Stove for use outside van?

Paul_B

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Just got a part conversion on a Vauxhall Vivaro. No kitchen but most of rest of it done. What would you carry in it for a brew?

When camping we'd just use one of many camping stoves but I was thinking of something stashed for when we stop and want a brew. Or when first pitching up with the van and making the brew while getting straight for the night

I've got the venerable trangia such with the gas conversion makes our dinner and normally brews. We've got various gas, meths and a woodburning stove (honey stove). There's even an esbit stove somewhere. I'm thinking a Kelly Kelly type might be good?

I used to go out with a conservation charity and one branch in Cumbria used a large kettle for team brews from the van. Someone would always get sent back to make the brew while we carried on working. Nothing better than sitting around with a hot brew when you've been working in the wet. It's my only experience of them so never sure they're that practical for a van brew up. Those days we would be working in the countryside with trees and dry twigs close to the van. Usually the person walking back to the van would pick the twigs needed on the way. Easy. It might not be that easy parked up in a layby or carpark by the beach or similar.

I am curious about what people on here might recommend from experience of similar or of the various possibilities.
 

Paul_B

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Jetboil or a clone from another brand? There's a few versions around now, which is best?
 

Paul_B

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Great looking kit but terrible website. I can hardly see what they look like. Black background and bright lettering doesn't work well there.

The canister attachment looks like a lot of other brands. I suspect it's made by fire maple for them. No preheat tube, I prefer them on gas stoves. I really don't know why they sell stoves without them.
 

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I have switched to a Jetboil (clone, £20) for quick brews in the Landy - it gets the cuppa ready in no time in windy weather.
 
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By myself in summer, little butane cartridge rig to boil 300 ml. 10 liter water jug, part full100_1158.JPG.
Say I'm at the freezing level. Wet snow, -2C. Coleman single 533 is in the mess box.
Supposed to burn 1 hr 45 mins on HI. The folding windscreen is in there, somewhere.
More people and more water? My venerable Coleman green box & windscreen.

Somehow, I have managed to accumulate 3 vacuum bottles.
Aladdin, Thermos and no-name Ducks Unlimited.
Out for a day, if I felt that I would need a hot drink, use a thermos instead of the stove & kit.
 
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SaraR

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Jetboil or a clone from another brand? There's a few versions around now, which is best?
We've only had two from Jetboil, so don't know about clones. The product itself is great, but their customer care leaves a lot to be desired.
 

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Although I really like my Kelly Kettle its of limited use by the roadside cos it heats the ground up and creates a bit of a firescar or would heat tarmac up.
Something like a Jetboil or a liquid fuel stove (I have a Svea 123R) are a better bet than the Kelly Kettle in that setting.

Also people don't give you the "They're starting fires" look with them.
 
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We've only had two from Jetboil, so don't know about clones. The product itself is great, but their customer care leaves a lot to be desired.

All I can say about the clone is that I've not had to test customer service :)
 

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I use a Jetboil for a quick cuppa when I am out and about. Quick and simple system.

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Paul_B

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Although I really like my Kelly Kettle its of limited use by the roadside cos it heats the ground up and creates a bit of a firescar or would heat tarmac up.
Something like a Jetboil or a liquid fuel stove (I have a Svea 123R) are a better bet than the Kelly Kettle in that setting.

Also people don't give you the "They're starting fires" look with them.
Don't you use anything underneath? I've got into the habit of using a soldering mat underneath all our stoves. Even trangia stoves cause some damage to the ground beneath them. Mind you I've not used my honey stove since getting that mat so perhaps it won't help much with the heart.

Anyone use the petromax version of the kettle? It comes with three wire legs to lift it off the ground.

Petromax Kettle
 

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Is your van a diesel?

If it is then look yourself out a British Army No 12 stove. They're designed to run on diesel and are great stoves, albeit getting a tad pricey now over on that certain auction site
 
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Paul_B

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Is your van a diesel?

If it is then look yourself out a British Army No 12 stove. They're designed to run on diesel and are great stoves, albeit getting a tad pricey now over on that certain auction site
It's a diesel van but must admit I'm not a fan of liquid fuel stoves running off petrol, white spirit, etc. Not sure a diesel stove would suit me any better. It's the experience of using one as a cub with the pre heat routine and the flaring up. Sure got me concerned since I had only gas stove experience up until then. Put me off ever since.
 

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Jet boil or any little pocket gas stove, MSR Pocket Rocket is awesome as well.

If you're just making a brew, then something like the above is all you will ever need.

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Jetboils are ace, but for quick and easy those square £20 ones are pretty good. I have one alongside my BBQ for general cooking.
 

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Jetboils are ace, but for quick and easy those square £20 ones are pretty good. I have one alongside my BBQ for general cooking.

They are good and I've used one for years but they just don't hack it once its cold and the wind's blowing though; they also take at least twice as long to boil because the flame is not as hot (you can tell by the noise), it isn't shielded and the pot's not insulated.
 

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