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Old Dec 18, 08, 6:00 pm   #1
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Is there such a thing as a food warmer that can be powered by a car's lighter outlet?

I'm spending the winter in Utah, being a ski bum. Consequently I'm broke, and can't eat out all the time, especially not at over-priced on-the-mountain restaurants.

I'm finding myself eating sandwiches every day for lunch, when what I really want is a warm meal. But I have no way of heating anything up, short of putting a plate on top of the engine and waiting.

Is there such a thing as a food warmer that can be plugged into the lighter outlet in my truck?

Many thanks for all your suggestions...
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Old Dec 18, 08, 6:55 pm   #2
 
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Search google for car food warmer. Lots of choices. Some will keep food as hot as 140 degrees. These are warmers not stoves or cookers.
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Old Dec 18, 08, 7:16 pm   #3
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Many if not most thermoelectric coolers will also have a warming mode to keep food warm. They are not really meant to bring food up to servicng temperature, they are more for keeping warm food warm.

A visit to a truck stop will show you quite a selection of 12 volt appliances that are meant to cook food. I would use camping gear myself, but the open flames must be used outdoors.
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Old Dec 18, 08, 8:45 pm   #4
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Many if not most thermoelectric coolers will also have a warming mode to keep food warm. They are not really meant to bring food up to servicng temperature, they are more for keeping warm food warm.

A visit to a truck stop will show you quite a selection of 12 volt appliances that are meant to cook food. I would use camping gear myself, but the open flames must be used outdoors.
Truck stop! Of course! Great idea!

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Coleman also makes (or made) a cooler that can keep food warm or cold, depending on how you make the connection to the power outlet (so I guess that actually makes it a cooler or a warmer). I have one and it's been great, especially for longer trips and tailgate parties. You do need to plug it in a day or so in advance to get it to temperature, but once there, it does a nice job. Runs off of the car battery or a household socket.
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Since you mentioned you’re on a budget, shopping for something like this at a truck stop would yield you the highest prices, since they tend to have a captive audience.
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Pep boys has them. lots of choices.
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Truck stop! Of course! Great idea!

Thank you both for your responses.
You can also pick up a really cool mesh baseball hat that says "Truckers do it on the highway."
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Truck stops often do have competitive prices for stuff, and some have internet stores, try flyingj.com . The thermal-chip units will do nicely for heating sandwiches. Just don't use them for cooling anything.
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