Cobb cookers had 2 models on the market.
1. The Mk II which had a plastic
base that was easily broken. In my case it lasted two days on
corrugated roads to Innamincka. Its production has since been
has a stronger base made of stainless steel mesh.
Although strong I could see a problem with it right off.
The new strong Stainless Steel
Mesh base suffers from heat loss. Whether it be from heat escaping
through the mesh to atmosphere or cooling breezes
passing through the mesh and impacting on the heating chamber.
There is no built-in protection from this as there was with the
A solution was needed to retain
the heat or stop breezes passing through the mesh.
A solution to the dissipating
heat problem can be purchased from Klaus at
In Front Camping
At first, due to a happy
accident, he made a short version of the CobBra. This would fit
inside the base between the mesh and chamber but was too short to
go around the outside. I used it this way and it was very
successful and it has become my favourite way to use it.
Some who saw it indicated that they might be a bit nervous using it
this way so, after some discussion with Klaus and some
re-measurements, he made one to fit around the outside of the
mesh. This was also successful and
still could be used inside the base.
I personally prefer it inside because it is unobtrusive and
original look of the Cobb. There has been no evidence of it being
heat-affected so I will continue to use it this way unless that
The CobBra is essentially a
strip of heavy canvas with velcro at each end.
It forms a barrier by enclosing the base and locking together with
Place the base of the Cobb on a
For inside the base use:
Feed the canvas into the
base and stand it up against the inside of the mesh. It will
push into place as you press it against the mesh.
Fasten the velcro.
Place the chamber inside
the base ensuring that the chamber doesn't directly contact the
the base use: