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Old 10-06-2010, 09:47 PM   #1
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Hi, I am back with another question to ask We have a 34' Airstream Excella, 1997.

We have been looking at outdoor tables and kitchen setups. So far the tables seem kind of flimsy. I cook almost every meal, so we were thinking of bringing some of that cooking outside...

Can anyone recommend a good outdoor table, chairs, or cookstove? And also a screen-room for extending the living space?

Thank you in advance, you all have been a big help.

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Old 10-07-2010, 01:23 AM   #2
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I do pretty much all of our cooking out side....we just bought the foldable plastic tables and they work great with a plastic table cloth on top.....and we also have both of these stoves and love them....the larger one is heavier and we have been using the smaller one more Stainless Steel 3-Way LP Stove with Grill













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Old 10-07-2010, 03:22 AM   #3
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Having read a recent thread on cast iron and fire cooking we are considering a chuck box. There's a link in the attached post.

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Old 10-07-2010, 07:29 AM   #4
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We use a folding plastic table-cost about $34 from Lowes. It is lightweight. Purchased a Coleman two burner stove. Was hesitant about setting it on top of the table. I got several trivets and used them. Found out I didn't need to do that as the stove didn't affect the table at all. We also do the Dutch Oven thing and that is a great addition to outdoor cooking. Have a grate that is mounted on a cast iron post. It sits over a campfire and is height adjustable. Great for grilling. I also bring a crockpot-know it isn't outdoor cooking-but it does come in handy.

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Old 10-07-2010, 08:16 AM   #5
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I've had one of these for several years at out camp. The only issues I've had are
1) the top isn't flat so the right burner leans right, the left leans left.
2) It only takes a slight bump for the grates to get knocked out of place
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3) what the heck is the center burner for?
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I find that the bed topper on my 8' pickup truck bed can easily store all the outdoor cooking stuff, which, if you like cast iron as much as I do starts to get heavy.

Your question might better be narrowed by stating your thoughts on storage. A big pickemup like mine makes it easy, your TV may not. You may be considering only LP gas, not charcoal AND firewood AND LP gas, for instance.

Same for furniture. How important is weight? Size? I'm big enough to heave around stuff you may not want to.

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I've had one of these for several years at out camp.
3) what the heck is the center burner for?
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Old 10-07-2010, 11:53 PM   #9
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if you stay mostly at CG's with electric power you would be better off staying away from a propane cook top. i have seen single burner induction cook tops work well at rallies. example can be seen here...

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We agree with the induction burner. We have a Viking and it is amazing. It's very responsive, lightweight and easy to store.

When cooking for a crowd and boondocking Murray likes to pull out the Coleman Exponent Outfitter Camp Kitchen. It provides additional work surfaces and storage capabilities.

We keep our Weber Q300 in the trailer. We love the fold up cart and the trays that fold into the grill when not in use (and when the grill itself is cold).

We're sure you'll figure it out. It's all good!

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silly question... What is wrong with the kitchen in your trailer?
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I have thought about trying a single induction burner to see if I like it enough to spend $3-4,000 on one for the kitchen.

After trying several tables, I found that I just put the grill on one end of the campground picnic table. When there isn't a table (I'm surprised how many campgrounds don't provide them) I like one of the aluminum roll up tables. The one I have used is as stable or more so than all of the others I've tried. I also have a 6'-0" fold-in-half aluminum table I some times use if the ground is level and firm at the camp site.

Oh, BTW, cooking out doors is so much more pleasant than the kitchen in the Airstream.
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silly question... What is wrong with the kitchen in your trailer?
Nothing. But...

1) In hot weather cooking inside heats up the traylah
2) On a pleasant day one might prefer to be outside
3) When entertaining it may be helpful to have more room
4) Certain types of cookery produce smoke or lingering odors and are best performed outside.
5) There is a certain entertainment value for those watching when cooking, for example, in an iron pot over an open fire.
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Nothing. But...

1) In hot weather cooking inside heats up the traylah
2) On a pleasant day one might prefer to be outside
3) When entertaining it may be helpful to have more room
4) Certain types of cookery produce smoke or lingering odors and are best performed outside.
5) There is a certain entertainment value for those watching when cooking, for example, in an iron pot over an open fire.
Absolutely!

We cook outside whenever possible, for all of the above reasons.

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