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Old 11-22-2010, 09:18 PM   #1
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Camp Chef's Outdoor Camp Oven

For years I have not been happy with my choice of camp stoves. We like to grill, but I also like to cook...outdoors. I've had a Weber BabyQ, a Coleman 2 burner tailgater, and a Camp Chef dual eye stove...but none have really grabbed my love...until the Camp Oven
This is GREAT! The grill side is perfect for either grilling, or a griddle. The one eye is a little underpowered at 5,000 BTU, but that only means it takes a few more minutes to boil water, or perk my coffee.
The oven works wonderfully, and the smell of cinnamon buns this last weekend was unbelievable! As was the peach cobbler! A whole new world of camp cooking just opened up to me. I love it. My wife has always said, "why did you bring that (grill, stove), just cook over the fire!" But when she saw the camp oven, she immediately said, "that's a keeper".
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Old 11-22-2010, 09:42 PM   #2
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Big Headache solved

The OTHER thing I did this weekend, was to solve one of my big complaints in camping.....The grill/stove is never level!!!!!!! And when cooking bacon/eggs, everything always runs to one side of the pan/griddle!!!! Frustrating...because the campsites are not level! I was tired of trying to level with little pieces of wood, rocks, etc.
So, I started with a scrap piece of 3/4' plywood, and painted it to withstand some elements.
Then I placed 3/8" T-nuts into holes drilled in the corners, and placed 3/8" carriage bolts through from the bottom. On the top side I used T-handles screwed on, then held in place by a 3/8" nut (so I can raise and lower the bolt's using the T-handle).
I then placed some small restraints to keep the table from slipping, and then placed a double/bubble level in the center.
So, you raise or lower the corner posts, using the T-handle until your platform is level, place your table (mine is an Aluminum camp table from WalMart), and mount your grill. If your stove/grill is a little lopsided, place a level on IT...and readjust the legs until the top is level. It works great!
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Old 11-22-2010, 09:46 PM   #3
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Re: Camp Chef's Outdoor Camp Oven - Headache solved

Here's the hardware and an overview of the board. You can see the level in the center
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Old 11-22-2010, 10:07 PM   #4
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Re: Camp Chef's Outdoor Camp Oven

Here's a picture of the table mounted on the leveler board. I started (these pictures) with 4 1/2" carriage bolts, but the ground isn't usually THAT unlevel. So, I have changed them to 3" and I'm sure it will work better.
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Old 11-23-2010, 12:26 AM   #5
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Re: Camp Chef's Outdoor Camp Oven

really interesting....I have seen those camp even units and I like the griddle. Funny though since we got the Escape--I do all my cooking indoors...Use the toaster oven when we have services and I have the coleman one to use over a campstove....is this powered by thsoe 1 lb units or a bigger tank We have a 5 or 8 pound tank..
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Re: Camp Chef's Outdoor Camp Oven

Hi: HokieEscape... Dan, Kinda makes rubbin' two sticks together seem a little old fashioned. Alf
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Old 11-23-2010, 05:30 AM   #7
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really interesting....I have seen those camp even units and I like the griddle. Funny though since we got the Escape--I do all my cooking indoors...Use the toaster oven when we have services and I have the coleman one to use over a campstove....is this powered by thsoe 1 lb units or a bigger tank We have a 5 or 8 pound tank..
It will work off of either. The smaller bottle attaches directly to the rear of the stove, or an extension hose (came with it) attaches it to the larger tanks.
Here's the link, where there are a couple of neat videos. The stove is on sale for $199 Should last for years.
http://www.campchef.com/outdoor-camp...ith-grill.html
sale notice is at:https://mail.google.com/mail/?shva=1...c7486d359703b5
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Old 11-23-2010, 09:39 AM   #8
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I have looked at the Camp Chef oven here at Bass Pro. It is about $200 there too. It looks like a great unit, my only concern was the size and weight of it, and where I would store it. The nice thing about this is it takes the baking outdoors instead of in the trailer.

We had an oven in our last trailer, and in 500 nights of sleeping in it only used it maybe 6 times. In hindsight we should have used it more. What I do take is my Outback Oven which is a lightweight backpacker oven that works great. I think I only used it three times in the last two years of owning my Escape, once for making a risen dough pizza, and twice to make cakes. While canoeing I have made tons of stuff in it, including many a scratch cake, focaccia bread, pizza, cinnamon buns and the like.



Nice leveling pad you built. I know too well how hard it is to find a level spot. Pancakes too are a real pain when off level. You have me thinking now, what about building some simple removable leveling feet for the table?
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Old 11-25-2010, 12:00 PM   #9
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I have looked at the Camp Chef oven here at Bass Pro. It is about $200 there too. It looks like a great unit, my only concern was the size and weight of it, and where I would store it. The nice thing about this is it takes the baking outdoors instead of in the trailer.

We had an oven in our last trailer, and in 500 nights of sleeping in it only used it maybe 6 times. In hindsight we should have used it more. What I do take is my Outback Oven which is a lightweight backpacker oven that works great. I think I only used it three times in the last two years of owning my Escape, once for making a risen dough pizza, and twice to make cakes. While canoeing I have made tons of stuff in it, including many a scratch cake, focaccia bread, pizza, cinnamon buns and the like.

Nice leveling pad you built. I know too well how hard it is to find a level spot. Pancakes too are a real pain when off level. You have me thinking now, what about building some simple removable leveling feet for the table?
Happy T'giving Jim (and everyone else who see's this),
I have never had an oven, but I'm sure gonna use it now! It was so much fun smelling those cinnamon buns cooking : - ) And hot fruit cobblers!!! Nice thing here, is that you can use it on or off grid, as opposed to a toaster oven design. I've seen those campfire ovens you have, and they are really cool. Collapsible if I remember.
We got a padded bag for the oven, so it's the last thing into the camper, and first thing out. Really not that heavy.
I had thought and thought about how to level my stoves, usually ending up sliding whatever under the feet, and feeling uncomfortable with the stability. My last stove had legs that slid out a little, but that was difficult to get level...lots of trial and error, and more than an inch out on any leg made it unstable. I was constantly thinking how I could use "leveling feet" on the table.
I was musing about it to my wife, and she said "why don't you just put a piece of plywood under it?", as if just a piece of plywood would level out the ground. But then it hit me, instead of leveling out the stove, yes, level out the ground!!!!!!! This solution allows you to hover over the "leveler", eye on the bubble levels, and simple turn the handles to level. Could have used a tripod design too. If I find lots of soft dirt/sand to where the heads of the bolts sink in too much, I can easily add small wood "pads" to the feet. So far, so good!
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Happy Thanksgiving to you to Dan. Isn't life just full of stuff to be thankful for?

You are referring to a reflector oven, and I have seen them in use and they work great. Mine is a little more portable and uses a stove for heat.

I do see how that plywood base would stabalize the table good, better than just leg extensions. What about using a lightweight aluminum frame, maybe one that could fold down. for storage?

Here are a couple pics of pizza being made on my Outback Oven. I may have shared them before, I forget.



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Old 11-25-2010, 08:31 PM   #11
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Aluminum frame Yeh, that sounds good. I just used what I could find in my shop : - ) Ok, you work on the Al prototype, then we'll pass a few ideas back and forth, and then we'll apply for a patent, and sell through Camping World, Wally World and tat big store in Canada : - )
That pizza would look soooo good if I wasn't just STUFFED from T'giving dinner : - )
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I'll add that to my list of projects. I should get at in in a few years.
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Re: Camp Chef's Outdoor Camp Oven

It's fairly simple really. You place a heat resistant plate on top of small "pillow" that's half filled with water. It will self level.

Then you leave the area, gingerly, careful not to shake or stir.

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Old 11-28-2010, 12:37 AM   #14
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This camp stove looks good.

My question is....I am getting the propane quick connect option on my soon-to-be-made 17B trailer and I would like to know if this camp stove could be attached to the propane quick connect. Anyone know?

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Yes the Camp Chief can be connected to the quick disconnect at the trailer. The factory supplies a hose fitting that screws onto your hose. Escape delivery experts will go over the propane system with you.
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Nadia, it should be no problem hooking up. You would need to remove the regulator that comes with the oven (or any other appliance) as the pressure is already regulated(and reduced) by the trailers system.
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Thanks for the replies. I thought that was the case but wanted to make sure. I'll be adding the camp stove to my Christmas list!
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Nadia,
Jim is right, to use the quick disconnect, you will have to either bypass the pressure regulator on the Escape or on the stove (or else you have double reduced - is that possible?). As you can see below, the stove is equipped with a propane stem, to which you attach the pressure regulator. The included extension hose, which works with a larger propane tank, is screwed into the bottom of the regulator. What you will need, is a hose that extends from the quick D/C on the trailer (the gas pressure has ALREADY been reduced at this point), and this hose will then need an attachment which will screw onto the propane stem on the back of the stove (the same type of attachment which is on the reducer pictured). I have the above extension hose, that goes from my trailer to the stove, but I have not modified it as of yet (nor have I figured out how to). My propane guy told me once, that not all of these "made in China" pressure reducers, reduce the same amount, and may, or may not, work on any specific stove. The Escape pressure worked fine on my old stove, and I'm sure it will here. Just have to find the necessary fitting for the hose.
Question for all the engineers out there. If the escape reducer, reduces the propane pressure from 100 psi (for example), to 50 psi, and the included stove reducer would reduce it to 50 psi, wouldn't it just let the gas pass on at 50 psi?? Or would it reduce it again somehow? Not sure exactly how they work if they don't, but everyone says not to double reduce. (there...that should stimulate some action on the forum : - ) )
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Old 02-02-2011, 06:28 PM   #19
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I've been trying to figure out a way to make this simpler. Can you use one of these:
http://www.amazon.com/MR-HEATER-Prop...d=MTSPM62JO3T0

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You could Klaus, but you would need a hose to go between as well, as the larger bottle could not hand off the oven like the smaller cylinders do.
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