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How to Identify Vintage Camp Ovens

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Vintage Camp Ovens

How to Identify Vintage Camp Ovens

Vintage camp ovens have been very popular as of late. I have often seen people posting a photo of a rusty looking camp oven asking these questions:

  • How old do you think this camp oven is?
  • What brand camp oven do I have? 
  • This camp oven is rusty, is It old?
  • I just bought this camp oven, is it Australian made?

How to Identify Vintage Camp Ovens

With the popularity of camp oven cooking soaring, we are seeing a lot more people trying to score themselves a vintage camp oven. I understand why as vintage camp ovens are much nicer to cook with and they season really nice.

There are a few things that identify an Australian made camp oven compared to an Asian made camp oven. Here’s what to look out for.

The most common way to tell the origin of a camp oven 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 Bail

New Style Ovens:
The bail, or handle, of Asian camp ovens are generally a plain wire handle or a wire handle with a spiral.

Vintage Camp Ovens:
The 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 Lids:

New Style Ovens:
The 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.

Vintage Camp Ovens:
The 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 Ears:

New Style Ovens:
The 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.

Vintage Camp Ovens:
The 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 Legs:

New Style Ovens:
Generally 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.

How to Identify Vintage Camp Ovens

Vintage Camp Ovens:
These 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.

** Information supplied by myself, with the help and guidance from Ron Wilson.

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Mick The Camp Oven Cook

Mick The Camp Oven Cook

Mick is an experienced camp oven cook, who loves teaching others how to use a camp oven. Cheers Mick

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4 thoughts on “How to Identify Vintage Camp Ovens”

  1. Hi mick. Just wondering do you no much about the Rm Williams campoven and who made them I have a 12 inch and can’t find out any information cheers hope you can help

  2. Hi Mick I have an old camp oven it has Falkirk 11 ins. Stamped on to it just wondering if there was any way of ageing it ?
    Regards Dale

  3. hi i have a furphy camp oven,,that i was told was a very rare bean pot,,they were not sold as they werent very popular,do you know anything about these

  4. Hi Mick, got an Albion stoveworks oven , its a bit pitted , any idea on age? My guess is probably 60 – 70 years. Also a Furphy of Sheparton 15 ins. Just interested in its worth. Any info appreciated thanks Peter.

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