First use of the outdoor oven

I’ve wanted to do this for years. We’re just before the monsoon here, mornings are hot and afternoons are hotter. Wouldn’t it be great if I could do my baking outdoors?

As of this morning, I can.
Unfortunately my hopes for that mesh shelf have been dashed. It’s only been there for two days, and I already had the beginnings of a packrat nest inside the oven. So yes, they can and will climb a metal shelf to get to possible shelter.
Of course I had no way of knowing how accurate the temperature control was, so I swiped the thermometer out of the Lair’s oven. Turns out this one runs a little hot. Good to know…
Not my prettiest loaves ever, but neither underdone nor burned. Now I have to find some way to seal it against rodents between uses, if possible…

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6 Responses to First use of the outdoor oven

  1. Joel says:

    If it’s got babies in there, then maybe. Otherwise I think a mouse or rat would leave when it got too hot. But then the nesting material would catch fire, which would do my baking no good at all.

  2. Ben says:

    I hate to make a big job out of this Joel, but you may need to build yourself a rat proof, chuck wagon-style, mini-shed for your outdoor kitchen. Meanwhile, can you seal up the oven with some some sort of rat-resistant screen such as hardware cloth?

  3. coloradohermit says:

    “this one runs a little hot”
    Seeing all that black on the oven, you may be getting a bit of Sun Oven effect adding to the temp. Anyway, your bread looks great.

  4. Joel says:

    I wondered about that. The door got mighty hot in the morning sun before I ever turned on the gas. I don’t really know how the thermostat/temp selector works. But next time I’ll try it in the late afternoon when it’s been in shadow for a while, just to see.

    In the meantime I’ll disconnect it from the propane bottle and clear a space in my small shed, which is sealed against rodents.

  5. MJR says:

    Very nice Joel. I wonder, does pack rat taste like chicken? You need to carve and hang a sign over your doorway that says:

    “We have done so much with so little for so long we can now do anything with nothing.”

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