Methylated Spirits camping cooker – product review

It seems that all the campervans for sale these days come with the same camping cooker – the Origo 3000 2 burner alcohol stove (available in Australia from Dometic). For those who have only ever cooked with gas we’ve got the lowdown on cooking with metho and why it seems to be the way of the future.

At about 10 times the price of a gas stove and the same size, you would be excused for doubting it’s value, however this cooker’s major benefit is a big one – No gas. No gas means no fumes, completely safe for inside cooking and no carrying around heavy and potentially dangerous gas bottles.

Fill up your alcohol cooker with 2 litres of metho before you leave for your trip and you’ll have enough fuel for a week of cooking. Don’t be deceived when you open the top of the cooker to fill it up with metho, it fits A LOT of liquid in there!

 

Pull out cooker in campervan conversion

The only downside that we’ve encountered is that they’re very slow cooking in windy conditions. If you are cooking outside, there’s a breeze and your water is taking AGES to boil then you’d be best to move the cooker inside out of the wind. We also supply a wind/weather protector with the cooker so you can use it outside in all conditions!

5 replies
  1. Simon Glen
    Simon Glen says:

    I’ve been told that alcohol cookers leave a lot of black residue under your saucepans and that gets quite messy. Apparently that is why Trakka use a Webasto diesel cooker. Is black residue really a problem with alcohol cookers?

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    • Tania Differding
      Tania Differding says:

      Hi Simon, yep you are right the alcohol cooker does leave some black residue under the cooking utensils but if you wash them properly after every use it doesn’t become a problem.

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      • Tania Differding
        Tania Differding says:

        We find that it’s better to have this type of cooker which gives you the option of being able to cook outside if you’d like and the weather’s nice!

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  2. Chris Smith
    Chris Smith says:

    I use one in my Campervan and its perfect, yes the wind can slow it down but a good wind break does this job.
    Can you add a How to fill guide to your site, I’m always helping people on the rad who have no idea what their doing and this it big issue.

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  3. Chris Smith
    Chris Smith says:

    One Issue with Metho; if your visiting areas where alcohol is controlled you can have a little problem buying it. For example you cant buy metho in the Supermarket in Alice Springs, Camping store stock it but you have to ask and satisfy its for cooking needs.

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