Caring For Your Kingaroy Choofer ~ Camp Oven

Curing The Choofer

These are directions from the Rubbedin company which sells the Pot Belly Black paint used to paint The Kingaroy Choofer.

Curing Pot Belly Black Rubbed Choofers

Full Curing of Paint.

It is important that the heating unit be cured to achieve a hard dry condition as follows:

  1. Ensure good ventilation
  2. Light a small cool fire inside the unit using paper and kindling wood only and maintain the fire’s intensity for at least one hour. Some fumes and smoke may be emitted during this time. Avoid breathing fumes and smoke.
  3. Gradually build up the fire’s intensity over a further one hour period in order to complete the post-curing of the paint. Very little fumes or smoke should be emitted during this time.
  4. When this process has been completed the unit may be used in the normal manner. 
  5. Failure to follow these instructions will lead to flaking of the pot belly black paint.

Alternatively (A Kingaroy Choofer Original Method) 

Use a large perforated tin placed inside on floor of the Choofer with lit heat beads, 18 head beads for 9 kg Choofer, 24 heat beads for 14kg Choofer.  The door is closed and the lid is on with the damper 2/3rds closed. 

Let heat beads burn to ash. This way you do not have to monitor and maintain a small cool fire for one hour.  On completion of this, you may then light a medium fire inside the Choofer  for a further hour to finish the curing of the Pot Belly Paint.

Initially do not put the lid of the Kingaroy Choofer on a roaring fire as the heat is too extreme.

Please use Australian made heat beads as they burn at a higher heat and last longer per heat bead.

Curing The StoveBright High Temperature Choofers

Stove Bright high temperature paint is a high quality, fast drying coating for a variety of properly prepared metal surfaces.

The formula is rust resistant and maintains excellent colour stability with in surface temperatures reaching 1200*F/ 650*C

This product is commonly used on,wood stoves, fireplace surrounds, fire boxes,boilers, furnaces, radiators, engines, auto exhausts, manifolds mufflers, heaters, bbq’s and much more.


Initial Firing Process


1   Slowly bring the Choofer to a medium burn, about 400*F/204*C for about 45 – 60 minutes.

2   Increase the burn temperature to a hot burn about 600*F/315*C for an additional 45 – 60 minutes or just let the heat beads burn to ash.


I have found the best way to control the heat inside the Choofer is to use good quality heat beads which are lit inside the Choofer on the trivet.  For process 1, I use 18 – 20 heat beads, door closed and lid on. The damper is first fully open to allow the heat beads to ignite and when the smoke from the fire lighters has stopped, all but close the damper to prevent the heat from exhausting through the chimney.


For stage 2, add another 20 heat beads on top of the initial heat beads, these can be previously lit in a separate container or just added  unlit. As in stage 1, the lid is on and the damper is closed to keep the heat contained within the Choofer. There is adequate ventilation to give oxygen to the fire source, due to the holes around the circumference.

For 4.5kg Choofers reduce the number of heat beads by half.


Let the heat beads reduce to ash if you wish. This may take several hours, so during this period if you have a temperature gauge fitted to your Choofer ( optional extra ) you can monitor how long the Choofer  maintains the heat suitable for cooking. It will also give you an insight into how long you have to cook a meal, if not several meals, in the camp oven which will be fully enclosed inside the Choofer. I think you will be pleasantly surprised.


An oven within an oven!!!


It is recommended that when using hardwood timber in the Choofer and the fire is building to or at its peak, not to put the lid on to the Choofer. The temperatures can be extreme and may cause damage to the high temperature paint if it is not cured properly and also there will not enough oxygen supplied to support an intense fire inside the Choofer. In some cases, excessive heat may cause the paint to slightly craze but will not flake off  when compared to the pot belly black paint.



Cleaning the Choofer.


As recommended by Stove Bright, do not use chemicals to clean the Stove Bright high temperature paint after use. Use a cloth or a soft pad with warm soapy water to clean the soot and dirt off the outside of the Choofer. If done on a regular basis, this will help to maintain the full colour of the paint for a longer period.


Repairing Chips or/and Scratches


With normal use, it is inevitable that damage such as scratches/ chipping will occur to the paint of your Choofer.

Stove Bright have for sale, pressurised spray cans of paint to suit the colour of your Choofer. Lightly sand around the damaged area, remove the dust with a clean cloth and then after shaking the pressure can vigorously, lightly spray the area several times with intervals between spray applications.


More product information is available at their website,



Please don’t let this happen to your Choofer.

This damage to the pot belly paint was caused by not curing the paint on the Kingaroy Choofer as instructed. Excessive initial heat.

Please take time to read the instructions provided on the leaflet with every Kingaroy Choofer sold or read the information on “CURING THE CHOOFER”