Camping ovens have become more desirable with the rise in van living, hot tent camping, and homesteading. Which oven works best depends on priorities. There are straightforward compact models that fold up small. But they don’t run on their own power like the stove and oven combos.
Thus, when looking at the best camping ovens, we examine which will get you the most bang for your buck, along with the value-added features.
The best camping ovens are:
- Coleman Camp Oven – Best Overall
- Camp Chef Deluxe Best Camp Oven – Oven and Stove Combo
- Winnerwell Fastfold Oven – Most Portable
- Hike Crew Outdoor Gas Camping Oven – Most Affordable Oven Stove Combo
- WINNERWELL Pipe Oven 2.5 Inch – Best For Hot Camping Stove System
- REDCAMP Portable Wood Burning Camp Stove – Best Conversation Piece
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Oven and Stove Combo
Most Affordable Oven Stove Combo
Best For Hot Camping Stove System
Best Conversation Piece
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Coleman Camp Oven is a collapsible oven that is a cinch to set up and take down.
Camp Chef Deluxe Outdoor Camp Oven is the best oven on this list, as it manages to hold the heat well and maintains a pretty consistent temperature. It has enamel cooking grates, which are a treat.
WINNERWELL FastFold Portable Camp Oven is the lightest and most portable oven that actually bakes. The setup and take down are easy enough for a toddler.
Hike Crew Outdoor Gas Camping Oven is the perfect choice for those that want a Camp Chef but don't have the budget. It also weighs slightly less, which is terrific news to everyone's aching back.
WINNERWELL Pipe Oven is a niche product. It is an excellent buy if you have their tent stove and also want to use the WINNERWELL Water Tank.
REDCAMP Wood Burning Camping Stove isn't designed for baking. It's like having a tiny campfire where no open ring fires are allowed.
Best Camping Ovens Compared
- Collapses nice and flat
- Easy to set up
- Integrated thermometer
- Adjustable rack
- Requires external heat source
Coleman Camp Oven is a collapsible oven that is a cinch to set up and take down. It weighs 7 lbs, so probably not going to haul it on your back, but it could be transported on a motorcycle without too much fuss.
The oven is straightforward to use for simple baking, such as cinnamon rolls, cobblers, and banana bread. However, as it doesn’t have its own heat source, it’s hotter lower down, leaving rolls and bread at risk of being burnt on the bottom.
But this oven is a steal compared to anything else. Nothing of this quality is in this price range. You have to pay nearly double to find anything similar, which is not necessarily better. So unless you want an oven with a stove or its own heat source, this is the one to grab.
Tips: Adding a baking stone to the oven will reduce the chances of baked goods burning on the bottom. Also, placing a welding blanket or the Coleman oven cover over it will aid in temperature retention and control.
- All-in-one stove and oven
- Holds temperature for 7 hours on 1lb of propane
- It bakes the best out of all the models
- Straightforward to use
Camp Chef Deluxe Outdoor Camp Oven is the best oven on this list, as it manages to hold the heat well and maintains a pretty consistent temperature. It has enamel cooking grates, which are a treat. Thus, it’s a great buy if you’re looking for a stove and oven combo that runs off its own heat source
The only genuine drawbacks are its weight (over 30 lbs), bulk, and cost (you could buy around six Coleman’s for the same price). In addition, while its thermostat is pretty decent for an oven and stove combo, it can still be a bit hit and miss.
But if you enjoy cooking on propane and are in the market for an all-in-one, this is the one to get. It boasts features you won’t find on your basic camp oven, such as auto ignition and an overheat safety shutoff.
- Packs flat
- Easy to assemble
- Glass viewing window
- Integrated thermometer
- Adjustable rack
- Needs an external heat source
- Doesn’t have a solid bottom
- Around twice as much as the Colman for little added value
WINNERWELL FastFold Portable Camp Oven is the lightest and most portable oven that actually bakes. The setup and take down are easy enough for a toddler. It also has a glass viewing window, which is helpful and cute.
Depending on your heat source, it bakes slightly better than the Coleman. On the other hand, due to the grate on the bottom, it can also be very slow to warm up and retain enough heat on some wood-burning stoves.
But even when it is doing brilliantly, it doesn’t bake twice as well as the Coleman, not even close, and you’re paying nearly twice as much. Nor is that much lighter, only beats Coleman by half a pound. Also, while most of the WINNERWELL is of better metal, its mesh bottom reduces its durability.
Thus, while we like the WINNERWELL and would gladly accept it as a gift, we’d pass when it comes to buying it. It just isn’t twice as better, so why shell out the extra bucks?
- Easy to use
- Under 30lbs
- More affordable than the Camp Chef
- Temperature gauge isn’t accurate
- Some of the pieces are on the flimsy side
Hike Crew Outdoor Gas Camping Oven is the perfect choice for those that want a Camp Chef but don’t have the budget. It also weighs slightly less, which is terrific news to everyone’s aching back.
Its temperature gauge is not as good as the Camp Chef, and overall quality is slightly less. But this isn’t a bad product.
Besides, it’s a pleasure to be able to make the coffee and scramble the eggs while the cinnamon rolls bake. Nor do you have to mess with baking stones or insulating bags or blankets.
- Easily integrates with the tent stove
- Glass viewer
- Integrated thermometer
- Smoke bypasses the oven
- Doesn’t pack flat
- The baking space is smaller than the WINNERWELL FastFold and Colman
WINNERWELL Pipe Oven is a niche product. It is an excellent buy if you have their tent stove and also want to use the WINNERWELL Water Tank. It will be worth the cost and bulk to have the complete system for hot tent camping or tiny homestead life.
However, if you are just looking for a basic camp oven, you’d be better off with the WINNERWELL FastFold or the Colman. They are less expensive, lighter, and pack easier, all while being roomier on the inside and more versatile for heat sources.
- Packs tiny
- It’s not baking friendly
- Despite the small size, the fuel is bulky
REDCAMP Wood Burning Camping Stove isn’t designed for baking. It’s like having a tiny campfire where no open ring fires are allowed. Plus, it packs up small and ultralight compared to other ovens.
So, it could be fun for picnics or camping trips in small cars. However, getting wood at the right length and width is a massive pain in the bum.
But if you are a backpacker, you should skip it and obtain a proper camp stove, such as one of the fantastic jetboil models. You’ll have better temperature control than the REDCAMP, and the fuel is lighter to haul.
Camping Oven Rating Criteria
Ease Of Use
None of these camp ovens are complicated; it’s simply learning their temperament and quirks. But the most straightforward is the Coleman, as you just set it on a heat source, and off it goes.
The ones connected to propane are more fiddley since you have the gas attachments and trying to ensure the self-ignition is working correctly. But the overall setup is handy once you get the hang of it.
Baking in a camp oven is an art form in itself. It is not as easy as a standard kitchen, nor can you walk away. However, REDCAMP aside, all of them perform well for what they are. But the best is the Camp Chef Deluxe, which has better temperature control and insulation than the foldable models.
The weight of camp gear matters. Even if you have the space, you might not have the back for lugging heavier camping gadgets, such as the hefty Camp Chef Deluxe. The lightest well-performing oven was the WINNERWELL FastFold Portable Camp Oven. But the Coleman Camp Oven is only half a pound heavier.
Durability matters, and it is evident that the Coleman Camp Oven is not as hardy as its vintage ancestors. Nonetheless, it still stands up well. The WINNERWELL Fastfold Portable Camp Oven is made of slightly better material until you get to that screened bottom (eek). But despite these drawbacks, they last pretty well.
But your most sturdy camp oven is the Camp Chef Deluxe.
Value For Money
Coleman Camp Oven can’t be beaten in value for money. Yes, the WINNERWELL may bake a tad better, but it’s nearly twice the price. The only reason to shell out for the Camp Chef is if you want the propane stove, which, admittedly, is incredibly useful.
The Coleman Camp Oven is hands down your best value for money and is easy to use, even if you make modifications such as adding a baking stone. But the Camp Chef Deluxe is an excellent combo with superior baking. You just need to be willing to pay significantly more and lug its bulk, including its fuel source.