Making Box Oven
Michael J. Derleth (75112.1671@COMPUSERVE.COM)
Sun, 6 Oct 1996 12:32:24 EDT
My patrol of new scouts do this all the time, much to the chagrin
of more experienced Scouts who pretend to like Dinty Moore.
To do it, I obtain a couple sturdy boxes with lids from work.
132-col. computer paper or copier paper boxes have worked well.
You'll also need some stiff wire for the oven racks (coathangers)
and a couple aluminum pans that will either fit the bottom of the
box (box lid serves as top of oven), or the narrow side (box lid
serves as vertical side/"door") of oven.
Line the inside of the box with a couple layers of the heavy-duty
aluminum foil, including lid. The stiff aluminum foil should remain
basically in place on it's own. I suppose you could use staples, or
improvise with wire twist-ties if it didn't want to.
Put two or three wires cross the width of the box halfway up
to hold a foil pan with your cooking. Cut a couple holes in the box
for ventilation. A soda can works well (and some scout is sure to
have one, right? ;-) One on the top and one near the bottom.
Aluminum pan #1 holds the yummies. Bread and homemade pizza
are two of my patrol favorites. The second pan is to hold the coals.
The extra insulation/rigidity of the pan of coals makes it less likely
the box will start to blacken. You may wish to use some device
(small flat rock, floor tile, pot trivet, another coathanger rack etc.)
to further insulate the box from the pan of coals. The premature
combustion of the oven itself from radiant heat is the biggest hazard.
As I said before, my patrol of new Scouts has done it well. It's
definitely a troop activity. Have fun.
Ouachita Valley Council Roundtable Comissioner, Eagle Scout
Vancouver/Portland bound by 10/14/96 -- relocation advice welcome!
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City