Cast iron dutch oven for the campfire

Discussion in 'General Dutch Oven Information' started by manu76, Aug 16, 2016.

  1. manu76

    manu76 Newbie

    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?
     
  2. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    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.
     
  3. b-one

    b-one Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Another good way to get some CI is look at garage sales.
     
  4. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    [​IMG]   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
     
  5. 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.
     
  6. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

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


     
  7. manu76

    manu76 Newbie

  8. pit 4 brains

    pit 4 brains Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    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!
     
  9. 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.
     
    Last edited: Aug 19, 2016
  10. okie362

    okie362 Smoking Fanatic

    I have had no luck at all finding CI in garage sales.  Haven't given up though.
     
  11. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    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.
     
  12. atomicsmoke

    atomicsmoke Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I bet you can find Teflon pans at garage sales.
     
  13. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    That's no joke!
     
  14. atomicsmoke

    atomicsmoke Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    And I bet in 10 years ceramic coating pans will be plentiful at garage sales.

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

     


     
  16. atomicsmoke

    atomicsmoke Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Holy moly! And that's just a few? You got a treasure there.
     
  17. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

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

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