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I have read of 'cotton' and 'stripy' and I am intrigued, tell me more.

So far I am only aware of beach stylee or tent matching poshness.

We had the later last year and took it back as it was crap, so I need a new one.

If I was to get a cotton one will that make me into the kind of camper who feels the need to decorate nearby trees with bunting? And will it survive the driving rain light showers of North Norfolk?

I want it to protect my stove from the wind (have a metal guard too obv. and cotton somehow seems less burney than plastic.grin

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Peachy Wed 10-Jun-09 13:04:20

OOh no, windbreak campers are often looked down upon by proper campers (self appointed, natch wink) and regarded as unfriendly and somewhat antisocial.

One arund a stove is OK (just) but any more... so non-U, dahling

zanz1bar Wed 10-Jun-09 13:09:42

Get a bog standard beach windbreak. Cotton,nylon,spun gold in whatever you like best.

Those camping windbreaks are usless, the poles do not go into the ground deep enough to withstand the lightest of Blakeny breezes and the silly guy ropes they provide are useless.

I had a camping windbreak from tesco that lasted less than an hour with the winds around west runton, whereas the bog standard beach style lasted the whole of half term.

Look around the campsite all the regular campers use the beach stripy windbreaks.

grin Oh I am very unfriendly and anti-social. So that's ok wink, but surely I need one to go round my kitcken and define an area that I can fill with crap camping neccessities, otherwise it all might just blow away?

zanz1bar Wed 10-Jun-09 13:11:57

Plus you can then take the windbreak to the beach, the green camping ones will mark you out as a visiting londoner on wells beach.

Peachy Wed 10-Jun-09 13:13:32

Ah we just have a tent with a good porch for the kitchen area- oh and a Cobb, Seriosuly, a cobb, table that we use anyway and a small one burner we pack away is all we use for our kitchen area, and we can (and have) rustle up a roast with yorkies on that LOL (OK, just to test the claims of the Cobb, but was yummy)

never get the need for these big kitchen areas.... saying that, wouldn't have space for one anyway

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zanz1bar Wed 10-Jun-09 13:14:57

Whats a Cobb?

Peachy Wed 10-Jun-09 13:17:57

dh's toy

Actually, the Cobb has been pretty good so far, impressed.

zanz1bar Wed 10-Jun-09 13:24:57

Wow, does it need special fuel bricks or any old charcoal?

DeepGoat Wed 10-Jun-09 13:26:56

cob looks cool!

Peachy Wed 10-Jun-09 13:31:08

You can use charcoal (nneds to be a certain type but one you can easily find), but we use cobblestones simply because they heat up in 2 minutes and just tip out without all the usual BBQ mess

Slubberdegullion Wed 10-Jun-09 13:37:46

I am awaiting a call from my local camping shop to go and collect my 5m green striped Blue Diamond windbreak (they had red and blue stripe but that wont match the Cabanon).

Following extensive research on ukcs (a Hot Topic indeedy) I have gone with the Blue Diamond. I was attracted by the steel tips and tops and that they don't make a freaking racket in the wind.

We had a plastic beach jobby last year (which didn't match..oh the shame) which certainly broke the wind but Lordy Lord is was a noisy bugger. They DH snapped off about half the poles trying to remove them in a Hulk rage. never mind.

Ours is to go with new Tatonka tarp to create kitchen area when the Utility Tent is verboten.

Slubberdegullion Wed 10-Jun-09 13:39:02

Blue Diamond Niceness

zanz1bar Wed 10-Jun-09 14:24:04

slubberdegullion you have found the Bodden of windbreaks.
We are not worthy to set up camp near you,<slinks away with nasty,tasteless plastic windbreak rolled up under arm>

Ah I thought it was Slubber who had mentioned it on a previous thread, I think that may well be what I need, and green stripe would match the Monty and our new table....

Roffle @ 'Boden of windbreaks', v. good. grin

Dp has promised me this to whack the poles in with, (and for pegs too obv.) Am worryingly excited by inert lump of wood.

Slubberdegullion Wed 10-Jun-09 15:38:06

ahh zanz, oh no for this here be the Boden of windbreaks. A snip at £118 hmm

Wildy (may I call you Wildy?) I am also everso slightly excited by your link of mallets. I love the product review

"a good quality mallet for professional use.although it is lightweight it still gives a solid hitting"

by someone named pirate.

I just had a lusty feeling about Mr pirate and his his solid hitting mallet.

Christ on a bike, that is one seriously expensive breaker of wind.

You may indeed call be Wildy, in fact I rather like it. I hope I wasn't too forward in my informal use of 'Slubber'grin.

I had not read Mr Pirates review, if dp does indeed treat me to the aformentioned mallet, I fear I will be unable to use it without cackling maniacally giggling now.

blithedance Wed 10-Jun-09 16:04:18

Mallets! Windbreak! two more things for the list.

The Screwfix website is great and so is their forum, you get good DIY advice from kindly tradesmen.

Was pondering whether or not to take the plastic windbreak (needs a new pole/poundshop broomhandle) but definitely will now. Our tent needs down-dressing with some kitschy old blankets and non matching accessories for fear of looking like the family from the Outwell brochure.

The problem is I do own some bunting and the temptation to to take it is very bad...

Slubberdegullion Wed 10-Jun-09 16:20:05

Wildy, I don't think I can handle a mallet without a wry smile. There is something quintessentially masculine about a large wooden hammer, and look, yours comes with a solid hard wood, morticed head AND a tapered handle. Using it is the male camper's equivalent of urinating on the corners of his pitch and rubbing his balls on the guys.

blithe, you know you have become the Outwell Family when you have a pinapple in a decorative fruit bowl on your table. I kept last year's catalouge by the loo for a LONG time just so I could pmsl in safety at their dining tableux.

zanz1bar Wed 10-Jun-09 17:09:04

£118 for a wind break<snorts like old lady, what is the world coming to>

But that mallet is a thing of beauty.

zanz1bar Wed 10-Jun-09 17:10:52

I have bought the mallet.

Fathers day coming up and Dh will be overjoyed.

grin Excellent, as long as you didn't get the last one. <<narrows eyes>>

I am going to be checking out campers on Norfolk camp sites now looking for matching mallets.grin

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