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Old 12-24-2007, 01:06 PM   #1
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Propane Slow Cooker

Does anyone make a good "crock pot" or slow cooker that runs off gas? Seems to me that cold weather boondocking would be greatly aided by such a thing?

We leave the trailer and are gone most days doing our thing, and returning to a hot slow cooker meal would be wonderful.

We bought a Coleman unit, but unless ours was faulty, this is not a slow cooker. It has a very thin metal "pot" and the heat was a temperature more akin to stove top cooking than slow cooking.

Anyone with expericence? Remember we are looking for gas powered as this is for boondocking.

If all else fails we are going to try putting a cast iron dutch oven in our gas oven and pretending it is a slow cooker and see how that works.
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Old 12-24-2007, 01:16 PM   #2
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The ones I have seen don't get very good reviews. I think the general consensus is that pressure cookers are the way to go.
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Old 12-24-2007, 01:19 PM   #3
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At first glance, it would appear Coleman is the only show in town. These are an expensive alternative:

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Old 12-24-2007, 02:02 PM   #4
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Hey, you folks might be on to something for me with this "thermal cooker" idea.


General D, when you say pressure cooker are you talking about the same things that Silver Ranger is linking me to? More of a thermos type cooker?
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General D, when you say pressure cooker are you talking about the same things that Silver Ranger is linking me to? More of a thermos type cooker?
I mean a regular pressure cooker. I have no idea about the thermos types, they may be fine.
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Old 02-25-2008, 09:10 PM   #6
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My crock pot is 190 watts - my trailer (which is on the way) is being equipped with a solar powered 600 watt inverter. We live in the southwest with lots of sunshine. I'm guessing that it will be OK - we'll see.

Otherwise... the pressure coker may be the way to go.
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Many times we have plugged our crock pot into our on-board inverter and have had a hot meal ready when we get back from touring at the end of the day. We do carry our Honda 2000 to recharge the batteries if needed, but that's more for Leon's C-Pap than for rebuilding the charge on the batteries after using our crock pot. Our crock pot uses about 200 watts, so whatever that means to people who understand this electrical stuff more than me. All I know is plugging the crock pot into the inverter works for us and it doesn't completely kill our batteries.
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I have made some very good stews and other dishes by using an oven proof glass dish with lid. I just put in all the ingredients, put it in the oven, and set the propane oven to about 200 degrees. About 6 hours later I return to a warm trailer and a hot meal after a long hike or some serious cold weather fishing. Since I use the oven, I don't have to carry an additional "cooking device".
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Hey, thanks to you all. We are going to try a small crock pot, and we are going to try the oven idea. I am glad the old days are gone when I had to only learn from the school of hard knocks.... this site is great.
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Sounds to me like the oven would be the way to go. From what I've read, crock pots cook at about 200 degrees on low, so using the oven at that temp should work.
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The wife and I use the crock pot most of the time. We go out in are Tracker and we back we have some "good" hot food.
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