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Forum topic by MsDebbieP posted 09-29-2013 02:45 PM 862 views 0 times favorited 20 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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MsDebbieP

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09-29-2013 02:45 PM

Sept. 29/13

I bought a Camp Chef Explorer 3x this past week, primarily to do my canning (preserving) outdoors.
The stove is amazing and is probably going to be used throughout the year for regular cooking needs.

So… it will sit on deck, open to the elements and potentially in danger of toppling during high winds. (I usually have a table here with an umbrella on it and it is always getting blown over.) Another worry that I had, although I don’t think it is an issue is the weight of the canning kettles. It can get pretty heavy. The stove is supposed to hold 200 lbs.

So… what I want is, something that will:
  • provide stability from the wind (or people bumping into it)
  • maybe additional support re: weight
  • maybe added work space on the sides
  • and the ability to cover it when it is not in use.

I thought about a simple frame at the back that is securely attached to the deck and then attach the frame of the camp stove to the frame.

Thoughts? Ideas? Safety issues?

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)


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Joe Lyddon

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#1 posted 09-29-2013 02:53 PM

Are you going to Take it Camping?
(It’s not going to be in a Fixed place?)

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#2 posted 09-29-2013 03:56 PM

Debbie, my first thought when I saw your post was make it like a big BBQ. Here’s a quick sketch of what I was thinking. Your cooker setup would be enclosed with the cabinet. Nothing is to scale because I don’t really know what the dimensions are. I didn’t show castors but it might be a good solution for moving the whole assembly around on your deck.

http://i238.photobucket.com/albums/ff198/CanukWoodChuck/CookerCart.png!

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#3 posted 09-29-2013 07:07 PM

hey debbie, you have gotten yourself a very nice unit, im aware of this company as my son has a place in logan utah that sell this equipment, its very nice, but what i would do is build a cabinet that would enclose this main unit and build some collapsible side wings with a tiled top that you could use to set your pots on, or make it so you have workable space that is permanent, i would use some kind of tile or granite, it would take much abuse from wear and tear and would be safe from the elements, you could make a rain proof cover to put over it when not in use, if you know how to sew, you could make it yourself and save yourself some money..another idea for the cabinet is to have some kind of heavy duty screen that was on the bottom of the cabinet incase there was a spill or something, it would go right through and not ruin some kind of a wood base… here are some ideas you can use, have fun with this, it will last many years if protected from rain and snow..maybe even have the whole unit on wheel, so you can easily move it around.

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#4 posted 09-29-2013 07:13 PM

another idea is to have a wooden self that goes under the burner unit and far enough down so that you could get some of those heavy duty disposable roaster pan to put under each cooking eye, that way it would catch any spills and you could have storage under that , for canning supplies and the like, another idea to think on.

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404 - Not Found

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#5 posted 09-29-2013 09:46 PM

Have a look at the ‘Big Green Egg’ projects posted on Lumberjocks, I’ve seen several. There are probably slip on covers available to buy – or a motorcycle cover would do it too.

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MsDebbieP

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#6 posted 09-29-2013 09:46 PM

I doubt if we’ll ever take it camping .. but one never knows if there is a shindig somewhere and it might have to travel. Doubt it though.

CanadianWoodchuck >>> that is beautiful. And it covers it, contains it, stabilizes it,, and looks NICE!!!
Thank-you for taking the time to sketch this out. I’ll show it to Rick. Thanks.

grizzman: thanks re: info about the company. So far it seems to be a really well-built treasure.
I like the idea of a shelf underneath for roasting pans, not only for catching drippings/spills but also for storage and to help with stabilization.

oh and I like the idea of wheels as well .

Thanks, guys.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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#7 posted 09-30-2013 01:39 PM

Can you put it into a grill that you may no longer use, (or find one at a garage sale) ?? Just a thought

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#8 posted 09-30-2013 02:26 PM

there’s a good thought—- hadn’t thought of that route. ...
the thing is about 4’ long so I’ll probably have a hard time finding something that fits – but …. one never knows.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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MsDebbieP

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#9 posted 09-30-2013 02:36 PM

I was thinking of this idea for a frame that the stove can be secured to (and a cover fitting over top)..

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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HorizontalMike

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#10 posted 09-30-2013 02:50 PM

Looks like that’ll work. I was thinking of welded tabs on the feet that could be screwed to the deck, but with your idea the stove will still be easily moved when/if needed.

BTW, that is one heck of a camp stove! My camp stove is a late 1950s Colman two-burner that says ”patent applied for.” I am now officially jealous!

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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MsDebbieP

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#11 posted 09-30-2013 04:43 PM

“patent applied for” ... a tad funny!! haha

heavy duty burners <<< Rick said, “Those are MAN burners!!!” :D

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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#12 posted 09-30-2013 07:46 PM

I would build a cabinet from 3/4” plywood and line the inside with Hardi Board. That can be attached to your deck. leave enough space between the stove and the cabinet. Those stoves can put out a lot of heat. Basically what I’m doing is leaving the stove as a free standing component with a cabinet acting as a shroud that can be removed. If you wanted to get more elaborate, I would cut off the legs and build it into a well insulated cabinet. Table top burners would be more appropiate for a purpose built stove. Anything you try might end up as a “Mickey Mouse” project.

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#13 posted 09-30-2013 07:59 PM

I was thinking along the same lines as Renners or a case that would hold the whole unit . If you make something you plan on using your stove while in contact with the wood you might think about using Ipe it’s the only fire rated wood I’m familiar with, plus it’s a very heavy wood so you won’t have to worry about the wind blowing it over.

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MsDebbieP

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#14 posted 09-30-2013 08:07 PM

fire is one of my big worries … I guess I could weld a frame instead .

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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#15 posted 09-30-2013 09:03 PM

Ipe is fire rated ,that means it’s rated the same as masonry or metal . I was astonished the first time I found that out.

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