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Reply #20 - Mar 31st, 2020 at 11:39pm

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I only found this thread by chance, wondering if Toowoomba Foundry made ovens, & then saw the pic mentioning Avon Downs oven, been thinking about it since 2008
 
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Reply #21 - Apr 1st, 2020 at 9:05pm

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Don for what its worth a fella by the name of Michael Patch is casting ovens of that size again. Hes over in the Toowoombah area.
Ive got one of his 24 inch ovens, they are a good looking oven made in the old style. proper ears, legs and domed lids.
From memory hes making 20, 22, 24 and 36 inch versions.
 
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Reply #22 - Apr 2nd, 2020 at 8:10pm

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Hi Saltbush Bill
When I was browsing the forum recently after I joined I noticed that there were many foundries in Australia that produced camp ovens, but I had not seen any posts referring to Toowoomba Foundry.
I worked for Southern Cross over a long period & erected a lot of their mills & other equipment, also I have a lot of their catalogues & manuals going back to 1916, I also have a a collection of mills, engines, pumps etc. Curiosity made me search for "Toowoomba Foundry camp ovens" & I was surprised & pleased to find the mention of the Avon Downs oven which had puzzled me when I first saw it in 2008 & wondered at the time whether it was the same one I saw at Barry Caves in 1976.
It was a real fluke that I came across that thread.
I wonder how much serious use they had?
Thanks......Don
 
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Reply #23 - Apr 2nd, 2020 at 10:05pm

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Don McInnes wrote on Apr 2nd, 2020 at 8:10pm:
I wonder how much serious use they had?

Its hard to tell , but I doubt they got much use being so big and heavy.
The ones Patchy is casting now get a lot of use as hes using the ones he keeps for big catering jobs. If you wanted to get a look at them he is usually cooking in them at the Millmerran Camp Oven Festival .....catering to to crowds.
 
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Reply #24 - Aug 28th, 2021 at 2:44pm

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I hear through the grapevine that 20 more 36 inch ovens are to be soon cast in a foundry in Toowoomba, from photos Ive seen they are cast in the old traditional style, long legs , deep sides and nice humped lids.
 
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