The one I posted is around the same price as most smaller camp stoves and I am a chef so I think I should be able to get a fair amount of use out of it. I will for sure be getting a smaller propane tank, I really don't want to be sleeping in a car when its 80-90+ outside with that big ass propane tank near me. Space really isn't an issue as I will be rocking an astro van this year.
mrlahey: I would not worry about the propane tanks in the heat, they are alot more indestructable then one would think. I saw some aftermath photos from a forest fire in N. Calif. that burned up a trailer park. There was a picture of a travel trailer burned to the frame with 2 Intact propane tanks still mounted to the front!! Also being a bit of a cook myself and hoving used the large burner setup, I know you will appreciate it if you have room for it.
Post by The Log Lady on Apr 25, 2012 12:16:18 GMT -5
While I can't really come up with anything new to post about camping right now, it's all I can think about as I'm sitting here at work.
ONE. MONTH. AWAY.
Several pages back in this thread people were talking about sun shelters blowing away with the strong gusts of wind (regardless of being staked down). Hearing that made me slightly concerned since we're bringing one for the first time this year. There was talk of using bungee cords....anyone with experience care to elaborate on this or other successful methods?
Post by StormyPinkness on Apr 25, 2012 13:37:24 GMT -5
Last year we lost our canopy and so did Gunther. We actually were doing ok at first because when it started getting kind of gusty and we knew that others were breaking we just lowered it down to the lowest notch and so the wind was not catching in the fabric and making it like a sail. Then we thought the wind was fine and walked over to drink with Gunther and Gibbons without lowering it and a few minutes later we went back and it had been pulled out of the ground by the wind and the poles were all fucked. I think lowering it is a good thing to do, and if you can you could take the fabric part off which will solve the issue. That would be kind of a pain, though, so I don't know. I thought the bungees were a good idea in theory but have never used in practice.
Post by The Log Lady on Apr 25, 2012 14:19:36 GMT -5
Hmm, thanks everyone! I was hoping taking it down wouldn't be necessary each time, but I'd rather play it safe. While it's kind of a pain, it's incredibly worth it. Waking up each morning in our sweltering tent with no shelter from the sun last year got old after just the first night. I'm looking forward to kicking back in the shade with some cold beers this time around. Shit why can't it be the end of May already.
From my experience in the very windy lower gorge, using lots of tie downs and using bungies as shock absorbers kept my scene from blowing over. Mine cannot be lowered but after the shock cording I only had my chairs blowing away, until I nailed them down.
Post by The Horned Grandmother on Apr 25, 2012 14:35:47 GMT -5
If my canopy broke every year, then I would buy a new canopy every year. They're usually on sale right around Memorial day, and it probably won't run you more than a hundo. Probably less.
Case in point, we're going to buy a new canopy this weekend. Seriously though, I've seen a lot of canopies consumed by the angry wind gods of the Gorge, but I've never seen one get as fucked up as ours did last year. It was like it had been turned inside out.