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Old 05-27-2016, 07:22 AM   #1
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What is your kit?

Hey, friends, I am kind of new here, I've been avoiding the outdoor cooking forum, just because I've been indoor cooking and focused on baking, getting my cooking technique better, etc...

But it is Memorial Day Weekend, and I am loading up the truck, well we call it a truck, it is a Toyota Rav4, but compared to my wife's Mazda protoge? Truck, and I don't have a backpacking trip planned, so I'm bringing my full field kitchen. I have one of those coleman type pavilion things, and well can roll out a nice camping kitchen when car camping. So here is what I use.

The center is a two burner Optima propane stove from the 60's. I like it as it has about three parts, and two o-rings which are a standard industrial size. I have a bag of them in my camping closet.

Coleman camping oven. Another vintage pic, it is a fold able oven that goes on the stove. It has a thermometer, I can get it to about 300 degrees consistent. Enough for camping pie.

MSR Dragonfly. The best backpacking stove ever. You can run this off pretty much any flammable liquid you can find. Loves white gas, but can work off gasoline, diesel, kerosene, jet fuel!, even isopropyl alcohol in a pinch. And it is adjustable. I use this backpacking as the main deal, car camping, it is my saute side burner. Side benefit, this thing sounds like a jet engine. Everyone knows you are cooking

Big ass fire, with a side pit for coals. If you don't know how to make a big ass fire, you shouldn't be camping, dig a small side pit, and shovel coals from your heady heavy and large conflagration.

Some cast iron... Lodge dutch oven, and lodge 10" skillet. Um if you don't know what these are stay out of the woods.

Carbon steel wok, for camping stir fry.

One large roll of Reynolds Wrap heavy aluminium foil. Wouldn't set up a camp kitchen without it. Ever.

Cameron stove top smoker, can't believe I forgot this. It works on a burner or a campfire, and if the gods love me and I catch a fish, this is the go to prep.

So armed with these, a tent, and a good disposition, if work doesn't interfere, we are going out to make a camp. As far as the menu? don't know. Driving out this time of year through central PA? I am going to pass enough farmers markets that we can just buy stuff.

Happy camping friends.

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*edited to add my cameron stove top smoker, love that thing*

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Old 05-27-2016, 07:47 AM   #2
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The only thing we have that can be considered portable (one person) is a Weber 22 kettle grill. We have a rotisserie and kettle pizza kit for it. The other cookers we have are a large BGE and a Horizon 16 Classic, offset smoker. We also have two propane fueled, Jet cookers. One will be used tomorrow for a crawfish boil.
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Old 05-27-2016, 10:50 AM   #3
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Cameron stove top smoker, can't believe I forgot this. It works on a burner or a campfire, and if the gods love me and I catch a fish, this is the go to prep.
Glad you enjoy your stovetop smoker. We use ours for all sorts of stuff. I only wish they were around when I was camping...back in the Stone Age.
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Saw, hatchet, matches, bucket, coffee pot and a 12 inch cast iron pan with lid.
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Old 05-27-2016, 11:23 AM   #5
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Glad you enjoy your stovetop smoker. We use ours for all sorts of stuff. I only wish they were around when I was camping...back in the Stone Age.
OK you, Katie just spoke the majik words, stovetop smoker. I'm gonna give you my best-est recipe. This gets me invited back to the cookouts at the synagogue even though I am a Quaker. to wit:

Ingredients:

At least four large beets, skinned and sliced into disks (yeah your hands are gonna look red after this step, my favorite is to go all lady McBeth Out out damn spot!)
cilantro, fresh and diced to taste
16 oz can Ro-Tel
one pound fresh spinach, cleaned up and chopped nice
16 oz feta cheese
one big fat red onion, diced.

OK, so to make, smoke the beets in the smoker. I use Alder, but hickory or oak works just fine. If you have a main fish course? Smoke it together. On medium heat I give them a half hour on my range.

Dice the beets, mix everything together, save the cheese for the last. and toss. Chill out, and chill the beets, you just made a salad, this is best served cold.

Now if you want a dressing for this salad:

1/2 cup cider vinegar
1/8 cup olive oil
1 tsp salt
2 tsp white pepper
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tbsp mustard (strong powdered British like) or 1 tbsp table mustard (Dijon or stone ground is better than french's)
1 tbsp honey or maple syrup

mix quite well, and pour over mixed.

I impress VEGANS with this recipe, I convert people to vegetarianism, and I'm not even a vegetarian. It is all about smoked beets.


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Old 05-27-2016, 11:27 AM   #6
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12 inch cast iron pan with lid.
I'll even carry that one backpacking. If you have a good pan with a lid, you often in the Northeast don't even need to carry food, you can forage. That and the Dragonfly stove, we ate foraged food all through the shenandoah NP

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MSR Dragonfly. The best backpacking stove ever. You can run this off pretty much any flammable liquid you can find. Loves white gas, but can work off gasoline, diesel, kerosene, jet fuel!, even isopropyl alcohol in a pinch. And it is adjustable. I use this backpacking as the main deal, car camping, it is my saute side burner. Side benefit, this thing sounds like a jet engine. Everyone knows you are cooking
That is a very nice stove. I use an Optimus Plus if I'm cooking for two or more. And there's no mistaking, people, even 50 yards away, know you're cooking with that jet engine roar these stoves produce...LOL...
Most of my local mountain, over night backpacking or bikepacking trips are solo so I carry either my canister stove (MSR Superfly or Pocket Rocket) or an alcohol stove (Trangia or Fancy Feast diy stove). In fact, I'm bikepacking and spending the night at a local trail camp Sat night and I've got my Fancy Feast stove nested and packed already.

For Memorial Day, at home, I've got a bunch of people to entertain and I'll be smoking 4 racks of St.Louis style ribs on my UDS (ugly drum smoker).

Enjoy your camping trip!
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Old 05-27-2016, 01:27 PM   #8
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The pocket rocket is a good stove, I just don't like canisters, I will take the weight penalty to carry a liquid fuel stove. I adore, diy alchohol stoves, and if it was just me, I'd even carry the old school hexe tablet stove. It boils water fine.

I ended up, in the end, spoiling myself. In order to get my wife out on the trail I had to convince her that it wasn't awful, part and part of that was good food. Dragonfly is great for that, you can run it full blast, or sautee some nice mushrooms. We do a backpacking trip every other month, mostly weekend 30 mile trips, the mids are car camping (heck when I am car camping if I could fit my oven in the car I would), but I even backpacking like to carry the MSR dragonfly, just also because we like to forage as we go. get some fresh ramps? sauteed in a little butter with mushrooms? often we save the dehydrated stuff for the next hike.

A good camp stove does wake people up, doesn't it? My cousin is a marine, took him out to camp and he bolted out of the tent early when I fired it up for oatmeal and coffee, swore to god he thought we were commencing harrier jet flight operations :)

Dragonfly will eat anything. Why I love it. Backpacking in eastern europe? No trouble.

We are apartment bound, so no UDS here, but glad you have one. throw a little maple syrup on them ribs if you can find some, and think of us in the Northeast.

Happy Memorial Day!
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My "kit" is a pop-up camping trailer with a roll out queen size bed on each end, towed behind a Honda Ridgeline pickup. I'm old enough to have a greater appreciation for personal comfort than I did in my 30's. These old bones have no interest in trying get a good night's rest on a 1" thick Thermarest mattress. In the 70's and 80's I carried a backpack in the Colorado, Wyoming and Montana mountains, over passes as high as 12,700 feet, both on and off trail. I paddled a couple of 8 day canoe trips into the Quetico Provincial Park in Ontario back in the 60's. I kayaked the Middle Fork of the Salmon River in Idaho - 100 miles of wilderness whitewater travel.

I'm happy to sit back and leave all that to the young folks these days. I had my fun, and still enjoy the memories.
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My back can no longer handle sleeping on the ground so I've been hammock camping.
When I turned 60 I switched from a tent to a hammock. I'll convert to a motorhome in a dozen years or so....:)))
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