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Message started by Hogsclogs on Sep 17th, 2020 at 11:15am

Title: Falkirk 24 inch
Post by Hogsclogs on Sep 17th, 2020 at 11:15am
Good morning all.
I am new to posting on this forum, but have some questions about a camp oven I was given yesterday on a job.
It is a Falkirk 24 inch oven in relatively good condition. I found it sitting on a stump while having lunch. The lady said that she thought there might be a lid for it but she would have to look for it if it's still around.
We do a lot of camp oven cooking and hopefully I can put this one to gentle use, but I may have to manufacture a lid.
The history on this is very hard to find, but I have been told that it is most likely a Scottish built oven.
I would love to know the approximate age and any other handy info?
Plus (as a loooooong shot), if anyone knows of a lid laying around out there?
Thank you in advance
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Title: Re: Falkirk 24 inch
Post by Derek on Sep 17th, 2020 at 11:49am
Hi and welcome to the forum.

Amazing piece of cast iron.  Not too many of those left around at all.  Yep, they are an old Scottish cast as far as is known.

Good luck with finding a lid for it.

By the way the forum is rejecting the email address you used to register.  Could be a typo.  Could you please update it with a correct email as it keeps bouncing back on the server.  If you have difficulty then email me at admin@aussiecampovenforum.com and I can do it for you.  Cheers.

Title: Re: Falkirk 24 inch
Post by Chally on Sep 17th, 2020 at 3:40pm
That's a big old oven you have there. I would be keeping in contact with that lady and see if she can locate the lid. As Derek said is was made by the Falkirk Iron Company, Falkirk Scotland. Hard to give an age but could quite possibly be from the 1800's. The camp ovens were made in sizes 6" through to 20" in 1" increments and a 22" & 24".

They are beautiful old ovens and I have included a photo of our 20" Falkirk.
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Title: Re: Falkirk 24 inch
Post by Hogsclogs on Sep 17th, 2020 at 3:42pm
Cheers mate.
I think the email is okay now ;). You were the third person today to tell me.

Title: Re: Falkirk 24 inch
Post by Hogsclogs on Sep 17th, 2020 at 3:44pm
Thanks Chally.
I am certainly hoping that the lid turns up, but it will be what it will be.
Hope to use it in the near future.

Title: Re: Falkirk 24 inch
Post by TBF on Sep 17th, 2020 at 6:39pm
Firstly, welcome to the forum. 
That is a beast of a camp oven
I wish you luck in finding a lid for it
I’m not much into the history of COs, very much into the camping/cooking side of it.

cheers
Aart

Title: Re: Falkirk 24 inch
Post by Hogsclogs on Sep 19th, 2020 at 7:01am
Thanks Aart.
I am currently cleaning it up and hope to cook in it regardless.
I have just found a small crack down one side in the cleaning process and while it is disappointing to a degree, it is not a great surprise given the age of the oven and where I found it.
I hope to braze it up and thought that id worse comes to worse with the lid not being found, I might be able to manufacture one out of a plow disk and steel strap.
I would love to cook a large roast and veggies all together in it

Title: Re: Falkirk 24 inch
Post by Kevvie on Sep 19th, 2020 at 8:46am
Hi Hogsclogs
Welcome and enjoy the experience I hope you get here on the forum. Good luck with your camp oven. :D
regards Kevvie  ( Kev) ;)

Title: Re: Falkirk 24 inch
Post by Hogsclogs on Sep 20th, 2020 at 9:27pm
So.
I wire brushed it, soaked it in vinegar for 36hrs, pressure washed it, wire brushed it again, scrubbed it with steel wool and soapy water, rinsed it, dried it. Warmed it in the sun and coated it in dripping.
Here it is with my #13 Harding & Sons.
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Title: Re: Falkirk 24 inch
Post by Hogsclogs on Sep 20th, 2020 at 9:31pm
Then it was on a gentle fire for around 5 hours to help season.
I put some large bacon in to make sure it wasn't too hot - - - Which I promptly ate.
Followed later by some chicken skewers - - - Which we all ate.
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Title: Re: Falkirk 24 inch
Post by Hogsclogs on Sep 20th, 2020 at 9:32pm
So at the end of the day, she was looking pretty good for her age, regardless of a few old scars.

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Title: Re: Falkirk 24 inch
Post by Derek on Sep 20th, 2020 at 9:39pm
Scrub up quite well don’t they.  Looking good.

Title: Re: Falkirk 24 inch
Post by Hogsclogs on Sep 20th, 2020 at 9:43pm
Yes Derek, they do. Was a big heavy job though, but worth it.
I am looking at getting a plough disk, trimming it and welding a lip and band around it, as well as a handle on top, for a lid.
I am really itching now to cook a big roast with all the veggies in there.

Title: Re: Falkirk 24 inch
Post by Derek on Sep 20th, 2020 at 9:48pm
I see you live on the Downs.  Larges Foundry in Toowoomba are known for casting some large cast iron ovens.  They may be able to cast one for you.

Can’t hurt to ask.

Cheers

Title: Re: Falkirk 24 inch
Post by Hogsclogs on Sep 21st, 2020 at 6:53am
Actually, I didn't know they were still going.
would certainly be worth locating them and asking.
Cheers.

Title: Re: Falkirk 24 inch
Post by Derek on Sep 21st, 2020 at 7:13am

Hogsclogs wrote on Sep 21st, 2020 at 6:53am:
Actually, I didn't know they were still going.
would certainly be worth locating them and asking.
Cheers.


https://www.larges.com.au/

Title: Re: Falkirk 24 inch
Post by Chally on Sep 21st, 2020 at 10:29am
It came up well and I like your chopping block also.


Title: Re: Falkirk 24 inch
Post by Hogsclogs on Sep 21st, 2020 at 10:38am

Chally wrote on Sep 21st, 2020 at 10:29am:
It came up well and I like your chopping block also.


Thanks Chally.
Considering the age and obvious neglect over the decades, I am happy with the result.
The old chopping block is an original block from a butcher shop that I was given a few years ago. It will go in the middle of my entertainment area kitchen location.

Title: Re: Falkirk 24 inch
Post by Kevvie on Sep 21st, 2020 at 12:49pm
Hi Hogsclogs
The old oven turned out pretty good, well done.            
Seeing your  butchers block, brings back memories of going  to the butchers  shop when I was a kid (Old time ago now) seeing the butcher using the block and the saw dust all over
the floor.

Regards  Kevvie  (Kev) ;)

Title: Re: Falkirk 24 inch
Post by Hogsclogs on Oct 24th, 2020 at 3:08pm
Well, I managed to find a 24" plough disc and with a bit of modification, I can get it looking close to a lid.
I am currently undertaking negotiations with the Minister of War and Finance to display this one and get a new 24" oven, as they are great.

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