Cadac - Yes Or No?

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  1. Babyell

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    Hi this has probably been asked before and if it has I apologise!

    my hubby wants a cadac carri chef as he likes all the different surfaces to cook on. My question is, is it worth getting one due to having the cooker in the kitchen area? is it just carrying extra weight for nothing? and the canisters in our van are propane (I think), I was told this runs off butane? so would we also need ton carry an extra canister?

    Thanks in advance :)
     
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    Compact Cadec safari feed of LPG point.....next!:)
     
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  3. Babyell

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    the safari is too small as there will usual be at lest 4 of us. he was looking at the carri chef 2 combo
     
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    One of the advantages of a BBQ is you can cook outside in hot weather, so avoiding the sweaty kitchen.

    Don't worry about the different gases. The Cadac will run on propane or butane or a mixture of both. An external BBQ gas connection is a useful thing to get fitted.
     
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    I wouldn't be without our Safari chef. It's versatile and compact. Size is yet to be a problem (family of four). We generally don't cook meats or fry in the van, as don't want the van to start smelling greasy - our preference. The Cadac is so easy, bacon, sausages etc are always done outside.

    We have a separate propane bottle for it, although an external gas point would make things easier (y)

    Carri Chef looks appealing, simply too big for us to store easily.
     
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    @moho I thought it may be too big also, to be honest we have not really had a good look at them, just watched the youtube videos. We have both reserved at gooutdoors and have good prices for both with their price match. hubby said safari was too small but now I am not sure.....
     
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    Like everything it is a bit of a compromise. Never had any issues with the smaller one that a little bit of planning wouldn't fix......
     
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    When we had the caravan we used ti have the large cadac. It was good, but to be honest found it a pain to clean and way to big! So now in the MH we use a picnic stove and griddle pan. Same effect as the cadac but easy to clean and takes very little room. We can also use the picnic stoves to cook anything else out doors we need. We use the big cadac at home only now.
     
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    No from me too.
     
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    A No from me too.

    It takes up too much space and is a sod to clean.

    In the end I was just using the grill plate which defeated the purpose I bought it for which was for barbecues.

    I got rid of it and now carry a small Weber and a campinggaz stove with a single burner. Stick a frying pan on top of either and it serves the same purpose as I was using the Cadac for.
     
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    I stick a non stick pizza pan on top of the cadac to ease the cleaning duties. It can be a pain to clean sometimes.

    Edit - good idea about the camping gaz stove - go outdoors were doing portable gas rings for about £18 including some bottles, but I've got a BBQ point and by golly, I'm going to use it!
     
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    In another thread I was slated for saying disposable Bbqs are better than cadac , I was only being half serious but certainly worth a look at £1.89 in home bargains , no heavy lugging about , no cleaning after , no gas hookup and a proper barbecue not just a gas hot plate(y);)
     
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    (y)There are just the two of us and I use the Safari Chef hooked up to the external gas point, it's very good. Cleaning the BBQ Grill is a pain, but the Griddle surfaces are almost wipe clean, and I have now got wire wool for the BBQ Grill. I can use the burner on it's own and cook in the Wok on it, I can fry or Paella on it, for my money and our purposes it's a great bit of kit.(y) I know some sites will not allow Charcoal BBQs as they pose a fire risk.
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    Yes - cooks and grills, makes great pizza too
     
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    There you go, how about that(y);):)
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    On our second Cadac now. The first one got old and manky from lots of use so splashed out on a new Carry Chef.
    Nothing beats standing outside, beer in hand, and cooking a couple of steaks on a warm summer evening.
    Oh, and the Cadac cooks them a treat and with the non-stick surface is not a huge problem to clean, although the Memsahib is prone to complaining about it due to its size in a small sink.

    Richard.
     
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    But what about timing ?
    By the time a disposable bbq is ready to use (I reckon an hour not 20min), I've cooked, eaten and done the washing up...

    Cadac cooks a great chicken/joint of meat/roast potatoes too.
    Disposable would cost a fortune if I bought one for every time I used the Cadac - they're just not practical if you have a family.
     
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    just to prove we have a cadac and not talking out of the top of my head , here is the first of the only three times we have ever used it, and it must have done 5000 miles rideing about image.jpg
     
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