Our TC has a microwave and Oven. I added the microwave, and mounted under the cabinet it takes up no space we were using. We use both, depending on the menu, and the camp circumstances. It would be hard to say which we use the most, but I do not recall ever not using one of them on a camping trip. We do use the oven less during the summer. There are times we could use the microwave, and don't due to generator noise.
I too had a four burner stove/oven. My neighbor junked a small 5er, and gave me the three burner stove/oven. We prefer it over the four burner, and a bonus was about an inch wider oven.
I guess there is a limit to luxuries while camping, but we do not camp to "live off the land". If less is best, I would just get a couple of sleeping bags, and maybe a tarp. As for storage, seven years ago, I was out of storage space. Overtime, I would open a cabinet and find stuff we had never used, and even some we forgot we had. My point is our TCs are not to be compared with our stick homes. We do not have the pack rat luxury. Our TC now has empty or almost empty cabinets.
Did anyone who loves the storage space where the oven would be, think of the storage space they would have where the microwave oven sits ?
IMHO it is better utilization to take up room with something that is used often rather than an oven that is used to make cinnamon rolls the day you break camp.
That's funny...but we use the oven for many other delicacies as well; pizza, lasagna, garlic bread (to go with the lasagna), baked stuffed lobsters, shephards pie, cookies, etc...
I finding cooking to be very relaxing...a craft brew, or glass of wine...nice way to wind down while making dinner after hiking/kayaking/ mt biking/skiing.
I have even cooked thanksgiving dinner for 5 during hunting season.
Our trips most always involve one, or more, of these activiites...and a good meal gets you ready for next days adventure!
For us, an oven is a must have in a camper...
But our Son does enjoy those cinnamon roles...even if it does mean it's time to head home...
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...I just didn't know if those things actually worked but sounds like they do
a hint - add something on the bottom to help spread the heat - eg a cooking stone or unglazed tile etc. The two ovens we've used had terrible hot spots in the middle (hence the "I used it once and burned the xyz" comments). If you can even out the heat they work just dandy.