Sunday, January 14, 2018

LIVE OAK Cast Iron Stove

Image submitted by: Rick Oshea
We have a reader request to help provide information about this LIVE OAK cast iron stove.

Can anyone provide any type of information as to era, foundry, etc.? 

Submitted notes/comments:
Appears to be a No. 12

Similar to Gem Oak No.11  (Bridge Beach & Co, St Louis, Missouri USA)
Era could be 1900-1910

Looks like some top parts are missing?

Other versions with Gem Oak such as No. 210 were produced by Detroit Stove Works

Wednesday, December 27, 2017


The below piece of Cast Iron has not been positively identified by anyone.  If you have knowledge of what is shown here, please email us with any info.  We are looking for things like the foundry or manufacturer, Year or Circa manufactured, current value, etc. 

We will in turn contact the person that submitted the photo(s).  Thank You so much!  Email to:

Posted 12/27/2017 to be identified - Don Hopkins
Gate Marked, Continuous Heat Ring, #9, Distinct Handle, U4 stamp or mark

Wednesday, October 25, 2017


The thought was to fabricate something simple from common parts.  You may have to alter this to accommodate your stove.

Follow the link to Camp Stove Leveler for the full article.  Parts, and fabrication method.

Friday, October 13, 2017

REI Garage Sale October 21, 2017 Boca Park Las Vegas

If you have an REI Membership and are in the Las Vegas, Nevada area.  Be sure to mark this on your calendar.  This is one of our favorites.

Website: REI Boca Park - Las Vegas, Nevada


Sunday, September 24, 2017

Leticia's Mexican Cocina (Las Vegas)

On a whim Marilyn used the iPhone app, "Siri", and asked "What restaurant has the best Happy Hour".  On three attempts Leticia's was the response.  I tried it on my phone and the same came up.  Why that particular day that happened, I have no clue.  It doesn't do that today, 3 days later.

We had never heard of the place.  It was a bit of a drive for us but we were up for the adventure.  We drove to their location near Durango and Farm Road.  Located in the far northwest end of Las Vegas.

We ordered the El Molcajete at the recommendation of our server.  One order to split between the two of us.  That even ended up being way too much food or us!

As we waited we were served our drinks and a bowl of chips, bean dip, and salsa.  The chips were so.  The bean dip was wonderful.

The service was prompt and soon our dinner arrived.  El Molcajete (Authentic Mexican Style Fajitas)  We ordered the chicken version.   The dinner was mostly served in a large hot lava bowl.  Filled with Ranchera sauce.  The chicken, onions, cheese and other ingredients all smothered in the sauce.  4 strips of grilled Nopales (Mexican Cactus) draped over the side of the lava bowl.

That was accompanied with a side dish of Mexican Rice, Black beans, Guacamole, Pico de Gallo, and a generous stack of warm Tortillas.

I loved it all. It burst with flavor.  I sampled the Mexican Cactus (Very similar taste to Grilled Green Peppers.  So much so I still think they were LOL).  Couldn't get enough of them.

My opinion is the spicy/hot level was right at my maximum enjoyment level.  I am really not into overly spicy-hot foods.  I really enjoyed it though.  Marilyn was breaking out into a sweat and her opinion was it is beyond her limit to truly enjoy it.  But to be fair she is a light-weight when it comes to spicy.  :-)   It was unfortunate there was not a happy middle ground with a way to spice it up or not, right at the table.

Price for the meal $22 without drinks. 

We enjoyed the atmosphere and the service was great.  So we will be back to sample something new.  Marilyn wants to return and try something more bland.  I am up for the El Molcajete again!

We went on a Thursday evening around 5 pm.  No waiting.  It wasn't real busy when we went in.  When we departed people where waiting to be seated.  We understand the weekends are real busy. 

We also found out they are opening a new location in about a month (October 2017).  On the west side of Las Vegas at Tivoli Village.  That location is at Alta and Rampart. This is in our neck of the woods so our next visit will be at that location.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Cathedral Gorge 2017 Dutch Oven Cook-Off was a fun event

This past weekend (September 16, 2017) had us at Cathedral Gorge State Park, Nevada.  Having some great fun Camping and Dutch Oven Cooking.  For the full story follow the link to the full article on the Cathedral Gorge 2017 Dutch Oven Cook-off.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Its Nearly Time - Cathedral Gorge Dutch Oven Cookoff

Final preparations are going on for me today.  Loading the trailer and taking inventory of camping gear and cooking utensils.  We are cooking in competition associated with out sister website and the facebook group Las Vegas Dutch Oven Enthusiasts

This coming weekend is the annual Cathedral Gorge Dutch Oven Cookoff (Saturday September 16th, 2017).  Sponsored by the Nevada State Park and surrounding businesses.  The weather is looking to be near perfect.

This cookoff is a big deal.  At least for the competitions we normally attend.  There are normally around 50 cooks, and some of those preparing multiple recipes.  We have seen crowds of people (250+) showing up to taste, vote on their favorite, and just plain enjoy the day.

If you are in the area, be sure to come out and support the event.  Enjoy the food, enter the raffle, and enjoy the beautiful Nevada State Park.