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Old 03-28-2016, 07:33 PM   #1
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Shopping for a Dutch Oven and Pie irons

I'm bored at work so of course I'm thinking about our next camping trip instead. I'd like to get a dutch oven and try some new recipes.

I see that Lodge makes dutch ovens that fit on the stove (flat bottoms) and also those for a campfire (has legs). I'm thinking I should get one with legs since I already have one that can be used on the stove (Le Creuset enameled). Or would you normally put a grate on the fire and sit the dutch oven on that, so the flat bottom would make more sense?

Also what size is reasonable? They are so heavy which makes me think smaller is better, but other than the extra weight, is there a reason not to get the larger 7 or 8 qt size?

I also intend to buy a couple pie irons so if you have any thoughts on those I'd love to hear them.
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Old 03-28-2016, 07:43 PM   #2
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You will probably end up adding another 100 lbs of weight to your trailer, otherwise they are nice.
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Old 03-28-2016, 07:48 PM   #3
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If you plan on using the DO in the campfire, don't forget to get the one with the flanged lid. When you flip it over you can use it as a griddle.
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Old 03-28-2016, 07:56 PM   #4
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A 12" camp oven is what most people start out with - DO cook books seem to be geared to that size. Lodge makes pre-seasoned ovens that will get you cooking right away.
Don't forget a lid lifter, welding gloves, long tongs and a charcoal starter.
I always carry a hard anodized aluminum set - 10" with no legs nests inside a 12" with - then add whatever cast iron ovens Norma wants for her menu... we have ovens from 5" to 16".
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The camp lids can be purchased separately, and are pretty much a necessity for getting charcoal to stay on top during cooking.

Whether the DO has legs or not isn't crucial. I have one of each. The one without legs can be set on a flat rock or directly on the coals. The one with legs probably works a little better, but if you think you might want a DO that you could use on a stove, of course you don't want the legs.

I gotta admit I only carry my DO's occasionally, because they are so heavy, when I'm sure I'll use them (such as at Thanksgiving).
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A 12" camp oven is what most people start out with - DO cook books seem to be geared to that size. Lodge makes pre-seasoned ovens that will get you cooking right away.
Don't forget a lid lifter, welding gloves, long tongs and a charcoal starter.
I always carry a hard anodized aluminum set - 10" with no legs nests inside a 12" with - then add whatever cast iron ovens Norma wants for her menu... we have ovens from 5" to 16".
Now I understand why Jim says I'll be adding 100lbs to the trailer weight - lots of stuff needed to go with the Dutch oven!

I appreciate the input on the 12" oven. I'll see what I can find on that.
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Now I understand why Jim says I'll be adding 100lbs to the trailer weight - lots of stuff needed to go with the Dutch oven!

I appreciate the input on the 12" oven. I'll see what I can find on that.
We had a teardrop when started DO cooking.... I took it to a highway scale when it was loaded for a trip one time and it was 1360# on the (1250# rated)axle don't remember how many ovens I took out before we left That's when I became a believer in weighing my trailers....
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There are so many different ways to cook nowadays that I leave my heavy stuff home, unless I'm traveling intrastate. There is the Cobb grill, or a small smokey joe, also the can cooker, all of them light and all prepare delicious meals. The only heavy cast iron I do carry is a round griddle for the outdoor stove or inside on the stove. Otherwise it is the ss cookware I have.
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My wife loves Dutch Oven cooking, and has done many, many great dishes, but we only take one for short weekend trips where we know we will use it. It is not something we leave in the trailer.

Pie Irons are a very versatile too. Lots of quick great dishes can be made in them. Many recopies available online. But, we took ours out of the trailer years ago, as it just did not get enough use to warrant hauling it around.

When it comes down to it, there a many, many ways of cooking while camping, just as there are many styles that folks like to employ to best suit their own needs.

For the most part we now prefer to do all our baking in our BBQ, which works great for it.
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I got a great deal on blemished dutch ovens at the South Pittsburg factory outlet - and hail, yes that are heavy
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