Yes the snow peak is £££££ but. Am hoping to get a long life out of it I use other methords but nothing like sitting round a fire cooking Meat Will even take a dutch oven
I'll agree with that.. Washer tubs are bulky and dirty.. Being that I have a pickup with an 8 foot bed, I often forget not everyone has the options for outside storage.
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Timely,

Our family is overlanding Tasmania for 4 weeks in January so I have been looking for something flatpack (instead of a cut down 44) and found a few examples for sale on evilbay. These were what I was after but decided I would knock up one myself and save some coin.

Found some plans online (google is your friend here) and fabbed up one smaller and a little stouter. I work for metal fab company so raided the offcut bin. I used 1.9mm Zinc Aneal instead of 3mm plate to keep weight down.

Original plans are detailed at 600x250x300, ours ended up 400x300x310 as I had a spare BBQ plate to suit (so that became my dimensions).

I'm sure it will warp a little (dont pour water on it) but given it took an hour and material was free im pretty happy with the result. Best part is as one of the longer panels is 5mm deeper than the other it creates an overlap, keeping the coals off the ground... A requirement for most AUS campsites.

This will be used as a campfire and additionally with the BBQ plate as our secondary cooking method.

Apologies for the insta HDR, if there is interest I'd gladly upload the plans.

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Scott

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Awesome thanks! Now to convert 9mm to inches hahaha.. And find appropriate material to use.
 

BrunySpec

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Hi Steve,

Yes im thinking it will require a burn off or two using anneal, been advised it should be ok with such an open configuration. Im going to pre weather it and give it a review after checking data sheet further. Definately wont be using the family as guinea pigs.
 
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