Solo Overnight - Bushcraft Oven - Baked Bread - Spit Roast Meat!

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  1. John from Alberta

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    What a great weekend! I headed out yesterday to an area I had scouted on Google Maps and it did not disappoint. I found an awesome spot right on the creek for my first overnighter with my new tarp. I finally caved and bought a 10x10 sil-nylon tarp (AquaQuest Safari), and I was thrilled with the new purchase.

    Once I arrived at camp, I setup the new tarp, I have been studying up on all the different tarps setups, and decided that this night was perfect for the Adirondack.

    After setting up the tarp, I collected firewood, did some exploring, and started hauling rocks for the bushcraft oven I was going to build. I had made some no-knead bread dough the night before and I was looking forward to seeing if I could conjure up something to bake it in...and boy did I! The oven turned out awesome, and the bread was amazing. I also spit roasted a chunk of beef (another first for me) and cooked up some baked beans, dinner was filling to say the least.

    The evening was filled with cooking and collecting/cutting firewood and target shooting with my .22. It was dark around 8:30pm, so I hung out by the fire for about an hour before turning in. Once I had found all of the stray pinecones hiding under my sleeping pad, I was snug as a bug and had a pretty decent sleep. The night time temp never got below 9'C (48'F), so I was quite warm all night.

    This morning I was up around 7:00am and awoke to a misty morning. I quickly got the fire going and put some water to boil for my coffee. Once coffee was ready (complete with Baileys) I was ready to get cooking my bacon an eggs (although there was a bit of a mishap and one of the eggs was broken, so I guess it would just be bacon and EGG. ;) ). Breakfast was great, I put the bacon and egg on some leftover bread for a bushcraft breakfast sandwich.

    After breakfast I broke camp and headed back to civilization. Another amazing solo trip to the woods. I can't wait to bring the wife and daughter here next summer. I'm sure I'll get out here a bunch more myself this fall and winter though.


    Camp Location - Right on the creek
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    Incredible Views
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    Pretty happy with the new tarp - trying the Adirondack Setup tonight
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    The Bushcraft Oven - built into the small hill with stones
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    The Bread going into the oven
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    The Bread coming out of the oven!
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    Dinner! Fresh bread, beef roasted on the spit, and baked beans.
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    Enjoying dinner by the creek
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    Enjoying some time by the fire
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    Ready for bed
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    That stone oven is awesome! The bread looks great!
     
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    I like everything about this post.
     
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    Thanks for bringing us along. Are there specs in that creek?
     
  5. gohammergo

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    Pretty sure there are a lot of folks reading this that are green with envy. :) I know I am.:D

    Way to get out there and do it! That bread looks amazing. Everything looks amazing. You did well. :)
     
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    Awesome job on the oven! Darn pine cones. I usually don't find the rocks or pine cones till like 2:30 in the morning on a night it's 20 degrees out. Hard to motivate yourself getting out of a warm bag to fight with them then...:D
     
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    That oven turned out great. Very nice report!
     
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    Wow...sweet oven!
     
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    So, did the bread get a smokey flavor to it?
     
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    @John from Alberta nice job brother! Mad woods chef skills displayed right here. I would like to place an order please.
     
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    I don’t get jealous...well, maybe not until now.
     
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    Excellent TR, pics, and that stone oven is the balls! Thanks for sharing.
     
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    Nice TR and demonstration of good skills!

    Makin me hungry...

    :38::38:
     
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    OUTSTANDING!

    That is some good action right there!
     
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    Nice setup!

    Fresh Bread!
     
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    That looks like my kind of trip. Very nice. :4:
     
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    Good stuff thanks for sharing.
     
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    I like your style, man!

    That’s the way to organize an overnighter.
     
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    Ok, OK, I will really be impressed when you make pizza in that oven. First time I have ever seen anything like that. Don't know where you got the idea, but it looks great!
     
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    Great overnighter!
    And another fan of that oven!
     
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    I boil a mean cup of water.
     
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    Four stars for the oven baked bread! I'll never look at banock the same way.
     
  23. John from Alberta

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    Thanks everyone. It was a pretty great trip. I wasn't sure how the oven would work, but it turned out really well.

    I totally see what you're seeing in the picture, but I don't recall specs of any sort when I was there, maybe bubbles?

    Surprisingly no. I even brought the leftovers home today and had them with jam and butter. No smokeyness at all.

    Haha, I'm seriously planning on trying to do pizza next time I head out there. The oven isn't quite big enough for a regular sized one, but I could do some little ones pretty easily. :) I'm also hoping to do cinnamon rolls for breakfast on a future trip. I saw a video on the Outdoor Boys Youtube channel where he made some bread sort of like this, then I just searched youtube for stone ovens and saw a few different variations. This one was the easiest to make and didn't require clay. :)

    Remind me to bring you along to make the coffee on the next trip. Fresh baked food for a hot cuppa jo' is a good trade. :D
     
  24. T. Pollock

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    Awesome TR bud, and like everyone else I really dig the oven.

    I've done pizza at camp a couple of times. The first time I tried it was just propped up beside the open fire kinda like doing bannock and I was surprised how well it turned out that way. Pizza may not be a bushcrafty food but the guys at the meetup seemed to enjoy the heck out of it. :dblthumb: Second time I used my coleman oven. It's too small for a whole pizza but you can cook a few slices at a time in it.
     
  25. Coyote Charlie

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    This is an awesome trip report. Solo overnighters are a fun way to get away from everything for a bit. Must say the oven is pretty choice!
     
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    Oh, that oven is just too cool.
    You win the greatest oven prize!
    Well done.
     
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    In retrospect, it does seem like a heck of a lot of effort just to get a loaf of bread, but still, I'm loving it!! Great POC!!!
     
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    What everybody else said!:D
     
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    What an incredible trip report! I am not sure I have ever seen an oven like that. :)
     
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    Nicely done. Beautiful area with nice resources... Looks like a perfect spot for return trips.
    Thanks for sharing!
     
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    Very impressive!
    * note to self: accept John’s invite to camp!*
     
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    Pick me up on your way through. :)
     
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    Wow, that's a great trip on many levels.

    The oven and fresh baked bread is amazing! Great pics and narrative, thanks for posting.
     
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    So

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    thread!!!!

    The oven is truly outstanding. In my opinion it rises to the level of @GreenFrog's foraging/cooking posts, @chris67's Condor Primitive Bush knife thread, and several others here for having a high degree of motivating me to get out and do stuff.
     
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    Wow John, what an amazing trip! Your pictures are great, and that view is amazing! That trip, and photos will build a memory that will last a lifetime. Everything in your trip just clicked together to add to it, that wonderful bread on that cool little oven, and the primitive roasting of a slab of meat. Someone couldn’t plan a trip any better if they tried. Amazing!
     
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    Awesome. That bread looks killer. :dblthumb:
     
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    That's a overnight at a different level.
    Would call it perfect.

    Plus the location can't be beat.

    Keep it up and thanks for taking us along.
     
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    That is seriously awesome, John. Thanks for sharing.
     
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    Thanks everyone. I've honestly been so inspired by all of the trip reports, and ideas that come from this forum. You folks have all motivated me to get out more and more and I've learned tons of skills in the short time I've been a member here. Obviously I get out and do trips like this for my own enjoyment and edification, but it's pretty awesome to receive all of the encouragement and comments. Looking forward to many more fun trips, and experimenting with my oven. :)
     
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    What a great trip! The oven is outstanding.
     
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    Impressive!!

    I really like your scenery too!
     
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    Excellent trip report. As others have said, fantastic job on the oven and food prep!
     
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    wow, you ought to start a bush diner. nice over niter
     
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    I can smell that bread from here!
    How long did the oven take to heat up?
     
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    John, your the Man and Cook! Looks like a very nice trip. What is that bread recipe?
     
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    5 or 10 minutes to get the coals burned down enough that the flames weren’t too high.

    Just a simple no-knead recipe I found here:

    https://redstaryeast.com/recipes/no-knead-dutch-oven-bread/
     
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    @John from Alberta
    Man, what a cool shared outing!
    Like everyone else, I’m so friken impressed w that oven! That bread, out there, baked in your oven must’ve tasted amazing :dblthumb: My Italian grandmother would’ve been impressed-
    I too want that ingredients list :)
    Did you bring your tri-fold and decide on the Adirondack once there, or was it part of the plan? I didn’t forget about the knot tri-fold, I keep forgetting to grab that daypack when I cross the river but I’ll .pdf it for ya.
    The only thing idve added to your story was some Southern Comfort after dinner to offset the morning Baileys if that’s what you meant?
    You also left me green brother!
     
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    Thanks John! Your recipe is about like the one I use.
     
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    Outstanding! That oven looks awesome!
     

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