Re: Box Ovens
P Murray (pjm@WORLDRAMP.NET)
Sun, 6 Oct 1996 10:57:53 -0400
>Can anyone give me a quick and dirty description of how to make box
>ovens? You know--the kind you make out of cardboard boxes, lined with
>foil, with straightened coat hanger wire racks inside? I have the
>general idea, obviously, but a couple of the finer points elude me. For
>example, how do you attach the foil inside?
You really have the general idea. We used these at our Cub Scout day
camp with impressive reults. Three stoves baked goodies for boys ten times a
day for three days straight. We had a TON of backups thanks to the planning
of our Day Camp Commisioner, but we just used the three.
First, the best box is a computer paper box with a seperate lid.
These are very sturdy and the lid makes temp control easy.
The foil usually stays where you fold it and you use duct tape and
staples to help it retain its shape. You do need to cover the outside as
well, and I recommend two or three layers on the very bottom to prevent burn
through. The act of encasing the entire box in foil retards the introduction
of air to the flammable cardboard, and thus stops your oven from going up in
smoke. Don't forget small holes on the top to help the coals breathe and
keep on burning. We used the lid to create an opening for air in the bottom.
Charcoal is best handled with pie tins and should be introduced as
glowing embers. Do not try and start the charcoal in the ovens. We used
welders gloves (about $5.00) to handle the tins. We made Primo Pizza,
cubbies in a blanket, and muffies ( a cross between muffins and cookies). We
also had a mondo good time. BTW we alternated between covering the racks
with foil for the finger foods (Pizza and cubbies) and using mini muffin
pans for the chocalate cookie mix. Both worked out really well. Just ask
AKA "Goodyear Pete", Hey you!, Mr. Cubmaster,
and the "Professor of Cooking"
Cub Master & Tiger Organiser of Mighty Pack 230, Apopka, Fl
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