Vintage Aluwa Super Cooker

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  1. GKiT

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    This item isn’t particularly old but I believe it is no longer in production so I suppose it is vintage in that respect.

    This is a Rome Industries Aluwa Super Cooker that is a great lightweight alternative to a cast iron Dutch oven. Also known as the Quetico Superior Oven, this cast aluminum gem is just the right size and shape for frying fish and the lid doubles as a griddle. I have read that these were quite popular with canoe guides. A small folding grill can be stored inside with some cooking utensils. This cooker along with a bucket/pot makes a combo that covers just about everything.
    The strap isn’t original to the set but is nice to keep things from rattling around.

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    I have seen those before, really nice one you got there!
     
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    Me too. I'll have to keep an eye out for one this summer. :)
     
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    When you get one, practice this at home once or twice to get the heat right, but build a from scratch lasagne in it. On a crisp autumn camp out, prepare your prize ahead of time. Don’t let any fellow campers see it. Coals on the bottom and coals on top but not too many. A layer of foil on the bottom can help prevent scorching. When it gets close, have some garlic bread going on the side. It’ll blow em away...
     
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    I'm thinking you are the guy behind the scenes for American Pickers. You find all the cool stuff ahead of time, then tell them where to go, so they don't waste their time time tooling around in their van. For the love of all that is bushcraft, please don't post any oil can or advertisement signs! :) Love your collection!
     
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    Not familiar with that unit but used their Deep Fryer pot many times in the trade. Nice score
     
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    Ha! Petroleana is not my bag. I do watch that show though and can bundle smalls with the best of them.
     
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    That's a pretty nice find. Lots of cooking options.
     
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    Another nice piece of kit there. joe
     
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    How deep is the bottom? Another very nice piece...
     
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    3” deep. Dimensions are 17”x10”x3”
     
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    Nice!
    I purchased one last year in the spring on ebay. Used it in the fall to steam jumbo shrimp one pound at a time. I made a stainless steel basket for it. I used a 2 burner Origo alcohol stove to provide the heat.
     
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    Good idea on the basket insert.

    If anyone is wondering, the little folding Donk grills fit perfectly inside these too. The super cooker can be set on the grill or you can leave the folded grill in the bottom to act as a spacer when using another shallow pan inside for baking bread etc..
     
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    What is the correct spelling Aluma or Aluwa ?
     
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    Honestly, I have no idea. an "M" makes more sense but in researching it I find the "W" more commonly used. I seem to recall seeing a discussion with the folks at Rome Industries where people were asking them to start making these again and everyone was using a W instead of an M. If I can find out definitively, I will let you know.
     
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    The other brand I am familiar with is "Castalloy" very similar products from both companies and both good.
     
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