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Old 02-09-2009, 06:20 AM   #1
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Thermal Cooker

I first discovered thermal cookers on this forum after we got our AS. I don't like the idea of leaving a slow cooker plugged in and hoping it will be stable when we are traveling, so the thermal cooker is a great solution.

I also am not a big fan of overcooked veggies that the slow cooker produces.

I ended up ordering from www.forumappliances.com since they offer the Shuttle Chef 3&3 Model. Shuttle Chef is the European name for Thermos Nissan cookers. A 1.5 l cooker is also available. These units are not available in the U.S.

I thought I would post a link to a site that has some terrific accessories for the 4.5 L Thermos Nissan (aka Shuttle Chef) cooker that I think some of the forum members have. It is www.thermalcookware.com.

They carry an accessory pack that has a carrying bag, steamer, and smaller inner pot that will stack on the 4.5l inner pot. This creates the ability to cook 2 items separately or to cook a smaller amount by filling the 4.5l pot partially with boiling water then inserting the placing the smaller pot on top.

The steamer will stack on top of the 4.5 l inner pot for steaming veggies separate from the main meal.

Thermalcookware offers other accesories to make the cooker more versatile. The site also has recipes, newsletter, and demo videos on using the thermal cooker.

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Old 02-09-2009, 07:48 AM   #2
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$180 to $250 seems a little pricey for my budget for a thermos bottle pot with high thermal mass. I sure it must be top quality. Is there a cheaper way to accomplish the same goal?
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Old 02-09-2009, 08:27 AM   #3
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Hay Box

Dwight,

Glad you asked. Yes, you could make your own haybox.

for more info go to:


www.thermalcooker.wordpress.com


I am not that industrious. There is alot of info at this site on making your own. Also, a pretty interesting history on hayboxes and how they were promoted as a more fuel efficient method of cooking during the Great Depression. Maybe I should say "the last depression".

The 1.5l from forum appliances is about $70 incl. USPS shipping. They ship the day the order is placed and it will arrive in less than a week. 1.5l is enough for one or two people of many dishes.

When I first got my 3&3 with the optional 6l innerpot I was mistakenly thinking in terms of a slow cooker only. Then after I had it a while I realized I could put cold foods in it, use it as a punch bowl, ice bucket,etc.

The Shuttle Chef/Thermos brand inner pots are heavy gauge SS with a core on the bottom so they make terrific everyday pots for the stove top.

The 6l pot is great for pasta or a larger amount of food. It is the perfect size to make my homemade Kahlua in that I absolutely cannot go without.

As you can see I prefer multi-use items. I really try to avoid things that only serve one purpose.


Have fun at the site I listed and let me know what you think.

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Conversion to Dollars

I realized that I forgot to mention that one of the links I posted does not have a conversion application on the site. It is:

www.ThermalCookware.com



This makes their prices seem exhorbitant. There are many sites to get a conversion or you can email Allan Rush at allan@thermalcookware.com to confirm the total amount that will be billed to your account.

Allan is very quick to respond to any concerns or questions.

Hope this helps.

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I realized that I forgot to mention that one of the links I posted does not have a conversion application on the site. It is:

www.ThermalCookware.com



This makes their prices seem exhorbitant. There are many sites to get a conversion or you can email Allan Rush at allan@thermalcookware.com to confirm the total amount that will be billed to your account.

Allan is very quick to respond to any concerns or questions.

Hope this helps.

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Thanks for the clarification, fr8. I noticed the spelling of “colour” and assumed that it was in Canada.

Saw the AOA gang at the Arkansas RV Show. Am looking forward to seeing the two of you soon.
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Thanks for the clarification, fr8. I noticed the spelling of “colour” and assumed that it was in Canada.

Saw the AOA gang at the Arkansas RV Show. Am looking forward to seeing the two of you soon.
Vaughan,
Glad you enjoyed the RV show. We will be seeing the AOA crew next month. They are a great bunch.

We are looking forward to seeing you then.

Reminds me of another reason I use the thermal cooker. My cooking turns out better if I get it completed before happy hour begins!

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Thanks for the links. This still a very interesting cooking method, even if it has been around for centuries. It is interesting that people are still finding ways to get the US patent office to issue new numbers and protections. It seems any high thermal mass cook pot then put in an insulating carry bag of any sort would do the same thing. There are several slow cooker insulated transport bags advertised for less than $10 that would do, and you do not need a stove to start them off. It would be nice if the lid to the inter cook pot would be sealed so the contents would not spill, if the pot was tipped during transport. You would need to add a manual relief valve to the lid to break the vacuum in the pot caused by the food cooling a little.
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Old 02-15-2009, 01:26 PM   #8
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Currency Conversion Update for www.thermalcookware.com:

I recently emailed Allen Rush and suggested that a currency conversion tool avilable at his website would be helpful. He has added this feature. On the catalog link all items displayed have the word "convert" listed underneath. Just click on the "convert" and a drop down menu wil allow the prices to be converted to the currency of your choice.

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Shaker and Vaughn...may we be seeing you in the land where legends go to die (Aka Branson) in early April?
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I am glad that you started this posting....I had never heard of this product before....I just ordered one today and should get it in a couple of days....we have some camping trips coming up at the end of March and think that this will come in really handy....spend more time on vacation things and less on cooking. Thermos RPC-4500/CC4500 4.5L Thermal Cooker « The Thermal Cooker Thermal Cooking Weblog
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I am glad that you started this posting....I had never heard of this product before....I just ordered one today and should get it in a couple of days....we have some camping trips coming up at the end of March and think that this will come in really handy....spend more time on vacation things and less on cooking. Thermos RPC-4500/CC4500 4.5L Thermal Cooker « The Thermal Cooker Thermal Cooking Weblog

Kevin and Monique,

I am happy to hear that you found this post helpful and interesting.

I am awaiting the delivery of the farm house bread tin and the heavy duty steamed pudding tin from www.thermalcookware.com. These items will enable me to get rid of my turbocooker. Although I like the tender, moist cakes that it produces, it has a large domed lid and handle that are space hogs.

I also like the fact that I can place the tins for breads or a cake in the before bedtime and let them "bake" while I am asleep. If you have never tried steamed breads before you will not be disappointed. This method makes any quick bread recipe, such as zuchinni, pumpkin, etc. moist, tender. and flavorful. The pudding tin will make the perfect size cake for us. A regular 2 layer cake is too much for us and goes to waste.

A mistake I made when I first got mine was thinking that it was a great item for potlucks and the like. Then I started using it for everyday meals for the two of us. Now the more I use it the more I like it and have found that it is so versatile that it was $$ well spent.

Have fun at your campouts.

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Here is a link to a "thermal cooker" at a lower price that still looks nice. It is about $60 for a 5 quart stainless inner and outer pot. SPT ST-60B - Thermal Cooker

The customer reviews rate it highly.
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Aren't all cookers (stoves, ovens, crock pots, etc.) "thermal"?
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Wayne&Sam- same category as "hot water heaters".
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