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How to prepare a brand new camp oven for first use

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Wahoo you have just bought a brand new pre-seasoned camp oven but now what? This detailed guide will show you how to prepare a brand new camp oven ready for your first cook up.

NOTE: This article is for preparing a brand new camp oven that has been “factory pre-seasoned”.

Preparing a brand new camp oven for first use

How to prepare a brand new camp oven

Total Time: 1 hour

1. Gather Your Equipment together

Equipment you will need to prepare a brand new camp oven

A bristle brush or good scour pad
Dishwashing liquid
A tub big enough to sit the oven in
A running source of clean water

2. Fill the tub with soapy water

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Place your camp oven in a bucket, tub or container thats big enough to hold it and fill with warm water, once full put a squirt of dishwashing liquid in and mix it up.

3. Give the camp oven a scrub

brand new camp oven, Ron teaches you what to do with a brand new camp oven.

Give it a really good scrub with your bristle brush or scour pad in the tub of dishwashing liquid and warm water. Don’t worry about hurting the seasoning I guarantee your arm will wear out from scrubbing before any of the seasonings wears off the oven.

Note: We aren’t going to worry too much about the outside of the oven just a quick scrub there will do. But be very thorough with all the cooking surfaces including the underside of the lid.

4. Oil the camp oven

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When you are satisfied that the camp oven is rinsed clean, allow it to dry in the sun. Then give it a light spray of cooking oil, (I use the cheapest brand I can get), and wipe it thoroughly with a paper towel or cloth. You don’t want to leave it too oily as this can create off flavours if left to go rancid.

Congratulations, your new oven is now food safe and ready to use or put away for your next camping trip!

Estimated Cost: 10 AUD

Supply:

  • Dishwashing liquid
  • A Container big enough to sit the oven in
  • A running source of clean water
  • A heat source (eg a gas burner, heat beads or a fire)
  • Good heatproof gloves

Tools:

  • A bristle brush or good scour pad

Materials: Brand New Camp Oven

Frequently asked questions

My camp oven is pre-seasoned, what does that mean?

It means that the camp oven has already had the seasoning process done at the foundry and is ready to use straight out of the box, however, I recommend following my “Preparing a brand new camp oven for first use guide”

Do I need to season a brand new Cast Iron Camp Oven?

If you brought a brand new pre-seasoned camp oven from a camping store then no, it’s ready to go straight out of the box however I recommend following my “Preparing a brand new camp oven for first use guide”

If you brought a brand new foundry made camp oven then yes you do need to season it, you can do this by following my “How to season a camp oven” guide.

What’s the best camp oven to buy?

My simple answer is, any camp oven from a camping shop or online retailer is fine to cook in. I’ve written a “What camp oven should i buy” guide to help you choose your first camp oven.

Products Recommended By Mick

9QT Camp Oven

The Campfire Cast Iron Camp Oven is perfect for keeping you and the kids satisfied on your next family camping holiday.

$69.90 @ Snowys

Camp Oven Lid Lifter

This lifter is made from heavy gauge steel, with a spiral handle which will suit most camp ovens.

$7.90 @ Snowys

Campfire Protective Leather Gloves

Make lighting your BBQ so much simpler and faster with the BBQ Charcoal Starter from Darche.

$15.90 @ Snowys
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