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Cast iron dutch oven for the campfire

post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 

Hey guys,

 

New to the forum so HELLO :)

 

I've been looking to purchase a cast iron dutch oven for use on campfires. Lodge seems to be the more popular brands. Wondering if anyone can share suggestions or any previous experience?

post #2 of 17
Lodge is a good starter and very common. I like my 10" DO for small meals, and my 14" for larger ones. A good all around pan is a 10". Lodge comes preseasoned and that will work as long as you take care of them. If you need to resets on there are numerous threads here.
post #3 of 17
Another good way to get some CI is look at garage sales.
post #4 of 17

:welcome1:  to SMF!

 

Glad to have you aboard!

 

At your leisure, would you swing by "Roll Call" and introduce yourself.

 

That way we can all give you a proper welcome!

 

I have several Lodge pans & as long as you take care of them they will last forever.

 

Al

post #5 of 17

Lodge is the gold standard, but I have some Camp Chef as well.  They are standing up to a lot of use, for less money.

post #6 of 17

Once you get your feet wet with a DO you'll need to get yourself a Discada!

 

 

 

post #7 of 17
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the awesome feedback and the warm welcome guys, that was what I had grasped when I was doing some research. also came across this article reinforcing what all of you are mentioning, the lodge dutch oven at the top the list. 

 

http://dutchovenexpert.com/camping-cast-iron-dutch-ovens

 

Any feedback on the camp chefs?

post #8 of 17

There are DOs that have legs and some that do not. The ones with the legs are what you want for cooking over coals and for stacking DOs. The ones without the legs can be used over coals as well as on propane / household stoves.

I would highly recommend some thick leather gloves and one of them lid lifting tools too!

post #9 of 17
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Any feedback on the camp chefs?

One advantage of Lodge over Camp Chef, is the season that Lodge puts on their pans.  If you're new to seasoning cast iron that might be an asset.  I've used cast iron cookware for over 40 years, I might be bragging, but I've grabbed pans out of the scrap bin and cleaned them up, seasoned them and they looked like new.  Till you get used to working with, and seasoning cast iron, the Lodge seasoning could be your best friend.  Other than that Camp Chef make good pots and pans, for less money.

post #10 of 17
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Another good way to get some CI is look at garage sales.

I have had no luck at all finding CI in garage sales.  Haven't given up though.

post #11 of 17
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I have had no luck at all finding CI in garage sales.  Haven't given up though.

It's become almost impossible to find at Garage sales or on Craigslist anymore. Every once in a while I will find some, but most of the time its cheap stuff that people over price.

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It's become almost impossible to find at Garage sales or on Craigslist anymore. Every once in a while I will find some, but most of the time its cheap stuff that people over price.
I bet you can find Teflon pans at garage sales.
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I bet you can find Teflon pans at garage sales.

That's no joke!
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That's no joke!
And I bet in 10 years ceramic coating pans will be plentiful at garage sales.

Old school always rules.
post #15 of 17

I like buying and using vintage iron.  Find it online, garage sales and auctions.  Here are just a few of my pieces.

 

 

 

 

 

post #16 of 17
Holy moly! And that's just a few? You got a treasure there.
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I like buying and using vintage iron.  Find it online, garage sales and auctions.  Here are just a few of my pieces.

 








Geez, no wonder no else can find any!!!
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