Scouts-L Mail Archive for October of 1998: Backpackable Dutch-LIKE Oven
Backpackable Dutch-LIKE Oven
Fri, 23 Oct 1998 10:23:53 +0100
Ted Barton questioned whether one could backpack with a Dutch Oven, and
his is a reasonable question - even if the oven is of the Aluminum
variety. While some Scouts have the carrying capacity of a burro, it is
not a particularly good idea. Even the foldable Coleman oven lends
itself to stationary-car trunk camping.
Here are three baking alternatives:
1. Pie/Cake Pan ovens: Three aluminum pie pans; a 1/4" x 1" (6 x 25 mm)
machine bolt with wing nut; and, three metal tent stakes.
Drill a 1/4" hole through the center of two pie pans. Bolt them
together with bottoms facing (it now looks like a pulley).
Support the third pan, without a hole) above the coals with the three
tent stakes (the pan's lip rests on the stakes).
The pulley like part forms the top of the oven in which you place other
coals for heat to radiate downward.
Taken apart the pieces nest, weigh very little, and are packable.
Baking tip: Place that which you wish to bake in a slightly smaller pan
suspended above the bottom by some pebbles to prevent direct contact and
scorching. For larger capacity you can use a matching size (deeper)
cake pan at the bottom.
2. The Outback Oven (tm). This is a foldable aluminized fabric tent (2
sizes) which fits over a closed pot or pan. It forms a convection oven.
A diffusing disk sits upon the trail stove's burner on which the pot/pan
rests. The tent is placed over the pot and the heat envelops it,
excaping through a top opening. A rudimentary thermometer sits on the
top of the pot where the opening is so that you can "control" the
temperature. Very light and packable. Depending on size and whether you
buy their fry-pan(s) 7 lid, $32-50 and 7-24 oz.
3. Cooking with steam. The Bakepacker (tm). This aluminum grid fits in
the bottom of a pot. The grid is "sealed" at the top by a smaller pot
so that the grid causes the water to superheat above 212F/100C. The
"baking" is done in a plastic bag in the inner pot.