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Posted by CaL on 19th Feb 2017
We really enjoy this simple efficient oven. 4 year old enjoyed backyard fire pizza rolls today. The Smile on his face from the experience of making the fire to eating outside is priceless. Thank you
Posted by ANDREW H HOLCOMB on 2nd Jun 2016
I am very pleased not only that I purchased this particular item but, that I purchased it from Ben's Backwoods! Great service along with fast yet reasonable shipping cost.
This reflector oven works perfectly, please note with all reflector ovens you will need to use some thin kindling (small dia hardwood sticks or split kindling pieces) to have some "flame" for the thermal radiation transfer efficiency. It may not work as well without some flames.
This past weekends camping trip the reflector oven was a hit when I baked Pizza Strombolis for the entire group.
Paderno Lightweight Carbon Steel Skillet 9"
Olicamp Hard Anodized Pot Gripper / Holder
Opinel NO 12 w/lock high carbon Knife
Frozen Bread Dough (loaf size)
Jar of Mixed Italian peppers in sauce
Sausage (loose bulk type)
(Note: Any ingredients can be substituted or added based on personal preference)
Bread dough prepping prior to camping trip:
Place each loaf sized piece of bread dough into a gallon sized storage bag that has been lightly sprayed with cooking spray and place in cooler. I like to take the bag of bread dough out of the cooler late morning before the evening/night I plan to bake it and place it in the shade where it will thaw and rise (temperature dependent).
Cook loose sausage in skillet over fire. Drain and place to side.
Clean skillet and spray with cooking spray.
Place one loaf size portion of bread dough into 9" coated skillet.
Flatten out in the center and layer your sausage (cooked) pepperoni, cheese, peppers and sauce.
Pull sides of dough up and around layers of ingredients and overlap the edges one over the other. Gently flip the Stromboli placing the overlapped dough on bottom.
Assuming your fire is already prepared and you have an area to test fit the reflector oven which is next to but not touching hot coals. You do not want to place reflector oven on bed of coals. This may/will damage the oven.
Place pan with Stromboli into reflector oven and place next to fire.
Relax and watch for exterior surface to turn lightly golden. Tap gently with stick to check for firmness and uniformity of baking. Rotate as needed to achieve uniform golden brown layer. If too much "flame" is browning the top faster than it is firming up, you can lightly brush the top with butter and/or cooking spray.
If feeding several people, cut like a pie and place #2 in the oven to repeat the process.
This is a great way to show new campers you don't have to "ruff" it in the outdoors and possibly inspire one to be a little more open minded about being outdoors.
There are so many other recipes you can use but, based on crowd favor the Stromboli recipe will not disappoint!
Posted by Nate on 12th Jan 2016
After considering options to build my own, I opted to purchase this oven for not that much more than the cost of materials. Why this one: because it folds down so easily, there are no loose pieces, and it is eminently usable for most backwoods forays. Plus, its a neat little piece of kit. Buy it.
Posted by Steve on 23rd Aug 2015
I bought one of these from Ben many moons ago. I tried it out here and there. Then it ended up in storage. Recently I dug it out to try it again. With patience and a proper fire you can do wonders with these ovens! Knowing each one is individually made by one man in his shop makes it that much more special. I started out with the usual easy recipes (pizza and biscuits). Since then I've done potatoes, bacon, salmon and even reheated casseroles in it. Buy one and learn how to use it properly and you'll love it. Since it folds so flat and is quite light it is very portable. Thanks Ben.
Posted by J teston on 7th Apr 2015
This is one of the most awesome pieces of kit you will ever have a piece of history as well as a super way to cook in the field this thing is incredible! I bought a second one to make sure I'm never without a way to cook in the field this oven cooks everything from sausage to biscuits to pizza it's incredible I have made brownies bannock cornbread it's unreal everyone should try this piece of living history!
Posted by Unknown on 6th Mar 2015
Real handy and well made.
Posted by Ed Morris on 21st Nov 2014
Svante Freden's reflector oven is the best one on the market, hands down! I looked at all the reflector ovens out there, and considered making my own, but the Swedish oven beats all of them by a wide margin. It costs HALF what any others you can buy do, and is very secure and tight, once assembled. That was the tipping point for me; how tightly it went together and how secure it was, once assembled. All the other designs consist of separate pieces of steel or aluminum, that fit together with slots and tabs, secured with pins of some type. Once assembled, they all seem a bit rickety to me, although they do bake just as well as the Swedish oven. The genius of the Swedish oven is the collapsible hinged design, as well as having a handle on top. All the panels are riveted together with hinges, so set up is incredibly easy. Just remove the strap holding it closed, pull up on the handle to open it wide, fold the back piece up and lock into place, slip the baking rack in the predrilled holes; you are now ready to bake your biscuits or bread! It all goes together tightly, so it doesn't rattle or tilt over with your pan inside. A very high quality product! A standard 9 inch round metal baking pan fits in the oven, to bake your food in (that can be picked up for about one dollar at Walmart). Buy this oven and start enjoying fresh baked bread, in the woods!
Posted by Unknown on 9th Nov 2014
I haven't had a chance to use this around the campfire yet but can see from the construction and design that it will work just fine. This oven is well made, sturdy, compact and the design is great. I'm very happy with it.
Posted by Banjo Patty on 15th Jun 2014
I had debated on building a reflector oven myself and after doing the math and figuring in the frustration factor I decided on buying one. I wasn't about to pay a hundred or more bucks for one so when I found this one I was pleased. Well, I can't tell you how well built this thing is. The quality is really amazing. This fellow sure takes pride in his work. I received it in no time and ran out in the yard and built a fire. I made a batch of quick biscuits and started playing!!! What fun. I could watch the progress of the baking. I had been canoe camping a week ago with a dutch and toasted my biscuits cause I couldn't watch them without a big hastle of lifting the lid and peeking without dumping coals in the pot. Plus, the old saying out of sight, out of mind you know. Now I can add to the play factor by watching and poking! Get one and you'll entertain yourself for hours!!
Posted by Red O'Leary on 11th Feb 2014
This oven is light years better than my DIY reflector oven! I made a blueberry "muffin" in my 9" paderno steel skillet (that I also got from Ben) and this performed better than I had expected. Having used my DIY version a number of times I sort of knew what to expect, but this seemed much more efficient than mine. The craftsmanship is excellent and they're serialized and stamped by Svante. This oven is going to see a lot of action. It's definitely a quality piece of gear.
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