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Postby reef » Tue Mar 27, 2007 9:27 am

Just wondering what cookware people us on their gas stoves - I was told aluminium is garbage as it reflects the heat back so is it better to get stainless steel or enamel or cast iron ( but they are so heavy ) ???? and are pots from home better or billies as I can see we would have a bit of a squeeze with cooking for 5 of us !
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Postby mytribe » Tue Mar 27, 2007 10:40 am

We have one oval camp oven, 2 different sized billy's, one billy kettle and a small aluminium fry pan.

I cook for 6 whilst camping, and normally do it in batches, cook for the 3 little kids first and then myself, the other half and 14yr old.
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Postby Kramer » Tue Mar 27, 2007 3:42 pm

I have all sorts of gear, a couple of cheap stainless pots, a big camp oven, an old cast frying pan, a small aluminium frying pan, a large flat plate that can fit over a twin burner stove (great for hangover bacon and egg cook ups) and egg rings.

I find aluminium fine it heats up and cools down quickly though and can heat unevenly if thin. BTW don't put aluminium pots/pans on or in a fire they do tend to melt quite quickly and they don't go red like steel does before it melts I know this from experience sausages don't taste good with bits of aluminium in them :?
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Postby Ozzycamperboy » Tue Mar 27, 2007 6:41 pm

I can relate to kramers aluminum experience :mrgreen:

I was hiking for the first time with a little backpacker's stove, and a nice thin, light weight pan.... burnt a hole clean through it :shock:

I just use cheap cookware from woollies and alike. And a small camping grille from steaks/snags.

@ Mytribe, what sort of billy's do you have and where'd you get them? Cause i bought a BIGW one twice and each time it only lasted one trip :roll: Got all rusty a week later. Wouldn't mind paying extra and getting a quality one.
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Postby Blue Bravo » Tue Mar 27, 2007 9:36 pm

Basically use stuff that would probably be thrown out otherwise. I love my old gridlle grill (ridged one side flat the other). An old kettle with a missing whistle and a couple of triangle saucpans. Have a bar b cue plate that fits over the 2 burner for a large fry up. :lol:
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Postby mytribe » Wed Mar 28, 2007 8:15 am

Hmmm now you've got me. I think we got the 2 billy's from an Aussie Disposals store(or one like it) and the billy kettle came from Anaconda.

No rust at all and we've been using them for 2 and a half years now.
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Postby reef » Wed Mar 28, 2007 3:40 pm

what about enamel billies are they any better than the good old tin ones
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Postby mytribe » Wed Mar 28, 2007 5:31 pm

Not sure Reef, ours are just aluminium. The boss said the next step up is stainless steel ones.
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Postby gqpatrol » Wed Mar 28, 2007 5:50 pm

I have had my enamel billy for five or more years, still works great and looks like new. A lot tougher than those cheapy ones. :armsup
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Postby Kramer » Thu Mar 29, 2007 8:49 am

Have you guys had any problems with espresso machines while camping? Mine is rusting out from the rain :( :*** :***
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Postby Komodo » Thu Mar 29, 2007 10:59 am

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