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Old 09-22-2014, 04:36 PM   #1
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Lightbulb Need your expert advise on outdoor stoves...

Although our camper has a nice 3-burner stove and a microwave and we have a small charcoal grill, I still want to buy a camp stove to cook outdoors. I want one that will be able to connect to the available propane connection that will let it draw on the propane tanks on board the camper. Do any of you have any recommendations? I'm pretty sure Coleman has something but I don't know which model(s) it would be and there may be other options I don't know about. Any recommendations?

Yes, I know, I should be satisfied with what I already have but.... it's all your fault anyhow, reading about all you guys cooking outside has made me realize how much more fun that'd be, plus saving the cooking odors from inside the 5er.
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Go in to your local camping world and they will have enough possibilities to overwhelm you. Just know what kind of fittings you need and how much you want to spend.

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Old 09-22-2014, 05:04 PM   #3
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That's my problem, Joe. --the overwhelm part. I was hoping to get some "real life" experience from some of the folks on this forum.

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Hi Pat.

Here is my take on it for what it's worth.. I think the real test is how and what do you cook? Most of our "gas" cooking is in the form of heating water, pans, etc... Any meats or grilling is either done on the campfire or we have a small charcoal grill we use. We just have a typical 2 burner coleman for outdoor cooking. If you plan on cooking burgers or steaks on a gas grill then you might look at one of the larger ones that have a grilling grate on them.. Things like that..
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Old 09-22-2014, 05:43 PM   #5
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If you are adamant about using the LP quick connect on your trailer that narrows the field quite a bit. The LP quick connect is after the regulator so therefore you need either a grill/stove that can use a regulated LP source or one that can have the regulator removed.

The only options I know that can connect with the LP quick connect without modification are the RVQ and Sidekick.

If you are willing to attempt the modification and have a propane shop build you a custom quick connect hose then you can add Weber Q series and Coleman Roadtrips.

All of these are primarily grills, but both the Weber and Coleman have lots of accessories available to convert to a griddle and/or burner for cooking in pots.

Personally I gave up on the idea of using the LP quick connect. I have a Weber Q200 (which is now the Q2200) and have been very pleased with its performance. I also have the weber LP hose to use 20#/30# bottles but mostly I just use it with 1# bottles. They might be more expensive, but often you can find them on sale and I just stock up with that happens. I already have to carry those 1# bottles for a couple lantern and table top LP heater, so it’s not a big deal for me to just have a couple more for the grill.

By the way on my weber Q200 w/ 1# tanks it provides pretty decent cooking time. Recently I grilled 3 meals without running out of LP. 2 short grills (burgers/dogs & then sausages) then a longer grill cooking 2 tri-tips. I would think that a 1# bottle will provide ~90min cooking time and med/med-high heat.

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Old 09-22-2014, 07:17 PM   #6
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I use a Camp Chef brand stove. I purchased the quick disconnect connectors from my dealer and had the local propane shop make up a couple of hoses for me. One is only 6' long for setting up close to the RV and the other is 30' long so I can have the stove out by the CG picnic table if I choose to do so. I also had a "T" connector made so I can leave my RVQ plugged in along with my camp chef simultaneously.

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X2 on the Camp Chef. It hooks up easily to the trailer's low pressure propane, and boy can it pump out the BTUs! Mine is the 3 burner and we're on our 8th season with it. Keep in mind they're not the smallest stoves, ours fits nicely in our rear garage, but YMMV.
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Personally I gave up on the idea of using the LP quick connect. I have a Weber Q200 (which is now the Q2200) and have been very pleased with its performance. I also have the weber LP hose to use 20#/30# bottles but mostly I just use it with 1# bottles. They might be more expensive, but often you can find them on sale and I just stock up with that happens. I already have to carry those 1# bottles for a couple lantern and table top LP heater, so itís not a big deal for me to just have a couple more for the grill.



By the way on my weber Q200 w/ 1# tanks it provides pretty decent cooking time. Recently I grilled 3 meals without running out of LP. 2 short grills (burgers/dogs & then sausages) then a longer grill cooking 2 tri-tips. I would think that a 1# bottle will provide ~90min cooking time and med/med-high heat.



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+1 to all of this. I got the Q100 just before Weber changed pricing, ahem, I mean launched the new improved model... Anyway, I'm still on my first 1lb cylinder, but I've only done sausages, dogs & burgers.

For an outside stove, I have a Coleman single burner that runs off the same cylinders. Also have a Coleman lantern that uses 'em too. But I do carry at least one hose that I can run to any of those appliances directly to the main tanks. But really other than the meat, we cook inside, not to say that won't change, but that's the way we do it for now...
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I have one of these. Easy to get a connection off www to go to your RV.
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X2 on the Camp Chef. It hooks up easily to the trailer's low pressure propane, and boy can it pump out the BTUs! Mine is the 3 burner and we're on our 8th season with it. Keep in mind they're not the smallest stoves, ours fits nicely in our rear garage, but YMMV.
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x2. Had a Coleman roadtrip and the Camp chef is byfar a better unit IMHO. BTU's are 3X and when temps dip down and the wind picks up you can still cook on the Camp Chef.

Space is one obstacle for the 3 burner, but a 2 burner unit will be about the same as the Coleman.
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