Cadac or Cobb?!

(41 Posts)
Mum2Fergus Mon 22-Jul-13 18:12:22

Your thoughts please smile

Twirlyhot Mon 22-Jul-13 18:14:03

I have no idea what those are but am so glad this isn't a baby name thread.

LifeofPo Mon 22-Jul-13 18:15:55

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Mum2Fergus Mon 22-Jul-13 18:16:06

Haha Twirly...they are camping stoves/BBQs smile

MinimalistMommi Mon 22-Jul-13 18:17:46

Cobbs have suspect non stick stuff on bit food goes onto. Apparently not good at high temps it gets too.

Twirlyhot Mon 22-Jul-13 18:17:47

They are very good names for those grin

StrangeGlue Mon 22-Jul-13 18:22:16

Read the title of this and thought you were asking about baby names and thought 'oh goodness'.

Might pop over the the baby names strand and suggest them though!wink

SparkyUK Mon 22-Jul-13 18:43:03

I have to say, the Cobb is a very cool piece of kit, and I love it for that, but I don't use it as much as I would have hoped. I think if I practiced some more then I would use it more, but have had a few false starts getting it going and you do really need to start thinking well in advance of using it. I don't bake at home so probably not going to start while camping. That said, it does do a deliciously moist roast and if I practiced a bit more, I bet I would quickly get the hang of it. You do need to learn to cook on it though I find.

Which Cadac is it that people get? The Safari Chef?

ChippyMinton Mon 22-Jul-13 19:13:34

Cadac <gets in quick before the Cobb mob descend>

Safari Chef is ok for max 4 people but I prefer the Carri Chef. I cooked dinner for 9 people every night for a fortnight whilst camping last summer and would highly recommend it.

It's instant heat, is flexible for different types of cooking with the different plates, and has a decent size cooking area.

Also useable in places where BBQs are banned ie south of France.

AmandinePoulain Mon 22-Jul-13 19:21:20

We've just used our cadac for the first time grin. It was a doddle to use, and the sausages were lovely. I'll be more adventurous tomorrow wink. We went for the Safari, it seems plenty big enough for the 4 of us. Go Outdoors have 15% off them at the moment although be prepared to wait over a week for them to get any into the store.

The Cobb is more expensive, and I read somewhere on here that the non stick on the griddle releases nasty chemicals at the temperatures it reaches shock.

Lucycat Mon 22-Jul-13 19:22:54

We have a Cadac too - the Safari Chef is all w are taking to cook on this year - I'm a whizz at interchangeable pans grin

if you want to roast a chicken or cook a full Sunday lunch then a Cobb is the way to go but I prefer cooking on gas - we use it a a bbq & as a normal hob.

Lucycat Mon 22-Jul-13 19:24:22
CashmereHoodlum Mon 22-Jul-13 19:25:12

I would say Cadac because I am the only person in the world who has a Cobb and hates it.

LifeofPo Mon 22-Jul-13 20:39:03

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LifeofPo Mon 22-Jul-13 20:39:20

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SparkyUK Mon 22-Jul-13 21:04:04

grin at lifeofpo.

The cobb really is good and I like anything clever design like that, but it just needs more dedication than I am giving it.

Re going to europe, you aren't supposed to take gas canisters on the train, which is one of the reasons we went for the cobb. Do people just ignore this rule? Some places won't allow bbq but will allow cobbs as they don't actually heat the ground - no risk of burnt grass.

Cobb. Cobb Cobb Cobb

Ineedmorepatience Tue 23-Jul-13 17:32:05

I cooked on a cadac for the first time this weekend at guide camp, I was very impressed. We used a huge paella pan out of our store because we didnt want tolet the girls loose with brillo pads on the various attachments that came with it.

We cooked spag bol for 15 and bacon the next morning, it was brilliant cooked gently but effectively. A good gadget smile

Fragglewump Tue 23-Jul-13 19:32:33

We use our cadac all the time - if you use the flat top you can do a full breakfast including fried eggs! Much more versatile than a Cobb - we camp most weekends and just leave it set up!

Mum2Fergus Tue 23-Jul-13 21:22:23

Ok, edging towards Cadac so far smile

muchostinky Tue 23-Jul-13 22:21:31

Cobb, Cobb, Cobb.

I did a whole chicken on mine on Sunday (we are at home as DS only broke up today) and it was so nice.

When camping we do spatchcock chicken and ribs and burgers etc. Haven't used it to do breakfast or anything yet.

The only thing is that it is a bit of a pain to wash up, but I would imagne teh cadac maybe is a bit too?

millimat Tue 23-Jul-13 22:57:27

Yes the cadac is a bit of a pain to wash esp as ours is the big one so things don't fit in a sink easily. I love it though and cook most meals on it when away.
Has anyone used the liners on a cadac to help keep it cleaner?

aladdinsane Tue 23-Jul-13 22:59:17

At first glance I thought this was another baby naming thread grin

Definitely Cobb. I had a cadac safari chef first. It was rubbish. It sounded like it would be great but there was none of the instant heating up you talk of. Plus I love the variety of stuff you can cook on the Cobb. And the fact that it involves playing with fire grin

professorpoopsnagle Wed 24-Jul-13 09:27:08

We have a cobb. It has taken a few years to really get used to it but the more you do on it the more you realise ho versatile it is. It's really really great to be able to cook a pizza at camp, or fish fingers and chips for the kids or a ready meal on it. On the set up day, we get it going as we set the tent up and by the end there's a hot meal waiting for us with no attention needed. We tend to use the fake cobblestones from Home Bargains (Lokkii)) which work out at about 30p each. The other thing is that we use the frying pans/plates meant for the cobb on our gas stove as they are an excellent size.

Cobb cobb cobb cobb cobb

Jins Wed 24-Jul-13 11:09:40

I've got a cadac. Wish I'd bought a cobb though.

I think the cobb is a lot more versatile

SalIAm Wed 24-Jul-13 12:49:04

I think it depends what you like to do with it.

I love our Cadac because of the instant heat. We use it to BBQ (sausages, steak, chops, cheese and tomato sandwiches on grill) and fry breakfasts and make stir fry. For frying yes, liner is perfect as it makes washing up a doddle.

I haven't camped abroad, but apparently you can buy canisters easily and cheaply in most places.

If however you like proper cooking when you camp (whole chicken, bread etc), I can see how the Cobb might suit you better.

We don't bother taking anything for overnighters though - just take a normal pan or small grill to use over fire.

Slubberdelatrinae Wed 24-Jul-13 13:14:12

<gets the banner with Cobb sigil out of moth balls>
<dons armour>
<mounts steed>
<rides majestically into battle, trampling gas canisters in her wake>

In YOUR face Po.

OP are you fun? Are you full of youthful vigour and a sense of adventure? Do you enjoy moist meat? Would you like the opportunity to not just cook your sausages stood next to your Pageant caravan behind your plastic stripey windbreak but maybe also down on the beach, or in a forest listening to an owl, or on a boat?

If you have answered yes to any of the above then a Cobb is what you want.

<rides back to the castle, oopsy just trod on another cumbersome gas canister>

SalIAm Wed 24-Jul-13 13:19:17

Do you like setting fire to things? When the Cobb falls over, obviously. :- D

SalIAm Wed 24-Jul-13 13:20:24

Hmm, my mouth fell off. Due to drooling for sausages in 10 minutes, of course.

professorpoopsnagle Wed 24-Jul-13 13:26:47

If you use cobblestones it is ready to cook after 5 mins. I have also used my cobb on the beach. Other people who have cobbs also come and talk to you when they see you have one. And lifting the lid with a flourish at the end makes you feel chef/royal like.

SalIAm Wed 24-Jul-13 13:28:46

Joking aside, it sounds great being able to cook something at the beach.

YY to cooking on the beach with a Cobb. And YY to it being a talking point.

And I bloody love cooking a full on roast dinner / pizza / crumble / beer bread as well as bbq, risotto, casseroles and stir fries while camping. Basically there us nothing you can't cook on a Cobb and it's pretty cool sitting down to your roast dinner while the people next door are heating up their sausages in a tin of beans on camping gaz grin

Slubberdelatrinae Wed 24-Jul-13 13:40:37

You'd really have to be intent on shoving it over, that or a drunken roaming fool, to push a Cobb over. Low, wide base of support see.

Yes. You'd have to stick your toe actually under the bottom edge and flip it to have any chance at all of knocking it over. Which would make you a twat.

Slubberdelatrinae Wed 24-Jul-13 13:50:41

Once when I was cooking some high meat % award winning sausages on my Cobb on Abersoch beach Bear Grylls came over, gave me a thousand pounds, and then lifted me up and casually jogged over to his canoe. He manfully paddled me over to his private island betwix a pod of dolphins and then we had the exotic and yet tender sexy-time for 20mins until the sausages were done to perfection.

You won't get that with a Cadac, no siree. You'd be lucky to have Keith Harris offer you an Aldi sadface own brand Pimms cooking your sausages on a Cadac.

Slubberdelatrinae Wed 24-Jul-13 13:52:08

In the above true story Bear gave me the thousand pounds just because he can and he liked my BBQ equipment, not because I am the whore of Abersoch beach. Just to be clear.

Jins Wed 24-Jul-13 13:56:39

It's these latest posts that make me regret not buying a cobb.

DH likes the cadac but its seriously meh in my eyes. I was hoping for something as versatile as a remoska but ended up with a gas barbecue that doesn't even get that hot sad

We had a gas BBQ from tesco that cost a fraction of the cadac and did the same job.

SalIAm Wed 24-Jul-13 14:09:43

Have a look on other Cadac thread on Camping (today). People who less lazy than me seem to use it for loads of stuff.

I like that Cadac can cook for more people at once. Downside is that it obv takes more packing space and is less mobile.

In a perfect world and if I camped for longer at a time, I could see how the two might compliment each other.

Jins Wed 24-Jul-13 14:20:21

I've got the safari chef. The carri chef is too big, too heavy and too bulky for me.

My friend has a carri chef and I agree that you can cater for large numbers but the safari chef copes with the four of us easily. It's just not that great. Hard to tell whether you're turning the gas up or down, not particularly hot when it gets going.

I'd definitely go cobb if I had my time again

SalIAm Wed 24-Jul-13 14:24:14

Ah yes, we've got Carri Chef so my opinions based on that. It definitely warms up to frying heat pretty much immediately.

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