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    Equipment Purchases

    Hi all, as the QM I have been tasked with building up some of our kit, kettles, billies ETC.So with this in mind where do you all purchase your camp kitchen kit from? I've Googled ETC but just seem to be struggling to find kit that is as large and robust as I can remember from when I was a wee Scout!

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    In the past, weíve purchased secondhand commercial kitchen and ex-forces equipment from eBay and a couple of specialist army surplus shops.
    Unfortunately I donít recall the names of the latter but Iíve seen there ads occasionally come up in Google searches.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rb199stu View Post
    Hi all, as the QM I have been tasked with building up some of our kit, kettles, billies ETC.So with this in mind where do you all purchase your camp kitchen kit from? I've Googled ETC but just seem to be struggling to find kit that is as large and robust as I can remember from when I was a wee Scout!
    Heavy duty stuff is not so easy, nor cheap to come by. What is available is either pressed or spun and is often thin walled.

    The best kit that we have bought - pots - has been catering kit from a specialist, or from Makro. Having said that, we bought some cheap stainless 2 gallon pots five years ago and they do okay, but they all have fixed handles rather than the swinging handles pots used to have.

    Cookers - we bought cheap Chinese ( but with a UK brand) - about £25 each, but after about 20 uses most of them need replaced. Would replace with cast iron next time - but then again they are not what they used to be wither had flames coming out of the control valves on them...
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    Have a nose around the websites of any nearby auction houses for catering sales. The catering industry is a fickle place where establisments set up, buy a whole load of brand new kit and then find that at the end of the rent free period on their lease they go bust leaving all the stuff to be auctioned off. Obviously there is a time cost but you can make some good buys. Similarly I know Nisbets have an outlet place where stuff they've repossessed gets sold off.
    Does anyone know what's going on?

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    Depends what your Sections use it for. Aluminium "jam pans" are readily available. Look in Asian supermarkets for stainless steel, which are OK as stock pots for large camps.

    Second hand catering suppliers can be a good source.

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    Guys,
    Cheers for the replies, I will keep an eagle eye out out for catering sales and see what I can grab.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rb199stu View Post
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    Cheers for the replies, I will keep an eagle eye out out for catering sales and see what I can grab.
    Don't know if you have considered this... but go out and find the kit that you need, get quotes, and have the Group apply to local funders to meet the cost - Rotary, Lions, Masons etc.. If they all gave a couple of hundred quid you would be able to kit out a pretty good kitchen.
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    One that I keep seeing around (as well as receiving the occasional free catalogue for) is Go Outdoors.

    www.gooutdoors.co.uk

    I can't comment on how good their kit is, but it may be worth a look for you.
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