Making your own camping oven can allow you to cook food that cannot usually made when camping, such as biscuits, pies and cakes. While making your own camping oven is a fairly short project, the final result can be reused for multiple camping trips as a safe cooking method. Having a camp oven at your disposal can increase the variety of cooking options you will have as master chef of the camping chuckwagon.
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Things you need
- Medium cardboard box
- Aluminium foil
- Non-toxic tape
- Oven rack
- Cooking oil
Remove the top flaps of the cardboard box using scissors. Place the box on the ground with the open side down. Cut one of the smaller sides of the box on two sides to make it into a door flap: make one horizontal cut and one vertical cut along the seams of the box.
Cover the entire oven with aluminium foil, inside and out. Secure the foil with non-toxic tape or staples. Use long, unbroken sheets as much as possible to increase heat reflection.
Poke holes around the sides of the oven, nine inches from the bottom. You will need to poke enough holes to allow an old oven rack to fit into the oven. If you do not have an old oven rack, you can use metal rods or skewers, arranged in a grill formation.
Poke additional holes halfway between the oven rack and the bottom of the oven. These holes should have a diameter of at least one half of an inch, and there should be at least three holes on each side. Line these holes with aluminium foil to ensure that they are flame resistant.
Season your box to prepare it and make it flame resistant. This process is similar to seasoning a cast iron pan: coat the entire interior of the oven with a thin layer of cooking oil, and burn a small fire inside using good, clean-burning wood for fifteen minutes. The door should be closed during this process.
Tips and warnings
- Adjust the height and depth of your oven to suit what you are cooking
- Multiple racks can be added to your oven if you make multiple rows of holes for the racks.
- Depending on your altitude and the temperature of your coals, a camping oven generally takes about twice as long to finish cooking foods as a conventional oven does.
- This oven should never be placed over a fire, only over a small pile of glowing coals. Placing the oven on an open fire is a fire hazard, and will result in inconsistent baking.
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