I was just paging through some of our camping pictures and ran across my 'Man's Kitchen' that I built 2 years ago. I enjoy doing most of the cooking while we camp, but kinda ran out of room inside the camper. No counterspace, and the sink was apparently built for someone much smaller than myself, let alone someone who has a family of 5.
So, this is what I came up with. Finished with a spar varnish, with the exception of the log top -- it has nearly 1/4" of a urethane epoxy coating. Fullsize kitchen sink (with sprayer which works very well for practical jokes, I've found.). Underneath the sink, is an apartment size fridge (with 5 of us, the one in the camper fills up quickly)... The second set of doors house two pullout shelves for utensils, etc.... and the third set of doors -- a 27" TV. I ran two seperate circuits to our power pedestal... we don't blow breakers anymore when the microwave (inside) and the griddle (outside) run at the same time.
Just thought I'd share... Kinda getting anxious to get out there and use it!!!
Hope the pictures work... I had to look up how to post them from facebook....
It's almost perfect.. One change.. needs a small fridge designed to chill a keg.. Then add a tap to the top..
I have that in my garage... but it's got rootbeer in it. For as much beer as I drink, a 12 pack will last me almost all summer.
I think my largest use for the kitchen is the clean up -- but I do use the outlets for the electric griddle for breakfast stuff, as well as the frying pan for fish, and perhaps the occaisional blender use for margaritas... but the outlet mainly gets used for the electric charcoal lighter for the charcoal grill.
I cook mainly with charcoal, occaisionally mesquite or hickory -- but I don't do gas anymore. I found with my little electric lighter, the coals are ready within 7-10 minutes. Favorite foods -- Ribs, steak, then the usual quick burgers, brats, etc... Do kabobs once in awhile to change it up a little (takes some prep time)... but my all-time favorite would have to be charcoal chicken. And, I fiddle around with the heat a little... I live for my Weber.
I have another picture somewhere of a fireside cookie-baker that my friend made. Uses the heat from the woodfire to bake cookies... I'll have to do a little digging.
Is there anything better than eating when camping? We sure don't think so... but that maybe why my 7 year old mentioned in her letter to the easter bunny, "...Please bring my mom and daddy something. But not candy. Something healthy... like vitamins."