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    WTB - Fry Bake

    Anyone have a used alpine fry bake? I'd like to give it a try backpacking.
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    Anyone, anywhere? Maybe these aren't very popular pots. Does anyone have pro/con experience with these ?

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    Sorry, never heard of them. Kinda expensive too.
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    ...and heavy.

    Can't you figure out how to do the same thing with disposable aluminum baking pans?

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    NOLS swears by them and I have a few friends who've used them, but they're not exactly gram weenies like me. It doesn't seem like they are very popular outside of NOLS -- interesting....

    Perhaps disposable baking pans would work. I hadn't really considered that, but just perhaps... Maybe a double-wall. The thin walls worry me a bit.

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    have you considered steam baking.... no oven required just one pan that fits inside the other.

    Also, I have an "Outback Oven" that I haven't used in years, until a recent trip and I just took the pan and lid, put on a fire grate at campsite and put my windscreen around it with tinfoil over the top...instant oven. Seemed to work well. If you aren't going to have the twiggy fire on top no reason a regular frying pan and foil pie pan for a lid wouldn't work, inside the windscreen/foil oven. One more thing. Haven't done it myself because it can't be used for anything else, but a jello mold (like a bunt cake pan but not all the fancy ridges) is popular with the canoeing crowd as it cooks the center more evenly , in so much as there is no center but the heat can go up the chimney. Hope that helps.
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    Thanks red. Good ideas. I've done steam baking several times. I think I'll get creative using some of the ideas you mention.

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    I own one. I taught 3 summers with NOLS and got pretty accomplished at baking in mine. You can use it like a very lightweight dutch oven. The lid is even depressed at the top to add coals to help with baking. I bought a used one cheap from the Rocky Mountain Branch in 2003.

    But due to weight, I mostly just take it on shorter distance trips where my wife and I will spend a good bit of time in camp. Still, I make a great lasagne with it as well as fresh cheese biscuits. I don't use it that often, but I couldn't bear to part with it for those special occasions.

    You might want to try the smaller version. I don't know if it will bake as well as the original, but you can save a good bit of weight.

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    Thanks Bearpaw!

    It's good to hear some trail experience. For car camping, I often bring my Dutch ovens, and love to bake all kinds of tasty treats. I normally don't get too fancy when I'm backpacking because I'm such a gram weenie, but I figure with how light I'm going now, I can try some fancy cooking. Baking seems to be the one thing that can make a trip change its tone, but besides steam baking, it seems to take a little more equipment to truly bake.

    However, maybe I can play around with some aluminum dishes to use as make-shift ovens.

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    The only reason I could make myself bring the outback oven stuff with me was because I was on a canoe trip. I would have otherwise deemed it too bulky and "heavy". It did make a nice calzone and some tasty bannock though.
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