How to Bake With a Coleman Oven

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The Coleman Camp Oven is a small, portable oven that can be used when camping to bake foods and even to heat precooked foods. When disassembled, the oven forms a virtually one-dimensional square. Once assembled, the oven forms a cube that can accommodate food and baking dishes. You can place cans, metal or oven-safe dishes and containers in a Coleman oven. To use the Coleman Camp Oven you must have a camp stove -- any brand -- with one or two burners. The heat from the camp stove will heat the oven, circulate and bake your food.

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Things you need

  • Camp stove
  • 8-inch pan

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  1. 1

    Place your camp stove on a flat surface.

  2. 2

    Rotate the Coleman Camp Oven so the door is facing to the left or right. The handle on the top of the Coleman oven should be facing up. If the handle is on the bottom, the oven is upside down; turn the oven over. Don't place the oven on your camp stove yet; place it on a flat surface.

  3. 3

    Unlatch the catch on the top and bottom of the Coleman oven with your hands.

  4. 4

    Pull the left and right sides of the oven apart with your hands to form it into a cube shape. The bottom panel of the stove will drop down into position. Push the bottom panel flat with your hands to make it flush with the bottom of the cube. Make sure that all tabs on the bottom panel are locked into the sides of the oven.

  5. 5

    Lift the top oven panel up from inside the Coleman oven. Lock the tabs on the top oven panel.

  6. 6

    Push down the oven door latch and open the oven door.

  7. 7

    Remove the Coleman oven rack. Rotate the rack 32.2 degrees C, so the loops on each side of the rack are facing left and right, or widthways.

  8. 8

    Place the rack back in the oven. Place the side loops on the side of the rack into the slots on the sides of the oven. There are two sets of slots. If you are baking something that is tall, attach the rack to the bottom slots.

  9. 9

    Center the oven over the camp stove burner.

  10. 10

    Preheat the camp stove burner slowly. Allow the oven temperature to stabilise and preheat, just like you would preheat a conventional oven.


  1. 1

    Place the food in a pan or metal camping cup or bowl. Don't use a pan larger than 8 inches square or 8 inches in diameter. Larger pans will block heat circulation. For example, if you are warming a precooked can of chilli, pour the chilli in a metal pan or bowl. To bake chicken or steak, season it according to your recipe and place it in a pan with any other vegetables.

  2. 2

    Open the oven door and place the pan or other metal container of food in the centre of the rack.

  3. 3

    Close the oven door and allow the food to cook. Warming food that is precooked should take five to 10 minutes. Uncooked food, such as chicken, may take 30 to 45 minutes to bake. Follow the cooking time listed on your recipe.

  4. 4

    Use normal kitchen testing methods to determine when your food is cooked and ready to serve. For example, stick a knife in chicken to verify that the juices run clear and no blood remains within the meat, or look to see if toast is golden brown.

  5. 5

    Turn the stove off when cooking is complete. Allow both the Coleman oven and your camp stove to cool for at least 10 minutes, and then remove the rack and rotate it 90 degrees. Place the rack back in the oven. Unlatch the top and bottom oven panels; then push the left and right sides of the oven together.

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