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Kitchen in a Backpack

ferret Jan 29, 2013 07:06 AM


  1. MikeB3542 Jan 29, 2013 07:24 AM

    OOF! That's way expensive...here is something similar from Cabela's:


    Personally, I have been camping for a LONG time, and setups like that are more novelty than anything else, especially if your campsite has a picnic table (and the ones without picnic tables aren't the type you would lug a kitchen to).

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    1. re: MikeB3542
      kaleokahu Jan 29, 2013 11:41 AM

      Hi, Mike: "...novelty..."

      Yeah, especially since you have to bring your kit in other boxes/bags, etc., and unfold the unit before stocking it. And the same in reverse.

      The principal idea of a real chuckbox is to keep the whole kit together and just move it as a unit. The problem with that is they're so big and heavy it takes multiple people to hoist them.


      1. re: kaleokahu
        MikeB3542 Jan 29, 2013 08:02 PM

        I just use a big plastic foot locker...lantern, stove, dishpans, cook gear, and all other essentials go in the box, which goes in the car trunk.

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      INDIANRIVERFL Jan 29, 2013 08:47 AM

      Only 53 lbs for the Cabella. This will get set up next to the three room tent and 100 qt cooler.

      1. kaleokahu Jan 29, 2013 10:27 AM

        Hi, ferret:

        Not really in a backpack...

        What you're basically looking at here is a post-modern (and rickety-feeble) version of a chuckbox. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chuck_box

        I've made a couple of these on a little grander scale for elk hunting camps. Sold both, but they look a little like this: http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-zVckzWW24sc/T6VTkuKr7UI/AAAAAAAAADs/nW7m4L75UC4/s1600/Clearwater+Lake+Base+Camp+%289%29.JPG The originals were more like: http://www.fenter.com/wagons/assets/i...


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        1. re: kaleokahu
          tcamp Jan 29, 2013 11:14 AM

          Those are beautiful! My dad made one to fit in the rear of our VW van for summer-long camping trips. Wish I still had that bright blue box.

          1. re: kaleokahu
            mikie Jan 29, 2013 02:17 PM

            Yep, the bears will go nuts trying to get into that chuck box. We were in Rocky Mtn. Ntl. Park a few years ago and the campers across the way had a wooden chuck box. The bears were at it all night, but couldn't get in. Not the same for the ice chest they left out, it got emptied on the first pass. It made for a noisy night and very little sleep.

            1. re: mikie
              kaleokahu Jan 29, 2013 04:00 PM

              Hi, mikie:

              But of course... Cooler contents are mere hors d'ouvres for bears (and even raccoons) as they reconnoiter tougher nuts to crack.


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