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Old 09-22-2016, 12:18 PM   #1
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Kitchen Input

I am looking for input from the Skoolie community. I have laid out my bus and measure most things by windows. For example my kitchen space is 3.5 windows at most. I will have some overhead cabinets but only above the kitchen. The issue at hand is with my oven/stove top, single kitchen sink, and chest style fridge freezer I am basically out of counter space and even more so drawers. Under the sink will be a regular water heater which also takes space away.

Couple notes:
I have an external propane grill that I will always have with me.
I am planning on a chest fridge from truckfridge.com.

Questions:
Anyone who has an oven who uses their skoolie as an RV actually use the oven?
Would 2 propane burners be suffice for 1-2 week outings? Think this would only get used at night or when its raining or such.
Is a microwave or toaster oven a better choice than an oven?

Basically i'm looking to remove the oven unit and go with a 2 burner counter unit and gain a couple of shelves and maybe a cutting board. Trying to get a feel for what folks actually use since my kitchen will be rather small and I value counter space. Any input is welcome!
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Old 09-22-2016, 12:53 PM   #2
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if you are going to have a gennie, I would go with a single or double element induction HOB, they dont get super hot physically but heat the pans well.. and theres not the issue of open flame indoors, or condensation from indoor open flame in winter..

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Old 09-22-2016, 06:16 PM   #3
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2 burners.

I'm in the process of a small kitchen build myself. A 2-burner stove. A sink. About an 8 foot long Stainless counter-top. (half has cabinets underneath it; other half open). No oven. I have a chest freezer (but on the opposite side of the aisle), will run on 120v via inverter. I have had a RV for years, and think i used the oven one time. I think a stove inside, a BBQ outside, a sink to clean up, and your set!!
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Old 09-22-2016, 07:24 PM   #4
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9.9 cubic ft Magic Chef refrigerator
Small Stainless steel double sink
Microwave
Toaster oven
Small Toaster
Little breakfast sandwich maker
RV stove/oven (I use my oven, women like it when I cook!)
Magic Chef countertop dishwasher (will be built-in)
Eccotemp L5, plumbed for kitchen & bath
Bbq smoker
Weber grill

I like to eat
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Old 09-22-2016, 07:40 PM   #5
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I used the propane RV oven in my 5th wheel only a few times. Things never turned out well. Temperature regulation wasn't good, it didn't even have a thermostat as I recall, and things placed toward the left and right edges of the oven cavity always got burned (this is where the hot gasses from the combustion rise). I pretty much wrote off RV ovens. Also I don't like gas-fueled ovens in the RV nor in the house because of the heat they add to the room.

As alternatives, I've considered a small residential electric wall oven for the bus. It would require a generator, which is fine because I plan to have that much generator anyway, but even a small one is still kind of big. Takes up a fair bit of space and won't be used much, though it could be used as a storage cabinet when there's nothing baking.. Also considered a toaster oven. They're really not so bad, though it's hard to cook much of anything for more than two people in such a small oven.

What I'm hoping to go for, but haven't actually laid hands on to experience yet, is a convection microwave oven. This is basically grafting the toaster oven experience into a microwave oven body. It is dual-function and gives a larger oven cavity than any toaster oven I've seen.

I give a second vote for the portable induction "hot plate." Set it on the counter when it's needed, put it away somewhere and have free counter space when it isn't needed.

Or, if you like the external propane 2-burner well enough, just bring it inside and set it up on the counter when necessary.

A common trick for "free" RV counter space is to fit a cutting board so it sits over one of the sink bowls.
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Old 09-22-2016, 07:40 PM   #6
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overkill?

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9.9 cubic ft Magic Chef refrigerator
Small Stainless steel double sink
Microwave
Toaster oven
Small Toaster
Little breakfast sandwich maker
RV stove/oven (I use my oven, women like it when I cook!)
Magic Chef countertop dishwasher (will be built-in)
Eccotemp L5, plumbed for kitchen & bath
Bbq smoker
Weber grill

I like to eat
You have more kitchen appliances IN your bus than I do IN my HOUSE!! Im happy when I can heat water to make coffee
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You have more kitchen appliances IN your bus than I do IN my HOUSE!! Im happy when I can heat water to make coffee
That reminds me.... 12 cup coffee pot

If I'm going full time... I'm going to be comfortable!
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Old 09-22-2016, 08:53 PM   #8
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i have an oven and a generator. works out great!!!

i can run the genny, pop a frozen lasagna in the electric oven, and drive an hour down the road, then pull over and have a nice warm dinner.
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Old 09-22-2016, 09:24 PM   #9
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i have an oven and a generator. works out great!!!

i can run the genny, pop a frozen lasagna in the electric oven, and drive an hour down the road, then pull over and have a nice warm dinner.

You could do the same thing by throwing it on the exhaust manifold.
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Manifold over

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You could do the same thing by throwing it on the exhaust manifold.

I saw a video where they wrap a turkey in foil, place it on the manifold, and then drive 5hrs or so and then enjoy the cooked turkey lol
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