Hot Pies ?

Submitted: Tuesday, Dec 29, 2020 at 20:07
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I'm about to join the ranks of the "12V Pie Oven Set" as a result of running out of this to do with the 4WD (and a love fore homemade Gourmet Pies)
I started a look around; Travel Buddy Marine, Chef and Kickass which I'd be surprise if it is not a Chinese rebrand.
The Chef and the Kickass have a solid catch and an insulated door. That's about as far as I have got.

Is there anyone out there that has given a 12V Oven a good work out, corrugations and plenty of use?

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Reply By: Batt's - Tuesday, Dec 29, 2020 at 21:11

Tuesday, Dec 29, 2020 at 21:11
I've had the Aussie Travel Buddy Marine for 1yr it works great heated plenty of pies, sausage rolls, fishfingers, meals I prepped at home in foil trays and made a few batches of scones no problems. I usually wrap the pies in foil but leave the top open so they don't go soggy and keeps the oven cleaner. Haven't used it on corrugated roads yet just good gravel, hwy I wouldn't worry about the non insulated door too much others have asked doesn't seem to make a big difference.

I haven't seen the kickass but Travel Buddy has 200 deg temp a timer or option to leave it on till you turn it off. I use that a lot more I can heat up food for my 3 hr trip to or from work I can heat up food at a lower temp no need to have to stop and reset the 2 hr timer it's a very good feature. Hard wired mine with anderson plug no need for an extra on/off switch the way I look at it the oven has 2 already. You can turn temp dial on it won't start until timer dial is activated and if you turn the timer dial on it won't heat up until temp dial is turned up I think that's a good safety feature. I have heard people say they had the door come open well that's not an issue if you bend the door locking tab by tapping it to suit easy fix. You can always fit a latch to a Travel Buddy if needed.

I have plastic oats draws above and beside it no worries but I did stick some thin insulation foil from Autobarn under the draw above the oven just to reduce heat soak when on for long periods just to protect the plastic for the long term. Great oven I highly recommend it. Oh just realized when I put up the pic that's a gas stove with canister above it I might switch the draws around just in case.



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Follow Up By: Frank P (NSW) - Tuesday, Dec 29, 2020 at 22:40

Tuesday, Dec 29, 2020 at 22:40
Nice setup, Batt's
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Reply By: Steve in Kakadu - Tuesday, Dec 29, 2020 at 21:21

Tuesday, Dec 29, 2020 at 21:21
dad1340

Your question is harder to read than War and Peace.

Just saying ;-)
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Follow Up By: Batt's - Tuesday, Dec 29, 2020 at 21:26

Tuesday, Dec 29, 2020 at 21:26
Which oven do people recommend is what I got easy peasy.
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Follow Up By: Allan B (Sunshine Coast) - Wednesday, Dec 30, 2020 at 09:24

Wednesday, Dec 30, 2020 at 09:24
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Steve, try reading "running out of THINGS to do" instead of "....THIS to do".
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Follow Up By: dad1340 - Wednesday, Dec 30, 2020 at 09:43

Wednesday, Dec 30, 2020 at 09:43
Apologies Steve, the errors were a penalty for sleep depravation, rushing and not proof reading.
Allan came to the rescue with the deciphering. Thank you.
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Reply By: Member - peter g28 - Tuesday, Dec 29, 2020 at 22:35

Tuesday, Dec 29, 2020 at 22:35
A couple of months ago I was in a vehicle that had a 12v oven in the back of their Prado..we were travelling on some gravel roads with a mixture of some sealed sections and the oven did make a rattling noise which was irritating to me.
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Reply By: Michael H9 - Tuesday, Dec 29, 2020 at 23:17

Tuesday, Dec 29, 2020 at 23:17
I use mine for a lot of my meals because I'm cooking dinner while I'm driving. It does frozen pre cooked meals just as well as pies and sausage rolls. It's the old very first Travel Buddy. A friend has the marine version and did roast lamb shanks on our last trip. There's a guy on Youtube called Roaming The Outback and he does quite a lot of meat and vegi roasting in his. I love mine for weekend overnighters because I hardly have to pack any food.
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Reply By: Member - Boobook - Wednesday, Dec 30, 2020 at 07:39

Wednesday, Dec 30, 2020 at 07:39
There are a few parts to this review, but it convinced me to get a Road Chef

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Reply By: Duncan2H - Wednesday, Dec 30, 2020 at 08:12

Wednesday, Dec 30, 2020 at 08:12
The 12V Oven from Jaycar ($50) is perfect for pies, just crack the sealed lid about 15mins before you want to eat the pie to help the pastry dry out a little and it'll be as good as a commercial pie warmer.. plus its small, can be stowed away and doesnt need permanent mounting. Takes about an hour for a frozen pie to heat through.

I am seriously impressed with mine, its been about two years now and it has done many many trips on some serious corrugations. With a craftily folded bit of mesh or a repurposed oven rack it'll heat four pies at a time - four pies may take 2 hours though. My favourite is a mix of party pies and party sausage rolls, you can fit heaps in and share them around your travelling companions.

Additionally you can chuck in a large can of soup, or beans or whatever (unopened) and it'll heat it to a perfect eating temperature without it exploding.

https://www.jaycar.com.au/12-volt-large-portable-stove/p/YS2811
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Follow Up By: Mikee5 - Wednesday, Dec 30, 2020 at 09:40

Wednesday, Dec 30, 2020 at 09:40
We have had the original smaller version of this from RTM for over 5 years on many rough trips. Performs faultlessly. As Duncan said crack the lid a bit for the last 15 mins. Mrs Macs pasties or sausage rolls do us!
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Follow Up By: Bob Y. - Qld - Wednesday, Dec 30, 2020 at 12:12

Wednesday, Dec 30, 2020 at 12:12
I bought one of these in Longreach, prior to a desert trip. Cost 80 bucks, so underneath the alloy interior must be a layer of gold, to promote heat transfer?

The only problem is I had nowhere to operate the oven safely in my canopy, so had to heat the pies in the Landcruiser cab. The odour of heating pies does wonders for one’s appetite!

One of our long term EO members, being an electronics engineer, converted his clam shell oven to have heating, both top & bottom. Now that would really heat the pies!

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Follow Up By: Kazza055 - Wednesday, Dec 30, 2020 at 12:25

Wednesday, Dec 30, 2020 at 12:25
RMT is owned by the same people who own Jaycar and carry many of the same items at the same price. Both there web pages look the same.

Regarding the Jaycar unit, it states "At switch-on from cold the current is 12-15Amps, once temperature has stabilised Current is 8-10Amps." so is not something I would try running via the ciggy socket which is fused at 10A. Maybe convert it to Anderson plugs would be better.
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Follow Up By: Gramps - Wednesday, Dec 30, 2020 at 12:44

Wednesday, Dec 30, 2020 at 12:44
Bought one of these(maybe smaller) from Jaycar? many years back (probably 10 or so) before RMT were even thought of. Cost around $30 back then. Have never had a problem with running from a ciggy socket. Might look at changing it now though :)

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ps From memory around 75mins to cook a frozen pie.
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Reply By: Gone Bush (WA) - Wednesday, Dec 30, 2020 at 08:32

Wednesday, Dec 30, 2020 at 08:32
Years ago I used to bolt a small metal cage/basket thing inside the engine bay. I would wrap a couple of pies in alfoil and put them in there in the morning, by lunch time they were hot and ready to eat.
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Follow Up By: Frank P (NSW) - Wednesday, Dec 30, 2020 at 09:03

Wednesday, Dec 30, 2020 at 09:03
In that vein, I use the heat shield over the BT50's turbo as a defroster.
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Follow Up By: Allan B (Sunshine Coast) - Wednesday, Dec 30, 2020 at 09:44

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And I sit the bread dough on top of the shut-down engine to rise.
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Follow Up By: Bob Y. - Qld - Wednesday, Dec 30, 2020 at 12:20

Wednesday, Dec 30, 2020 at 12:20
When I “retired”, for the following 2 ‘n a bit years, I went back to the station I’d managed, driving the grader. I’d regularly get tired of eating a Sanger for dinner, so would take a tin of baked beans. Dropped it down between the engine block & the starter motor & by midday the beans were warm enough to be palatable.

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Reply By: dad1340 - Wednesday, Dec 30, 2020 at 10:00

Wednesday, Dec 30, 2020 at 10:00
Thanks for the input, I decided to go with the Travel Buddy due to the "Run" feature which was a deal breaker. As for the other features discussed, the lack of an insulated door seems to be a non-issue in real world use and the doors on all of them stay closed - no reports of the Buddy door flinging open.
Most of all it is Australian made, the Chinese have enough of our money.

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Follow Up By: Member - David M (SA) - Wednesday, Dec 30, 2020 at 10:20

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Well done dad1340. "Most of all it is Australian made" In this day and age this should be major deciding factor.
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Follow Up By: Kazza055 - Wednesday, Dec 30, 2020 at 12:27

Wednesday, Dec 30, 2020 at 12:27
Once again at $250-$300 you could buy 5 or 6 of the Jaycar units - 12 Volt Large Portable Stove at $49.95
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Follow Up By: dad1340 - Wednesday, Dec 30, 2020 at 16:24

Wednesday, Dec 30, 2020 at 16:24
Kaz, I don't doubt for a second the Jaycar has done the job. Others have had similar experiences.
At $50 a pop that would be a great saving.

However, after pouring money into a "hole in the ocean"; definition of a boat and making Toyota and accessory companies what the Trillion dollar industries are today, I'm resolved to spending the kids inheritance.
All for the sake of warming up a homemade Gourmet pie via an Australian made product.

Such is Life ;)
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Follow Up By: Kazza055 - Wednesday, Dec 30, 2020 at 16:38

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Ah, but think of all that red you could buy and enjoy with the money you saved ;=))
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Reply By: Life Member - Duncan W (WA) - Wednesday, Dec 30, 2020 at 13:15

Wednesday, Dec 30, 2020 at 13:15
I've had my Travel Buddy Marine for quite some time and have cooked a couple of roasts on the road whilst travelling. The roughest road would have been the Tanami. Cooked a cake in the Simpson and I've lost count of the number of sausage rolls, pies and precooked meals I've reheated. Best thing apart for my fridges I've bought for the back of my Troopy.

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Reply By: Member - Triton man - Wednesday, Dec 30, 2020 at 16:29

Wednesday, Dec 30, 2020 at 16:29
Hi there dad1340, just watched a "Snowy's" comparison test on their web page.
https://www.snowys.com.au/12v-portable-marine-oven

You are now making me hungry now !!!!!!!

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Reply By: GarryR - Thursday, Dec 31, 2020 at 15:28

Thursday, Dec 31, 2020 at 15:28
Ok you have all sold me one but, my question is to those who actually own one is: how hot does the unit become on the outside. If it is in the back of the ute, and my gear ends up on top or side of it, will it cause me a problem, or do I need to place it in it's own protective enclosure. If it needs it's own enclosure, how much room around the unit is needed for it to able to breathe. I think you will be able to understand what I am trying to ask. Thanks in advance for your replys. GarryR
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Follow Up By: Michael H9 - Thursday, Dec 31, 2020 at 18:02

Thursday, Dec 31, 2020 at 18:02
I've got a 10 litre blue water jerry within 20mm of mine. Only the front door gets hot but mine's not really enclosed. The top and sides are only a little warm at best. Maybe everything would get hotter if it was closed in?
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Follow Up By: Member - McLaren3030 - Thursday, Dec 31, 2020 at 19:04

Thursday, Dec 31, 2020 at 19:04
Hi Garry,

I have the Marine Travel Buddy oven. I chose this one over the “standard” Travel Buddy oven as it has the ability to adjust the temperature and has the ability to leave it on for more than 2 hours. This allow much more flexibility in what you can cook or reheat.

As far as getting hot, only the door becomes hot, the other surfaces do not get hot.

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Reply By: Michael H9 - Thursday, Dec 31, 2020 at 18:13

Thursday, Dec 31, 2020 at 18:13
Interesting...

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Reply By: Bonz (Vic) - Tuesday, Jan 05, 2021 at 14:48

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We had the Travel Buddy across the Oodnadatta as well as heaps of other outback roads and it performed faultlessly . The only complaint was the delicious aroma coming from the rear of the vehicle as it did its stuff.

Got ours on a deal with Road Runner Offroad, we ended up buying 10 of them at a good price.

Great business and great units they are.
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