Cooking on diesel !!

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  1. Losos

    Losos Read Only Funster

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    I am researching a new MH and I have found at least one converter (Murvi) who have mentioned using diesel for the hob / oven, thereby eliminating the need for gas.

    Has anyone got a diesel fuelled cooker ???

    Do people think it would smell !! I have a suspicion it would be smelly and I've no idea how it works, is it a reasonable proposition ??? also who makes them??

    Any thoughts, specualtion, or even first hand experience would be welcome :Smile:
     
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    Havent got a clue, but Aga have been making an oil fueled oven/cooker for years.

    Peter
     
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    Hi

    No personal experience but I read on the Silk Route club that diesel cookers were best avoided, the consensus of opinion being that LPG was by far the better and when used only for cooking a bottle lasted ages..


    The Silk Route Motorcaravan Network.

    Lots of great information and advice on this site, the quote above is from the section..

    Choosing an Overland Camper Van


    Hope that helps

    Jim
     
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    I have read of a diesel cooker which is a hot plate type device and the fumes are all vented to the outside. Probably in a similar manner to the Webasto heaters.
    I used diesel to cook with when I was travelling in my Searle carawagon,only it was in a Primus stove and I certainly didn't use it inside!!
     
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    Hi Jim

    I was looking into diesel for cooking and came across the same article from Silk Route Motorcaravan network.

    The cookers are really expensive I think the ovens ranged at about £2000.

    I know that LPG for cooking would last a long time, but if you are going to do off the beaten track long touring, a lot of the countries just dont have LPG, whereas Diesel is readily available. Also it means given up valuable space to fit LPG tanks or bottles.

    We have only started doing our research, we have come across people use meths hobs but that would mean carrying a lots of meths.

    Kind regards
    Pat
     
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    Meths can be difficult to obtain overseas. It is normally used to prime paraffin lamps and cookers. Alternative name is denatured alcohol.
     
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    Hi Pat ,

    It is a valid consideration, but you may be surprised (or maybe not) how many third world countries have bottled LPG, when you were in Morocco you must have seen how much they depend on it.. every other shop stocks it, but you are correct to consider every eventuality ..and as a back up to LPG you could have either a Primus stove, but that means a third type of fuel .. or cook on open fires..

    Another option, solar panels and a big battery bank, but that too has a weight/space penalty and the sun isn't guaranteed ..

    The space / payload issue with LPG is hard to argue against .. diesel wins hands down.. but on balance I would prefer LPG .. a 13kg bottle lasts a long time when only used for cooking..
    I don't thnk there is a single or simple answer or a 'one size fits all' solution.. an interesting discussion :Smile:

    Jim
     
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    Hi Jim,

    Thanks for your reply. Yes when we were in Morocco, we did see our they depended on bottled gas. Refillable lpg was a different story, we even went to the bottling plant, but no. We ended up buying a moroccan bottle. The gas was not as good, very smelly and sooty, it didnt like the cold weather. Propane was harder to get hold of. Although I think that there were some people who had refills done at Atlantic parc in Agadir.

    I looked at the world map for LPG availability, I think that was via silk route etc,not sure now, get so much information you tend to forget where it comes from. Anyhow it showed little or no availability.

    We would also go down the Bank of batteries, solar capabilites, and probably the dreaded generator route too.

    We maybe going to look at some trucks on the way to Newark to have a look for a base vehicle via some ex MOD supplier. Depends if Neil can get Friday off.

    Although its in the future we need to start planning now, as it will quickly come round.

    Thanks Pat
     
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    Hi Terry, yes that is the same site I saw the oven, a combined oven with hot plate £2,500 without all the fittings. Glad about the free delivery.


    I would love to see them in operation, to see if it was a viable option although at that price, (I could have quite a few takeaways :Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1:).

    Regards Pat
     
  11. Losos

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    Yes Peter but I'm not contemplating a Winnebago (Unless you've got one for let's say 5K :BigGrin:)

    Thanks for the link will have a look tonight

     
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    I have a diesel heater in my camper which is really super efficient and as you say, its vented to the outside so i guess the same would apply to a diesel powered cooker.

    But £2000 to buy one? :Eeek:

    You would need to be doing lots of serious cooking on a daily basis to make that worthwhile!
    Personally i cannot see any justification in that price....even for a fulltimer.
     
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