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Message started by Kevvie on Dec 22nd, 2020 at 3:26pm

Title: Camp Oven Mate
Post by Kevvie on Dec 22nd, 2020 at 3:26pm
I have now got my Camp Oven Mate for my Christmas

As a result of my computer inquiries. I went to my closest camping store that had them.  talking to the sales guy they price matched with another company on the other side of Brisbane 
For anyone interested it cost me $64.90  saving on the fuel,  ,time, tolls  and time to go  to the other store on the other side of Brisbane.
regards Kevvie (Kev) :) ;)


Title: Re: Camp Oven Mate
Post by Smokeydk on Dec 22nd, 2020 at 7:07pm
all you need is a gas ring burner

Title: Re: Camp Oven Mate
Post by Kevvie on Dec 22nd, 2020 at 7:21pm
HI Dave
Yes  I went out and got one.  Also bought a bute stainless
steel table 600 x 600 x 700 high.  to use
regards Kev

Title: Re: Camp Oven Mate
Post by Bear on Dec 22nd, 2020 at 10:04pm
Well done kevvie have one but rarely used enjoy Bear

Title: Re: Camp Oven Mate
Post by Kevvie on Dec 22nd, 2020 at 11:15pm
Hi Robert
As we living   in the village it is very confined area for open fires  So  I found out it is the best way for me was the camp oven mate
regards Kev ;)

Title: Re: Camp Oven Mate
Post by Smokeydk on Dec 23rd, 2020 at 7:32pm
All set now Mate...get it working  ;D

Title: Re: Camp Oven Mate
Post by Kevvie on Dec 23rd, 2020 at 9:33pm
Dave thanks for the encouragement  a bit hot here.
  I am going down to the caravan tomorrow and get one of the gas bottles and at least set every thing up so might give it a try out. :D
regards Kev. ;)

Title: Re: Camp Oven Mate
Post by Norweb on Jan 8th, 2021 at 6:38am
I have one as well and only use it once.

Now summer is coming I will be going into the bush and don't want to set the bush on fire.

When I first used it I found it has to adjust the heat.

Keep us up to date with how you go. thanks, norm (the spoons are great)

Title: Re: Camp Oven Mate
Post by Kevvie on Jan 8th, 2021 at 7:39am
Hi Norm
Yes I will let you know how I go. 
regards Kev ;)

Title: Re: Camp Oven Mate
Post by Derek on Jan 8th, 2021 at 12:59pm
When Bill first produced the Camp Oven Mate he sent me a couple to road test.  Many years ago now.

One of the biggest issues we had was getting the flame low enough on a gas burner without it going out.

This is one of my old photos and even with that single burner you needed to get the flame down to about the size of a match head and then keeping it there was an issue.

Whatever gas burner you get make sure it is the smallest available.

I had many a damper with a burnt bum when we originally played with them.
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Title: Re: Camp Oven Mate
Post by Kevvie on Jan 8th, 2021 at 4:02pm
Hi Derek
Thank you for the info. I got a new two burner gas ring burner. 
I have being watching  you tubes you and the cast iron boys have made and found them are going to helpful.
regards Kev ;)

Title: Re: Camp Oven Mate
Post by Bear on Jan 9th, 2021 at 9:11am
Agree with Derek I cannot get my burner down low enough for most cooking. May check out smaller sizes. Cheers Robert

Title: Re: Camp Oven Mate
Post by Smokeydk on Jan 10th, 2021 at 6:51pm
Best thing is to get a second valve from camping stores
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Title: Re: Camp Oven Mate
Post by Kevvie on Jan 10th, 2021 at 8:52pm
Hi Dave
Yes my gas ring burner has two gas rings and two taps
regards Kev.

Title: Re: Camp Oven Mate
Post by Bear on Jan 10th, 2021 at 9:55pm
Same here kevie but they do not give as fine adjustment as the added valve I have been informed. Cheers

Title: Re: Camp Oven Mate
Post by Kevvie on Jan 10th, 2021 at 10:41pm
I will get to the camp store should I need one
regards Kev

Title: Re: Camp Oven Mate
Post by shackles on Jan 10th, 2021 at 10:48pm
Doesn't  anyone use a defuser in their campoven mate?

Title: Re: Camp Oven Mate
Post by Derek on Jan 10th, 2021 at 11:00pm
The original ones came with a type of diffuser.  It was a double layered one and you can see it in the upside down lid in my photo.

We found that it didn’t really diffuse the heat as such because it simply just builds up inside the COM regardless.

They eventually dispensed with them.

Title: Re: Camp Oven Mate
Post by Kevvie on Jan 11th, 2021 at 6:46am
In  a video I saw on U tube the Camp oven mate came with something like a  wire trivet that the CO would sit on. But mine is just made from the same flat metal as the came oven mate was made out of with holes drilled in it.  No defuser.
regards Kev :o

Title: Re: Camp Oven Mate
Post by Derek on Jan 11th, 2021 at 9:38am
There have, to my knowledge, been three different ones.  The original diffuser I mentioned above, a simple wire rack like a trivet and the one you have now which is just a flat plate with holes in it.

All produce basically the same results.  The key is in a small flame on the burner.

Bit of trivia for you Kev.  The COM originally only came in one size to suit a 12” camp oven however a group of coppers here on the Gold Coast, who regularly got out and camped together, contacted Southern Metal Spinners and asked Bill if he could make some larger one as they all had 15” Furphy Camp Ovens.  That is how the larger one came about.

Title: Re: Camp Oven Mate
Post by Kevvie on Jan 11th, 2021 at 9:50am
A bit of Trivia for you Derek
My COM came in a cardboard box with Thommo's photo
on it. As a was reading what was on the box. It mentioned that there was a DVD enclosed. You guessed it No DVD was enclosed   ;D ;D ;D
Kevvie

Title: Re: Camp Oven Mate
Post by Derek on Jan 11th, 2021 at 10:04am
Are they still using those old boxes.  Must have over ordered ;D ;D

Do a search on YouTube and you should find the video of Thommo

The video was shot just behind the factory in Adelaide.

Title: Re: Camp Oven Mate
Post by Kevvie on Jan 11th, 2021 at 12:00pm
It saves them have a instruction booklet as all the info is on the box. Thommo must have passed on a long time ago now.   But at least  I have one of his recipe books :D :D
Kev

Title: Re: Camp Oven Mate
Post by Derek on Jan 11th, 2021 at 12:59pm
Thomso died on Boxing Day 2011.  I got a phone call late in the afternoon and was later asked to join the guys on the radio at 4BC to have a chat about him.

Title: Re: Camp Oven Mate
Post by Kevvie on Jan 11th, 2021 at 1:11pm
I think the show he was on was Creek to Coast.
Kev

Title: Re: Camp Oven Mate
Post by Smokeydk on Jan 11th, 2021 at 6:54pm
He has DVDs I have one

I used to put my COM on a old bbq......the frame was held together with formed rod
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Title: Re: Camp Oven Mate
Post by Smokeydk on Jan 11th, 2021 at 7:07pm
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EJm-ouebDP0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N3cZXSG07R0

Title: Re: Camp Oven Mate
Post by Cactus on Jan 19th, 2021 at 10:47am
This is the simmer ring we have been using and it helps to lower the heat.
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Title: Re: Camp Oven Mate
Post by Kevvie on Feb 22nd, 2021 at 7:38pm
Hi Dave (Smokeydk)
Went to the camp store  re my gas ring burner. Staff say I should be able to turn the gas down far enough with a tap for each ring.
I also have been watching Thommo on you tube. It is a shame he is not alive I think I could have sent him small stirrers for mixing as he does make bit of a mess using a bigger stirrer  ;D ;D
regards Kev ;)

Title: Re: Camp Oven Mate
Post by Derek on Feb 22nd, 2021 at 8:36pm
He was a real character Kev.  You would have liked him.

Do you know he rarely used a stirrer so most likely could have done with some.

He had a really large butchers knife that he just about used for everything.  It was his stirrer as well as his cutter.

Title: Re: Camp Oven Mate
Post by Kevvie on Feb 22nd, 2021 at 11:33pm
Hi Derek
Yes he liked using that Bowie knife.
I remember seeing him on television and always had the viewers attention. He  was a great showman a bit like K.B.
is today.
regards Kev. ;)

Title: Re: Camp Oven Mate
Post by Kevvie on Mar 29th, 2021 at 5:54pm
I am trying the camp oven mate out. Have a leg of lamb going to put in some small onions, carrot and spuds. Hope it goes OK.
Sorry no pictures. Yes, I too mean to buy a camera
but then I am scotland ;D ;D ;D

regards Kev

Title: Re: Camp Oven Mate
Post by Smokeydk on Mar 29th, 2021 at 7:27pm
mobile phones have cameras  :D ;D

Title: Re: Camp Oven Mate
Post by Kevvie on Mar 29th, 2021 at 8:52pm
Hi Dave
  my mobile phone contract does not allow that to be done.
regards Kev

PS  Anyway t least the meal I cooked and disappeared  quickly with no time to take  photos. YUM YUM
regards Kev ;)

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