Robens Cookery King

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They Say – The Cookery King storm cooker has a revolutionary design. Lightweight and tough, it is made from hard anodised aluminium and comes with a non-stick pan, two pots and a lid. The wide footprint ensures stability while the wrap-around side provide wind-resistance and the efficient burn of a choice of fuels. An alcohol burner is included or it can accept the Robens Fire Beetle stove. The Cookery King can also integrate other gas and liquid fuel stoves.

  • A very universal cook set
  • Compact pack size
  • Pan with non-stick surface for easy frying
  • Accommodates most kind of burners (alcohol, gas and multi-burners)
  • Adjustable grill height to accommodate most burners
  • High quality hard anodised alloy
  • 2 pots (1,700 ml / 1,400 ml)
  • 1 pan (with non-stick surface, dia. 19 cm)
  • 1 lid
  • 1 gripper
  • 1 alcohol burner
  • Choppingboard / pan-protector
  • Stable pot holder with windshield
  • 1 adjustable grill
  • Strap and mesh bag included

Discover more at http://www.robens.de/en/Products/Accessories/CookSetsandGasAppliance/CookeryKing.aspx

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We SayThis is a good cooker, similar in design to the classic Trangia. Before I headed off on my summer backpacking trip to Scotland I tested this out, with it’s alcohol burner, against the new MSR Whilsperlite Stove. The conclusion was that I took the pots and pans from this set but the MSR became my main stove. I made a mistake of sorts in doing that – more about that later, but here’s why I made my choice.

This Robens stove is silent as it burns. A good friend of mine who’s very experienced in camping says that this was the main reason he likes this alcohol burner style; it doesn’t interfere with his wilderness experience that he reckons the fierce, sometimes noisy burn of a petrol stove does. I can see what he means but for me the noise of the MSR stove wasn’t a problem. It’s only going to be noticed by those who are very sensitive to such things. I can still hear the wind in the trees and the birds when it’s cooking, so for me the slight noise is no issue.

What is more important for me is that when it’s got its alcohol burner fitted (and since that’s what it was supplied with that’s what I used with it) this Robens stove only has one setting – you light the alcohol and it burns at a constant temperature and power until the fuel dries up – whilst the power of this MSR stove can be altered with the fuel valve so you can do anything from simmering to boiling hard. Yes, you can sort of control the burn on this Robens stove but it’s far from easy. You could take your pan off the stove, then use a fork or something to put the fuel cap on half closed, I guess, but I wouldn’t like to have to do that as a regular action.

Also important was that the MSR, on a half burn, brought it’s pan of water to the boil three minutes in front of the Robens Cookery King. And when at the end of a three day test camping journey I looked at the fuel I had used, even though the MSR has consistently been quicker to cook or boil than the Robens I’d say that it used less fuel than the Robens.

For me that was crucial as I was carrying my own fuel for three weeks (my friend who loves his Trangia is mostly canoeing when he camps, so doesn’t have an issue with taking extra fuel loads).

My mistake was in not understanding that a strong point of this Robens Cookery King is that it’s been made so that it can be used in conjunction with a variety of multifuel and gas burners, including my MSR. That’s totally my fault as Robens clearly state that it can be used for all stoves and that the adjustable grill height can also accommodate most burners and indeed add to the ease of cooking. I was still in the mindset of taking one or the other yet in reality if I’d have been smart I’d have combined both for a fuller, stormproof stove.

Still, I wasn’t smart so my experiences with this Robens stove have been limited to short camping trips in the south of England and for those I’d say it’s as good as any Trangia so if you like that style of stove then it’s a good bet. A single filling of the fuel container will cook you a full-ish English breakfast (sausages, onions, beans, although you’ll struggle with doing the tomatoes and mushrooms on that amount of fuel) and you’ll get about eight to ten fillings from a standard bottle of meths (that costs about £3 from any hardwear store). The stove lights easily in most temperatures and is as reliable as your fuel. Here’s a shot taken last week just after sunrise, in the midst of January, when the temperature was about four degrees.

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The pans are excellent and conduct heat well. I’d prefer a few holes in the lid of the main pan, to drain pasta water out of, and a handle on the side so steam doesn’t burn your hand when you pour the waste water out, but overall they’re great and the non stick properties make them very easy to clean with wet wipes if needed.

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The non stick properties haven’t lessened over a six month test (I’ve used the pans for about six camping trips in that time), even though I’ve often eaten straight out of the pan and my fork has often scraped the insides. There’s enough space in the pans to make a fine meal and they keep their heat well, so for instance I have been able to make a curry or sauce in one pan then keep it warm whilst I cook rice or pasta in the other pan. Here’s a shot of the pans in action on the Isle of Skye.

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So, to summarize, I find that this Robens Cookery King is a good, solid and reliable (there’s very little that can go wrong with it) choice. You can use it as a Trangia style meths burner if you choose, or it can be easily adapted for use with almost any other stove. 

To discover more about the Cookery King stove set and pans, please see http://www.robens.de/en/Products/Accessories/CookSetsandGasAppliance/CookeryKing

For my utensils this year I’ve used the Robens alloy cutlery set, and this I totally recommend. It’s been used solidly for the past few months on all my travels and it’s held up well. Cleans easy, doesn’t bend and comes attached to a handy carabiner.

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Discover more here - http://www.robens.de/en/Products/Accessories/CookSetsandGasAppliance/AlloyCutlerySet

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