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.
Bush 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.
The Cobb Cooker can be used when 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 favourite with 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 produced.
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 cooker.
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.
Dual Fuel Stoves
Coleman make a dual fuel stove and it runs off unleaded petrol or Coleman fuel or shellite.
Road 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 cylinder.
Another 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.
Choofers 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 on top.
DO NOT 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.