I have started many a 'where-the-feck-do-I-cook-when-it's-raining?' threads, I have a total fear of cooking inside the tent, though I know many do, and whenever we camp we see lots of people merrily cooking away inside and dp does this face ->, as he thinks it will be fine.
Last year I did spend a whole week doing all the cooking outside and it rained every sodding day.
This year have brought a canopy to cook under, probably still marginally unsafe, but nothing is going to make me cook porridge at 6.30am in the rain ever again.
Crikey, those are spendy and seem pretty hardcore.
I saw someone with a 3 panel gazebo thingie that wasn't huge (but looked pretty expensive too, now I think of it).
We cooked a bit in the tent last time, after trying to rustle up a full cooked breakfast in gale force winds post-6am wake up call --kind of ruined our hardy outdoorsy spirit. One of us was watching the kids while the other watched the stove, in the middle of the floor of a rather large tent; but my heart was in my mouth the enitre time, and I have since heard enough horror stories to kind of put me off.
I have the utility tent that gigglewitch has linked to. I have a sort of love-hate relationship with it. I love it because it does exactly what is says in the tin. The stove and all the clart gets put in there (all so neatly and orderly) and it is MINE ALL MINE and the dc are not allowed in.
So I am chilled on the safety front and the tent is all free of crap and garbage.
it is one ugly mother of a tent, and it is noisy in the wind (which is a bummer as our lovely canvas tent is all quiet but we can still hear the utility rustling about in the wind), and we have to pay extra for it which is a major pisser as the combined footprints of the main tent plus utility are still probably half of some of the super giant tents I see pitched these days. grr
Our last trip we couldn't take the utility, and cooking in the porch was NOT ideal hence I have now purchased a tarp & windbreak combo to see if that works better/as well as the utility.
I will never cook in my tent. FAR to many scare stories on ukcs to risk it.
God I do go on. This issue has been playing on my mind somewhat [bluch]