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Apr 17th, 2017 at 5:03pm

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I'm looking to purchase a camp oven. I live on a cattle station and plan to use it daily for roasting, bread and corn meat cooking for the crew - instead of my kitchen electric oven.
Any idea where to purchase an Australian made camp oven that would suit or which Australian oven is the best? And would you recommend cast iron or spun steel?
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Reply #1 - Apr 17th, 2017 at 5:19pm

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G'day and welcome to the forum.

If wanting to buy new there is only one company who make cast iron camp ovens commercially in Australia and that is Billmans and yes the quality is good.  http://billmansfoundry.com.au/portfolio/camp-ovens/

If secondhand then there are quite a few different brands around and once again they are all good for cooking in.  The likes of Furphy, Metters, Albion, Hardings etc etc.  Auctions, eBay, swap meets and Gumtree are where most find them

The choice of cast iron over spun steel is something I don't think is easy to compare and can only come about by use. I use and enjoy both and in fact learned to cook in a Bedourie camp oven over many years.

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Reply #2 - Apr 17th, 2017 at 5:48pm

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Hi Sharpeysmob and welcome to our forum.
Will you be traveling with your oven or doing your cooking at the homestead?
If traveling a spun steel might be the way to go. If not moving about then a cast oven is a lot more forgiving.
How many will you be cooking for?
 

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Billmans make a very good oven, I'd buy a 15" if I was cooking for a crew. Get your name on the lid sharpeysmob, you won't regret spending the extra $$. They are a well made robust oven which will outlive all of us.

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Reply #4 - Apr 18th, 2017 at 6:43pm

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Thank you for your replies, I appreciate you taking the time.
Derek - I have no experience with a bedourie oven so how do they differ to a normal cast iron oven? Currently I'm using a friends that they bought from a camping shop and I do like being able to sit the coals on the lid (though I'm sure at some point I'll end up with ash in the food!)
Shackles - I'd be cooking for a minimum of 5 and up to at least 10 on occasion. I would be using it based solely at the house with occasion forays up the paddock to the camp.
Paddy dodger- I see on the website that billmans require 500kg of orders to make a run through the furnace, have you had any trouble in terms of order turnaround with billmans?
Thank you again for all of your comments.
 
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Sharpeysmob wrote on Apr 18th, 2017 at 6:43pm:
to at least 10 on occasion.

Id be looking at a couple of 15s for a job like that.
10 people can eat a lot of meat and veg.
Sizes and how many ovens you need is going to depend a lot on what you intend cooking.
You can cook enough chocolate pudding in a 12 inch oven to feed 15 - 20 people and still have leftovers.

 
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