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Backcountry Baking: Excellent 1 lb. Oven

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Backcountry Baking: Excellent 1 lb. Oven

Postby Tom_H » Wed Jul 11, 2012 12:30 pm

Back in the 70s, we used to bake all kinds of things in the Optimus mini oven: pizzas, pineapple upside down cake, gingerbread, cinnamon rolls, casseroles, brownies.


Optimus stopped producing this item in the early 80s. I suppose there were issues with using leaded gas and other unsuitable fuels in stoves. The oven depends on combustion gasses circulating above the food. White gasoline, propane, etc. are not problematic. A couple of years ago, Omnia Sweden began producing the exact same product with the only difference being a color change for the lid.


Here is the manufacturer's site:

The item is available through numerous retailers; here is the Amazon page: ... Omnia+oven

Using the oven in the backcountry is best done by coating the cake pan portion with butter and dusting it with fine corn meal prior to adding the food, then setting the stove on simmer. The anti-scorch heat shield stows inside the baking ring when not in use and there is a carry bag. Cleanup usually does require a good abrasive scratch pad and some elbow grease, but hey, we are talking about roughing it in luxury here. As the weight is minimal (about 1 lb.), I sometimes carry my new Optima oven on present day trips and the culinary rewards are worthwhile. :righton:

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Re: Backcountry Baking: Excellent 1 lb. Oven

Postby ERIC » Sun Jul 15, 2012 7:51 pm

Not suitable for an uber weight weenie, but I like it. Nice write up! Thanks for posting!
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Re: Backcountry Baking: Excellent 1 lb. Oven

Postby rlown » Sun Jul 15, 2012 7:55 pm

could have used that 2 days ago for a botched brownie experiment. It was sad really.. it was obviously volcanic on my stove.. little wisps of death coming out of the poor thing. No, i didn't partake.. It just looked like a bad 4th grade science project.
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Re: Backcountry Baking: Excellent 1 lb. Oven

Postby Oubliet » Tue Jul 31, 2012 7:25 pm

Cool item.

I might have to get one and try it out!

(Thanks for bringing this up.)
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