I am quite sure everyone loves to eat while they are overlanding, but what do you use to cook? For the longest time we just used a Coleman 2 burner stove during our adventures, and that seems to be norm in the community. Although when my husband heard about the Tembo Tusk Cooking Skottle, he would not stop talking about how he wanted one. Well, I ended up getting him one for Christmas last year. At first it just sat by our backdoor waiting for the warmer weather of spring to use for the camping season, until, one day, he decided he should probably test it out before we actually tried it on a camping trip. Well folks, cooking outdoors has never been the same or with such easy cleanup!
The skottle is amazing! It is extremely versatile for meals both on and off the trail. It comes pre-seasoned so it is ready for use immediately… if you have all the parts. I purchased the skottle from Blue Ridge Overland Gear and quickly realized that you have to buy the skottle ($185), the 10,000 btu Coleman burner ($23.99 Amazon prime), propane, and if you want the carrying bag ($59.99) or a lid ($25.00) all separately. So all together it comes out right around $300. The skottle was designed by a South African farmer who was looking for a secondary use for old harrow discs, turns out it makes a pretty great grill.
You simply attach the legs, screw on the 16.4 oz propane bottle or use an adapter for a larger one if you have room to store it, fire it up with an extended lighter, and voilà you are ready to cook! It is similar to wok style cooking so the very center is the hottest with the outside being cooler, so you can easily adjust from cooking to keeping other items warm by moving them to the outside edge. It has 18” of cooking space and stands 28” tall with the legs installed, which, btw, is not such a great height for girls cooking in short shorts. It functions and cleans like cast iron. We clean it with rock salt and hot water, and then season with bacon grease or coconut oil. The more it is used the better the non-stick surface gets.
Cold sandwiches are okay, but if you are anything like me, you can’t eat the same thing everyday and this allows you to make a wide variety of food in little time. You can cook anything that is normally cooked in a pan, skillet, or on a grill: bacon, eggs, sausage, hash browns, steak, riblets, stir fry, hamburgers, fajitas, quesadillas, grilled cheese, pizza, pasta, and I was even told cookies, which I MUST try if you know me, I am a cookie monster!
It stores up easily in its carrying bag, which is also made by Blue Ridge Overland Gear. It is top quality and has enough room to store, not only the skottle, but an extra bottle of propane. It saves a lot of space when traveling since its your heat source and cooking container. So you can leave those pots and pans at home. The only negatives we have found is the legs can be a pain to get the screw holes lined up and boiling water can be tricky.
We always have the old Coleman 2 burner stove for backup but unless we are cooking a lot of food, the skottle is our only means of cooking out on the trail. In my opinion, this is a must-have for overland travelers and one of my favorites amongst camping gear.
How do you boil water for coffee using the skottle?
You can utilize the burner with a fuel tank independently since it’s just a stand alone Coleman unit. Just place it on a level surface and put a pot on top.
Quick tip on the legs; the holes are actually for hanging them on hooks during the powder coating process.
The I hooks are meant to be screwed directly against the leg, not too firmly, but enough for a solid hold.
I learned this from Jerry, owner of Tembo Tusk, while hanging out at Overland Expo East. My mind was blown as I was doing the same thing as you guys!