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Old January 2nd, 2012, 07:26 AM
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Looking for something to get my mobile kitchen more organized. Right now I have a nice fold up table for the stove and to prep food, but all my food, utensils, pans, etc are just thrown in a large trunk.

I've seen old surplus military field desks used, or heavy wooden chuck boxes, but I'm looking for something light. I've also seen some cool ones in my vast internet travels, but sadly those sites escape me now.

Any recommendations?

------ Follow up post added January 2nd, 2012 07:43 AM ------

Actually, I found the ones I remembered:http://kanzoutdoors.com/ss-products.html

Pretty damn cool, but pricey!

------ Follow up post added January 2nd, 2012 08:26 AM ------

This is exactly what I am looking for. Why do the Aussies have all the cool gear?

http://www.drifta.com.au/UteCarback.php
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Old January 2nd, 2012, 08:41 AM
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Obviously there have been a number of threads on Expedition Portal on chuck boxes.
Here's one: http://www.expeditionportal.com/foru...-Kit-Chuck-Box
255 posts, everything from plastic totes to fully kitted trailers.

For other threads, google: chuck box site:www.expeditionportal.com
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Old January 2nd, 2012, 08:52 AM
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Yeah, been through all that. Wondering what you guys might use.
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Old January 2nd, 2012, 09:03 AM
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After many experiments, I'm all about wolf boxes now. Have the foam insert dining set from bunduguy. Need to get 2 more wolf boxes for dry goods (for a total of four). I love how easy they load in back and securely stack, and they don't get heavy enough to be a PITA for loading/unloading the roof rack too. All the big boxes suck when it comes to roof rack, and they take up too much room when you don't need everything. smaller, stackable and modular kits are my new montra.
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Old January 2nd, 2012, 09:55 AM
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I like what Firemanshort has, packs up like a box but goes together like a workstation, I will see if I have a picture of it around.
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Old January 2nd, 2012, 01:17 PM
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for the amount of Expeditions I will ever do for now this is what I use, as I do not need the poser effect *LOL*

http://www.cabelas.com/product/Cabel...h-All+Products
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Do a search for the term "wanigan", they are mobile chuck boxes for canoe camping. They are usually really light and compact, some are really HD for whitewater canoeing. Some of them are really fancy. I have seen guys with light alloy ones, with built in drawer systems, etc. All the 4 wheeling type stuff I see seems to be way too heavy and big for my uses. Maybe for 6 weeks out in the bush but for a weekend it's a little crazy. The only onboard mod I want to make is a hot water heater. I think hot water for a shower/washing hands etc would be awesome.
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thanks for the info, they look like pelican cases don't they?
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for the amount of Expeditions I will ever do for now this is what I use, as I do not need the poser effect *LOL*
I know.... You are spending too much time tripping over hairdryers!

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Do a search for the term "wanigan", they are mobile chuck boxes for canoe camping. They are usually really light and compact, some are really HD for whitewater canoeing. Some of them are really fancy. I have seen guys with light alloy ones, with built in drawer systems, etc. All the 4 wheeling type stuff I see seems to be way too heavy and big for my uses. Maybe for 6 weeks out in the bush but for a weekend it's a little crazy. The only onboard mod I want to make is a hot water heater. I think hot water for a shower/washing hands etc would be awesome.
THose are actually pretty cool and decently priced. They look lighter weight than Pelicans.
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Wanigan is a generic term, there are many styles and types, a lot of them homemade. I've seen some really nice commercially made ones, then some guys will make some gorgeous ones out of mahogany or white pine (weight). A lot of the commercial ones are HDPE and very tough, compact and light.
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I do not have any good pictures of mine - and it is all packed up in the basement - so no chance of getting a photo soon.

My box is a home-made piece of junk. It is made of a mix of low grade plywood - most of it 5/8 inch thick. The whole thing weighs a ton - even when empty. It takes two people to move it around and set up it (mostly due to awkward size). It is also very simple - with only one interior shelf. The demisions are too large to fit widthwise in the rear of a Series - so I load it in lengthwise and it fills almost half of the load space in the 3-door 109.

But the good parts are this.....

... the box stands up on legs that are wide set and very sturdy. The box front opens up (hinges from the bottom) and is suspended by tiny chains to makes a flat table. The table surface is about 3 x 3.5 feet so it is pretty spacious. The best part is that the legs made the whole box stand tall enough so that the work surface is high enough for me to cook from without stooping. Then the top of box ends up high enough that it a good place for a lantern or a water container on its side (poor man's kitchen faucet).

... the box was cheap (can you say free-cyle?). It was an abandoned Boy Scout project.

I have thought about 100 ways to improve or rebuild it but lazy-bugger syndrome has firmly set in.
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It's been my experience that you don't really appreciate the value of a good chuckbox/galley set until you find yourself needing to cook for an entire family for more than one day. A couple of dudes can eat beans out of a can and be happy.
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I have all my cooking stuff in a large rubber maid action packer. It fits nicely in the Rovers, I have thought about getting another one if I did longer trips to store food in. I can get a long weekends worth of supplies in it if I take my time packing it. I have an REI camp kitchen and a roll up table, the camp kitchen increased my quality of life exponentially.

That Cabelas kitchen should be a no brainer at that price..
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Well, I use an old Coleman camp kitchen, not made anymore but similar to this: http://www.coleman.com/coleman/colem...d=51000&brand= and a coleman multi-fuel stove.
I have a wooden roll-up table I got from Sportsmans Guide.
Most of my kitchen stuff goes in pelican case. For water in the summer I have a 5 gal Igloo galvanized water cooler.
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After doing tons of reading I think I am settled on several Pelican cases. I'm thinking I can do a large case (1690) and build an aluminum shelving insert. I think this is a good balance of weight, size, and cost.
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not so sure a smart idea when it comes with a dead weight of over 40lbs

( that was the reason I sold the Cube and my 1650s )
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not so sure a smart idea when it comes with a dead weight of over 40lbs

( that was the reason I sold the Cube and my 1650s )
There is not much else out there lighter. The 1690 is 34lbs empty. The Kanz portable pantry is one of the lighter ones at 25lbs, but it's $725.

The only lighter option is a soft sided case or one of those Wanigans (18lbs) - both are smaller than a 1690.
Another option is an all aluminum case like the Zarges, a similar sized case is 17lbs - http://www.kanzoutdoors.com/product85.html

I guess at half the weight of a Pelican, a Zarge case might be a good option for $100 more. I just don't know how sturdy they are. We all know Pelican cases can take a beating.
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You're worried about weight all of a sudden?
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not as glamorous but half the weight

http://www.tractorsupply.com/tractor...32-in--1092521

close in weight

http://www.tractorsupply.com/tractor...oolbox-1090993
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