MACA Supply Company
was founded in 1978 by Clair Anderson as an Iron Foundry providing Industrial
Castings such as pumps, valves and other Machinery for Industrial Equipment
Manufacturers. Since then MACA Supply has expand its production plant 17
times from 12,000 square feet in 1980 to over 150,000 square feet on 35 acres
does this have to do with Dutch Ovens? Everything.
Being raised on the Family Farm and
Sawmill in the breathtaking Heber Valley 35 miles Northeast of Provo, Utah,
Clair knew the advantages of keeping maintenance work in house. With
this, MACA has been casting its own furnace linings for years.
Furnace Linings have a base much like a pot or Dutch Oven except the sides
continue higher to help form the insulation layer of the
After the clay is formed to the outside of the iron furnace lining, the
iron lining is left in the furnace to help bake the clay and is eventually
melted and used as part of the next heat of iron to be poured out of the
newly lined furnace.
In the mid 1980s a customer touring the
foundry saw these furnace linings and said, "If you weld some legs on the
bottom of that lining and cast me a lid, I'll have the biggest oven around."
We filled this custom order and eventually made new patterns designed
specifically for Dutch Ovens. The MACA Oven's origin as a Furnace Lining
is why they are so deep compared to other ovens on the market.
Since we had been casting part numbers
on our products since the beginning, we continued by casting peoples
names, companies or short phrases on the lids of Ovens that weren't for sale,
but given as unique gifts for Family, Friends and Customers. Over the past
few years we have joined with a local Utah artist and started casting
different Nature Scenes on each Dutch Oven Lid which has added to the
distinctive quality of the MACA Oven. One odd result of the lid
designs has been that many people who receive a MACA oven as a gift,
refuse to cook with it but display the lid on the mantle of the fireplace.
They do look good either in natural iron or the bronze look of a few
seasonings, but we think they look best with those beautiful, black carbon
layers from years of use,
covered with red coals. This looks best because there is something
hot and juicy that will soon be served under that stunning lid.
With the addition of our foundry that we
built from the ground up in India we have been able to produce our ovens
at a price that puts them in reach of thousands more without sacrificing
the bedrock principle of Quality that MACA was built upon. They draw a great deal of
attention on a campfire or over a mound of briquettes because of the size and
original designs. We know you will love your MACA oven like we have