OEM sink/hobs are a triumph of form over function... (1 Viewer)

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Ernesto

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I’ve been very happy with our Adria Twin - one or two niggles, but overall the build quality and design has proven to be excellent. But… there is one aspect that is a constant pain and needs sorting - the integrated hob and sink. I find this setup annoying and impractical for a few reasons…


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1. The sink is too small, and if you put more than 2 inches of water in it, the water washes over onto the hob.
2. The 2 burners are weak and too close to each other because the space available is too small
3. The smoked glass covers look great in the showroom but they are utterly impractical. When they’re down, most of the available kitchen workspace is covered in relatively fragile, noisy and slippery glass. You can’t really use the covers for anything practical without covering them first

I’ve been meaning to do something about this for a while…and with one of the hob burners now rusting and not working properly (due to the sink overspill issue), its time to act….by removing the current sink/hob unit and worktop and replacing it with a new worktop with a proper sit-on tap in the back right corner, with a small basin (maybe 8” max diameter) and a worktop cutout to cover it when not in use.

Cooking would be on a Cadac 2 cook 2 Pro Deluxe that would be stored in the undercounter drawer. When needed simply lift it out and using bayonet adaptor, clip it into the gas supply. Washing up would be done in a collapsible basin also stored in a drawer when not in use

Advantages of this setup as I see it - we’ll have a proper sized basin that doesn’t slop water over the hob, a proper seized worktop for food prep, and when we need it, two better sized burners (with hot plates), and a better tap. It should be fairly neutral on drawer space, as the current hob robs the drawer of space with all its under-worktop connections. It will take very slightly longer to set up the hob, but the trade-offs seem worthwhile?
Does anyone else think this is a good idea ? 😁
 
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I do agree that the set-up in your photo is not a good idea. Mine, and most others I think, have some gap of sorts between hob and sink. The divider between my sink and hob is only about 30mm. but no problems with splash-over.
 
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Ernesto

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A divider would help I agree … but I’d still have the noisy, fragile glass lids and small sink. It’s interesting how in the many van conversion videos on youtube, I’ve not yet seen anyone install glass lids …?
Shows that they are a waste of time and cash maybe ….?
 
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We've got a sink and 3 burners of various sizes. They work pretty well. But there's no workspace left. The glass cover is split between the sink and the burners.

I need more workspace. But I almost always need a sink. So I don't see a point in the cover for that. It would be good if the burners had separate covers. Something other than glass that I can lean on. Maybe with an integrated draining board on the cover nearest the sink that drains into it? Obviously still have to be heat proof.
 
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Firstly the current set up is sub standard.

We have a 20 year old glass lid on a not SMEG (Can’t get the letters right for now) and it’s fine.

The pullout set up cooker sounds a pain unless you are always on hook up and can make tea with an electric kettle.

However your mileage may and will vary.

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busbuddy

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I have seen many corner hobs in Van's that have 3 rings but a decent frying pan would cover all 3 rings, not sure what people cook on them with
The same goes for sinks, seen ones that are smaller than a dinner plate 🤷‍♂️
 

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