Camp Chef Outdoor Camp Oven Review

Camp Chef Outdoor Camp Oven

Camp Chef Outdoor Camp Oven
8.9

Size - Cooking Area

9.2 /10

Brand

8.9 /10

Performance

9.4 /10

Functionality

8.6 /10

Appearance

8.2 /10

Price

8.8 /10

Pros

  • Compact
  • Easy to light
  • Fast heating
  • Very versatile
  • Sturdy, well-built
  • Efficient
  • Attractive

Cons

  • Manual oven control
  • Not as efficient in cold, windy weather
  • Larger and heavier than camp stove with only burners

Camp Chef Outdoor Camp Oven

How would you like to take the kitchen stove into the backyard with you, or on your next camping trip? With the Camp Chef Outdoor Camp Oven, you can do that. This compact propane oven is complete with 2 burners on top in addition to its oven. Your outdoor cooking just kicked up a notch. Anything you cook indoors you can now cook outside with this made in the USA camp oven. How well does it do that? Read this detailed review to find out.

 

 

 

 

Name:  The Camp Chef Outdoor Camp Oven
Price: See Amazon links at end of this post for current price
Manufacturer: Vista Outdoor
CEO: Mark DeYoung
Overall Rank:  89 out of 100

Camp Chef Outdoor Camp Oven – Overview

This is an outdoor cooking appliance that can enhance your camping or backyard experience a lot. Most camping stoves have one or more burners that have grills, stovetop grates, or griddles that cook hamburgers, hot dogs, ribs, chicken, fish, bacon and eggs, veggies, and so on.

The Camp Chef Outdoor Camp Oven does not only that but adds an oven for things like rolls, pies, cornbread, nachos, roasts, meatloaf, casseroles, pot pies, muffins, and more.

Portable and versatile, it boasts enough heat to cook anything from a Camp Chef Outdoor Camp Oven Review - Cinnamon Bunsbreakfast skillet to fresh cinnamon rolls. And with its insulated oven walls, you will find it highly efficient.

Folks have used this camp oven for many different uses. At cottages, off-grid cabins, camps, on the beach, in the backyard, on hunting trips, at outdoor parks for picnics and family reunions, for emergency preparedness or anywhere that power and gas are not available.

 

Camp Chef Outdoor Camp Oven – Features

The Camp Chef Outdoor Camp Oven has dual burners and a spacious oven.

Two removable oven racks allow you to bake your meal and dessert at the same time.

For your convenience, it also comes with a built-in temperature gauge.

The temperature of the burners and oven are controlled by fully adjustable heat control dials.

The folding lid doubles as a three-sided windscreen. And starting the Camp Oven is easy with the matchless ignition.

Construction is stainless steel for great looks and rugged durability. The oven box walls are insulated for high efficiency.

You will love the easy to clean nonstick enamel cooking surface that saves time and effort when it comes time to clean up.

And if this isn’t enough versatility for you, Camp Chef also makes BBQ boxes, flattop griddles, and pizza ovens. With these you can grill, griddle, bake, boil, stir-fry, steam, and even cook Dutch oven all on a single Camp Chef stove.

Camp Chef Outdoor Camp Oven – Brand

Camp Chef Inc., established in 1990, is located in Cache Valley, Utah, by the beautiful Bear River Mountain Range. They specialize in versatile, outdoor camp cooking systems that they test in these perfect surroundings.

After 20 years, Camp Chef began addressing the demands for outdoor cooking at home with innovative stoves, smokers, fire pits, and more.

Its pledge, which they have been living up to ever since being founded, is to improve and create new products that fulfill the needs of its customers.

Camp Chef Outdoor Camp Oven – Performance

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Size – Cooking Area vs BTUs

3,000 BTU/hr. power a cooking area of 11″ (27.9 cm.) x 16″ (40.6 cm.) x 9″ (22.9 cm.). In this area, you can easily fit a 9″ (22.9 cm.) x 13″ (33 cm.) pan or cookie sheet and cook at temperatures up to 400ºF (204.4 ºC).

The two brass range burners are rated 7,500 BTU/hr. Even with the lid unfolded to form a 3-sided windscreen you can cook with a 12″ (30 cm.) and 9″ (22 cm.) pan side by side.

You can use the Camp Chef Outdoor Camp Oven to cook an entire, healthy, hearty meal. Pan fry fish, boil vegetables, bake potatoes, and cook a pie all at the same time.

Efficiency

Insulated oven box walls allow you to cook at 350ºF (176.7ºC) for up to 7 hours on a single 1 lb. propane bottle.

With an adapter hose, available separately, you can extend cooking time using larger 20 lb. propane tanks.

Camp Chef Outdoor Camp Oven – Functionality

Portability

For all of its amazing capabilities, this Camp Oven is very compact measuring just over a foot deep, less than 2 feet wide and 1-1/2 feet high. See actual dimensions in the specifications section below.

The lid which doubles as a 3-sided windscreen folds down flat and convenient carry handles are built-in. You may want to put a bungee cord over the lid to hold it securely as it doesn’t latch in place very well. If not secured, the lid can flop around during transport.

At a weight of 32 lbs. (14.5 kg) this is not something you go backpacking or hiking around with. But, the convenient carry handles and folding lid make it portable enough to take with you in your RV, or to a tailgate party.

Durability

Lots of praise can be found in the comments sections of Amazon, the Chef Camp, or other websites confirming the sturdiness and durability of the Camp Chef Outdoor Camp Oven. One comment mentioned 6+ years and still baking fine.

The stainless steel material resists corrosion and will last a lifetime. Also, in my experience, brass burners outlast most other types.

Appearance

The Camp Chef Outdoor Camp Oven is a very impressive looking outdoor appliance. Its stainless steel exterior and well laid out front control panel are beautiful even from far away.

I know that you are not going camping to show off a great looking camp stove. But, it does attract attention at tailgate parties and picnics.

Camp Chef Outdoor Camp Oven – Specifications

Body Material: Stainless Steel
Burner Material: Brass
Stovetop Cooking Area: 21″ (53.3 cm.) x 12″ (30.5 cm.)
Oven Inside Dimensions: 10″ (25.4 cm.) x 16″ (40.6 cm.) x 10″ (25.4 cm.)
Finish: Black/Silver
Burner Power:  2 x 7,500 BTU/hr.
Oven Power: 3,000 BTU/hr.
Total Output: 18,000 BTU/hr
Dimensions: 18″ (45.7 cm)L x 24″ (70 cm)W x 31″ (78.7 cm)H
Weight:  32lb ( kg)

Camp Chef Outdoor Camp Oven – Pros and Cons

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Pros:

  • Compact, easy carry handles
  • Easy lighting and fast heat-up
  • Very versatile – dual burners + oven
  • Sturdy, well-built
  • Foldable lid doubles as 3-way windbreak
  • Efficient
  • Attractive
  • Made in the USA

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Cons:

  • Not as efficient in extreme weather, e.g. high winds plus low temps
  • Oven control is manual, not automatic – needs to be continuously monitored
  • Although compact for an oven, it takes up more space than a camp stove with just burners and weighs more

Camp Chef Outdoor Camp Oven – Attachments and Accessories

The Camp Chef Outdoor Camp Oven comes with the following:

  • Two 7,500 BTU brass range burners
  • 3,000 BTU oven
  • Fully adjustable heat-control dials
  • Matchless ignition
  • Built-in oven heat gauge
  • Two removable oven racks
  • Folding lid
  • Convenient carry handles

Available accessories, sold separately, include:

  • Deluxe oven carry bag (recommended)
  • Flat Top Griddle
  • Reversible Grill
  • BBQ Grill Box
  • Artisan Pizza Oven
  • Cover bags for accessories
  • Camping pots, pans and cooking tools

Camp Chef Outdoor Camp Oven – Customer Reviews

Amazon Customer Review Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars with 88% positive (4 or 5 out of 5 stars):

 

Fakespot analysis detected 80% high-quality reviews on Amazon and rated them grade B.

Who is the Camp Chef Outdoor Camp Oven For?

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The Camp Chef Outdoor Camp Oven is for anyone that wants to step up their outdoor cooking experience. It is ideal for taking to tailgate parties, picnics, or road tripping in a camper or RV.

Or cook something special up in the backyard for your family. When it’s hot indoors, your cooling bill will thank-you for cooking outside.

In spite of all the good reviews and many uses, you should realize that this outdoor camp oven is not for everyone. In spite of its compact size for an oven, it is bigger than a simple camp stove that only has burners. It is also heavier. So if you are going backpacking, hiking, or camping deep in the woods, this is not the right “portable” camp stove for you.

For smaller portable propane gas grills check out The 10 Best Camping Stoves & Grills For 2018 where there are lots of great alternatives to choose from.

Camp Chef Outdoor Camp Oven – My Final Opinion

So, if you are looking for a portable oven for cooking where no services are available, I give the Camp Chef Outdoor Camp Oven a rating of 89 out of 100 and a recommended buy.

Camp Chef Outdoor Camp Oven – Buy Now

If the Camp Chef Outdoor Camp Oven is the right one for you, click on the Amazon links below for your buying options. Hover your mouse over them to find the latest price.

 


What is your experience with the Camp Chef Outdoor Camp Oven? Are you happy with it or have you had issues? Please let me know. Add your comment or questions in the comment box below, I’d love to hear from you.

2 Replies to “Camp Chef Outdoor Camp Oven Review”

  1. Hi Ed, thanks for a great and informative post about a great item. I would love to say to you that if I stayed in the US or anywhere at all that gets good weather that you could just decide you were going camping or to the beach etc, then I would most certainly go out and purchase one of these ovens.

    I can just imagine all of us going to an NFL game and using one of these ovens in a trailer park before the game as we witnessed when we were in New York in 2012.

    I am just disappointed that I live in the UK after seeing this post. We cannot plan to do anything unless it is on the spur of the moment because of the weather.

    1. Hi Cheryl,

      Thanks for stopping by and taking time to leave your comment. I can appreciate what you are saying about the weather affecting your outdoor plans. I’ve been to England and Ireland as well. It seems to always be raining. Can’t say I did any camping there.

      However, there are parts of the US that have more inclement weather than the UK and I have met many folks from places like Montana, Upper Michigan, Wisconsin, and so on across the northern states that are avid outdoorsman. They take camping seriously and bring along camp stoves and ovens and make the most of whatever good weather they can get. And yes, I’ve been there and done that myself. It isn’t always fun but camping is a wonderful experience no matter what.

      Anyways, if you change your mind, Amazon UK has the Camp Chef Outdoor Camp Oven available as well as most of the other camp stoves described on The 10 Best Camping Stoves & Grills For 2018.

      Ed

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