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John in Santa Cruz 01-15-2020 05:20 PM


Originally Posted by Rzrbrn (Post 765431)
Not meaning to hijack this thread but lights drive me nuts. I use a cheap headlamp because it turns on an off. It does not strobe, it does not have a super bright setting or ten other light levels, it does not have a red light...I just want a flashlight and headlamp that with one click it goes on. And one click it goes off...

Yeah, I hate the sequential click through modes where you have to turn something off and on repeatedly to get something.

my current favorite headlight for walking around and doing stuff at night is the diminutive Black Diamond Iota. This is a tiny rechargeable light that has a soft very wide field white light. normally its just off/on when you click it, but if you turn it on, then hold the button in, it gradually dims and gets brighter again, when you let go it stays that bright. uses a USB micro charging cable, but lasts for months of casual use on a single charge.

its NOT, however, quite bright enough to use as a bicycle lamp in the dark, for that I need something with a brighter beam so I can see the road 30 or 50 feet in front of me.

strobe modes are good for bicycle riding when you're wanting to be seen by traffic but otherwise generally pretty annoying.

gordon2 01-15-2020 08:48 PM


Originally Posted by Rzrbrn (Post 765431)
Not meaning to hijack this thread but lights drive me nuts. I use a cheap headlamp ....

I remember waking up in my camper from a dream that I was parked on the taxi way at a busy airport. The first thing I saw seemed to confirm that my dream was in fact not a dream at all. Turns out it was some kids going to the outhouse with headlights scanning 360 degrees in three dimensions.

What does this have to do with camp stoves? Nothing.. Sorry.

But I will add that I bought not one, but two stoves based on recommendations posted on this forum. I was not happy with either. Maybe they were good for the people who posted that they liked them but they were not suited to the cooking I was doing. YMMV.. Good luck.

Dudley 01-16-2020 08:45 AM

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Check out Craigslist and find a used Coleman propane stove then smile on the $ you saved. Then take that money and buy a Bemco Backpackers Oven to go with it and you will be setup. The coleman we are using now was found by the garbage bin while we were out walking. and I have some coleman white gas that go back to 1960 with the old gold tanks and I have never paid more than $15 for one at garage sales. About the only thing that goes wrong with them is they need the pump oiled!

Derswede 01-16-2020 09:25 AM

Thanks for the BEMCO oven recommendatioon
Dudley, thanks for that comment on the BEMCO oven. Had seen that one years ago while on the App Trail (folks were baking morning biscuits, swapped a bit of bacon for two...yum!). Always liked the ability to bake (I fish), but could not remember the name of it. VERY lightweight! I have a little dual burner propane stove I pack in my "travel" emergency case (Water, food, stove, flares and emerg. medical kit. I drive a lot, but now the Scamp comes with me). Won't work with the oven, but my old Coleman white gas single burner will. The two burner does great with a griddle on top, breakfast pancakes, bacon, and will cook a steak for dinner. Have one of the ovens on order now...$55 or so new.

Baked Trout to me is a treat. I have land on the New River, so trout are just a line toss away.


Dudley 01-16-2020 10:07 AM

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When you get your oven, there are a couple of mods that work well. There are 2 aluminum studs that hold the front on, I threaded them for 6-32 nuts to hold the front better. I just screwed the nuts on and they cut the threads just fine. The other mod I did was to file notches on the bottom to match the grill rods. I also added a small wooden tab to the latch. They come with 2 cooking trays and found a couple of extra 7" pizza trays at a restaurant supply store for $2 each. It does take a bit of fiddling to get the temp right but its not bad. We have had ours for about 4 years and its always in the casita and we love having fresh biscuits, cinnamon buns, pizza and of course fresh baked cookies (Pilsbury Ready to make chocolate chip are the fav) BTW we use some parchment paper when cooking and reuse it.

Rzrbrn 01-16-2020 11:51 AM

I have not seen a Bemco used, but a friend uses the Camp Chef Outdoor Camp Oven a lot. The Coleman Camp Oven Silver 2000016462 was used by the a number of Scoutmasters when my boys and I were in the Scouts, all worked well. I have a Volcano II in which I have done some baking.

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