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Old 01-13-2006, 07:32 PM   #1
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Question Brinkmann Propane outdoor oven

Does anyone have any experience with the Brinkmann propane outdoor oven? We are looking for an oven to use while boondocking. (Our 96 Excella has the combination microwave-convection oven.) We saw it listed on the REI catalog web site. After searching the web, we have not been able to find any reviews of the product.

This looks like a pretty good solution for fresh homemade biscuits in the morning. Combined with the smell of bacon cooking wafting across the campground, it is heaven.

Attached is a photo from the catalog web site. It runs on a 1 lb. propane bottle with the typical non-regulating gas valve and a thermometer. The interior is just big enough for a pan of biscuits.

Anybody using one of these?
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Thumbs up Looks great for boondocking

Thanks for posting this, great information. The Brinkmann is a nice size and a good company.
There's something else new on the market for 2006 and that's the Coleman Instastart Propane Oven, matchless, it wasn't on the Coleman website yet, just a letter about it. At a vendor's website though it appears, and here's the description:
Capable of cooking with 13" x 9" pans, thanks to a large interior capacity: 12" x 14" x 5". Includes a fully adjustable 5000 BTU bottom burner capable of 450° baking temperatures. Comes complete with Perfectflow™ propane pressure control, InstaStart electronic ignition, easy-to-see top-mounted temperature gauge, view-through glass built into the door, removable crumb/drip tray for easy cleaning, double wall construction, cool-touch handle, and adjustable wire rack.

I like both ovens for boondocking, mostly because with a young child around I'd be worried about safety-- cooking over a campfire. I don't think I could do the dutch oven over the coals with a feeling that I could concentrate on cooking and relaxing. I like that both ovens are matchless too. Probably no reviews because both products are so new. I was surprised that the Brinkmann wasn't featured on the Brinkmann website but was available online through other stores.
Not sure yet which we'll go with but I do like the window on the Coleman...
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Not being much of a cook, and never used the oven in my unit, I have a question.

With the oven already in my trailer, why would I want another to use outside of the trailer? (Other than to take the heat out of my trailer) Wouldn't the biscuit smell be better inside?

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Smile This is for those of us who are propane ovenless

Yes, sad but true some Airstreams have only the microwave convection oven which means that boondocking is harder for baking without a generator...
saw another one a little pricey but extra cute its the Outback camping stove with oven...
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I guess that shows my level of experience. I did not figure out what a micro/convection oven was till just now! Guess the micro/convection doesn't have a very big propane connection.

So you would use the portable on a table out side? Or inside?

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You haven't been missing much not using a microwave convection...I prefer the propane, that's just my opinion though, no offense intended to micro/convenctioneers... It works, its just not the same. Sort of like pop in a can vs. pop in a glass bottle, you can taste the difference if you're fussy like me..

I'd use it outside on the picnic table/under the awning if its raining, sleeting, or snowing
I'm not sure if I'd use it indoors, I guess I could. I mostly like to cook outside as much as possible.
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Is it just my overactive imagination?

I can't help but get the feeling that half of the forum members are yanking out their propane oven to shove a microwave in while the other half is trying to find portable propane ovens
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We have a small table top grill that runs on the throw away bottle of propane. We used it with our previous SOB popup when fire restrictions would not allow a fire for grilling. The only issue we had was how quickly it would empty one of those bottles.
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I can't help but get the feeling that half of the forum members are yanking out their propane oven to shove a microwave in while the other half is trying to find portable propane ovens
Is the grass greener on the other side?

OK so I am the self proclaimed micro wave king. I can not taste the difference. Especially when I am hungry, which is when I usually make food. I do have a small counter top micro wave. It does not do convection. It came out of a boat that I bought new in 1986. Not sure convection in a micro was made back then. And I have a small electric toaster oven. I guess that would be the convection part.

I have not used the regular propane oven that came with my pull along. In fact not sure if the previous owners did either. It's pretty clean in there. However it has made for great storage.

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The propane oven is also a good way to test the smoke alatm
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I can't help but get the feeling that half of the forum members are yanking out their propane oven to shove a microwave in while the other half is trying to find portable propane ovens
LOL!! I think the only thing I miss about the ex trailer is the oven. I do love all the extra drawers and storage in the new one. Trade offs I guess. I've already got my wish list for the future trailer going, oven for sure.
Seriously we love boondocking and I like baking, real baking, so that's why the oven. How else am I gonna bake sweet potato pie in the wilds of northern Michigan?
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Smile Propane ovens

I checked on the Outback oven, very pricy considering that the trailer has a working stove top. The coleman and the Brinkmann are in the same ballpark on price. The advantage of the Coleman is the 50 degree higher max. temperature. The advantage of the Brinkmann is the second shelf and the taller interior. It looks like both models are new for 2006.

I am trying to come up with solutions that do not require a generator, because of the noise (even with the quiet Hondas).

It is great to crank up the portable propane stove and fill the campground with the smell of bacon frying in the morning. The addition of fresh baked bread might cause a riot. Hmmmm. (I prefer to not cook the bacon inside, due to the lingering aroma and spatter that covers an area around the stove.)

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Being a self professed foodie, I can see both sides to being a great option. I hate cooking (baking) with a gas oven-it drives me insane for some reason. It just never seems to turn out evenly for some reason. A true convection oven saved my life in an apartment I used to live in just outside of Boston, MA where all I had was a gas stove. I used the stovetop to cook with (pasta, boiling anything such as eggs, etc) and the convection oven to bake so I could have normal brownies and such. I think in my 57 Overlander I will do something very similiar-have a convection oven to do cooking and baking in (though I really don't see myself doing a whole lot of baking while traveling...but who knows right?) and the stovetop for quicker meals, and of course a campfire or bbq for doing most of the bigger meal items. That's the whole of it for me, I think...but that's just my opinion too

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Wev'e baked in this..just had to experiment with the oven thermometer a little.

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