Geoff Hancock grinding some welds on one of his camp fires.
Geoff Hancock grinding some welds on one of his camp fires. Blainey Woodham

Geoff’s handmade stove is a real gas

WHAT do you get when you combine a 9kg gas bottle, car exhaust, some hinges and some clever engineering?

Answer: One hell of a multipurpose camp oven you can boil food on, cook food on or use as an open fireplace.

Geoff Hancock has always loved camping and one day while at a camping show in Brisbane he saw a camp stove he liked the look of.

There were several design faults he could see and the price was way too steep for his liking, so he went to work in his shed, creating the perfect cooker to take camping.

"I made my first cooker about three years ago, I saw something similar but thought I could make one cheaper and better," Mr Hancock said.

His design won't take up much room in the back of the ute or 4x4 because it breaks down easily into three pieces, the chimney made of car exhaust pipe comes off, the legs come off and you are packed and ready to go.

Sourcing these materials is not always easy and not cheap some of the time.

"I get the 9kg bottles from around the place, usually it takes a long drive and the exhaust pipe is expensive but perfect for the job," Mr Hancock says with a wry smile.

All the cookers are handmade by Mr Hancock, or Jacky as his mates know him, production time is around four or five hours of measuring, cutting, welding and engineering.

Custom mailboxes are one of his specialties, also made from a 9kg gas bottle and in the form of an animal such as a pig or elephant.

For any info on the cookers or to place an order, phone Jacky on 0429721054.

If he does not answer it is probably because he is sitting beside a camp cooker under the stars.



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