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windyjools
30-03-2012, 19:46
Have been wilding and 'vanning' for some time now, and think we know what we need (as opposed to what we would like!'. We have been trying to find some saucepans that have removable handles for easy storage.
Ideally, two saucepans, and a frying pan would work for us. The set that Coleman do seemed ideal, but the reviews seem to say that the quality is poor. The Tefal Ingenio range is great but sooooooo expensive! A tenner just for the handle!!!!!!
Has anyone any suggestions that might fit the bill?

Doinitinit
30-03-2012, 21:00
Not exactly saucepans, but I would be lost without my skillet set. 2 non-stick pots which can be used as frying pan, saucepan or you can even bake/roast in them. No handles but one implement to lift them with, and one lid. They store one inside the other and come with a soft cloth and a bag to keep them in so tha they don't get scratched. We bought them online from doubleskillet.com. I believe they do 2 or 3 different sizes. We found the medium is more than sufficient for cooking for the 2 of us, well 3 including Barleydog!

arumba
30-03-2012, 21:15
Have been wilding and 'vanning' for some time now, and think we know what we need (as opposed to what we would like!'. We have been trying to find some saucepans that have removable handles for easy storage.
Ideally, two saucepans, and a frying pan would work for us. The set that Coleman do seemed ideal, but the reviews seem to say that the quality is poor. The Tefal Ingenio range is great but sooooooo expensive! A tenner just for the handle!!!!!!
Has anyone any suggestions that might fit the bill?

try Go Out Doors caping shop i saw some in their shop

Arumba

vindiboy
31-03-2012, 10:22
A three tier stack of steamer pans and a pressure cooker will fill all your needs, maybe a frying pan too.

whitevanwoman
31-03-2012, 12:45
A tranjia set, more pricey than the cheaper versions, but will last a lifetime, and can pick them up cheapish at military surplus shops.

ivecotrucker
31-03-2012, 12:56
Never heard of "Tranjia" pans; any further details please ?.

As with a previous reply above, we too have used just a 2 tier steamer & small fry pan for years. On the road they pack in a cupboard with a bit of 'bubblewrap' between them - never heard a rattle.

spigot
01-04-2012, 11:30
Never heard of "Tranjia" pans; any further details please ?.

As with a previous reply above, we too have used just a 2 tier steamer & small fry pan for years. On the road they pack in a cupboard with a bit of 'bubblewrap' between them - never heard a rattle.


WVW is referring to the Trangia cookset, these have been around for donkey's years, I used them whilst backpacking many years ago, it consists of 2 pans, a kettle & has a small meth' powered stove. They can be bought at outdoor shops & Amazon. Find these on Trangia Kök - Trangia Stoves Stoves, outdoor, Ultralight , Series 25, Series 27 (http://www.trangia.se/english).

When I graduated to bigger tents with a gas stove, I wanted a good quality cookset & decided on the Sunnflair 4 piece, it has 3 saucepans & a frying pan, all with folding handles & the two smaller pans pack in the large one & this sits in the frypan. I now use these in the camper & it travels in the oven on a piece of non slip.
Go to; Sunnflair (http://www.sunnflair.com/cooksets/134-family_xl_non_stick_7_piece_cook_set)

whitevanwoman
01-04-2012, 12:03
Thanks for elaborating Spigot. If the stove isn't required (and it is a useful back up to onboard gas), you can get just the pan set which includes pan, kettle and frying pan, with detachable handles, and which all pack away into the largest pan.
If kettle isn't required, there is a 2 pan + frying pan set.
Trangia Kök - Trangia Stoves Camping sets (http://www.trangia.se/english/2929.camping_sets.html)

I've had my Trangia for years and it has been well used, it's battered and scratched but I wouldn't be without it. I use a Ghillie kettle (http://www.ghillie-kettle.co.uk/) (outside the van) for boiling water so I don't use the Trangia kettle much.

In very cold weather when my camping gas stove doesn't work so well, I use the Trangia instead. I also sometimes just use the burner as a heater inside the van to warm it up.

Meths can be bought cheaply on ebay - a full fuel bottle of meths (1 Litre?) used to easily last a 2-3 backpacking trip when it was used for all cooking and boiling water, so in terms of running costs it probably works out about the same cost as a camping gas stove.
eBay - The UK's Online Marketplace (http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/130620882632?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649)

There are cheaper alternative pan sets but I have found that often you get what you pay for in terms of quality and life span.

Beemer
01-04-2012, 16:11
We have a set of saucepans that have handles that can be pushed to one side to allow easier storage.
They are a Swan set which were purchased from Tesco Direct 2 years ago.
I have tried to find them on their website, but cannot see them.
A set was about £30 which gave us 3 saucepans and a frying pan, with lids.
all sit inside each other and the larger pots have glass lids.

JohnsCrossMotorHomes
01-04-2012, 18:36
All the trangia range are available with Wild Campers discount here>> Johns Cross Motorcaravan and Camping Centre - Search Results for "trangia" (http://www.johnscross.co.uk/search.php?search_query=trangia)

Peter

ivecotrucker
01-04-2012, 21:27
My thanks to Spigot for the further details.

windyjools
04-04-2012, 09:48
A tranjia set, more pricey than the cheaper versions, but will last a lifetime, and can pick them up cheapish at military surplus shops.

Thanks for the advice......can't find any surplus shops on tinternet that stock these. If you know of one, can you post something on here otherwise it looks like the 'outdoor/hiking' suppliers may be the answer.

whitevanwoman
04-04-2012, 10:24
A couple of secondhand pan sets (look in good condition) on ebay

camping trangia pan set | eBay (http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/camping-trangia-pan-set-/290693458181?pt=UK_SportingGoods_Camping_CookingSu pplies_ET&hash=item43aeae2905#ht_500wt_1202)

TRANGIA CAMPING STOVE AND GRILL TRAY | eBay (http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/TRANGIA-CAMPING-STOVE-AND-GRILL-TRAY-/180856400160?pt=UK_SportingGoods_Camping_CookingSu pplies_ET&hash=item2a1be1a920#ht_500wt_1202)

Trangia Meths Cooking set | eBay (http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Trangia-Meths-Cooking-set-/260992300324?pt=UK_SportingGoods_Camping_CookingSu pplies_ET&hash=item3cc45a7524#ht_500wt_1202)

There are quite a few other secondhand sets on ebay but they do seem popular so be prepared for to do some quick bidding at the end of the auction. Used pans will clean up beautifully with a brillo pad and some elbow grease.

Military surplus seller - but only seems to have Swedish Trangia's which are kidney shaped
MilitaryMart.co.uk ( HoodsUK ) (http://www.militarymart.co.uk//index.php?searchStr=trangia&_a=viewCat&Submit=)

If you live near an army garrison town (Salisbury, Colchester etc) there will be military kit shops - definitely worth visiting, for all sorts of outdoor stuff, not just Trangias.

If you struggle to find a cheap set of Trangia pans, the Coleman version which someone else has mentioned is pretty much the same, just different style of pan handle I think and you should be able to pick them up in most outdoor shops.

Firefox
04-04-2012, 10:40
The Trangia sets are pretty good. I used to use them a lot when backpacking and rough camping. I lost mine when I moved early 1990's, they are probably in a box in the attic somewhere!

windyjools
16-04-2012, 21:22
After lots of looking, we bought a set of these
Vango Stainless Steel Cook Set - 8 Person (http://www.outdoormegastore.co.uk/vango-stainless-steel-cook-set-8-person.html)
Mainly cos they are stanless and I prefer that to non-stick, just personal preference. The largest pan is HUGE, the rest of the set is good for 4 people I think, or maybe we just eat loads!
The handle for the frying pan is too long, currently awaiting modification in our laboratory. Price was pretty good too. Thanks to all who contributed ideas, the double skillet is still a possible contender too, pricey, but we may look at one next time we wear out our pans!

vindiboy
17-04-2012, 11:13
A frying pan with a lid will work as well as a Double Skillet except that you can't turn it over as you can with a Skillet, just turn the food over.


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