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3 Man Tent Suggestion & cooker

Hi It have been many a year since I have slept under canvas or rip stop.
as in the Army we used Bivvi Bags & poncho, (tent minus sides held up by bungees!)
I want a 3 man tent easy up down I got a very cheap 3 man from tesco my gf went to japan & lost it in the hurrican!

nbot botherd if domed, would prefer a portch then by the time u get in it put your helmet bootd etc no room that is why im saying a 3 man.

I have used a mini gaz ring with a tiny gaz bottle last abt a wek making 1 cup of t aday in morning, am thnking of getting a petrol cooker that way with a tank of petrol never worry suggestions please ta
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Budget?

On a tent and cooker, you could spend a bit or a lot, and largely get what you pay for...
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I can't see why anyone would buy anything apart from the Coleman dual Fuel cookers. (enlighten me if im wrong)

They're cheap at £50-£60, run on petrol, pack small without extras, hardly EVER need cleaning or servicing and pack a punch. I've had mine for 3 years, used it regularly and its never been cleaned or let me down.

It makes me laugh when you see all these people boiling water for tea at Ripley with £300 stoves designed for climbing Everest.

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It makes me laugh when you see all these people boiling water for tea at Ripley with £300 stoves designed for climbing Everest.
You never know: perhaps they climb Everest when they're not at Ripley....

Selous: if a stove budget of £60 is acceptable, also cast an eye at the Whisperlite. I had one and it never let me down, also only about 450 gr (exclusing fuel). Packs down small, too.

An example site so you can see it, but hunt around. Should come with a fuel bottle...
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I can't see why anyone would buy anything apart from the Coleman dual Fuel cookers.
I'm with tedmagnum 100% - Coleman dual Fuel 533 - Wicked little cooker
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You never know: perhaps they climb Everest when they're not at Ripley....

Selous: if a stove budget of £60 is acceptable, also cast an eye at the Whisperlite. I had one and it never let me down, also only about 450 gr (exclusing fuel). Packs down small, too.

An example site so you can see it, but hunt around. Should come with a fuel bottle...

Yeah... I'm sure they do !!!

On a more serious note.. How are those MSR's for blocking and fiddliness ?


I travelled with a few guys who had them and they seemed to spend more time cleaning, dissasembling/assembling and unblocking them than actually cooking.

Seemed rather "faffy" to me !!
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Yeah... I'm sure they do !!!

On a more serious note.. How are those MSR's for blocking and fiddliness ?


I travelled with a few guys who had them and they seemed to spend more time cleaning, dissasembling/assembling and unblocking them than actually cooking.

Seemed rather "faffy" to me !!
"faffy"? Not so much. It may need maintenance once in a while, but is is not complex to do, and 15 mins every few weeks is not so bad.... In areas with dodgier fuel, I think this is inevitable.

I choose to clean it once during our South America trip, but then we were cooking with unleaded petrol the whole time. White gas does burn a whole lot cleaner. There is a needle in the jet, so jet blockages are just a case of giving it a shake. Boil time about 3-4 mins

Fiddliness? nothing fiddly, really: unfold three legs, connect fuel, prime and cook....

You do need to open out the windshield, but is very effective and using it makes a big difference to efficiency, naturally....

I have since upped to a Primus Omnifuel: more fuel versatility, flame control, and more solid build. Indeed, I now will use either white gas, or propane with that. I'd only go back to unleaded when on a trip: sooty in the priming phase and questionable how healthy it is , even though the burn is probably complete, looking at the after-burner flame. Boil time is about 3 mins.

Down side is simply the cost: the coleman and MSR put together. I only got mine when Blacks knocked off a serious chunk in a sale.
I had an issue with a leak when coupling the fuel line and bottle, but I think I've ironed that out...

Don't regret getting it...
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Coleman Exponent Feather Dual Fuel Stove. on eBay (end time 12-Mar-10 21:35:09 GMT)
Bit smaller than the "sportster" stove and holds a little less fuel I think. But you've got gallons with you in the tank. Only problem I had with mine was when I ran it on 2-stroke pre-mix once (silly boy)

I also have a folding alloy windshield like this Gelert - Camping Stove Aluminium Folding Wind Shield on eBay (end time 12-Mar-10 21:43:37 GMT)

Good stove.

Haven't found a decent bag/box for it yet though so it lives wrapped up in a bit of old towel.
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Haven't found a decent bag/box for it yet though so it lives wrapped up in a bit of old towel.

Tchibo sometimes sell draw-string bags. Not massively strong, but will endure some abuse.
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if a stove budget of £60 is acceptable, also cast an eye at the Whisperlite. I had one and it never let me down, also only about 450 gr (exclusing fuel). Packs down small, too.
I've had a Whisperlite since the early 90's, still use it regularly and have had very little trouble with it. The stove bit packs down to next to nothing but gets you covered in soot doing it. The fuel bottle doesn't pack down unless you stand on it!

Used with Coleman fuel it never clogs although with unleaded it does need cleaning now and again. Priming it to get it going first thing in the morning is probably the biggest hassle. It's ok when you're awake but first thing in the morning when you're still half asleep you're likely to take your eyebrows off with it.
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... but first thing in the morning when you're still half asleep you're likely to take your eyebrows off with it.

Yes, but once that has happened you are wide awake and no longer need a coffee, so every cloud.....
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How To Clean A Coleman Stove

Now... I've NEVER tried this but I was told and guaranteed by an Aussie stove lover that you can clean the Colemans by filling it with a cap of fuel injection cleaner (not sure how much) and lighting it. Do this once every 200 uses.

It apparently "Whizzes, pops, bang and sparks" and completely decarbonizes itself.

Check post #5 http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/hub...00-499-a-37301

I take no responsibility for your safety or stove if this goes horrifically wrong.
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A number of suggestions, but no idea pof the budget...

So, Selous, what's your budget?

Especially important if you want input on tents....
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Hi guys thanks for the Info re the cookers, will have a butchers & see what I think, out of them 2 I am sure I want either duel or petrol.

Budget for tent lets say £200- 250 max dont really want to go that Hi.

I still have my Army Bivvi Bag ok if just me for the w/e, & all my Gear is in Waterproof bags so can be left out over night but chances are it could all get stolen, (can't stop somone stealing from a tent either, lol)
as it will be 2 of us the following will be required.

Tent can be any shape would prefer so 1 person can put up while gf makes the T (dont tell her that )

would like to be able to walk around in side it on my knees! (am 5ft 6'),
and has internal ground sheet.

that reminds me I need to get them foam things for laying down before you put your sleeping bag down, we have them in the Army Very bulky must be somthing better & less bulky, they are only there to stop the cold going through.

Think I will go for 1 of the colmans, will pop down have a look @ both, then decide dont really want to flaff about with a 'extra' conntainer for the whisperlight when there is a contaner on the bike called a tank lol
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One suggestion for a tent that might do: Vango Banshee 300. about £70 and weighs 2Kg. I Metre high at highest point.
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