Cobb Oven Temperature

Submitted: Friday, Apr 30, 2004 at 19:59
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Has anyone experimented with their Cobb along the lines of.......

1 Heat Bead = 120 degrees
2 Heat Beads = 180 degrees


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Reply By: Member - Roachie (SA) - Friday, Apr 30, 2004 at 20:16

Friday, Apr 30, 2004 at 20:16
We just use 6 to 8 beads depending on what we're cooking. We're still experimenting. Have no idea what the actual temperature is, but would imagine that even if you could accurately measure it, there would be differences within the unit (ie: the temp on the hot plate might be 150c, in the middle of the dome could be 130c and say 140c near the top of the lid?? Who knows/cares as long as it's cooking the tucker. I think I can see why you might want to know....for baking cakes etc perhaps where the recipe calls for a particular temp?
Maybe the manufacturer could assist.
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Reply By: Lynn2 - Friday, Apr 30, 2004 at 20:27

Friday, Apr 30, 2004 at 20:27
Just know that to cook a roast with vegies, you need about 8/9 heat beads...... experience is the best teacher. We, like you, are still experimenting.

Maybe when we are experienced with ordinary cooking, we might need to know the specifics. Til then . . . . .
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Reply By: Ian Bee - Saturday, May 01, 2004 at 13:26

Saturday, May 01, 2004 at 13:26
Well...... I went to BBQ's Galore & bought one of those digital probes you shove in meat.

Over the next few uses I will try & record the numbers & post them here.

Oh....... by the way. Don't cook with the Cobb, remove your food & replace the lid. You must now by all accounts leave the lid off otherwise there is too much latent heat inside or something.

When I was last at the Adelaide 4x4 show the rep gave me a paper regarding this new finding.


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Follow Up By: Brad - Saturday, May 01, 2004 at 23:58

Saturday, May 01, 2004 at 23:58
Ian Bee,
As a Cobb user I'm very interested in your investigations and results so I await your posts.
Just clarify please what the new recommendations are regarding the lid ??
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Follow Up By: Ian Bee - Sunday, May 02, 2004 at 08:01

Sunday, May 02, 2004 at 08:01

Something about having no food, which = no moisture in the oven to absorb the heat can ruin the Cobb.

The guy at the stand here in Adelaide gave me a small paper Quote..." After cooking, remove the lid & grill to allow the briquettes to burn out. Place the lid upside down and put the grill into the lid to cool. WARNING: Do not leave the grill and the lid in place after cooking. Please do as we suggest above. With even a dying fire and no food on the grill, the Cobb will heat sufficiently to cause damage to the base" Unquote.

Yes, I will post my findings on heat bead / temperature ratios...... just don't hold ya breath!


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Follow Up By: Brad - Sunday, May 02, 2004 at 08:34

Sunday, May 02, 2004 at 08:34
Thanks, I understand.
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Follow Up By: Wombat - Monday, May 03, 2004 at 12:38

Monday, May 03, 2004 at 12:38
On a cold winter's night the dying heat beads warm the interior of a camper or caravan beautifully!
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Follow Up By: Brad - Monday, May 03, 2004 at 18:50

Monday, May 03, 2004 at 18:50
Yes, we've used our Cobb for that and its great.
Using heat beads, or any combustible fuel in a non-flued device in an enclosed space is obviously officially a no no. So i think a bit of commonsense, as you say dying embers, and we always have a bit of ventilation thru the camper, even on sub-zero nights to try and stop condensation if nothing else.
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