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Old 01-05-2014, 01:05 PM   #1
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Indoor cooktop

I am considering ordering a new FGRV if I cannot find one close to my needs. If so, I am considering eliminating the indoor cooktop because I have a Camp Chef Stove/Oven I take with me to use. I also have a Camp Chef 2 burner outdoor cook top. And, I use a Dutch Oven to cook outdoors too. I rarely, use the indoor cook top, only to make coffee or turn on to warm up the little Scamp. In a smaller trailer, 15', I could use the counter space more than the cook top. Since my search for a used trailer brings up custom ones that I could not use, I am looking to make mine useful to me, but not affect the resale value or potential alot.

So, my question to everyone is: Would you miss the indoor cook top if it were not there?

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Old 01-05-2014, 01:12 PM   #2
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Alice, I also cook outdoors. I had a stove and oven combo in my Biggar...never used it, so I took it out last summer to get more counter space. If the Biggar ever gets sold....highly unlikely....the new owners can put a stovetop in. I have left the propane lines there for that purpose also.
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Old 01-05-2014, 01:21 PM   #3
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DW and I looked at ordering a new trailer once and we were not going to order a cooktop like you, but we were going to have other gas appliances. We just made sure the gas connection was available to add a range later if needed. Adding a range with gas available is not that hard or expensive. With a range it is easier to add one than patch a hole after removal.
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Old 01-05-2014, 01:44 PM   #4
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We also do most of our cooking out doors. Generally make coffee inside first thing in the morning. Have been camping in inclement weather ( we do live in the great north wet) and have been glad a cook top was available to heat up a can or soup or something simple for supper. I made a removable cover for the cooktop that gives us the counterspace but still allows us to use the stove. Works for us.
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Old 01-05-2014, 02:09 PM   #5
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We have a stove top and oven combo. After 8 years we've not used the oven and only use the cook top for coffee in the am. Very infrequently we heat up something on the stovetop for a meal, maybe a handful of times a year. We could easily do without as long as we have the Coleman 2 burner and the backpacking single burner for am coffee, but do find it convenient to have. We are dropping the oven on ur next trailer and might go to a 2 burner as opposed to a 3 for the cook top. I would be hesitant to NOT get a couple burners, if nothing else it should make resale easier.
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Old 01-05-2014, 04:50 PM   #6
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WE use our stove and oven on almost every camp out. Hot corn bread is just great coming out of the oven. We have a Bigfoot 21. We also cook some things outside on our Cobb cooker.
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Old 01-05-2014, 05:03 PM   #7
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The Snoozy has no cooktop. But it does come with a two burner
hot plate. We haven't even taken it on our trips. It's sitting in
my storage closet. May try using it this summer, but could easily
do with out it.

I think it depends a lot on what your style is.
Every thing I do can be done on a campfire.
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Old 01-05-2014, 05:06 PM   #8
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Have never cooked on my 3 burner. Usually cook outdoors over a fire or use the Coleman stove.
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Old 01-06-2014, 12:49 PM   #9
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I carry a Coleman stove to cook outside. It could be used inside too so I vote no to having a stove top installed. Id rather have the counter top for my New Wave oven. Coffee isn't on my morning hit list. I have a cover over my stove top didn't remove it once last year to cook.
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Old 01-06-2014, 01:45 PM   #10
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Our range gets used for occasional Jiffy Pop in rainy weather and daily hot tea; two vital and nutritious foods. Little else. We do most important cooking like Wisconsin bratwurst, marshmallows, s'mores, etc. outside. ;-)

Still we wouldn't do without the inside capability since we usually dry camp in Fall and Spring's iffy weather.

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Old 01-06-2014, 04:15 PM   #11
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It's there when I want it and gone when I don't...
(Although, I wish they made a one burner at half the size)
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Old 01-06-2014, 05:25 PM   #12
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This wasn't a scientific statistical analysis, but it looks like generally, most people could do without the cooktop. As for coffee, I could use a drip coffee maker if I have electric or a generator. (Habitat for Humanity had hotel room coffee makers for $6 when a local hotel was torn down.) I would definitely take the suggestion to have the trailer plumbed for gas to the area for a cooktop if needed in the future. Before I got the Camp Chef stove/oven it was a pain to take everything off the cover of the stove top, put it on the bed, cook, clean, then put everything back. In a larger trailer it may not be much of a problem, but in a 13' or 15' space is at a premium.

Thanks for the input everyone.
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I'd love the option of a single burner cooktop with the ability to have a cover on it that's flush to the counter, thus having flat counterspace unless you need to cook. We cook outside unless weather determines otherwise, but feel the stove is worth having. Not sure if the counter space gained is worth hauling around a Coleman camp stove that needs to be stored, set up, etc.

Closest I've found is the european Smev units:

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Hard to beat this little guy for compactness, been taking it along for years. Also comes in handy during home power outages and long hikes. Makes coffee or tea too.

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