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PostPosted: Mon Nov 07, 2011 4:37 pm    Post subject: What pots and pans do you keep in your van? Reply with quote

lucy is getting ready to hit the road, we'll be living in lucy for the next 3 to 6 months
as you all know space is a major issue, how many, what size, of pots and pans do you have
we need to go and find some, i would like to have a decent set that don't take up a lot of space
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 07, 2011 4:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't feel like giving you any info until we can see some pics of Rubba in her new suit of clothes. Exclamation

A small BBQ, a grill that will fit on the BBQ and on your stove. A good hearty frying pan (with lid is great), one large heavy pot with lid and perhaps a smaller pot. A pressure cooker is really handy and the pot can be used as a regular pot. When I had my sail boats and cruised, it was said that if you only had room for one pot, then make it a good sized pressure cooker (cooking, roasting, baking). oh and I guess you might drink a lot of tea or not so something to boil water in or to make coffee in. I keep some of those non skid material pieces on board to put between each pot and/or lid.

Pictures or you aren't going anywhere!!!! Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 07, 2011 5:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

space is less of an issue than it was inside my backpack

I've just been using an old Sigg cook kit, tho I may upgrade to something more elaborate next summer.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 07, 2011 5:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

For years I was using a pretty generic, thin, stainless steel set (couple of pot, fry pan and lip) and wasn't very happy them. They didn't take up much space (fit in the cabinet directly left of the stove) but heat distribution and the handles were pretty lousy.
I just got a 'Texsport Trailblazer Black Ice Hard Anodized QT Cook Set' ( http://www.campmor.com/outdoor/gear/Product___86743) but haven't had a chance to try them out in the wild.
For $40 they seem pretty nice, thicker aluminum, anodized, nice feel and built in handles. If they don't fit in the 'old pots home', I'll find somewhere for them. They seem the right size for 2-3 people.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 07, 2011 5:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

One 1qt Stainless steel sauce pan and lid
One Stainless Tea Pot
One Stainless 12 cup Coffee Pot
One folding handle Coleman 9" Fry pan, kept in sink while not in use
One Cast Iron Fajita Pan
One small sauce pan to cook a can of soup (dinky)
One Non-stick Reversible Griddle

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 07, 2011 5:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

These http://www.rei.com/product/783950/msr-base-2-pot-set, which stack inside of http://www.rei.com/product/783955/msr-flex-skillet, all of which sits on a stack of plastic plates, all of which then sits on http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/product.asp?SKU=17166484 (bent the handle up 90 degrees). That all sits on the top shelf of the cabinet along with a stack of plastic bowls and plastic cups. Toaster (came with the van) sits nicely down at the bottom.

All cookware is non-stick. No kettle for me; JetBoil instead.

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 07, 2011 6:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't have a vanagon westy, but in the bay I use the MSR
http://www.campmor.com/msr-flex-4-cook-system.shtm...keyword%7D
I have always just camped solo, but then that grew to a lady and 2 kids, (12 and 17) the MSR cookset is perfect for all of our needs. We like to cook and eat. It is spendy, but well worth it. There are deals to be found out there.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 07, 2011 6:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not a pot or pan but equally important to me is my coffee grinder. I love the hand crank
as apposed to the electric. Makes the coffee worth the wait to Perc.
http://www.rei.com/product/784116/gsi-outdoors-javagrind-coffee-grinder
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 07, 2011 6:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Timwhy wrote:
Not a pot or pan but equally important to me is my coffee grinder. I love the hand crank
as apposed to the electric. Makes the coffee worth the wait to Perc.
http://www.rei.com/product/784116/gsi-outdoors-javagrind-coffee-grinder


I sheepishly admit that I've abandoned real coffee for Starbucks Via while camping. Embarassed

It's just so easy, and quick, and it's really pretty good. And there's no grounds to clean up. Laughing

At home, it's a different story. I'm all about this http://www.olycoffee.com/
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 07, 2011 7:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Boy, this got off-track fast... lol
Less than 10 posts to go from camping pots & pans to artisan coffee
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 07, 2011 10:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I usually travel with a full family and the dog so space is at a premium. I'm also often bike racing so space is sucked up by tools/bags/tires/etc. I made a pretty tight a firm list of what gets packed and I use lots of backpacking gear.

MSR Dragon Fly Stove
MSR Flex 4 pot system
MSR Titan Kettle
Lexan Pint glasses (priorities)
Bialetti Espresso Maker (again, priorities)
Sea-B-Que Grill
Full size Aluminum Frying pan

With that combo I can make just about anything I do at home for our group. The one burner stove takes some planning but it's really small and has the power to make coffee extremely fast and still simmer. White gas means I can go a solid week cooking heavy meals on one bottle.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 08, 2011 3:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

DAIZEE wrote:
I don't feel like giving you any info until we can see some pics of Rubba in her new suit of clothes. Exclamation

A small BBQ, a grill that will fit on the BBQ and on your stove. A good hearty frying pan (with lid is great), one large heavy pot with lid and perhaps a smaller pot. A pressure cooker is really handy and the pot can be used as a regular pot. When I had my sail boats and cruised, it was said that if you only had room for one pot, then make it a good sized pressure cooker (cooking, roasting, baking). oh and I guess you might drink a lot of tea or not so something to boil water in or to make coffee in. I keep some of those non skid material pieces on board to put between each pot and/or lid.

Pictures or you aren't going anywhere!!!! Rolling Eyes



daizee, there's a update, can i go now Laughing







is there a decent brand of pots and pans that will stack one inside the other, with removable handles, so they don't take up so much space

i've googled and have not found anything useful yet
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 08, 2011 4:17 am    Post subject: pots Reply with quote

I'm trying to remember what brand name our stacking pots are and when I do I'll pass it on. They (3) fit inside the big pot which slides under the sink cupboard.

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I never considered taking it along to grind beans. The noise would certainly please my 12 yr old! Very Happy

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 08, 2011 4:32 am    Post subject: Re: pots Reply with quote

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This is for Tim,

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I never considered taking it along to grind beans. The noise would certainly please my 12 yr old! Very Happy

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I asked for a coffee grinder from the wife one year to take camping, that's almost
the same grinder she came up with. She got really mad when I couldn't stop laughing
about it.
Now I make sure that I send her links through email. Did you make the base? It looks
good!
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 08, 2011 4:42 am    Post subject: grinder Reply with quote

It's a kit from Lee Valley. I made it to match the tea box on the other end of the counter. It works...slowly. It was a project I did without her even knowing. Very Happy You can keep on giggling.

As far as pot sets go for the OP...I found them at Cabela's,Campmor,Mec and a couple local stores websites. Maybe the chicken mans google search was lacking in proper key words... Laughing

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 08, 2011 5:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

+1 for the MSR cookset. A little pricey if you're on a budget though.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 08, 2011 5:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You can go now Exclamation Guess I'll have to settle for the one pic. Looking good. That's a lot of work you have done. Happy Trails.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 08, 2011 6:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

just a 9in frying pan,2qt pan for soup or chilli, found a 8pc plastic table set (garage sell) for 5 bucks.take 4 plates 2 bowls and 4 knives forks spoons.if i'm going with hookups small microwave.couple plastic cups
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 08, 2011 6:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I stopped by a Ross Store to get some cheapo work shirts and ended up scoring a nice new set of of pots and pans ( some Italian stuff...I forgot the name ) for really cheap !!!!! Early on in my camping days, I bought a budget set of aluminum pots and pans but they didnt hold out for very long. This time around, I got a real good quality set for a song and a dance and they've held up quite nicely.
Cheap is cheap but quality bought for cheap will outlast crap bought for cheap. I learned my lesson. Laughing
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 08, 2011 6:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes you need to go with quality for sure. Don't waste your time and $$$ and propane on cheap. Trust me they'll pay for theirselves many a time. Don't forget a few good cooking utensils but you can get them at a second hand shop.

We have several chefs in here that cook up storms and stealth camp, etc..., hopefully they'll speak up earlier than later Smile
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