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Old 03-04-2019, 09:13 PM   #1
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Cooking in the Sport 16

We typically don't like to cook inside our Bambi 16 because of lingering food smell, and the burners are pretty pathetic.
Camping in the winter means cooking inside - and then there's the smoke alarm!!!
Doesn't much matter what we cook - it goes off!
Don't want to take it apart and dismember it - maybe there's a better solution.

Anybody have a trick besides opening the roof vent, turning the fan on full blast - when the temp is 20 degrees outside?
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Old 03-05-2019, 04:36 AM   #2
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We typically don't like to cook inside our Bambi 16 because of lingering food smell, and the burners are pretty pathetic.
Camping in the winter means cooking inside - and then there's the smoke alarm!!!
Doesn't much matter what we cook - it goes off!
Don't want to take it apart and dismember it - maybe there's a better solution.

Anybody have a trick besides opening the roof vent, turning the fan on full blast - when the temp is 20 degrees outside?
Crack open the kitchen window, push open the Vanair vent, and turn that on.
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Old 03-05-2019, 04:48 AM   #3
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Run your vent fan on a lower setting just while you are cooking.

When done, light a scented candle to clear the air...that’s what I do.

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Old 03-05-2019, 04:58 AM   #4
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Is there a removable battery?

Keep It Simple, Stu!

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Old 03-05-2019, 06:48 AM   #5
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We use a disposable dust cap made for smoke detectors. Even a shower cap - the type that you get from a motel and put that over the smoke detector while cooking. (You can even buy them at Dollar Tree, etc.) The elastic keeps it on and they are ugly enough that you won't forget to take it off.

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Old 03-05-2019, 10:24 AM   #6
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We have a complete outdoor kitchen consisting of a combination cook top/oven and fold up table and grill stand for fair weather cooking. When we can't cook outside we try to do most of our cooking ahead and freeze it in zip lock bags so all you have to do is boil the bag. Perking coffee inside will neutralize most odors and leave the pleasant hint of fresh brewed coffee.
A hammer works well on overly sensitive smoke alarms.
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Old 03-05-2019, 10:25 AM   #7
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We typically don't like to cook inside our Bambi 16 because of lingering food smell, and the burners are pretty pathetic.
Camping in the winter means cooking inside - and then there's the smoke alarm!!!
Doesn't much matter what we cook - it goes off!
Don't want to take it apart and dismember it - maybe there's a better solution.

Anybody have a trick besides opening the roof vent, turning the fan on full blast - when the temp is 20 degrees outside?
You may want to purchase a smokeless grill. And an Insta pot/ pressure cooker 2 quart. These are our favorite way to cook in the airstream or just outside the door. Perfect every time and almost no cleanup.
QVC Currently cooks essential has a 2 quart pressure cooker for $39.98 that is the perfect size for storing in keeping in your airstream. We paid quite a bit more for the one we have. We have a 6 quart for home use.
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Old 03-05-2019, 10:32 AM   #8
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Yes to Adventure.AS suggestion

My new Smoke Detector came with a little "shower cap"
If you replace the SD with a newer dual detection system the incidence of false alarms goes way down...my experience with a new SD (came with with the shower cap as a shipping protection...that I haven't had to use)
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We use a disposable dust cap made for smoke detectors. Even a shower cap - the type that you get from a motel and put that over the smoke detector while cooking. (You can even buy them at Dollar Tree, etc.) The elastic keeps it on and they are ugly enough that you won't forget to take it off.

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Old 03-05-2019, 11:35 AM   #10
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we added an exhaust fan to our 22FB
it is std on higher end models
medium difficulty to add it post delivery

definitely make a positive difference.
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we added an exhaust fan to our 22FB
it is std on higher end models
medium difficulty to add it post delivery

definitely make a positive difference.
I really think a nice Balderi vent hood would have been in order for the 22FB but I think it would add complexity and therefore cost. Yes Win, I have followed your install over the last year. It is way beyond my toolkit and my expertise. Very nice work.

We consider ourselves camping when on the road with our 22FB. We cook outside on a Coleman gasoline stove or on an electric griddle. If it's raining, we just eat sandwiches under the Zip Dee or inside. Morning breakfast is something in the microwave or eggs and sacred bacon cooked outside. Coffee pot is electric to keep the burner off as much as possible to keep air moisture down. When we have to cook inside we do open the kitchen window and the Fantastic fan is turned on.

The goal is to keep as much moisture and post-cook smell out of our Bambi and to that end, we just don't do much cooking inside. Coffee in the morning is the most important thing and we do use a percolator. Also, we have a 3 quart Instapot but it stays outside as steam is always present.

Thinking back on the days of camping in a tent. We love the convenience of showers and indoor toilet - a comfortable bed and a table to use with our laptops. But all else is outdoors. Our AS is a way to get us there.
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Old 03-05-2019, 10:19 PM   #12
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We just took the battery out of it and if the place starts on fire I’m sure the one that’s 10 foot away in the bedroom would go off. They must all have about that same problem.
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Old 03-06-2019, 02:56 AM   #13
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The OP is in a 16' Sport, so your reasoning would apply IMO. The human bio-computer can "detect" a fire pretty safely in such a small space, while preparing a meal [as opposed to while sleeping, say].

Battery out -- keep it simple, Stu.

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