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Welcome to the Australian Camp Oven Club/Society

Postby Derek Bullock » Tue Feb 08, 2005 8:55 am

Welcome one and all.

As the title says I am interested in forming a club here in Australia similar to the International Dutch Oven Society in America. You can view it at International Dutch Oven Society. If you are interested please post here or email me.

On Sunday 17 April 2005 there will be a get together of interested Camp Oven Cooks somewhere in the south east of Queensland. Details will be posted closer to the date.

Australia wide ........... you are all welcome to be part of this.


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Postby kruiza05 » Wed Feb 09, 2005 10:19 am

I would not be able to join your et together however I am allways looking for new ways to use the cam oven and would love to see some ideas posted here.
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Postby Derek Bullock » Wed Feb 09, 2005 11:15 pm

I have been using a camp oven for 30 years and am happy to share my knowledge so just ask away.

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Postby Derek Bullock » Thu Feb 10, 2005 7:21 pm


INGREDIENTS (Makes six large muffins, but thats a muffin tray anyway )
1 ½ cups of self raising flour
½ teaspoon salt
¼ of a teaspoon of nutmeg
¼ of a teaspoon of mixed spice
½ cup sugar
½ cup sultanas
1 egg
½ cup olive oil
½ cup cold mashed pumpkin
½ cup milk

Mix together the flour, salt nutmeg, mixed spice, sultanas and sugar. In a separate bowl beat together the egg, oil, pumpkin and milk. Combine the ingredients but don’t over mix. Put paper muffin cases into the muffin pan, you can buy these from a supermarket and they come in their own little container, and fill them evenly using all the mixture. Place the pan on a rack in a preheated camp oven. Place oven on a bed of coals and put a shovel full of coals on top. If you have good hot coals, they should take around twenty minutes.

(For you city slickers use your electric oven at about 180/200 degrees)

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Postby happynomad » Sun Mar 20, 2005 5:29 pm

I am a bit like derek in that I also have been using camp ovens for about 30+++ years. :D :D

Same as Derek, if I can help with any tips/recipes etc, just yell.

I find that MOST, (but not all), recipes used in the house will translate to the camp oven as long as a couple of very basic rules are adhered to.

Remeber a couple of times we had "cowboy food"--- baked beans/Bacon and eggs. Felt like a camp oven feed but didn't want to cook proper food.

They are.

Cook with coals not flame.

Be careful with hot tools. You cannot see how hot the oven is, I use a pair of welders gloves when handling the ovens at cooking time.

One trick if you are a newbie. get a strip of paper. toss it into the oven.
Time taken to burst into flame/curl into a brown blob, will give you an idea of the heat.

DO NOT PUT WATER INTO THE OVEN AT THIS STAGE, if it is empty or you only have cold water. Take the oven off the coals for a minute or two then add whatever to it.
You will probably break it.

Time wise, it works at about the same as a medium/slow electric oven at home. Therefore you must allow a little bit of extra time.

You can use the ovens either above or below ground level. I cook dampers buried in a hole and covered with hot coals and ash.
Everthing else is cooked on the surface with coals under and around the oven, and if using a lid, on top as well.

:D :D :D :wink:

Now one of the most important things to remember with camp ovens.

THEY ARE FRAGILE, if they are the proper cast iron ones.
When you pack them, make sure that they are not banging against each other or any other hard object. I pack using the welders gloves and anything else that goes into the same locker/box/bag/whatever to insulate/cushion them from any shocks.
To overcome this problem, Bedourie Station, many years ago, developed a pressed metal oven which is used in a similar way, but being pressed metal can have hot spots and requires careful watching.
The oldest oven I have is about 30 years old and is extremely well used. All together I have and use 4 different sized ovens.

The more you use the oven, and the more varied the fare, the better it cooks.
I use a small one just for dampers, and ONLY dampers.

IF you use detergent of any type in the oven, reoil it immeadiately.
I rarely wash with detergents, but clean using boiling water and a cloth to clean the oven. Occasionaly, (depending on what was cooked), I will use detergent.


Pirty you are so far away.
We could have some great cook offs :D :D :D :D :D
Hopefully will be going your way later in the year.
I am in newcastle.

Think I visited that oven society some time back.

happy camping

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Postby happynomad » Sun Mar 20, 2005 5:38 pm

Bush damper

Can Beer, any brand.
Self Raising Flour to make a good dough. (Found that different brands rise to different levels. When you cook the first damper, take note of approx how much flour you use. Then use same amount, (approx), for the rest of that bag).

Plenty hot coals.

Mix the flour/damper till it is "doughy" and is on the point of "sticking" to your fingers.

Flour the oven.
Put the dough in

Layer coals in bottom of a hole, place oven in centre of hole
Surround and cover oven with more coals.

Go away for about 40-45 minutes,

lift oven out, and carefully lift lid.

If it need to, put the oven back topping with coals according to where needed.

When brown, remove from oven CAREFULLY.

remeber the oven is VERY hot, and very fragile when hot.

let cool

Break the damper into bits, butter and smother with "dingaling joy".

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I get it

Postby wire371 » Sat Nov 12, 2005 8:18 pm

Bush damper

Lol, okay i get it now.
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