A cardboard box will make an
oven -- and it works just as well as your oven at home! There are different
ways to make a cardboard box oven.
1. The open
top Box Oven
Cut off the flaps so that the
box has four straight sides and bottom. The bottom of the box will be the
top of the oven.
Cover the box inside COMPLETELY
with foil, placing the shiny side out.
To use the oven, place
the pan with food to be baked on a footed grill over the lit charcoal
briquets. The grill should be raised about ten inches above the charcoal.
Set the cardboard oven over the food and charcoal. Prop up one end of
the oven with a pebble to provide the air charcoal needs to burn - or
cut air vents along the lower edge of the oven.
2. The copy
paper Box Oven
The cardboard boxes that hold
reems of paper, 10 reems of 8 1/2 by 11 inch paper, or 10 reems of 8 1/2
by 14 inch paper, will make very nice box ovens. Line the inside of the
box and lid with aluminum foil. Use a sponge to dab some Elmer's glue around
the inside and cover to hold the foil in place. Make a couple holes in the
cover to let the combustion gases out, and make a few holes around the sides
near the bottom, to let oxygen in.
Make a tray to hold the
charcoal using one or two metal pie plates. You can either make feet for
a single pie plate using nuts and bolts, or bolt two pie plates together
bottom to bottom. Cut a couple coat hangers to make a rack to hold up
the cooking pan. Poke the straight pieces of coat hanger through once
side, and into the other. Two pieces will usually do fine..
Put several lit briquets
on the pie pan, put your cooking pan on the rack, and place the cover
on top. The first time you use this box oven, check it a few times to
make sure that enough oxygen is getting in, and enough gases are escaping,
to keep the charcoal burning.
3. Box oven
without the box!
David T. Berg says, "I saw
a demo last week at our round table of the box oven minus the box! Proceedure:
- Pound four one inch +
diameter by about 1.5 ft length sticks into the ground in the shape
of a square about 1.5 ft per side and wrap them with heavy duty foil.
- Arrange aluminum foil
around stakes and drape over top and crimp to hold in place. Also line
floor with foil.
- Drive three or four stakes
into the ground through the foil floor to hold up the baking dish.
It looked kind of ugly
but worked pretty well for baking the bisquits. If you make it this way,
you don't have to take up room with a bulky box. Anyway, that's what the
person doing the demo said."
5. Yet another
description of a Box Oven
From Dori Byron, Fair Winds
Girl Scout Council Trainer, Brownie leader, and Computer nut, "You need:
- One large box (wiskey
or any double corragated box that will fit a cake pan or cookie sheet
with about 1" all around will do.) Note: this does not have to have
a lid or top.
- Lots of large high quality,
heavy duty, tin foil (commercial time, use Renyolds wrap)
- Four small TIN juice
- A 9x13 cake pan or small
- One #10 can, open at
both ends and vented at bottom for charcoal chimney.
- One small friendly stone
to vent bottom
First cover the inside
of box with two layers of foil. Be sure you have no box showing anywhere.
You can tape it down on OUTSIDE. Place a large sheet of foil on a level,
not burnable, piece of ground. Place the charcoal chimney on the foil
and place a fire starter and whole charcoals (one for every 40 degrees
of temperature plus one or two for cold, wet, or wind) Light the chimney
and wait about 20 min for charcoal to be ready. Pull off chimney and spread
out charcoal to fit under pan used. Place four small juice cans to support
cake pan and lower box oven over all. Vent on leaward (thats away from
the wind for non mariners) side with small stone. Cook for amount of time
called for in recipe. If cooking for much more than 30 minutes replenish
Note: Be sure and lift
box straight up or you will "dump"the heat. No peeking allowed!! Anything
you can cook in an oven at home can be done in a box though I prefer things
that can be done in 30 min or so. Good Eating!"
For all box
Control the baking temperature
of the oven by the number of charcoal briquets used. Each briquette supplies
40 degrees of heat (a 360 degree temperature will take 9 briquets).
Experiment! Build an oven
to fit your pans - or your menu: Bake bread, brownies, roast chicken,
pizza or a coffee cake. Construct a removable oven top or oven door. Punch
holes on opposite sides of the oven and run coat hanger wire through to
make a grill to hold baking pans. Try the oven over the coals of a campfire.
about Box Ovens, from the US Scouting Service Project
There aren't many recipes here,
because you can use this box oven to cook anything from any other cookbook
that can be cooked in an oven!
Canned peach halves
Place a well drained peach half, cut side up, on a piece of foil large enough
to wrap it. Put one large marshmellow in the peach and sprinkle with a little
cinnamon. Wrap the peachy yum. Warm in the box oven until the marshmallow
is melty, 5-10 minutes.
Mmm, Mmm, Good! I want one now!
-- Thanks to Laura Humphrey, Lone Star Girl Scout Council
1 lb sausage
3 cups bisquick
1 8 oz jar Cheese Whiz or shredded cheese
Combine sausage (cooked), bisquick and cheese; shape into balls. Bake in
preheated 300 degree oven for 25 minutes or until lightly browned.