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#1 DerrickT

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Posted March 14 2010 - 12:21 PM

Looking to organize my kitchen gear alittle better for camping trips. Having been involved in scouting for well over 20 years I seen alot of stuff come and go. Most made of plywood that end up being to heavy or some made of very thin metal that only last a year or to. The one we currently use in my troop is made of some strong plastic and has deffinatly stood the test of time and abuse. Problem is I believe we purchased it at Campmor and they no longer sell it so I think I'm going to have to make my own.
Basically what I'm looking for is something thats gonna hold the propane stove, as well as our pot and pan stack and maybe utensils and spices.
Anybody have any plans or have one they can take a picture of?


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Posted March 18 2010 - 8:38 PM



Rubbermaid "Roughneck"
My family/truck kitchen camping gear go's into several of these. They come in several different heights, but the lids interchange and they stack and lock onto each other. Lots of colors. Color code your stuff. Red for stove and fuel and campfire stuff, green for the windsock (good luck charm) dark blue for flour and salt and coffee and spices and whatnot. I keep a "recycling" container, without a top, for pots and pans, a grill grate, some grill tools and other stuff. ~ 25 years, no problems so far.


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Posted March 18 2010 - 8:42 PM



Rubbermaid "Roughneck"
My family/truck kitchen camping gear go's into several of these. They come in several different heights, but the lids interchange and they stack and lock onto each other. Lots of colors. Color code your stuff. Red for stove and fuel and campfire stuff, green for the windsock (good luck charm) dark blue for flour and salt and coffee and spices and whatnot. I keep a "recycling" container, without a top, for pots and pans, a grill grate, some grill tools and other stuff. ~ 25 years, no problems so far.


Thats exactly what its in now and exactly what I want to get rid of. To much wasted space and by the time I buy the right size bins for how I want to store it I could just buy a custom chuck box.

I got access to as much wood and plywood as I want. Think I'm gonna just tinker around and build one to how I want it. Then everything goes in its proper spot and I don't have to worry about something getting put in the wrong container


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Posted March 18 2010 - 9:19 PM

Google "Wannigan".
When I learned to canoe "Up North" they used these to haul stuff around. The ones we had were made to go between the gunnels and up against the thwart of a canoe. Sometimes out of spruce strips, like a canoe. Varnished they look cool! People use them as blanket chests and as end tables in cabins.
Rubbermaid is the modern equivalent. Lids keep your stuff drier. Not as charming.


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Posted March 18 2010 - 9:25 PM

I'm looking for something along the lines of these.





Like I said above the scout troop I'm Scoutmaster of has one and I love it. Only problem is its not made anymore. So I'll probally end up making one to fit my needs and arranged how I want.


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Posted March 18 2010 - 9:31 PM

As much as I hated carrying those things...
I liked how some had tubes attached to the end of the box with u-bolts. One horizontal tube across the width of the box with two angled tubes below. Slide a pipe through the horizontal to carry the box then slide the same pipe into the angled tube below to make the leg. The legs 'stopped' against the horizontal tube.


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Posted March 18 2010 - 9:37 PM

As much as I hated carrying those things...

I liked how some had tubes attached to the end of the box with u-bolts. One horizontal tube across the width of the box with two angled tubes below. Slide a pipe through the horizontal to carry the box then slide the same pipe into the angled tube below to make the leg. The legs 'stopped' against the horizontal tube.



Yep and we had those when I was a kid in the troop. Then we had to get rid of them becuase the kids got smaller and couldn't handle them and we went to that m,etal box above that last about a year. Then I found the current one and its probally the best one I have ever seen or used.


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Posted March 18 2010 - 9:44 PM

You looked into anything like a plastic job-site box, truck box, trailer box, etc?
I have one of those heavy duty plastic totes from Lowe's, the big one rated to a few hundred pounds. It runs something like $18 or so. Aside from needing better lid, the rest of the container is strong enough to be on it's side.


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Posted March 18 2010 - 9:47 PM

You looked into anything like a plastic job-site box, truck box, trailer box, etc?

I have one of those heavy duty plastic totes from Lowe's, the big one rated to a few hundred pounds. It runs something like $18 or so. Aside from needing better lid, the rest of the container is strong enough to be on it's side.



Haven't really looked at anything yet becuase I want the box the scout troop uses.

If I build teh box right, I can pretty much get rid of the 2 rubbermaid containers I use now. Or atleast go down to maybe a smaller one for misc. stuff.


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Posted March 18 2010 - 9:53 PM

I don't remember the one from Campmor. There are a few targeted towards rafting but at over $400 it's likely out of your budget.


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Posted March 18 2010 - 10:10 PM

This is a picture of the box they use now. It has a lid that goes on the top and where the gray meat tub is would be where a propane stove goes.


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Posted March 19 2010 - 6:38 AM

If $ no problem then make one out of Lexan with either stainless or brass piano hinge. Corners could be held together with lengths of stainless corners and small bolts with washers or can be welded if you know someone. Just adding my 2cents and your Hamiltons.


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Posted March 19 2010 - 9:08 AM

None of them particularly satisfactory. Too heavy, bulky, cumbersome. I did see one that a hunting group put together which worked real well and carried a lot of gear. Whaat they had done was to put wheels on it and two poles so that it pulled sort of like a rickshaw. it was fairly heavy, but balanced over the axle and looked like it pulled easy.


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