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Most folks think outdoor cooking is limited to grills, fire pits, and smokers. But there are a host of other options available to expand the repertoire of every backyard or fireside chef. From compact outdoor pizza ovens to baking with sunlight, any camp cook should be intrigued by these innovative options.


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A full-size wood-burning oven is a major commitment of both money and space just to cook a pizza on the patio. A smaller, gas-fired outdoor pizza oven will do the job just fine. If you must have that true smoky flavor of your local pizzeria, look for a multi-fuel model, which will burn wood, charcoal, or pellets.

Solar cookers open a whole new horizon in off-grid cooking. They aren’t going to produce the same even heating as your kitchen oven, but the fuel is free (on sunny days, anyway), and they’ll handle any meal that can be prepared in a temperature range from 350 to 400 degrees. Great for baking bread or a casserole on a lazy afternoon at the off-grid cabin, camp, or boat.

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For more traditional cooking, a portable stove with an integrated oven will handle anything from baked potatoes to birthday cakes. They’re small enough to tote to camp and sit atop a picnic table or operate from the tailgate of a pick-up on game day.