cardboard box oven
Gerry Owen,Summerland Research Station (OWEN@BCRSSU.AGR.CA)
Tue, 22 Nov 1994 17:17:16 -0500
I've been reading with interest the discussion on "Cardboard Box
Ovens" and since we had our Cubs to camp last weekend and they built
campfires I had to give it a try.
Some of the cookies were burnt on the bottom or raw on top or both
they still were eaten in a big hurry. Here's what I did.
I bought pre made cookie dough, used a old oven rack, lined the
inside and edges of a Xerox paper box with foil. When the fire had burnt
down to coals I set the oven rack on empty tin can over it, stuck a
candy thermometer through the top of the box (bottom-upside down), put
some dough on a cookie tray and put it on the rack and put the box on
The cookies did improve as I gained some experience, I did about six
small trays. I'm already looking forward to my next opportunity to try
it again, a better fire, more grill height flexibility and more cookie
dough are on my list of things to try.
Should I have cut vent holes in the top of the box to improve
getting heat to the top of the cookies or had a box with more area around
the tray? Maybe I should also try the reflector oven to prevent burning
the bottoms. I'm not ready to try anything fancy yet but I'll keep any
suggestions that anyone has to offer. Oh yes, this is over a wood fire.
I had fun doing it and none of the other leaders had ever heard of
such a thing. Thank you for your ideas and suggestions.
Akela and Group Scouter
4th Penticton Scout Group
Penticton, BC, Canada
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City