This is something I’ve been wanting to try.

The beginnings of my summer kitchen!
I bake all my own bread, of course. In the winter the heat from the oven is welcome inside the Lair. In the heart of the summer, not so much. I would have pulled the oven out of the Interim Lair, but when the guy I gave it to hauled it off he planned to spend time in it. That plan went by the wayside, but now the IL’s oven is a home for rats.

Landlady and I pulled this one out of another small RV trailer several years ago, and she used it temporarily until she got around to spending the money for a proper oven in the Meadow House. This weekend we installed that oven, and this little one was at loose ends.

RV ovens work surprisingly well, all things considered. If I can keep the rats out of this one and keep it covered from the weather, it might serve for summer baking.

Wasn’t really planning to put the propane bottle on the same shelf with the oven, but I couldn’t find a longer hose.

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8 Responses to This is something I’ve been wanting to try.

  1. Ben says:

    If that shelf were sturdier, I would say to pile some bricks between the two and call it good. But under the conditions I see, I think a longer hose is called for. Now you need to create (or scrounge) an awning to go over that window.

  2. Joel says:

    For now I’m going to go with a smaller (lighter) propane bottle, a cementboard barrier between them, and a tarp.

  3. Kentucky says:

    Yeah . . . longer hose, bottle under tank, cement board (or two) under oven, and cover. Not “code” but . . .

    And a nice, sturdy diagonal brace across the back side of the structure. In a pinch, I have X-braced such shelving with electric fence wire. Works great.


  4. Kentucky says:

    Geeze . . . BOTTLE UNDER OVEN, not under tank, Grrrr

  5. Judy says:

    And cement board to protect the wall of the lair from the back wall of the oven.

  6. MJR says:

    Now if the cows don’t brush by it…

  7. Phssthpok says:

    Any chance I could prevail upon you to pontificate a bit more on the RV-oven-as-daily-use-unit a bit more? I have an RV I intend to gut to outfit my cabin and would like to know if my intent to install the oven/range as a permanent unit is overly optimistic.

  8. Joel says:

    The oven is the one piece of RV equipment I’ve never had trouble with. I lived in an RV for five years when I first came here and had trouble with the floor, the roof, the plumbing, the fridge, the electrical, the insulation, the windows, the furnace…but never with the oven. They work fine.

    They do come in different sizes, though, and you want to make sure that the one you’re planning to salvage is a sufficient size for your needs. Like, my friend T, who lived in a bigger newer fifth-wheel, got a turkey once and had to bring it to my place to roast because it would fit in my oven but not in his.

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