Here's a great 'how to' from Gary House over at cooking-outdoors.com. Curious as to how the Camp Chef Smoke Vault goes together? Check this out.
With Christmas just around the corner, itâs time to start the mad rush of gift shopping. But that doesnât mean you canât find a couple things that youâd love, too. In fact, there are a few gifts this season that your whole family will love. Weâve come up with a list of our favorite family fun outdoor gear, so you and all your loved ones can enjoy your gifts together.
An outdoor movie screen is the perfect present to ramp up your family movie nights. Forget searching the couch for the remoteâhead outside and watch in the fresh air. Popcorn, hot chocolate, and blankets are definitely recommended.
Nothing draws people together like a glowing fire and melting marshmallows. Enjoy chatting and singing around a classic campfire without any of the mess, smoke, or cleanup. Then, add roasting sticks into the mix for sâmores, and youâve got a recipe for family fun.
This is for all the sweet tooths out there. These mini cast iron skillets work perfectly for fresh-baked cookies with ice cream on top. And the sizes are such that everyone can munch on their own personal dessert from each skillet.
Friday night pizza, anyone? This pizza oven will bake your homemade pizza in minutes, so you can line up a variety of personal pizzas or put together a few larger ones to share. Either way, your kids will love putting the toppings together and watching the pizza bake before their eyes.
Now you can bring the kitchen with you wherever you go. An oven at the campsite means fresh rolls at dinner, brownies for dessert, and cinnamon rolls in the morning. Enjoy all your favorite dishes right in the middle of nature.
If youâve got a lot of mouths to feed in your family, then the Flat Top Grill is the cooking system you need. Its huge surface area can cook up enough eggs, bacon, hashbrowns, and pancakes to keep your family full and happy. Try it out for breakfast on Christmas morning, or even lunch and dinner.
Want to bake pizzas, grills burgers, fry bacon, and all of the above? We have an option for those of you who canât choose just oneâitâs our versatile Pro 90 Triple Burner Stove. As part of Camp Chefâs 16-inch cooking system, you can mix and match stovetop accessories like a pizza oven, a BBQ box, a griddle, or even a Dutch oven. This is truly an all-in-one family gift.
Have your eyes on a few other gifts for your family this year? Weâd love to hear about them! Let us know in the comments below what outdoor gear youâre gifting this year.
Are you ready for the zombie apocalypse?
Just kidding. That's only in the movies.
Are you ready for Emergency Preparedness Month? That might be a question worth considering.
Whether you believe a zombie outbreak is a real possibility or not, it's always a good idea to prepare for an emergency situation. However, emergency preparedness often falls into the same category as flossing your teeth: we all know we should do it, but we never find the time (who has an extra five minutes to pull string around their teeth every night anyway??).
One reason for our inactionÂ is the very word "emergency." When we hear emergency, we think of devastating tornadoes, relentless floods, sky-high snow banks, or thundering earthquakes. While such disasters certainly meet the criteria for an emergency situation, those types of events aren't the only ones we should be prepared for. You should consider the possibility of minor emergencies such as extended power outages, financial hardships, and water shortage.
Another reason we don't run to the store right now to snag all of our emergency prep gear is because of the size of such an undertaking. If you've ever looked at a list ofÂ everything you should have in an emergency, it's a bit overwhelming. Collecting all of those supplies will be expensive and time-consuming, so you shrug and say "Why even try?"
We get it. So we've come up with a short, manageable list that you can get started on this month. Don't worry about buying everything at once. Just choose one item and go from there. Remember, the best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago--the second best time is today.
Lightweight and rechargeable, this lantern is the perfect light source for your 72-hour kit. You can plug it into a wall to charge, juice it up with a Goal Zero solar panel, or manually generate power with the hand crank. You can also charge a smaller device like your phone through the USB port on its base.
These plastic containers fold up when empty, so they're super portable and lightweight. When filled, the container holds 2.5 gallons of water. A carry handle and on/off spigot make the Reliance carriers a great item for both emergency prep and your weekend camping trip.
You probably know that collecting canned food and dry goods is important for emergency food storage; but how often do you think about how you'll cook that food? The outdoor oven provides everything you need for outdoor or emergency cooking. You've got an oven on the bottom for baking and a stove on top for grilling and boiling water. It truly is an all-in-one cooker. But it has the portability to go anywhere you need it. Try dragging your kitchen oven out of the house...
Speaking of food, you can start canning your own to get a head start on food storage. Not only will this save you money (when compared to buying all your canned food from the store), but it will also guarantee that you get to have the food you want in an emergency. Make a huge batch of what you love, then can it for later. This aluminum pot and basket set are perfect for water bath canning.
If you don't have to prepare for a big family, the Camp Oven might seem a bit hefty. For smaller, more individual cooking, the Rainier Campers Combo is the kit for you. It includes a compact, two-burner camp stove plus a griddle and a grill you can swap in and out for every meal. The stove doesn't take up very much room, so it won't be in the way when you don't need it. And when you do need it, you'll be glad to have it.
Like we said before, start this month with one item. You can collect food, water, and supplies over time. Before you know it, you'll have an emergency preparedness collection that could withstand even a zombie apocalypse--if it comes to that. Click on any of the suggestions above to start preparing today.