Thursday, June 2, 2022

Coleman Camp Oven Review


Who knew a Coleman Camp Oven could prove to be an essential baking tool at home? When I purchased this oven for a camping trip, it never once crossed my mind that I would find myself thankful for its use during an extended power outage at my primary residence. I have actually used it more at home during the pandemic than I would ever have imagined.


Deliciousness! That is the word I associate with my little camping bakery. Imagine waking up to the irresistible aroma of fresh-out-of-the oven hot cinnamon rolls. Oh my yes! One might even make up an excuse for a staycation if this is how we roll.


And that's only the start of the day. How about some homemade pizza for lunch? Such a breeze to bake in your Coleman oven. I found it best to bake the pizza on the top rack in the oven, though some cooks use a pizza stone on the bottom rack with very good results.


Getting back to the oven itself, let's take a look at a few of the great features, along with more baking tips. When first unboxing the oven, I was pretty surprised at how compact it folds up for storage and travel. Very impressive design. It takes up almost no room in the Rubbermaid tote I use for organizing my camping kitchen gear. Included in the box: Coleman Camp Oven, two baking racks, and instructions.

Set-up takes less than 30 seconds. Open a couple of latches, unfold the oven, lock the latches, and pop in the two racks. Didn't even break a sweat.


The oven sits over the top of a burner on my Coleman propane stove. To bake with the oven, you do need the stove and a full one-pound bottle of propane. I made the mistake of starting a pan of muffins with a partially empty propane canister attached to the stove. The propane ran out before the muffins had finished baking. Lesson learned. 


You will note the heat indicator gauge on the front door of the camp oven. I keep an eye on the temperature as the oven initially preheats and also while my food is cooking. It only takes about a minute for each 100 degrees of heat gain. Amazing!


That said, the most important thing I have learned about baking temperatures with my Coleman oven is to bake things at a lower temp than what is recommended on the recipe or package. I get perfect muffins and cinnamon rolls when I bake them 100 degrees below the temperature I would use in a regular home oven (250 degrees instead of 350 degrees). They bake for about the same length of time.


Finally, it is important to use this camp oven out of the wind. If you are cooking outdoors on a windy day, or a chilly day, a windbreak makes a huge difference. Some owners of this oven cover it with a small welding blanket to help conserve heat when cooking outside in conditions that would make the oven work harder and longer. They do this because the oven has vent slots where heat can escape. I haven't tried this, but I appreciate the tip, and could see myself making use of this idea.

For a very moderate price, the Coleman Camp Oven is a winning addition to any camper's kitchen. And, as I have experienced this year, it is invaluable for those temporarily unable to use their regular home oven. It definitely perked me up on days when I would have had no other way to bake my meals. I can honestly say I am happy I made this purchase. Enough said. Let's eat!




You may also be interested in this related review by a writing colleague: Coleman Classic Stove










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14 comments:

  1. Ah, Diana. Wish I had known about this Coleman Camp Oven in the days I used a Coleman stove for all the camping we did. Sounds like the perfect accessory for any kitchen - the one utilized on camping trips and the home kitchen for power outages (of which I've experienced many over the years due to weather-related phenomena). Thanks for the information.

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    1. It is very handy, for sure. A pretty cheap insurance for those times when the weather is causing mayhem. And, why suffer while camping? Camping is all about delicious food.

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  2. We sure could have used one of these during the years we took the family camping. My other half once made a stone oven to bake some pastries in and we were busy trying to get the grit out of the buns when one of the rocks exploded. It would have been so much easier with one of these. I love that it's so compact and easy to take along. Thanks Diana for a sharing a great find!

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    1. Exploding rocks! You guys sure had some exciting camping adventures. With the Coleman oven, there are no shrapnel injuries. Thank heavens!

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  3. My goodness, Diana - I had no idea you were a baker in addition to your many other impressive talents! Those cinnamon rolls and that pizza you baked in your Coleman camp oven look positively amazing. I have never gone camping, but if I had known that “Camping is all about delicious food,” as you said to Wednesday Elf, I might even have been persuaded to brave the biting insects (to whom I am like chocolate cake, lol)!

    As you know, my husband and and I have been making do with an electric countertop oven for several years. If I had known about the Coleman camp oven, I might have purchased one of those (and the companion propane camp stove) instead. I especially appreciate your tips for adjusting the baking temperature when using this propane-fueled camp stove and oven combo.

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    1. Well, perhaps a rustic baker. But, hey, deliciousness _is_ deliciousness, right? Some people hear the "call of the wild." I hear some blueberry muffins calling my name.

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    2. A kindred spirit (but you knew that!). πŸ’—

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    3. I did... know that we are kindred at heart, in mind, with soul, and spirit. Chosen family.

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  4. Wow! I must have a Coleman Oven!!! I can't believe I had no idea Coleman made an oven for camping. I might need a second Coleman stove for it though so I can cook on the stove top and bake at the same time. (thinking breakfast with eggs, bacon & biscuits) This is just sooooo cool! Thank you so much for introducing me to the Coleman camp oven, plus all of the use tips. You just saved me the trial, error and burn phase. I really love this and how it folds up for storage & travel! Birthday gift time! Wonder if I can dream up a gift giving occasion before that? Oh, yes! Father's Day!!! My husband needs this oven and our children always want gift recommendations. (hahahaha - I love the timely way that worked)

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    1. You made me laugh out loud. I love that devious thinking. Actually, I bought this as a birthday gift for myself. It would be the perfect Father's Day gift, no doubt about that. As I was writing my review, I thought about how you needed this Coleman Camp Oven. Breakfast biscuits... now we're talkin'! Yummers to the max!

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  5. What an amazing product! That made some awesome food. I had never thought there was such a thing as an oven for camping. What a terrific gift idea for that special someone who loves to camp - we have a few souls like that in our family. I was surprised at how reasonable the price was too!

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    1. Doesn't it make you wonder who invented the camping oven? I am always curious about the individuals who come up with these ideas.

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  6. We used to go camping a lot as a family when I was a child and this Coleman camping oven would have been amazing to have! I think for anyone who goes camping now it would be a great addition. It would be a perfect gift for a family who loves camping too! Also I can see it is wonderful to have for when there are power cuts. You have clearly cooked very delicious food on this oven, thank you for introducing me to it.

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