Choosing your first camp oven can be a hard choice, and let’s face it there are so many brands to choose from and then add in having to choose between steel, cast iron or aluminium, and it just adds to the confusion.
Any brand and type of camp oven will be suitable as long as you look after it properly.
Below are some key points to remember when purchasing a new camp oven.
- Make sure the lid fits well. – Due to the way camp ovens are manufactured, it is common for the lid to not to fit snug and it is important that they are a match.
- There are no defects or large holes. – Due to the sand casting of the camp ovens, the ovens can have dags or holes, and while it is okay, you don’t want too many.
- Is it already pre-seasoned? – A pre-seasoned camp oven is great as it is ready to use. Yet, we do recommend you give it a quick wash and light coat of cooking oil.
- Does it have a lip on the lid? It is important if you are cooking with coals or briquettes that the camp oven has a lip to stop the coals falling off.
Types of Camp Ovens:
Traditionally a camp oven is made of heavy cast iron, but we now have steal camp ovens which are much lighter then cast iron camp ovens.
Cast Iron Camp Ovens
A cast iron camp oven is the most popular choice for camp oven cooking, they are heavy and retain the heat really well and can be easier to manage heat control compared to spun steel camp ovens. Cast iron camp ovens also come in a range of sizes and are affordable at Snowys.
Spun Steel Camp Ovens
In recent years a Spun steel camp oven has become a popular choice for camp oven cooking, as they are lightweight, more indestructible, however, can be a little harder to manage heat control compared to cast iron camp ovens. Spun steel camp ovens also come in a range of sizes and are affordable at Snowys.
Cast Iron Brands:
The most familiar brands of cast iron camp ovens you will find at your local camping store here in Australia are:
Steel Camp Oven Brands:
Aluminium Camp Oven Brands:
Australian Made Camp Ovens:
What size camp oven should i buy?
There are many factors to consider when buying a camp oven for your family, while most start out with a 9Qt oven this article will help you choose a size.
Cast iron vs Spun steel?
The answer to this question comes down to your personal preference, you need to make a decision based on your needs, because