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Old 04-07-2016, 11:15 PM   #1
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Toaster or toaster/convection oven?

Sorry for the beginner question but we haven't taken our maiden voyage yet. We're trying to outfit our trailer with basic appliances and were wondering how best to go about this.

I guess my question is on ease of use and maybe wattage usage. We know we will need a coffee maker and toaster, is it better to get the lowest wattage possible, especially because we will have an eye to boondocking in the future?

Is a small, countertop convection oven useful or too much of an energy hog? Any tips on shopping for essentials?
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Sorry for the beginner question but we haven't taken our maiden voyage yet. We're trying to outfit our trailer with basic appliances and were wondering how best to go about this.

I guess my question is on ease of use and maybe wattage usage. We know we will need a coffee maker and toaster, is it better to get the lowest wattage possible, especially because we will have an eye to boondocking in the future?

Is a small, countertop convection oven useful or too much of an energy hog? Any tips on shopping for essentials?
Don,

We have never used a coffee maker when camping. We used to use a Melita Drip cone and just boiled the water and pour. We did that for close to thirty years, but after having coffee made in a French Press at a friends house, we got a French Press. Now if the coffee machine at home would just die.

Same story for toast, we have had one of them old camp stove toasters, since day one. It works fine on the propane burners, you just have to keep an eye on it while it's toasting.

We would gladly give up the microwave for a built-in convection oven. We have a gas range with a convection oven at home. The only time we don't use the convection is when we are broiling. If only there was a propane stove with a 12V fan running for the convection.

If you decide to go to a Melita cone or French Press, you want to visit a Home Hardware and get yourself a one of the burner covers. It's a perforated aluminum disk sandwich, with a handle on it and charcoal between the two disks. It lets you set your glass coffee pot on the stove without worring about it getting too hot sitting directly over the burner.

We always look for products that can serve two functions. French Press becomes a tea pot, saves alot of storage space and weight.
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We go belt and suspenders. My wife is all about "convenience" We have a mini Keurig that someone gave her for Christmas, I have an old school Revereware whistling tea kettle, a Melittta pour through and a french press. We have a small electric toaster and the camp style toaster. Our new unit came with a convection/microwave. It is going to come down to what works for you and how much storage space you have.

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We bought our first camper last September. We had a spare Mr. Coffee and bought a basic toaster. Our camper, a Four Winds Breeze 18 footer has enough storage so these two items are not a problem.
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Mr. Coffee and everything cooked in the outdoor kitchen. Toast in a frying pan. Haven't used the oven or stovetop yet inside.
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We use a 12 cup Coleman coffee maker. It doesn't use electricity it is made to sit on a propane camp stove, or cook top in the camper. That way we have coffee whether we have an electrical hook up or not.
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Thanks folks, these are some good ideas. I think I'll take the cue, go simple at first and see how we fare.
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Your both an optimist and pessimist. Huh.
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This is our normal coffeemaker. I like percolated, it's stronger, and the thing is virtually all metal. No carafe to break. Somewhere, we do have a stove-top type for a primitive camp.
Hamilton Beach Stainless Steel 12-Cup Percolator, 40614, Silver - Walmart.com
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Aaron,

Your both an optimist and pessimist. Huh.
I am an Optimistic pessimist... or is that Pessimistic optimist? Nope I am a Realist and am not going without my morning cup of joe!

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This is our normal coffeemaker. I like percolated, it's stronger, and the thing is virtually all metal. No carafe to break. Somewhere, we do have a stove-top type for a primitive camp.
Hamilton Beach Stainless Steel 12-Cup Percolator, 40614, Silver - Walmart.com
In my massive "collection" I have several Comet stove top percolators in a variety of sizes. I will probably stick the smallest one in the camper too. For some reason things like that seem to accumulate around here.

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