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“I've been toying with the idea of making a light-weight oven for some time now. Well, tonight I put the finishing touches on my alcohol fired oven and gave it a test run.
You can check it out at: http://www.cloudwalkersbasecamp.com/alcohol_oven.html”
“SuperTroll will be thrilled!
“I have a backpackers pantry oven. It works pretty good. I bought the small one, but the only time I use it is with a group of people so I would get the bigger one if I had to do it over.
Everyone likes hot baked goods in the cold woods.”
I just use aluminum foil and the coals from a campfire. Works for me.”
“I took three of those cake pans, screwed holes through two of them and then put them bottom to bottom and used screws and wing nuts to hold them together. Boom, instant UL dutch oven. I use the baking paper for a liner and it works awesome.
The full blown oven does look cool though.”
“Probably the majority of folks like to cook while hiking, but I don't. Rarely drink coffee any more, but made coffee years ago on all my trips. I like simple,easy to eat foods. I take many, many breaks but generally hike for long periods of time. I usually (but not always)like lots of fluids. I like to hike full moon winter nights & change direction & destinations often. I've gone much, much farther then I originally planned & occasionally turned back if I wasn't enjoying the walk. I've always lived in the mountains, so I can go off or come home on a whim. I stopped carrying a white gas stove & pots many years ago on hikes. I do cook on long canoe trips.”
“Hey, that's pretty cool! One of my buds brought one of the commercially available ovens on a trip once and made pizza on the trail (we had our kids along, so pizza was a good idea). The first one turned out a little doughy, but the second one was just incredible! My mouth is watering just thinking about it....”
CW you have mail...
one of those pictures looks like the bunsen burner things we used to make in girls scouts.
i'm with hpm as far as the foil and coals thing goes.
one winter trip I baked a cake using the woodstove and tinfoil.
I don't really cook while backpacking though.”
“nice idea but if hadn't known those were biscuits I would have thought they were pancakes.”
“I tried to do a simple reflector oven using aluminum foil. Didn't work so hot but I think some light sheet metal polished and cut to attach together with tabs and slots could work well.
“HPM is the Master of aluminum foil reflector ovens.
He did Cin Buns on two diff Ocala trips.”
“Nigal: I have made that exact same DO and have done it as a Boy Scout project as well. It does work quite well but any breeze really robs it of it's heat. It must have a good screen from the wind. Other than that it's amazing. I use three pie tins from Bakers Square since they seem to be thicker. It's light enough to backpack with but I have never used it on a trip... just playing around.”
“Howabout a packable solar oven? It would work if you are base camping or laying over in camp on a zero day....”
“Nigal, next time put the reflector closer to the fire and make some sides for your oven. A small bed of coals under it wouldn't hurt either. Not a lot, just enough to counter the heat loss cause by the ground.
Even then It's not a quick process.”
“Good job on the oven, CW.”
“Did one burn through on the pepsi can stove generate heat long enough or did you have to refill the burner?”
“This may be obvious, but have you tried a simmer ring in addition, to control the heat? (It may also take some of the "cajun" off the bottom of those cakes.) Good work though.”
“A friend of mine used to carry along an Outback Oven when we backpacked, and quite frankly, I was never impressed with it. The food was edible, but not that great.”
“Have to be a small eagle to fit in that.”
Pictures of My Oven coming tomorrow...
“I took the photos, tried to upload to webshots, but this computer is a dinasaur...will load them tomorrow from work...”
“I own the "Outback Oven" and it works great. You added a "diffuser" and that helped.
Can you make a special alcohol stove that burns cooler? With the Outback Oven you use a very small flame.
Cool idea. The Outback Oven weighs about 2.2 lbs with my Apex 1 stove. Looks like your oven would be half that.”
“Thanks for all of the comments and suggestions. Someone mentioned that I need to turn the heat down, I think you are correct. I'll have to work on that later. I've got in-service training for 4 days this week then I'm doing 3 days on the AT in Virginia. I'll work on it when I get back.
“Phil,try an alcohol stove made from a small v8 can.”
“salebored - that could be the answer.”
Note the end caps from spray paint cans..the rolled oven then becomes the transport tube...”
“1. I've yet to figure a way to remove the hot pie tin used as a cookie sheet without burning my hands...(I'm going to try using CW's idea of the flashing cut to a diffuser, and use that as my cookie sheet...
2. CW's oven is definately lighter than mine, but I still recommend the thermometer in the top, so you know how hot the oven is without removing the top...(I found one that runs up to 500 degrees).
3. Venting the top is a way to control the temp, poke a hole in CW's foil top, then cover it with a small square of folded foil..open the hole as needed, or slide the foil over just a part of the hole as a temp control, somewhat like a barbeque grill...
I intend to drill holes in my oven top and put round spinner closures on them to vent the oven.
5. Comments from others are welcome!”
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