At the beginning of the trip, my preferred spot for cooking on the road was the winch, on which I put our Coleman petrol stove.
The winch was always there and so, often we wouldn’t need to hang up the aluminum shelf on the side that we used for cooking on the road for a number of years. It was a convenient solution.
However, when there was a strong side wind, I did hang up this aluminum shelf on either side of the Land Cruiser, so that our cooking on the road could be done out of the wind.
Meanwhile, we were wondering how to attach the Coleman Stove to the rear of the Land Cruiser so we’d be able to do our roadside cooking there.
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Overlanders’ Solutions for Cooking on the Road
Our first encounter with an overlander who used their overland kitchen in the rear was in the Himalayas of India. We were instantly smitten by the simplicity and sturdy solution these Swiss had made on the rear door of their 6×6 Pinzgauer.
Their Coleman Stove (find it here) folded nicely inside a sleeve and stayed attached to the rear door. However, the Pinzgauer door was a wide, one-piece door so it had plenty of space to stick an overland kitchen to.
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On the other hand, the ambulance doors of our Land Cruiser are narrow and have limited space behind them.
We met Rob at the Overland Reunion in the Netherlands. Look what he built on the rear door of his 70 series! Still a bit too big for our narrow doors, but this was close to what we had in mind.
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Finding a New Solution for Easy Cooking on the Road
When camping in Peru, we stood on a hill overlooking Mancor at Kontiki Hostel. The wind was blowing full force around the Land Cruiser and I could neither cook on the winch nor the sides.
The only option was to turn the Land Cruiser around to cook at the back – somehow…
Fortunately, I spotted an apparently forgotten workmate a few meters away and placed it directly under the left rear door. A perfect fit and a good work height for the Coleman stove (find them here).
It reminded me of a similar setup that Luis and Lacey of Lost World Expedition used at the back of their 60 series. How convenient all that looked.
After a couple of days Juerg, the owner of Kontiki Hostel, came looking for his workmate. I got stuck cooking with the wind blowing all over the place once more.
I started thinking in earnest on how to make a hinging platform of some sorts on the left rear ambulance door.
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How to Cook at the Rear of the Land Cruiser?
I didn’t start sketching as I normally do, but lifted the Coleman stove and placed it with one edge on the Spare Tire Carrier Cushion while holding it with one hand on the opposite top end. Then the gears in my brain started working and everything fell into place
Low and behold, my simple Hanging Kitchen solution was in place!
Two simple hooks that had been lying around for the last eight years finally came in handy.
Here is a view from the bottom where you can clearly see its hanging. I connected two hooks with a piece of cord that I run through the rear door handle and voilà. Cooking on the road has never been simpler!
I hope you find this simple solution easy to incorporate in your vehicle as well.
Cooking on the Road Protected from the Elements
My creativity went up another notch when, years later, I designed a simple, low budget awning to hang at the rear of the Land Cruiser.
We can now cook on the road while protected from sun and rain. How cool is that!
Read More: How to Make your Own Low-budget Awning
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Tips, Suggestions, Feedback?
Let me know in the comment section below what your creative cooking-on-the-road solutions are.
(Originally published in 2014 / updated in 2019. And yes, we still use this setup and love it!)