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With camp oven cooking becoming so popular nowadays especially since covid and more and more people are wanting to get that old vintage collectable camp oven for their collection.
Having owned many old camp ovens I completely understand why as vintage camp ovens are really nice to cook with and in my personal opinion, I think they season so much better.
I’ve often seen post’s of camp ovens for sale that say “vintage rusty camp oven”, however, it’s just a Chinese made camp oven that’s a bit rusty and maybe the seller didn’t know anything about it and they have just assumed that just like if you don’t know if its vintage and you have assumed it because it’s rusty.
Because of for sale posts like that is the reason why I have created this post, as I just want to help you know what you are looking for when you are out there looking for a vantage camp oven. (there is nothing wrong with that camp oven it is just mistakenly identified)
The most common way to tell if a camp oven is old is by the ears or via the lid. I have put together a list of features below to help you identify if your camp oven is old or not.
Please note: This guide is to help you identify whether your camp oven is vintage. If you have a vintage oven and need help to identify the brand, please feel free to contact us for help with identification.
The BailThe bail, or handle, of Asian camp ovens are generally a plain wire handle or a wire handle with a spiral.
The LidThe lids have a very distinctive shape; they are flat with a lip and commonly have big branding. They often have the sizing listed in quarts. Australian or European ovens are sized by inches.
The EarsThe ears are the part of the camp oven that holds the bail. The ears are a dead give away for Asian made ovens as they are always flat with two holes.
The BaseGenerally have a flat bottom, however, there are some that do have legs. Just look at the ears or the bail if you’re still unsure.
The BailThe bail, or handle, of vintage camp ovens were generally made by a blacksmith out of thick steel, and come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, depending on who made it.
The LidThe lids have a very distinctive shape; they are domed with a different style lip for coals to stay on top and the lid and handle are also different.
The EarsThe ears are the part of the camp oven that holds the bail. The ears are a dead give away for vintage camp ovens as they are sit vertical, like our own ears, and have a wide opening.
The LegsThese camp ovens have legs, and it is also common to find them with the legs cut off.
If you’re still unsure, please feel free to post some photos on our Facebook page so we can have a look for you.
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