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Designing a Portable Camp Kitchen for the Tent Camper

I like to tent camp and I like to cook. I have been thinking about a portable camp kitchen where all your essential stuff is self contained. The commercial ones are so expensive and I don't really care for fancy, just functional. I also like to reuse things or recycle things for another purpose. I know you creative people have some ideas, lets hear em.


By Tammy from Hohenwald, TN

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February 4, 20100 found this helpful

I made mine. I planned so it would sit on 2 milk crates side by side, and it would fit in the canoe side to side as extra seating or cargo area on top. The top overhung the sides in case of rain or splashes .. top was hinged and the front was also hinged at the bottom.

Looking from the top, back section fit the propane stove (*one roll of aluminum foil also lived here).

R side had section for extra propane canisters. Left side fit the large cook set. I managed to shove the cooking utensils straight up around the cook pot with hot pads etc in place too.

The space left over between the cannisters and pots was framed for my shelves. The top shelf could be accessed by the top opening or the front opening. The shelves were one can plus a finger in height (this is the only thing I measured <g>).

I had 3 sets of shelves for canned goods, containers of matches etc

I put handles on the sides and had the top and side doors locked for travel ..

At camp I emptied the milk crates put so the opening was to the side placed the kitchen box on top, pulled the stove placed on top and hooked in cannister, I had access to the canned goods and the cook pots ..

I carried a mini net that worked for hanging my dishes in after washing .. home made "S" hooks from hangars worked on the handles to hang the cooking utensils

Worked slick .. the only thing I would consider doing differently today might be add some wheels, we are older and it would be a bear to haul now.. when younger it wasn't bad at all

I used 1/2 ply for the box and 1/4 for the vertical dividers, and 3/8 for the shelves .. it wasn't light but its over 25 yrs old and still going strong ..


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