There are many
methods for camp cooking outdoors such as
cooking with heat beads, cooking with LPG or butane gas or
wood. Similarly, there are a large number of stoves, grills,
cookers and pots to choose from.
BBQ Hot Plates
A simple set up for cooking on an open wood fire is a bush BBQ hot
plate with legs. The hot plate can be either all steel or ½ steel
and half mesh grill. There is a Primus bush BBQ available from
camping stores and Hillbilly Camping have a similar product. Carry
bags are also available.
The Ozpig is a wood burner initially designed using a 9 kg gas
bottle with a chimney on legs. The Ozpig is now manufactured from
steel, with detachable galvanized steel legs and a chimney that
comes in three parts with an all up weight of about 16 kg. It can
all be pulled apart for easy transportation in it’s vinyl carry
bag. The Ozpig comes with two warming plates and an optional
defuser which is excellent for toasting bread or muffins.
Cobb Cooker can be usedwhen
camping or at home and it can be used as a smoker, an oven or a
barbeque. It is lightweight at about 4.5 kg and is run on BBQ heat
beads. Accessories can also be purchased for the Cobb Cooker such as
a roasting rack, frying pan and frying dish.
Dream Pot/EcoPot/Shuttle Chef Thermal Cooker
The Dream Pot, Eco Pot and Shuttle Chef thermal cookers operate on
the principal of boiling or partially cooking the food in inner
steel pots and then stowing the pots into a double layered insulated
outer pot or container and closing the lid. Once in the insulated
container which shuts the heat in and continues the cooking process
it can then be left unattended. Great for cooking a silverside and
potatoes prior to a long trip and just mashing the potato and
serving up once you arrive.
LPG Gas Stoves
LPG stoves are a favouritewith
many campers as it is as simple as connecting up to an LPG gas
bottle. No wet wood in bad weather or looking around for wood to
burn for your BBQ. You will see LPG stoves will have ratings for
the amount of BTU produced. (See article - What is
BTU?). The higher the BTU then the more heat
From the simple
one burner stoves to the robust cast iron ring burners which require
a low pressure LPG gas regulator to the two burner or three burner
stoves like the Primus 3 burner stove or the Gasmate 3 burner deluxe
If you don’t
want to carry larger portable gas bottles then there are gas
appliances that you can buy with small screw-in non-refillable
propane gas bottles which can be purchased in packs.
We found the
Coleman Non-Stick Griddle to be a great non-stick cooking plate for
our three burner stove. The non-stick griddle is great for cooking
pancakes and eggs or for anything else for that matter.
Coleman make a dual fuel stove and it runs off unleaded petrol or
Coleman fuel or shellite.
Small portable butane stoves which run off a butane gas canister are
great to take along to boil the billy for morning or afternoon tea.
These small butane stoves do not have a strong flame or large enough
gas canister required for extended cooking.
Trip Grills & BBQ’s
Collapsible, portable grills and BBQ’s are available for outdoor
camp cooking. Coleman have a road trip grill with a Perfectflow™
control system for consistent pressure regulation from the gas
favourite with RV travelers is the Weber Baby Q, of which there are
three models, with a stainless steel burner and porcelain-enamelled
cast iron cooking grill and easy to clean drip tray. It comes with
a hose to connect to a gas bottle.
You may like to smoke your fish when away camping so a stainless
steel fish smoker may be just what you want or the Aussie Fish
Smoker Cooker. Smoking sawdust will also need to be bought.
or Gidgee Pots
‘Choofers’ or ‘gidgee pots’ are made from old gas cylinders. They
are mainly used for camp oven cooking but a BBQ plate can be placed
attempt to cut up or grind a gas cylinder unless it has been
properly decommissioned as any cutting or grinding may cause a spark
and ignite any remaining gas in the gas bottle. See your local gas
safety authority first.
There are many
versions of the choofers or gidgee pots depending on the size of the
gas bottle utilized and how it has been made up ie: with a stand or
legs, with a door and the number of holes for steel rods to vary the
height of the camp oven.
After use, give
it a clean and a quick spray of cooking oil to help prevent rust and
wrap in an old sheet or place in a carry bag.