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    Default Is a portable braai a necessity when overlanding.

    After the weekend at Memel and camping at a place without braai facilities I found myself looking at portable braais this week.

    There are some real nice ones out there but then I had a reality check. It is very seldom that I needed a braai stand to cook on and frankly this is the first instance that I wished I had one due to nice cut grass etc. I really needed such an item . Most places I have been to have facilities or a fire pit and I have been able to make a fire even be it on the ground.
    Maybe there are reasons I should purchase a decent portable braai. I would like to hear them before I purchase a white elephant.

    The points that go against a purchase are. The weight and packing issue as well as the cleaning and traveling with a dirty, noisy piece of equipment.

    Incidentally the other couple camping were faced with the same problem.

    I will definitely be returning to camp at the vlei .

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    Default Re: Is a portable braai a necessity when overlanding.

    Never needed one myself. But i guess it depends on where you go.

    I do try to find out beforehand what facilities are available, especially if I am staying for more than one night. If it's just one night, I would just use the gas stove.
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    Default Re: Is a portable braai a necessity when overlanding.

    Look at the madcon braai thread



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    Default Re: Is a portable braai a necessity when overlanding.

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    Default Re: Is a portable braai a necessity when overlanding.

    I travel with 2. One that folds open into a large 2 berth braai , for longer stays.

    Another small quicky for stop-overs.
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    Default Re: Is a portable braai a necessity when overlanding.

    In 10 months travelling through Africa never needed or wished for a portable braai. I cannot recall a single campground stopover where we were not able to find somewhere to light a fire on the ground.

    That is except for when forced to car park camp in the very few larger centers when there were no campgrounds. Then even a portable braai would have been inappropriate and we usually ate out or cooked quickly on gas.
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    Default Re: Is a portable braai a necessity when overlanding.

    Quote Originally Posted by hatjohan View Post
    Look at the madcon braai thread
    Yes look at Madcon. Yes they are expensive but they are the most compact braai you will find and will last you a lifetime
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    Default Re: Is a portable braai a necessity when overlanding.

    Quote Originally Posted by Toks View Post
    Yes look at Madcon. Yes they are expensive but they are the most compact braai you will find and will last you a lifetime
    Eish, some of us can get away with less.

    When buying for a lifetime, the older you get the cheaper the goods can be.
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    Default Re: Is a portable braai a necessity when overlanding.

    A braai grid stand and a spade to bury coals with afterwards.

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    Default Re: Is a portable braai a necessity when overlanding.

    We have the older version of the below in the trailer. Clean, convenient and quick.

    Logic being is if you cant have a real braai for a variety of reasons, this is the next best thing.

    Then again we have space, so its on the "ya, why not" list, also handy for heating up pizza and other random items

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    Default Re: Is a portable braai a necessity when overlanding.

    After reading all the great advice I still think my old shovel and grid wins the day. But it definitely does not solve the vlei solution. I think I am going to opt for the old Spar cheapie and just keep it there for the rainy day .

    Thereafter if I see I am needing it more than 6 times a year I will opt for a setup that is worthwhile.

    Seems to come down to ones preferred types of camping and ways of doing the braai.

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    Default Re: Is a portable braai a necessity when overlanding.

    The more years one travels and the longer the journeys, so one realizes the less one carries the better.
    Especially the really messy stuff like a portable braai.
    There must be exceptional camping situations where a spade, some random rocks lying about and your braai grid, are not fit for task.
    Where lawn gets in the way, the kindest thing to do is to dig out a generous sod, light your fire on the bare earth. Prepare the now fertilized earth and replace the grass sod later.
    Otherwise camp elsewhere where they understand these things.
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    Default Re: Is a portable braai a necessity when overlanding.

    I have had situations like you describe where there is just no place to make a ground fire.
    Last time I travelled I took the top an old 200l oil drum with. It is flat so do not take up space. Never used it but I thought that if there is a situation with lawn and no fireplace then I can always put the lid on top of my folding triangle or a couple of bricks and rocks to lift it slightly of the ground so that the heat won't kill the grass.
    As I said, never used it on the trip, but tested it at home and it worked well.

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    Default Re: Is a portable braai a necessity when overlanding.

    So true Stan.

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    Default Re: Is a portable braai a necessity when overlanding.

    Quote Originally Posted by HannoK View Post
    I have had situations like you describe where there is just no place to make a ground fire.
    Last time I travelled I took the top an old 200l oil drum with. It is flat so do not take up space. Never used it but I thought that if there is a situation with lawn and no fireplace then I can always put the lid on top of my folding triangle or a couple of bricks and rocks to lift it slightly of the ground so that the heat won't kill the grass.
    As I said, never used it on the trip, but tested it at home and it worked well.
    What I did at the vlei was brought over 30 Klingker bricks and made a flat area above the grass which would have served as the tin lid. The other camper and I built the fire on this and next morning put the bricks back. Grass no worse for wear.

    But I fear if more campers I might have come in for a bit of stick.

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    Default Re: Is a portable braai a necessity when overlanding.

    I ordered a portable version and waiting on delivery. Reason being portability obviously and then there’s the day trip areas we we like to frequent where there’s no facilities and were you cannot just dig a hole to discard the left over coals. We want to take coals etc off site with little fuss (close braai with coals inside) and discard where appropriate.

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    Default Re: Is a portable braai a necessity when overlanding.

    I prefer to wild camp. One of the reasons I carry a portable braai. Very old one. Bought it 16 years ago.

    Portable braai and Swarthaak braai wood is the two things I never left home without.
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    Default Re: Is a portable braai a necessity when overlanding.

    I bought one of these from builders warehouse. Still goes into it's box when travelling after use. Works well. Cheap. Disposable.

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    Default Re: Is a portable braai a necessity when overlanding.

    Nobody has mentioned how you braai if caught in a storm or prolonged rain!

    This happened to us recently between 4 and 8pm. Luckily at the last minute I popped the Cobb into my boot otherwise it would have been a salad for dinner. We had some of our side awnings up so could set up the Cobb without being smoked out.
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    Default Re: Is a portable braai a necessity when overlanding.

    Each to his own, but for us this has become an indispensable part of our overlanding kit https://weber.co.za/shop/braais/port...harcoal-braai/
    It is just slightly bigger than an ammo box but we have managed to pack it into the canvas ammo box inner, polystyrene is to protect the cover from being pierced by the vent fins. This is extremely versatile and one of the main advantages is that uses a quarter of the briquettes as opposed to a normal braai, so the space it takes up is easily offset against the space saved for fuel. The addition of a ceramic tile has allowed us to make pizzas in the bush which just adds to our culinary options.
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