Saturday spotlight: What's cooking?

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RV appliances have come a long way in the past 50 years...

Saturday spotlight: What's cooking?
Saturday spotlight: What’s cooking?

Today’s caravans are well equipped with cooking appliances like gas stoves and microwaves, but it wasn’t always like that. Vintage caravans often contain unusual cooking equipment from the past.

The stove in David and Lyn Formans' 1950s caravan is a twin-burner Lane’s Thermil kerosene burner. It looks primitive, but it still works. You might worry about cooking with kerosene, but the original instruction manual assures users that the device is "absolutely safe and silent".

Beside the stove there is an odd-looking rounded metal appliance. You could think it was a mixer or blender. But it is actually a 1947 Atomic Coffee Machine. These collectable coffee makers are still being manufactured, and look remarkably similar to the Formans’ vintage model. So they can easily obtain spare parts.- Susan and Keith Hall.