What camp oven should I buy?

“Over the past few years, the allure of camp oven cooking has experienced a remarkable surge in popularity. As an ardent promoter of this traditional cooking method for the past decade, I’ve witnessed firsthand the growing interest and enthusiasm within the camp oven cooking community. The evidence is clear, from the increasing number of eager individuals joining my Facebook group seeking advice and inspiration.

With this surge in popularity comes a flood of questions, particularly from those venturing into the world of camp oven cooking for the first time. Among the most common inquiries are:

  • Which brand of camp oven should I buy?
  • What type of camp oven is best suited for my needs?
  • And what size should I choose?

These questions reflect the challenges faced by many aspiring camp oven cooks when confronted with the wide range of options available. Choosing the right camp oven can indeed be a daunting task. However, fear not, for I am here to provide you with guidance and valuable insights to help you make an informed decision.

In this article, I will address these pressing questions and shed light on the key considerations when selecting your first camp oven. Whether you’re a seasoned outdoor enthusiast or a novice camper looking to embrace the art of camp oven cooking, I aim to equip you with the knowledge you need to make the best choice that aligns with your needs and preferences.

So, join me on this journey as we explore the different types of camp ovens, unravel their pros and cons, and delve into the realm of brands and sizes. By the end, you’ll have the confidence to embark on your camp oven cooking adventures, armed with the perfect camp oven that will elevate your outdoor culinary experiences.

Remember, while the selection process may appear overwhelming, rest assured that with proper care and attention, any camp oven can be a reliable and indispensable companion in your cooking endeavors.

Now, let’s dive into the world of camp ovens and discover the perfect fit for your culinary aspirations!”

My tip to you is to make your selection in the following order.

  1. Choose what type first, Cast Iron, Spun Steel or Aluminium – View Types
  2. Choose what size next will suit your cooking needs.
  3. Then choose what brand, this one is not so important as all brands are really good.

key points to remember when purchasing a cast iron new camp oven.

  • Make sure the lid fits well. – Due to the way camp ovens are manufactured, it is common for the lid to not to fit snug and it is important that they are a match.
  • There are no defects or large holes. – Due to the sand casting of the camp ovens, the ovens can have dags or holes, and while it is okay, you don’t want too many.
  • Is it already pre-seasoned? – A pre-seasoned camp oven is great as it is ready to use. Yet, we do recommend you give it a quick wash and a light coat of cooking oil.
  • Does it have a lip on the lid? It is important if you are cooking with coals or briquettes that the camp oven has a lip to stop the coals falling off.

What Type of Camp Oven should I buy?

When it comes to choosing the type of camp oven that best suits your needs, it ultimately boils down to personal preference. Traditionally, camp ovens were crafted from heavy cast iron, known for their exceptional heat retention and durability.

However, modern advancements have introduced alternative materials such as steel and aluminium, offering lighter options for camp oven enthusiasts.

Types of camp ovens

  • Cast Iron Camp Ovens
  • Spun Steel Camp Ovens
  • Cast Iron Potjies
  • Cast Aluminium Camp ovens

Here is a detailed list of all types of camp ovens and their pros and cons, to help you choose which one you would like to buy.

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Cast Iron Camp Oven

Cast Iron Camp Ovens are the original and most popular camp ovens.


  • Cast iron has great heat retention, ideal for slow cooking.
  • Even distribution of heat for oven effect; and
  • It will last forever if properly looked after.


  • Can crack when dropped or when cold/hot water is added to a hot oven.
  • Heavy Cast Iron
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Spun steel Camp Oven

Spun steel camp ovens are a versatile, robust and lightweight alternative to cast iron camp ovens.


  • Robust and lightweight, ideal for travellers.
  • Heats and cooks quickly
  • The lid can be used as a frypan


  • Not a traditional Camp Oven
  • Doesn’t retain heat as well as cast iron
  • Heat management can be tricky due to thickness.
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Cast Iron Potjie

A three-legged South African-style cast iron camp oven with a cauldron shape.


  • support legs allow it to nestle into the coals
  • hick cast iron retains heat, ideal for slow cooking;
  • The rounded shape is ideal for wet dishes like stews and curries.


  • Big and heavy
  • Not as good for roasts and cakes due to shape.
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Cast Aluminium Camp Oven

Cast aluminium is a lightweight alternative to a cast iron camp oven.


  • lightweight, ideal for travellers.
  • Won’t Rust.
  • Heats and cooks quickly.
  • Can be customised with your name or slogan.


  • Doesn’t retain heat as well as cast iron.
  • Made of aluminium
  • Still heavier than a spun steel camp oven.

What Brand of Camp Oven should I buy?

The most common brands of cast iron camp ovens you will find are Oztrail, Coleman, Camp Fire, Spinifex, Outdoor Connection and many more. 

Don’t fixate on which brand is better as they are all good, any brand camp oven will be suitable as long as you look after it.

Mick – The Camp Oven Cook

Here is a list of camp oven brands you will find at your local camping store or online here in Australia:

Cast Iron Camp Oven Brands

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Different brands are available in Australia of cast iron camp ovens.

Chinese Brands

Australian Brands

Spun steel Camp Oven

What camp oven should I buy? | The Camp Oven Cook

Different brands are available in Australia of Spun steel camp ovens.

Australian Brands

Cast Iron Potjie

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Different brands are available in Australia of Potjies.

Potjie Brands

  • Camp Fire
  • Best Duty
  • Cadac

Cast Aluminium Camp Oven

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Different brands are available in Australia of Cast aluminium.

Aluminium Brands

What Size Camp Oven should I buy?

I personally recommend that any one starting out should purchase a size that would be perfect to cook anything, from roast, dampers, cakes and more, i recomend a 9qt (12inch) camp oven they are a great all rounder size of camp oven. For a second oven i would recomend a 4qt (10inch) Camp oven, these are also good if you are only cooking for one or two people.

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I like to own many camp ovens, it enables me to cook a Camp Oven Feast.

Cast iron vs Spun steel?

The answer to this question comes down to your personal preference, you need to make a decision based on your needs, because