New van has no oven or grill ..... how do other Funsters cook

Mar 9, 2021
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1,917
Fife, Scotland, UK
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79,651
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Burstner Ixeo IT590
Exp
Still training to be a newbie. M/H Apr 2021
On our fourth van now and have opted for no oven after van two, we found we rarely used it and when we did it wasn’t that great. We now use a double skillet and we even do toast in it.
We bought a low wattage toaster from Asda, Montrose for the Gobur Folding Caravan, and, thanks to the extremely limited work surface, managed to burn a large hole in the 'cool wall' plastic on the first afternoon ... It's since won 3rd prize in the Halloween Competition and can cook toast as quickly as 1 slice every 5 minutes when the sun's shining [1 side sunburnt, the other peely walley from all that heat ...]

Steve

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Nov 8, 2020
72
214
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77,547
MH
Hymer Exsis i414
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2017
Hi all,

We are due to pick up a "new to us" van next week, 2015 Carthago compactline. It has no oven and grill, just a 3 burner hob. We have been looking at perhaps buying a small electric mini oven and grill but thought we would seek some good ideas from other funsters.

Thanks all
Omni oven.
 

Cal54

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Apr 25, 2014
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38,576
Lancaster uk
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31,130
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Autocruise Alto PVC
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Since 1996
My van has one of those silly ‘warming ovens/grill’ and it only gets used as another storage cupboard. I have a Ramoska and slow cooker (winter use mainly) for when EHU available. A ridge monkey and a gas hob toaster when off grid. Wouldnt part with any off them except the fitted oven!!

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May 27, 2015
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12,513
Bedfordshire, UK
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36,573
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A Class
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Long time
Off grid we use a Ridge Monkey, heavy non-stick pan, gas ring toaster (we do have a gas oven)
On grid we use a Remoska-will cook whatever you want cakes to roasts, Slow Cooker-makes good jacket potatoes and dry roasts, G Foreman type grill and any/all the above!
 
Jan 1, 2017
504
819
eastbourne
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46,681
MH
van conversion, Peug
Exp
4 years
We had two larger motorhomes with ovens , never used them but they made good breadbins. Have a pvc now with two gas rings , no oven . The extra storage is great and we use a safari chef 2 . If we need to have a roast we pop to a pub . If we do ever get back to the ‘Europe’ continent (🤞🏼😬) we definitely dont need ovens there, ( the spanish must think we are loco having ovens inside) get outside, cook outside, eat local. Keep the van cool and no smells.
A little electric hotplate is really handy on hook up.
Enjoy the van, sounds perfect!
 
Mar 21, 2021
117
147
Halesowen
Funster No
79,921
MH
Carthago
Exp
2000
We have an oven and a grill, but you won’t beat one of these for toast over the hob but cook it with lower grid just slightly red. We’ve tried others but their not half as good. Ours is 12 years old now and still going.
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Coolcats

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Jan 24, 2019
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We only have two rings no oven, we take our food with us whether a nice veggie curry, soup, spaghetti bolenaise meals are pre prepared at home and taken with us. It’s no issue. We also have a lotus grill for outside and an Ooni for roast veg, pizza or making bread really do not need an oven.
 
May 21, 2020
18
26
falkirk
Funster No
70,993
MH
Class B
Exp
Since 2018
Remoska. There is a fan club...for a reason. It worked for an entire country.

But this is not about cooking. It is a philosophy question. Do you want to replicate your home but with wheels? Or is it a minimalist escape?
 
Jul 14, 2019
220
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UK
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62,410
MH
Hymer MLT 570
Exp
Our 1st Motorhome
Another vote for the Ridge Monkey - we've got the XL version after recommendations on here, and it really is excellent. We've cooked beefburgers, sausages, toasted sandwiches in it so far. If you go for the low fat sausages etc then we find those suit the RM better as there are less cooking juices.

We've also got a Cadac Grillo Chef, but that's yet to be used for the first time, so I can't comment on how good (or otherwise!) that is yet 😊🤞

Finally we've got one of the smaller Remoska cookers that we use when we're on hookup, and we really like that as well - it's handy to have.

I guess it's a case of finding what suits you most. An oven was on our list of "wants", but was the only thing our motorhome didn't have, but it's proved not to be a problem, and tbh it's good to have the extra storage.
I just wanted to update my post, now that we've used our new Cadac Grillo Chef 2. I must admit we're chuffed to bits with it. We are using it with a reusable / washable BBQ mat which is easy to wipe off, so the grill doesn't get messy. We heat the Cadac up on full heat then turn back to medium after a few minutes, and for us it cooks brilliantly. We've got it connected to our MH BBQ gas point using a 2m hose. So far, so good! 😊

Here's a link to the BBQ mats we use with the Grillo Chef (there are lots of other makes / venders, so this is just for example) - I've just trimmed the mat down to the size of the Grillo Chef's grill, so we can put the lid on.

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DMartin

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Apr 27, 2017
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We were converted to Remoska last year. Agree it's an aquired taste (pun intended). Just for info, the Remoska is only 400W (or 650W for the 'grand') so you can run it as well as a kettle or similar without tripping. Big advantage too if (eg in France) only 6A available. The Remoska heats to 200C or so within 10 minutes so basically a small oven. Have baked everything from bread to baked potatoes, roast veg, sausage, chicken etc etc.
 
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