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Old 03-28-2016, 09:11 PM   #11
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Please realize that my comments are my opinion and not meant to be argumentative or inciteful , simply, my opinion.
1. Utah is the epicenter of Dutch oven cooking.
2. The international D.O. Society puts out some great cookbooks
3 study the western New York Dutch oven society web pages and the writings of Dutch Oven Dave ( no relation)
4 a 4 quart unit 10 inch is usually. Big enough for four people
5 Buy a Lodge . For the money best I have used, preseasoned.
6 You can get three pieces of plate steel 3/8 in thick and four inches square to span the bars in a fire place grate.
7 Round pie irons are better than square Rome brand are ok
8 Buy your leather gloves at a welding shop, lots cheaper
9 Check and see if there's a local D.O. Group in your area
10. Google y'all eat yet. Serious about outdoor cooking
I have about 6 or 7 ovens. I like my 14 deep for ham or chicken. Whole.
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Old 03-28-2016, 10:20 PM   #12
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Please realize that my comments are my opinion and not meant to be argumentative or inciteful , simply, my opinion.
1. Utah is the epicenter of Dutch oven cooking.
2. The international D.O. Society puts out some great cookbooks
3 study the western New York Dutch oven society web pages and the writings of Dutch Oven Dave ( no relation)
4 a 4 quart unit 10 inch is usually. Big enough for four people
5 Buy a Lodge . For the money best I have used, preseasoned.
6 You can get three pieces of plate steel 3/8 in thick and four inches square to span the bars in a fire place grate.
7 Round pie irons are better than square Rome brand are ok
8 Buy your leather gloves at a welding shop, lots cheaper
9 Check and see if there's a local D.O. Group in your area
10. Google y'all eat yet. Serious about outdoor cooking
I have about 6 or 7 ovens. I like my 14 deep for ham or chicken. Whole.
Dave
Wow Dave that's an impressive amount of knowledge! I looked up Dutch Oven Dave - I had no idea that dutch ovens had such a following!

Just curious though, why are round pie irons better than square?
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Old 03-28-2016, 10:25 PM   #13
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Just curious though, why are round pie irons better than square?
Are they.....really?
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Old 03-28-2016, 10:42 PM   #14
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Most of the time I make either a little pizza or a cherry pie with my pie irons. I have square ones and round ones too. The round ones I have have a lip that fits into the other side. This keeps the juice inside and is easy to trim around with a knife. The square ones I have, have rims that butt together. They are leaky not all slices of bread are the same size so they don't always trim up like I like it. Call me quirky, everybody else uses more critical terms than that. Like nuts. If you can find old pie irons at garage sales they are usually superior to new ones. And a lot less money. There are some good pie iron cookbooks too. After I eat about a quart and a half of a Dutch oven dish, I'm too full for pie iron frivolity. Castironitis is a real disease but it's mental not physical. It's in the hoarding umbrella.
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Methinks an intervention may need to be held for Dave. After he gets a chance to cook me a yummy dinner that is.
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Old 03-28-2016, 11:25 PM   #16
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Call me quirky, everybody else uses more critical terms than that. Like nuts. It's in the hoarding umbrella.
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Old 03-28-2016, 11:35 PM   #17
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Jill ,if you end up with a flat bottomed cast iron oven Not a fancy one with a porcelain finish, just raw cast iron, and you want to cook over charcoal you have to make some little legs.
Cut three or four two inch long pieces of copper pipe an inch and a half in diameter, and set your oven up on them. Pipe is used vertical, not on its side. Ok that's all I got tonight.
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Old 03-29-2016, 12:54 AM   #18
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7 Round pie irons are better than square Rome brand are ok
Agreed. Square irons just grill the bread. With the round ones the bread sticks out and gets pinched together by the irons making a nice sealed edge. Like a pie instead of a sandwich. Which is why we always called them pudgie pie makers instead of pie irons.
Also I like cast iron more than the aluminum ones.
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Old 03-29-2016, 05:44 AM   #19
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Was trying to figure out what a pie iron was, so I turned to Google to find out. (what did we do before Google?) Discovered that we've been using them for years' only difference was that we called them a Jaffle iron.
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Cracker Barrel always has a nice selection of Lodge cookware.
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