Backyard billy bannock Baking and wood stove test

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addo

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Feb 8, 2006
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Had a play with this Modified Nimblewell / Nomad stove that ive had for a while. To be honest ive always found wood stoves / hobo stoves a real pain to cook off, boiling a brew the best and quickest at 3 minutes but gentle long cooking not so so I've tweeked it best I can.

Loads more air holes added and after starting with feather sticks and thin to thick kindling, on went a generous layer of home made charcoal, and some baking to really test it out.


First off a small loaf. Made a small oven using a small billy lid sat on 3 stones as in Ray Mears Tracks inside a large billy with the lid on, and sat the dough on some flour. I've done this before with yeasted bread over a trangia which was effortless and yummy, but thought this would be easyer(ish) Took about 1hr 20 mins so 4 reloads of charcoal.

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The taste tester happy that this one wasn't burnt.

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Last few bits we were jammin

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One more done in the pan, this one took half the time and charcoal and was just the same really, but needs lifting above the heat now and then to stop burning, so I recon as I wont have the grill most of the time, I'll use 4 upright green wood sticks to support the pan. This one we dipped in golden syrup :)

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We had loads of Hot chocolate and Tea too inbetween other jobs, so all in all I think the stove is a winner.

It fits a trangia burner if needed, easy to fuel up with longer bits of wood, fits with any cook system ie for 1, 2 persons or just a brew mug as it goes in the side pouch of my bag and only 400g too. The only down side is esembling when its minus temps as that was the reason I stopped using, but I'd probably just take the trangia set up or have a proper fire.

Cheers,

Addo :)
 

addo

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Aye loads, Flat breads are still my fav as long as they're stuffed with cheese, tomato and something seasonaly green.

Cheers.
 

Samon

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sounds tasty, nothing better than a decent meal when sleeping outdoors..nothing worse than feeling sick and like you won't last the night, felt that too often.
 

Sniper

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That looks great and the little one seems to be enjoying it immensely. It's amazing how kids love this type of stuff when made in this way but would turn their noses up if mum put a jam sarnie made from store bought down in front of them for lunch:D
 

addo

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That looks great and the little one seems to be enjoying it immensely. It's amazing how kids love this type of stuff when made in this way but would turn their noses up if mum put a jam sarnie made from store bought down in front of them for lunch:D

Thanks, Shes a bit picky at times at home but was hooked on these breads.
Staffordshire Oatcakes with sausage and cheese or Pancakes with sugar and lemon are her favorite camping snack though (and mine!)
 

zeBarOOn

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Looks very tasty Addo,

Does baking bread that way give a good crust? On another note, me and the wife find that our oven isn't hot enough in the kitchen at home when we make our own.
I imagine that this setup will give off a good amount of heat.
 

addo

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Looks very tasty Addo,

Does baking bread that way give a good crust? On another note, me and the wife find that our oven isn't hot enough in the kitchen at home when we make our own.
I imagine that this setup will give off a good amount of heat.

Thanks, there's plenty of heat a bit too much sometimes, but its possible to make it with charcoal ok.

You get a better crust I find with the frying pan method, although when I made a yeast bread in the same billy set up over a constant Trangia burner on simmer ring, a lovely crust was had.
 

GordonM

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Looking real tasty Addo! The cutie pie munchkin is looking pleasantly pleased munching the bannock. I like the billy cook pot. What brand is the billy?

Thanks for sharing,

Gordy
 

addo

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Thanks for the comments

Looking real tasty Addo! The cutie pie munchkin is looking pleasantly pleased munching the bannock. I like the billy cook pot. What brand is the billy?

Thanks for sharing,

Gordy

Hi Gordy, It was a 1.6 L Tatonka billy with a smaller 1.0L Coleman copy made by wynster sat inside.
 

Limaed

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Addo

Do you find the extra air holes in your Nimblewell Stove helped a lot with the burning? I got a pal to make me one but ive only used it once with twigs. Im guessing charcoal is much better fuel for long burning?

Here's my stove:

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addo

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Yeah, a bit better and lighter. Saves having to spend half the time blowing it back to life with a blow poker it not in ideal conditions.
Charcoal's brilliant as it weighs nowt and its ideal for cooking rather than just a fast brew.

I like the way you use the tent pegs to secure on a hard surface.
 

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