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Five Best Portable Camping Ovens For Hassle-Free Treats in the Outdoors

Updated on September 28, 2010

Which would you rather choose: a weekend of tasty goodies fresh from the oven at your grandma’s house or a camping trip with your family? Get out of the box! Why not take your grandma with you and enjoy freshly baked pastries along with the whole family in the outdoors? Yes it’s possible. With today’s portable ovens, you can easily enjoy cinnamon buns, home-made cookies, cupcakes and your other favorites in the midst of nature. Your grandma will enjoy the fresh air too.

Portable ovens are also called camping ovens due to their qualities that make them suitable for outdoor excursions. They’re like cowboys: you can take them anywhere and they can stand rougher conditions and still run effectively. Most of them either run on propane or electricity. With camping bottles of fuel or a camping generator, you can easily feel closer to home sans the negative side of the urban atmosphere. Some great camping ovens don’t even need anything aside from a plain campfire. However, a camping oven can either be a treasure chest or a box of disappointment depending on the class you get. You wouldn’t want your camping oven to give up in the middle of your baking, would you? Of course, not. That’s why you’ve got to pick something of supreme quality.

Out of hundreds of camping ovens out there, how do you know which one to pick? This list puts the X’s on the right spots.

Camp  Chef Camping Outdoor Oven with 2 Burner Camping Stove
Camp Chef Camping Outdoor Oven with 2 Burner Camping Stove

Camp Chef Camping Outdoor Oven with 2 Burner Camping Stove


Don that toque and bring out the chef in you with the Camp Chef Camping Outdoor Oven. It’s got a 10x16x10-inch oven and a double-burner camping stove you can use whatever your camping food plan reads. This propane powered oven can heat up to a maximum of 400 degrees Fahrenheit and can keep burning for five straight hours on a one-pound can of propane. This is to make sure you get your baking and cooking done properly. The oven also has two racks inside and a clear thermometer for easy reading. The stove on the other hand starts easily with its matchless igniters. It also has a folding lid with side arms that you can use as a windshield to keep the wind out of the flames. Both the oven and the stove are made of high-quality stainless steel that makes them tough against outdoor elements. They’ve also got a non-stick enamel cooking surface that makes them easy to clean after use. The whole package was specially designed with campers’ convenience in mind so it’s light and easy to carry.

Coleman 5010D700T Camp Oven
Coleman 5010D700T Camp Oven

Coleman 5010D700T Camp Oven


Want an oven that folds when not in use? You got it! That’s right, this oven is simple and foldable. It looks just like a little steel box that folds, but wait till you see its possibilities. It measures 12x12x2 inches unfolded and has an adjustable bake rack made of sturdy steel for you to bake your brownies, biscuits, muffins and even Bundt cakes. It also has a thermometer that’s easy to read so you avoid those charred baking disasters. It’s very easy to set up and use. You can get it ready for baking in no time at all and after that, all you have to do is put it on a camping stove. It’s as easy as that! This camping oven is very durable with its aluminized steel construction. It’s also lightweight too, so it’s easy on weight matters. About the bulk? Just imagine a 12-inch steel square because that’s just what you’ll have when this one’s folded.

Coleman Camp Oven
Coleman Camp Oven

Coleman Camp Oven


Here’s another camping oven that’s convenient and effective. The Coleman Camp Oven can bake and cook almost anything on an adjustable 10-inch rack made of steel. Whether you want a small cake or a fresh, warm stew, you can get them done with this oven. The oven heats evenly and the temperature can be quickly and easily regulated so you get dishes and desserts done just the way they’re supposed to. And if you’re thinking about how long this could probably be up for camping rides, take note that this one’s very durable. It’s made of textures aluminized steel that prevents it from getting dents, scratches and rust. This way, you get to have safe and delicious camp food for years. Like any other great camping product, this oven is also effective and easy to store.


Coleman InstaStart Portable Oven
Coleman InstaStart Portable Oven

Coleman InstaStart Portable Oven


This camping oven isn’t called the InstaStart for nothing because you can get busy in an instant with the simple push of a button.  Its 6,000-BTU tube burner enables it to heat up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit for recipes that require higher temperatures. Aside from that, you can also bake more cookies and bigger pastries with its capability to accommodate full-sized baking pans like the ones you use at home. This oven will last up to 3.5 hours at maximum temperature on a 16.4 cylinder of propane. That’s baking with 500 degrees Fahrenheit for over three straight hours! That’s just how powerful it is. It’s also got a built-in temperature gauge to let you keep track of the temperature. This will help you avoid hearing comments like, “Smells like something’s on fire!” when in fact it’s just your muffins gone coal-black toasted. This oven also has a window that enables you to see how your pastries and dishes are going without you needing to open the door to take a peek. What’s more, it features Coleman’s PerfectFlow pressure-control system that heats food evenly whatever the weather. You’ll get all the cooking and baking convenience you need with this camping oven straight from one of the biggest names in outdoor equipment.

Lodge Logic Camp Dutch Oven
Lodge Logic Camp Dutch Oven

Lodge Logic Camp Dutch Oven

What has three legs, loves to sit on the fire while carrying food? It’s the Lodge Logic Camp Dutch Oven! Some camping sites don’t allow campfires due to very dry conditions or some other reasons. If your prospective campsite allows campfires to be lit then read on! Are you cutting down on baggage yet you feel that you just can’t leave your camping stove and camping fuel bottles lest you starve? Worry no more because this easy to carry oven’s got everything you need to get a camp stew cooking. Cook or bake almost anything in it, all you have to do is put it on a fire. It’s all you need: no stoves, no propane or kerosene, no electricity. It’s made of durable cast-iron that makes it the perfect little toughie for the rugged outdoors. It heats up quickly and evenly too so you get delicious meals and desserts without raw or overcooked parts. A thin wire handles makes for easy handling and built-in legs prop it up well on hot coals. It measures 10 inches in diameter and 3.5 inches in depth so you can easily cook meals that can be good for up to four people. This oven will make you feel like you’re back to the basics without the inconvenience of really being there.



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