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I am no huge camping fan. In fact when Mrs Stebiz and little Stebiz's asked to go camping, I honestly couldn't think of anything worse. Don't get me wrong, I've been to Haven in mobile homes etc., but camping in a tent, well that is a new kind of world.
I bought this particular stove from Tesco for £49.99 but have since seen in cheaper. It comes all self contained, in its own box, but is by far, no means light. In fact the weight is 5.6kg of steel, so not the type you'd want to take back packing.
Moving on. The stove itself is blue in colour and comes with 2 stoves and a grill. They all work at the same time.
Upon purchasing the stove I wasn't naive enough to think that I didn't need gas. Although no seasoned camper, I did have an idea it would need something to cook with. Mrs Stebiz thought a gas cartridge would be enough. Not so I told her. After having a quick read on the net it was suggested a 5kg cylinder of Calor Butane was the one for us, and £50 lighter - £20 gas and £30 deposit, I had purchased the gas required. I am told that the runtime: Stove and Grill > 6h 30min; Stove > 8h on R907. IT perates off Campingaz® and other Butane cylinders
So it was all easy from now on?? Well not quite. The camping day arrived. We unpacked and pitched tent and felt like a cup of tea. Out came the stove and pan. Although the stove had come with a rubber hose to attach to the cylinder, it hadn't come with a adapter (or regulator as they are known in the trade) to attach it to the bottle. So I then had to get back in the car, and go hunting down a shop that would sell me one. No mean feat I can assure you, especially if you are out in the country. Anyway I hit lucky and within an hour I was back with a low pressure regulator minus a further £6.99.
One thing Mrs Stebiz did remember (and I forgot) were matches. We'd have been lost without them. We filled the kettle and it boiled within about 5 minutes. I'm not saying the cup of tea was nice (that wasn't the stoves fault) but I wasn't in a hurry to have one again. The taste of the metal camping cups were disgusting.
The next morning, after a horrible sleep (insominiac Stebiz on a camping trip - doesn't work) I was up at about 5am, reading a book in the car. It was a bit early to get the stove on the go, so I waited until about 7am, which is when the bacon and eggs went under the grill, along with toast etc. It cooked them a treat. They were roasting hot and went down a treat.
The only downside for me is that the stove only had very short legs. This gave it a height of 22cm but I guess this made it much more stable. I also had a real job getting the adapter off the hose. So in the end the hose has stayed on the stove, to stop it from becoming loose. The stove also discoloured quite quickly, but I guess that was to be expected.
In all I would recommend this stove. It did the job, all be it a bit heavy. Just make sure you buy the adapter and gas bottle before you go, and within minutes you'll be cooking your tea. How to make a nice cup of tea, whilst camping? Well we've still got to work that out. Certainly not the stoves fault anyway.
Copyright stebiz 2011 - also on ciao.co.uk
Having returned to camping after a twenty year break I required a new camping stove. The one I had years ago had a single burner which is fine if you just want to boiler a kettle but I wanted a stove that did everything. The Canpgaz Chef Stove does just that. It has two burners and a grill and so you can cook quite elaborate meals, unlike the old days when if it did not all fit into a single saucepan it did not get cooked, consequently baked beans appeared on the menu quite often. The gas cylinder is quite hefty and so I would not recommend this if you are planning a walking holiday camping as you find somewhere, you realy do need transport to accommodate the the cylinder. The grill is super efficient but when in use the base gets very hot so be careful what you stand it on, a wooden table is a no no.
Last year at home we had several power cuts and the stove was an absolute god send, but be warned that the base does get hot if you are using the grill so use it on the draining board, rather than scorching your working surfaces.
As a camping stove I dont think you can find better than the Campingaz Chef Stove, it just makes camping more enjoyable when you can cook a proper meal.
After getting back into camping after several years, we wanted something that would do everything that we required in one package. As can be seen from the photo, it has two burners and a grill which we have found to be invaluable.
This product does not come with a regulator or a carry bag, which can be found in one package if need be.
You need a relatively large butane gas cylinder in comparison to most camping accessories, but if you have the space to carry it then it's not a problem.
I'm sure a lot depends on the pans used, but the boil time is incredibly quick - I remember it seemingly taking hours on my previous stove!
I would recommend buying an aluminium table, or a cooking table to stand this unit on as it cannot be placed on most camping tables when the grill is in use.
I have been more adventurous at cooking on this stove in it's first few uses than I ever was before, which shows just how user friendly it is. I would strongly recommend this stove to anyone who was interested.
I like to get away in the summer months camping as it's a cheap easy holiday where you can just pack the car and go.
Along with the tent this Campingaz Camping Chef Stove also comes with us, as it saves a lot of money if you cook for yourself and don't have to pay for meals out.
You can buy a Campingaz Camping Chef Stove at most camping shops and I bought mine at one in our local town for £29.99 but you can get them at Amazon for £34.99 and at toher online sites for around £35.00 it depends where you buy and pays to shop around as I got ours in a sale over the winter months.
The cooker is a light weight calor gas cooker and you need a gas regualtor to be able to use it, these can also be bought at camping shops and online and then you have to buy a gas cylinder but a small bottle of gas will do nicely and will last you months.
The cooker is blue metal and has two ring burners and a little grill underneath, this really has to be monitored if your using it in a tent as it cannot be left on with the tent being of a flammable material.
We also go off in the van and cooking in the back of the van is easy and convenient with this cooker.
The lid lifts up to reveal the two ring burners and it has three nobs on the front for the rings and grill to be operated.
It has little legs which fold out for support and is a handy size for packing away. You can buy small butane cylinders for it to run off but these don't last very long although if your hiking with one of these this is the lightest option for your gas supply.
Cooking time on this cooker is a little slower than you will be used to as there is the wind factor to take into concideration and you are cooking outside or at the door of a tent and not in a nice warm kitchen.
The kettle will take about 10 minutes to boil if your waiting for the first brew on arriving and setting up your tent.
I find this a great little cooker as you can make a good breakfast in the morning when camping, it will make your toast, whilst a frying pan with bacon and eggs and a pan of beans is cooking but you will have to take it in turns to make your toast as it only does two pieces at a time.
You will have to make a brew seperately after breakfast is cooked but this will save you money as buying it in a cafe will cost you more than a tenner for two people.
I have made stews, curries, breakfasts and other meals on this cooker which has saved us from buying in cafe's when on holiday leaving us more spending money to enjoy other things.
If your looking for a good reliable campjng stove then this one is a great option which I would recommend to you.
My mates mum and dad have got a static caravan in Stourport which we use sometimes, but last time we were due to have a weekend down there her dad informed us they had had the kitchen area of the caravan ripped out for refitting. We'd already made our plans so I asked MY dad if he'd got anything in his camping stuff that we could use for cooking, I knew he'd got some small camping stoves but really I wanted something a bit less basic because I'm not into all the SUFFERING of camping even though I do enjoy it.
He said he had got just the thing and sorted me out this Campingaz Camping Chef Stove, I thought it looked a bit basic still but it was either use this or cancel our trip to Stourport.... so we took the stove!!!
It's a bit better than most camping stoves because you've got 2 burners for cooking in pans and also a grill underneath. It runs off butane cylinders and recommends that you use Campingaz branded cylinders, but we used a cheapo Towsure version and that worked out loads cheaper because we got 4 cylinders for about £12.00 instead of the £15.00 you would pay for just one Campingaz cylinder.
The camping stoves always lights first time and the temperature control knobs work perfectly straight away. The burners are big enough to handle a large frying pan and saucepan but there isn't enough room for you to use 2 large pans at the same time. You can get round this by using the large one and another smaller pan, or it also works if you use a pan and a camping kettle on the burners.
The grill works brilliant and it deffo came in handy for toast because that's the only thing me and my mate ate for breakfast while we was away. Having the grill under the burners is a wicked idea because that means you can do a full fry up without having to wait for one thing to finish before starting the next. The one day it was my turn to cook and I did the sausages under the grill, fried the bacon and mushrooms in the frying pan and on the other burner put some beans on. We was using an electric kettle anyway so that day managed to get a full breakfast done using just 2 pans and that meant even less washing up.
The grill is only big enough to hold 2 slices of toast but that's ok because it heats up dead quick so once the first 2 slices are done it doesn't take long to cook the next 2. The stove was perfect being as it was just the 2 of us who had gone away but wouldn't have been much use for a bigger family...... unless you all wanted to live off big pans of beans and scrambled eggs!
The metal cover also doubles up as a wind breaker when you are using the stove outside, this wasn't a problem for us because we was using it in the gutted kitchen of the static caravan we was staying in. I remember going camping a couple of years ago with my dad though and he couldn't get the stove lit properly because of the wind so I reckon it would be dead handy for people who are doing proper camping outdoors.
Recommended..... a bit expensive at £33.00 but worth it in my opinion because it saves the stress of trying to cook a whole meal on just one small camping stove.
Having planned a short one week camping trip last April in order to try out the new Soul Pad tent we'd been given for Christmas by my extremely generous in-laws, [thank you! thank you! thank you!], my husband and I decided we'd take the opportunity to try out some new gear as well... therefore, having browsed through hundreds of online shops for the best deal, we settled on the Campingaz Camping Chef stove found at Amazon.
With a price tag wavering between £40.00 and £60.00 at most online shops, and coming in even more expensive in high street shops, I was amazed and well chuffed to come across the stove on special at Amazon for only £25.95! With one week left to go until payday, I crossed my fingers hoping that I wouldn't miss the sale... alas, when payday came along, the stove had gone up to £49.95! I was gutted. Once again browsing online camping and caravan shops, I used a few price comparison sites... and zilch. We were in March, just a few weeks until out planned trip. Finally, realising that it was now or never, I went back to Amazon, and low and behold... it was on sale again. Not as low as it had been in February, but I was willing to part with the additional ten pounds without too much fuss... although I did send Amazon an e-mail complaining that they should put an end date on their sales. I didn't get a response, but then again, this is Amazon therefore I wasn't actually expecting one.
Back to the stove. I received it just a few days after placing my order... £35.95 with free postage. I have to say at this point that my initial reaction to the stove was; "Is that it?!" I'd spent weeks browsing online shops, using price comparison sites... I'd even sent a letter of complaint to Amazon... and all for what? A camping stove that weighed in at a somewhat flimsy 5.8kg - anti-climactic, to say the least.
Anyway... after watching my husband set it up on the kitchen table, I stepped back and studied it for a moment or two in silence. It wasn't much to look at. A lid coloured a somewhat noxious-looking blue was lifted in order to display shiny new grills, three black plastic knobs protruded from the front of the stove, the centre knob reserved for the grill, and the whole thing was supported by metal feet that cradled a bottom tray that held the grill pan/toaster. Hmmm... not much to look at.
Well, looks aren't everything I told myself, so, after dismantling it [takes only a minute] we put it back inside its box [no, it didn't come with a carry case - nor with an adapter for that matter... both were sold separately] and waited for the big day to arrive.
Finally, the day of our vacation arrived, we bundled everything up and set off on our short trip... not 20 miles from home! Well, I did say this wasn't a 'real' vacation, it was simply a 'try-out' for our new canvas tent. I will, incidentally, be writing reviews for the Soul Pad and the camping site we used... meanwhile, I want to tackle the stove.
Lucky for us, our trip landed smack on the hottest and driest week of April... not ideal, really, because a canvas tent, for those who aren't aware, needs a good soaking in order to swell up the canvas so that it becomes water-tight. Needless to say that it didn't rain, therefore our 'real' camping trip, scheduled for September, could end up being slightly damp.
That first evening, having put up the tent and set up camp, we took the stove out of its box and placed it on a picnic table supplied by the site. It wasn't particularly windy, which was a good thing because I'd forgotten to purchase the metal wind-guards that are supposed to be placed around the stove in order to keep the wind from messing with the flames. For our first meal, I had purchased a decidedly 'iffy' tin of Branston's Macaroni & Cheese [this was to prove to my husband that I could eat tinned stuff if I set my mind to it]... I really must write a review on that because it was absolutely disgusting. I couldn't even pawn it off on the dog! What does that say for a tin of macaroni when a bum licking pooch would rather continue licking his bum than eat the macaroni?! Yep... not good.
Anyway... I emptied the contents of the tin into a small pot, and placed two pieces of bread on the supplied grill [which comes with the stove] in order to try the toasting capabilities of the Campingaz stove. At that point, with the macaroni being heated in a small pot on one burner, the kettle using up the other burner in order to boil water, I was just about to slide the grill into position when my husband stopped me; "The instructions say you can't use the grill and stove burners at the same time." Hmmm... dilemma... okay, I figured I'd heat up the macaroni, boil the water and then grill the toast... after all, how long could it possibly take to toast bread? The answer is... extremely long! By the time I'd managed to grill the two slices of bread, the macaroni had become cold and stodgy and my coffee, which I'd prepared just after the water had boiled, had a film across the top of it with a few gnats doing backstrokes!
The thing is, the grill sounded like a good idea, but it isn't. First of all, the small element used to grill the bread, or whatever food you might want grilled, is much smaller than the grill pan, meaning that the heat is only really focused on a small portion of the food placed under the grill. I had to constantly re-arrange my bread so that it toasted evenly... which it never did, not even after a week of practice... not to mention the fact that it took approximately 15 minutes to toast two slices of bread on that first non-windy day. The next few days, the wind having kicked in, toasting bread turned into a nightmare with us trying to shelter the flames from the wind as best we could. At that point, we both decided that a wind-guard was a necessity... as was a proper camping stove toaster, the type you place on the top of the burner and holds four slices of bread! Don't get me wrong, we still intend to use the grill for cheese toasties and the like, but not for toast... and definitely not when we're in a rush to eat.
As for the burners and their capacity to actually heat up and cook food within a reasonable amount of time... I have to admit, although begrudgingly, that I was impressed. Campingaz boasts that you can boil a kettle of water in 7 minutes... yep, you can. My only complaint is that, unlike other double-burner stoves with grills, the Campingaz stove wasn't designed with a built-on wind-guard like other stoves in the same price range. The grill area is left wide open to the wind, and that's a definite no-no as far as I'm concerned. I do wonder if this was done on purpose so that we'd be forced to purchase a separate wind-guard.
Another point I would like to make is that the Campingaz adapter, sold separately, only works with Campingaz cylinders... which are much more expensive than other gas cylinders. My suggestion is that you purchase a normal adapter, which we did, and use regular propane or butane cylinders that DON'T sport the 'Campingaz' logo.
All in all, a really good stove that possesses a really bad grilling capability.
For those interested, Amazon is presently selling the Campingaz Camping Chef for £35.71 with free delivery.
Power: Stove = 2 x 2,300 Watt / Grill = 1,100 Watt
Gas Consumption: Stove = 2 x 170 g/h, Grill = 80 g/h
Weight: 5.8 kg
Dimensions: L52.5cm x W31cm x H22cm
Boil Time: 7 minutes
Autonomy: Stove + Grill = 6h30/Stove
Energy: R904, R907, Butane or Propane
Adapter Not Included
** Important: Grill cannot be used at the same time as the stove.**
A table-top 2 burner stove with a toaster function! 2 Burner stove featuring a third radiant burner underneath for toasting bread, bacon etc... Folds down for easy storage and transportation. For convenience and safety the push and turn knobs are child safe and allow for precise flame adjustment.