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Camping stove? I really need this.

Ok I own more Camping stoves then my wife knows of! I have a problem...for I like to cook outdoors and when hiking so I have continued to look for the holy grail of camping stoves. There is however nothing that is of the holy grail of camping stoves. Only what purpose you want them for. If you are car camping with a family your needs are different if you are back packing. So here is what I have found. For Car camping the Camp Chef Everest 2 burner propane is the best! It is fast to heat, easy because of propane, and a lot cleaner and easier to maintain then white gas! However it is more expensive to operate (marginally). Control is excellent! You cannot go better. It his a fantastic stove that can simmer and boil like a good kitchen stove! It also folds up nice and packs down well. I have a Coleman DualFuel 2 burner that I do like it is just harder to controller, takes longer to get up (primed) and is mess when it comes to filling! I like it but the Camp Chef is way better for family car camping! No waiting to get up to flame and it is efficient as well.

http://www.campchef.com/everest-2-bur...

Now for hiking weight is king and your food is different...most are about freeze dried foods so your stove here will be small and centered around boiling water. Then there is the temperature in which you will be cooking the colder the harder with isobutane it is. Liquid/White Gas work better. I dont camp in these conditions for it is too hard on me! I have a jetboil for boiling water and back packing it runs on an isobutation blend, it is fast efficient and compact. But I could never simmer with it nor would you want to cook something very long on it. Canister style stoves like this have a total burn time around a hour on the small cans. But dehydrating food on the trail is fast and easy...just dont think it will be good...it is ok!

Now Alcohol stoves are nice and work in the very cold! However they dont fend well in the wind and dont last long. I have a trangia and like it quite a bit. But it is hard to control and takes some to get use to using. It is cheap and built well but you have to pack fuel like you would with a white gas/liquid fuel stove.

Finally my most versatile stove is my Primus Omni-Fuel! It does it all. It can use canister fuel, gasoline, kerosene, white gas, isobutane, and more! It is noisy but cant simmer pretty good! I like it but it is not something I would use for family camping for it is a single burner just like the jetboil and the trangia. It is meant for one person and is still limited. Depending on the fuel and how big the bottle is this thing can burn for a long time! I like it but it is also more of a back packing/hiking stove!

For what I know and use the Camp Chef is stellar!! I like it a lot and it looks good and performs good. It is better then the other Coleman Propanes I have used and seems to be built better as well. It also has a nice stainless inside that makes it easier to clean! You cant go wrong with one!

Feb 04, 2013
soapboxpreacher in Cookware

Camping stove? I really need this.

Ok I own more Camping stoves then my wife knows of! I have a problem...for I like to cook outdoors and when hiking so I have continued to look for the holy grail of camping stoves. There is however nothing that is of the holy grail of camping stoves. Only what purpose you want them for. If you are car camping with a family your needs are different if you are back packing. So here is what I have found. For Car camping the Camp Chef Everest 2 burner propane is the best! It is fast to heat, easy because of propane, and a lot cleaner and easier to maintain then white gas! However it is more expensive to operate (marginally). Control is excellent! You cannot go better. It his a fantastic stove that can simmer and boil like a good kitchen stove! It also folds up nice and packs down well. I have a Coleman DualFuel 2 burner that I do like it is just harder to controller, takes longer to get up (primed) and is mess when it comes to filling! I like it but the Camp Chef is way better for family car camping! No waiting to get up to flame and it is efficient as well.

http://www.campchef.com/everest-2-bur...

Now for hiking weight is king and your food is different...most are about freeze dried foods so your stove here will be small and centered around boiling water. Then there is the temperature in which you will be cooking the colder the harder with isobutane it is. Liquid/White Gas work better. I dont camp in these conditions for it is too hard on me! I have a jetboil for boiling water and back packing it runs on an isobutation blend, it is fast efficient and compact. But I could never simmer with it nor would you want to cook something very long on it. Canister style stoves like this have a total burn time around a hour on the small cans. But dehydrating food on the trail is fast and easy...just dont think it will be good...it is ok!

Now Alcohol stoves are nice and work in the very cold! However they dont fend well in the wind and dont last long. I have a trangia and like it quite a bit. But it is hard to control and takes some to get use to using. It is cheap and built well but you have to pack fuel like you would with a white gas/liquid fuel stove. It isnt that you have to pack the fuel it is the fuel can spill or leak easier then say isobutane or propane.

Finally my most versatile stove is my Primus Omni-Fuel! It does it all. It can use canister fuel, gasoline, kerosene, white gas, isobutane, and more! It is noisy but can simmer pretty good...MSR dragon fly is another that is good!! I like it but it is not something I would use for family camping for it is a single burner just like the jetboil and the trangia. For one maybe two people it would be great for anything from eggs to boiling water! It still has it limited. It is also expensive! But it isnt expensive to operate! White fuel is cheap! And it goes a long way!! Depending on the fuel and how big the bottle is this thing can burn for a long time! I like it but it is also more of a back packing/hiking stove it is does more then just boil water!

Overall for family camping....the Camp Chef is stellar!! The other have their niche. The Camp Chef does it all! I like it a lot and it looks good and performs good. It is better then the other Coleman Propanes I have used and seems to be built better as well. It also has a nice stainless inside that makes it easier to clean! You cant go wrong with one!

Jan 30, 2013
soapboxpreacher in Cookware

Simply Calphalon Enamel Cast Dutch Oven vs Lodge, Tramontina, LC???

How long ago did they release this new interior? Oh and how would I know if my new 3 1/4 has it? Let me know.

I have a TJ Maxx and Home Goods around here so I could look there but isnt that stuff not up to quality specs? More over it could chip easier and so on.

I wouldnt get one of these off eBay. I havent found any significant deals there and as of late eBay has not been much of a saving as it use to be.

Jan 03, 2013
soapboxpreacher in Cookware

Simply Calphalon Enamel Cast Dutch Oven vs Lodge, Tramontina, LC???

Ok...actually got out there at lunch...it is an 8 qt oval...need a round. It wasnt too bad either.

Jan 02, 2013
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Simply Calphalon Enamel Cast Dutch Oven vs Lodge, Tramontina, LC???

Ill be heading over tonight to see.

Jan 02, 2013
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Simply Calphalon Enamel Cast Dutch Oven vs Lodge, Tramontina, LC???

Thanks but I am trying to avoid non-stick as a whole...too much swirling controversy with it, same with Aluminum. You mentioned something about the calphalon reviews...I have found one actually review...and it was a buyers review. I believe these are very new. I have seen a ton of reviews on the calph anodized but not the cast iron enameled. If you have any links....that actually have reviews and not just ratings I would love to see them.

Jan 01, 2013
soapboxpreacher in Cookware

Simply Calphalon Enamel Cast Dutch Oven vs Lodge, Tramontina, LC???

Ok so I am new...and new to dutch ovens for that matter. I am looking to expand my cooking to braising, soups, chili...which much of I do in stockpots now except braising of course. I just got my first LC in a smaller 3 1/2 qt for christmas. And I need to get a bigger one to do my soups and chili...I make much more then a 3 1/2 can handle! So my quest is for a 7+ qt one. If money was no object I would do the staub...that is an easy one! However I cant swing 250 - 300 for an enameled dutch oven! Of the bargin enameled dutch ovens for starters I want to stick with the round shape for it is ideal for stove...which will make up most of my use. Interior is a goofy one for many complain about the white staining...this is why I like the staub but it is out of my price. The only bargin Dutch Oven that has a black interior enamel finish is the Calphalon. I cant find any reviews on it nor its place of manufacturing. I also considered the tramontina and the lodge both however are white interiors. Both are very well liked. So if anyone knows how this dutch oven stacks up...I am all ears. I love the look and design of the calphalon for it looks to copy the staub very closely. I am looking for chipping, staining (might not be an issue being black).

I have to add one thing to this...does the staining on the white interior prevent it from performing or does it cause the dutch oven to lack something...other than appearance...seem so many crab and complain about the interior staining...the cleaning of it and so on. I dont want to bleach it...I dont like putting bleach on any cooking surface, it might just be me but I just dont like the idea.

Dec 31, 2012
soapboxpreacher in Cookware