LITTLE WOMBAT CAMPFIRE

Submitted: Saturday, Jun 20, 2009 at 07:21
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Last week we purchased a Little Wombat fire box/ campfire from our Supporter on the right hand side of this page, and the last couple of days out in the cold evening conditions of Western Queensland we have been trying it out.

We are part of a group of 6 vans and none of my travelling companions could believe how much heat can be gebnerated from such a small amount of fire in the firebox.

Last night with just a few coals in one end of the Little Webasto we cooked a 2.5 Kg leg of lamb on a rottisserie in about 1.5 hours. The 2 camp ovens with smaller sized roasts in them required several changes of coals coming from burning a large amount of wood to cook in the same time.

We found that the efficiency of the Little Wombat to be extremely good and I believe that several of my travelling companions will be purchasing a Little Wombat when they return home from this trip.

As we have found it to be such a good and useful cooking and heating appliance I thought that I would give one of our supporters a plug and recommend the unit to others who like to cook over a fire.
If you wnat further details please just click on the Little Wombat link on the right of the page under "Supporters."

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Reply By: Rockgoc - Saturday, Jun 20, 2009 at 08:03

Saturday, Jun 20, 2009 at 08:03
G'day Brian. Your enthusiasm for this product has incited interest in this camp! We currently have a Cobb Cooker, a Hibachi cooker and a little gas BBQ. What I would like is a rotisserie bbq like this one, combined with cook plates and grill.....like this one. Then I could get rid of all the other things and save some room! What I would like to know is this...how hard is it to clean? Reason I ask this is because we had a flash looking stainless steel bbq (I won it in a comp) but it was sooo hard to clean that we ended up selling it after only 2 uses!!
Regards, Jan O
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Follow Up By: Noosa Fox - Saturday, Jun 20, 2009 at 18:29

Saturday, Jun 20, 2009 at 18:29
Jan,

The box itself retains the fire stains on the inside, and being double skinned and insulated the outside of ours is yet to get anything to clean off. The hot plate and grill come with grease over it that has to be cleaned off before use.

I did it the easy way with a steel brush on a small angle grinder and when very clean washed and dried it, then we applied a paste that is supplied on them that has to go in the oven to seal it. Once this process is done the plates have a blueish tinge and then don't take much cleaning.

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Reply By: Bato - Saturday, Jun 20, 2009 at 23:12

Saturday, Jun 20, 2009 at 23:12
We are one of the BTs travelling with Brian and the Little wombat is a fantastic cooking piece of equipment.It is light in weight and comes in a nice storage bag.
As Brian said in his post our Hillbilly camp ovens needed to be topped up with coals in the 1.5 hours that was required to cook our roasts and the Wombat used only a few coals.It also acted as a Bain Marree to keep the carved meat warm while serving.

C,ya Keith & Sue.
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Reply By: Rockgoc - Saturday, Jun 20, 2009 at 23:45

Saturday, Jun 20, 2009 at 23:45
Well thank you linesmen and thank you ballboys! I reckon we will end up buying one.
Love that smokey bbq taste you get from open flame cooking with firelighters.
Cheers all and thanks again.
Regards, Jan O & Easy
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Reply By: Goodpal50 - Sunday, Jun 21, 2009 at 02:14

Sunday, Jun 21, 2009 at 02:14
For all bbq's we found the worst problem is cleaning the plate either on our own or one of the free ones you find at various campsites.

That was until we purchased one of those special plastic type sheets that you put over the plate ( not over a naked flame or grill). All you do when you are finished cooking is wash it off with the rest of the washing up. Now we use it all the time and would not be without it. I thionk we could have sold about 50 on our travels as every time someone saw it and how easy it made theh cleaning up they wanted one

Very healthy too because you don't need any oil on them to cook.

You can get them at places like BCF, but sorry can't remember the name or brand and they cost about $20-$25 each.

Mike
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Reply By: F Troop - Sunday, Jun 21, 2009 at 02:34

Sunday, Jun 21, 2009 at 02:34
Hi Boys,
Just watch out if you pick up any Gidgy wood, we used Neil's at Quilipy after he won the rafel to cook a 6kg leg of pork, I had to put the coals in 2 at a time.
I have never seen anything hold heat like the wombat, great piece of kit.
Graham
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Reply By: Tellem Bugrem - Monday, Jun 22, 2009 at 04:36

Monday, Jun 22, 2009 at 04:36
Good one Brian,

We have stuck by our chain hung BBQ plate, as it gives us flexibiliy to raise, lower, or side shift the plate in accordance with the heat of the fire, whether it's gidgee, mulga-wood, or river red gum.

As far as BBQ plate cleanliness is concerned, we continue to use glad bake paper, sprayed lightly on both sides with olive oil or canola oil. When we've finished cooking it goes onto the fire.

Recently, we added a two-ring gas burner to our kit for use when our regulators specify that campfires are not permitted......only used it once, as we prefer to go out of our way to find a true bush camp.

Can't put a picture of the set -up here but you'll find it in the Cooking and Crafts forum.

Cheers.........Rob and Liz
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Reply By: Noosa Fox - Sunday, Aug 09, 2009 at 23:22

Sunday, Aug 09, 2009 at 23:22
Now that we have returned home I thought that I would give an update on the Little Wombat Firebox that we purchased just before our trip.

We are very happy with it and have not had to clean the outside of the box yet.

As Graham (F Troop) said we have never seen anything produce so much heat from such a small amount of fuel and we are very happy with the purchase.

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