Looking forward to some D.O talk
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Looking forward to some D.O talk
And for 2cents worth, Since I have a outside wood burning furnace, I can save some of the charcoal from it. I take a shovel full out before refilling it and throw it in the snow or a bucket of water to stop the burning. then when it dries out I have good charcoal for cooking on DO 's or to put in my smoker. also have done some cooking over a fire.
I use a lot of hard maple for cooking. When I cook cornish hens or chickens in the DO I put the cover on and fill the whole wire hoop with small maple branches 1"-2" diameter. Then add a enough coals to ignite them. It expand the duration for the top heat.
Sparrky, that looks like a nice setup. My DO cooking has always been done on top of the stove; I'll have to get one more suited to cooking outside, as my BBQ pit would be perfect to do some DO cooking, even in the winter time.
When camping, I use 2 different DO's on our last night. A last hoorah, if you may. I built a tripod similar to the Camp Chef tripod( mine was about $10 to make) and I hang my stovetop DO on it. In that one, I do a cobbler. I also use it for camp chili. The 12" Do I have has feet and rimmed lid. That one has the main course in it(food varies with the mood). I usually bury that one while we hike or fish. I dig the hole where the fire has been the last couple of days, throw in some good coals from the camp fire, set the DO in the hole, cover it with dirt, and shovel the campfire back over it. I'll stoke the fire before we head off. When we get back, I dig it up, sweep it off with a wisk broom, and we pig out. At home, I use briquettes. 12" DO, I put 16 on top and 8 on bottom. If the temps are low outside, I add a few more. It was what I was taught as a kid, so I've been doing it that way ever since.
I never use charcoal...I only cook DO over a camp fire. learning how to build a fire that will produce good coals is the trick, more so when burning soft woods. I was thinking that briquettes would be easier and save on fire wood. I think I will buy a bag of charcoal and try it next camping trip.
Looks nice, I have thought about making a tri pod to hang a pot. Saw a nice one at a Scottish Games one time. didn't take a picture. it was kind of unique the way the top was made. May just make one with forged rings at the top with open place where they can separate if needed for packing. Do you have a favorite recipe to cook over open fire?
Thought I'd bump this older thread, because it touches a topic dear to any DO cooks heart.
There's no question, cooking with wood coals is a different learning curve. It's a matter of experience, rather than rules of thumb. But that's true of all wood cooking.
The same is generally true about lump charcoal. It burns hotter and more consistently than wood, but not enough to say "such and such always work." As with wood, it's a matter of feel and experience.
With briquettes you can start operating more in the realm of science. Well, with more consistency at any rate. F'rinstance, the rule of thumb for consistent heating is to take the number of the oven. Add three to it, and that's the number of briquettes to put on the bottom. Subtract three, and that's how many go on top. Do that and your oven will operate consistently at 350G, which is where most food roasts best.