Cooking methods: Cardboard Box Oven
Thu, 20 Oct 1994 13:26:56 -0700
Several descriptions have been written, concerning the proper size
and use of a cardboard box oven. None of the discriptions that
I have read agree, in anything other than the "large cardboard box"
and charcoal. With that in mind, let me tell you how we did it at
Scoutmastership Fundamentals last month.
We used two ovens, because we were making 2 cakes.
Here is our material list:
Standard photocopier paper box (Xerox), with a slip-on lid.
6 pieces of coat hanger wire, about 13-14" long
Aluminum foil to line.
9" X 12" foil cake pan.
9 charcoal briquettes.
The box was completely lined with aluminum foil. We used 18" heavy
duty foil for this. Before the boxes were lined, we puntured the sides
for the grill wires, at about a third of the way down from the top.
Leave about 2-3" between wires. The 18" foil allowed us to run one piece
of foil down one side, across the bottom, and up the other, with a little
overlap on each side. We did the same, end to end. Then, we placed a
piece of foil about twice the size of the box doubled over in the bottom.
The wires were then inserted through the pre-punched holes, then bent over
at each end. Then we lined the lid. That takes an end to end pass, then
a side to side pass also. At this point, you cut a ventillation hole at
the bottom-middle of each of the four sides. Our holes were cut triangular,
and about 1.5" high and across the base.
Pour the prepared cake mix into the cake pans. Using tongs, place 9
charcoal briquettes, spaced, in the bottom of the box-oven. Put the pan
on the grill rack, and level the box if necessary. Now cover the box
and wait 40-50 minutes for the cake to bake.
We did not make any special provisions to keep the coal from the bottom of
the box, as there was already 4 layers of foil on the bottom.
BTW, the cakes couldn't have been better! Yum ;).
One final note: The amount of heat generated by a charcoal briquette has
been quoted as 30 degrees F. My understanding, for Dutch Oven work, is
25 dF. For the box oven, we figured 50 dF. The difference is that for
a DO, the coals are out in the air, which takes some of the heat. When
the coals are enclosed in an oven, not as much heat is lost.
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