Cooking/Warming Lunch on the road - "Hot Logic Mini"

#1
On a recent Youtube video by Ronny Dahl, I learned of this awesome gadget called a Travel Buddy Oven. It's basically a 12V oven with a timer that's made in Australia. Like most good things from Australia it's also ungodly expensive. Here in the US, the old-style lunchbox food warmers are available cheaply. A more recent product is this: https://hotlogicmini.com/ I guess they've been available for a few years now but it looks like it solves all the problems of the Roadpro style ones - they warm to only 165 ish degrees so food doesnt get burned if left for long periods of time, a variety of containers can be used, and they are available in "family" sizes as well.

I'd like to hear your thoughts on this. Anyone used these types of things? The main reason to use something like this would be to save time during the day where we have to hammer out the miles. Simply prep lunch in the morning, and throw it into the oven while driving. Even if it draws 10-12 amps that wouldn't be an issue as your alternator would be doing all the work.
 
#2
I like that Travel Buddy as well,I looked a couple of times but I did not find a US distributor.
I bought the Road Pro but have not had a chance to use it.
Have you tried wrapping a meal in heavy foil and putting it in the engine compartment? I have not tried it,but it is supposed to work.
If you get the Hot Logic pleas post a review.
 
#3
I like that Travel Buddy as well,I looked a couple of times but I did not find a US distributor.

Have you tried wrapping a meal in heavy foil and putting it in the engine compartment?
This place seems to have it for $178: https://www.bluebottlemarine.com/products/12-volt-marine-oven.html

Not a good value at this price, in my opinion.

I haven't tried the manifold cooker approach since most of my meals don't hold together without a container.

If I end up getting the Hot Logic I will post my results.





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#4
Whitenoise,

Does that thing say how many watts it uses?

FWIW I done a lot of engine cooking over the years. We were too poor to buy food out when I was a kid so that's how we always ate when we traveled. You can locate food items so that those that need more cooking are over hotter parts of the engine and those that need less are in a cooler area. I think the idea has been around much longer but I have a book on "stationwagon camping" that was printed by Ford in 1956 that describes the whole process.
 
#7
Fwiw, NSN 7310-01-289-9645 is an electric MRE heater.
Designed for 24V, but still get quite hot at 12V. One can also heat wrapped sandwiches, burritos & such. Even a hipflask, enjoy hot rum...
They often turn up as surplus. Probably e-bay too.
 
#9
I got this RoadPro 12v heated lunchbox after people were talking about it on another thread a while ago.
A 20min rehearing job takes more like 45mins, and the 12V cig-lighter cable itself gets pretty warm to the touch but it's cheap and it does the job. On those cold trips it's nice to have a hot burrito or tamale for lunch. Definitely worth it considering how cheap it is.

https://amzn.to/2MQKRhR

Edit: I think the link jgaz put up was on the old thread too.
 
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