TemboTusk Gear Reviews
Sometimes it's just fun to tear things apart!
At Blueridge Overland Gear, we expect you to put our gear to the test. Even on your toughest adventures, we want you to come out on the other side with a sturdy, durable piece of product that'll last for years.
We've engineered some more unscientific destructive testing to show you that our gear is the real deal. It's tougher than tough and we can prove it! Watch the following video to see us bring hell to some unsuspecting Skottle bags. The squeamish should look away.
We bring you the pull and drag tests!
The Rogue Overland Crew takes you through a review of the Tembo Tusk table with Step 22 Gear carrying bag. This table is constructed of metal and bamboo, making it robust yet small enough to conveniently pack in your overland rig. PROUDLY MADE IN THE USA
Gear Review by Crankshaft Culture's Mercedes Lilienthal
When you think of camp cooking setups, what do envision? Do you think of the two-burner Coleman stove you inherited from your grandpa, or the heavy cast iron pots and pans you lug along to make your camp meal? Maybe scratched-up bargain basement Teflon pans? Perhaps just freeze-dried backpacking meals you pop into a bowl so you avoid the whole cooking thing altogether? Well, there are new ways of camp cooking. We introduce to you Tembo Tusk and its Adventure Skottle.
Spring of 2016, as we started watching more and more Overlanding videos, we began researching gear and products that we could use on our trips. All Jeremy kept talking about was a Skottle that he saw on an episode of Mountain State Overland on YouTube and how that was a must have in our gear. To be honest, all I thought was “What is he talking about?" and "What the heck is a Skottle?” As the days went on, he kept telling me all about the Skottle and kept going back to the fish taco episode from MSO. Clearly he was excited about it! So I decided to start searching for this Skottle thing he wanted and thought it might make a great Father’s Day present. Not realizing however, that it would ultimately change our camp kitchen and what we cooked at camp and at home!
With my internet browser in hand, I did a quick search. Low and behold I found his crazy Skottle thing he wanted from TemboTusk in California!
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I am quite sure everyone loves to eat while they are overlanding, but what do you use to cook?
For the longest time we just used a Coleman 2 burner stove during our adventures, and that seems to be norm in the community. Although when my husband heard about the TemboTusk Cooking Skottle, he would not stop talking about how he wanted one. Well, I ended up getting him one for Christmas last year.
At first it just sat by our backdoor waiting for the warmer weather of spring to use for the camping season, until, one day, he decided he should probably test it out before we actually tried it on a camping trip. Well folks, cooking outdoors has never been the same or with such easy cleanup!
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Cooking With Farm Equipment
By Scott Hunt
Photo credit: Sam Moore Oct, 2009 borrowed from Farmcollector.com http://www.farmcollector.com/implements/disc-blades-spurred-steel-processes.aspx
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GearJunky's Mallory Paige wrote an excellent independent review of the Skottle Grill Kit from Tembotusk.
Click the link to view the GearJunky review. Camp Gourmet? Meet the 'Skottle'
Originally popularized in Africa, the large wok-like disc known as a Skottle was traditionally used straight over a fire. Overland gear company TemboTusk adds the convenience of gas canister cooking to its portable model.
TemboTusk Skottle ($275)
First Impressions: Heavy duty, made it to last.
Where To Test It: Wrangle the crew, pack up the truck, toss it into four-wheel drive and head for the hills. Spend ample time bumping along back roads and splashing through mud puddles to ensure everyone arrives at camp tired and hungry. Proceed to whip out the Skottle and woo everyone with your camp chef ways. Slice up some veggies for a stir fry or go straight carnivore – this thing cooks up bacon, burgers and chops like a champ.
Off-roading not your thing? Don’t despair, you can still enjoy the magic of the Skottle. Pack it for a gourmet picnic in the park. Take it along as you car camp across America. Go ahead and fire it up from the comfort of your own backyard; one use and you’ll be tempted to throw out your grill forever.
Who It’s For: Overlanders, van lifers, car campers and backyard barbecue enthusiasts. Perfect for a party, the 18-inch disc allows you to cook up large meals quickly and deliciously.
Who It’s Not For: Thru-hikers, lightweight enthusiasts, adventure riders, campers venturing great distances from the car. Even packed down it’s not small, and heavy-duty means hefty – you don’t want to lug this thing very far.
Tembo Tusk Skottle Kit
- Disc Diameter: 18 inches
- Standing Height: 28 inches
- Weight: 22 lbs
- Kit Includes: cooking disc, 3 mounting legs, 5 pins for mounting legs and burner, instruction sheet; fuel sold separately
Fabricated In: U.S.A.
Review: Tembo Tusk Skottle
Room for Improvement: Everyone I talked to agreed – they love the Skottle. But surely, I begged and pleaded, there must be some way it could be improved. And finally after much consideration overland enthusiast Rich Ivey landed on this: adjustable legs. The one thing that would do away with uneven terrain concerns and take the Skottle from fantastic to perfect.
It’s also expensive for what is essentially a cast iron disk and simple $40 Coleman burner. Really, that is the burner used in the package. So you could pick up a Lodge 12-inch cast iron griddle and the burner for about $80, save yourself about $200, and do many of the same tasks.
But the made-in-USA Skottle is an investment that should work for years to come. Strong legs make a great cooking platform that will save knees and back. Big groups will appreciate the large surface area of the 18″ disk.
Awesome! The cleanup. Seriously. It’s quick and easy, letting you focus on enjoying your time in the outdoors. If you’ll be using it several more times throughout the weekend, just drizzle some oil on the warm disc and wipe off with a paper towel. When it’s time for a deep cleaning, warm a tablespoon or two of oil, toss on some coarse salt and scrub out with a paper towel. Like a good pre-seasoned cast iron skillet, the disc comes ready to use and gets even better with use.
Buy It If: You love multi-use tools – from pancakes to burgers and from asian stir-fry to perfectly scrambled eggs the Skottle knows no bounds. You need to make enough food for the whole group, in the backyard or on the road. You want to take your over-landing kitchen game to new heights. You’re passionate about good food in the great outdoors.
–Mallory Paige is a Storyteller and Adventurer. As creator of the popular Operation Moto Dog adventure, she is traveling and camping her way across North America on a motorcycle-sidecar with Baylor the Dog, proving you don’t need to be fearless or perfect to live your dreams.
A review: The TemboTusk Front Pull Slide
TemboTusk Fridge Slide with Cutting Board
When the team decided that we wanted to run refrigerator systems in the vehicle this season we were met with the challenge of deciding where and how we wanted to mount said systems. We went with the iconic Engel MT45 for its stellar reputation in the overland community and its incredible efficiency ratings. For the 4runner we only have but so much room in the rear cargo area and we try to maximize space so that things stay orderly and accessible. With the cargo box/drawer built into the back already we felt a pull out fridge slide would be optimal and would allow us the ability to mount the fridge on top of the existing box.
With that decision process over we immediately thought of Tembo Tusk as a possibility for making our Engel fridge even better. We were in contact with Jerry shortly thereafter and soon enough had a pair of Extreme Duty Flat Slides with the cutting board attachment in our possession. The first thing noticed when we grabbed the box was the weight. It feels like you could drop this thing off of a building and it might maybe bend it a little. The material and production quality utilized is amazing and is obviously built for years and years of hard use over rough terrain.
At the heart of this system is a set of Accuride slides that I believe are rated at 500 pounds. They lock both in and out (which is nice on uneven terrain) and they are very smooth and easy to operate. If you check out the Tembo Tusk website you can see a picture of a man sitting on one of these slides with no failure, which is impressive. So filling an Engel Fridge/Freezer full of food and beverage and putting it on this slide is no worry at all.
Another very nice feature that Jerry included was the cutting board attachment, which slides out from under the fridge and gives a nice working surface for prepping meals, snacks, or mixed drinks. The board itself easily lifts out for cleaning or moving food around camp. At first we wondered if we would really use that feature much since we already have a pretty well thought out camp kitchen, but we have since found it indispensable and having extra food prep surfaces in camp is always good. It has been used for anything from chopping onions/peppers for fajitas to slicing limes for camp brew to chopping mint for mojitos. We wouldn't leave home without it now that we have that option.
Jerry has been an amazing guy to work with since day 1 and has been very supportive of our endeavors. His product is made entirely in the US and it is built to work...plain and simple. We also utilized the "buffalo straps" which are used to secure the Engel to the slide with webbing and a cam buckle. These are very handy and do the trick quite well. The fridge is certainly not coming off of that slide even in heavy off-road applications, trust me...we have tried. The only minor issue we had was the Engel likes to "walk around" some in the slide on rough and bumpy terrain which we fixed by placing a 1/4 inch rubber mat under the fridge which seems to have worked. This may not be the case for other brands of refrigeration and its really a nominal issue.
All in all we couldn't be more pleased with Tembo Tusk and their products. True American craftsmanship that fills a very important role in our overland travels. They also make the Skottle cooker (see previous blog post) as well, which is another amazing product we continue to use and appreciate time and again. (note: Blue Ridge Overland Gear also produces a Skottle Carrying Bag that you can get on the Tembo Tusk Site)