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#161457 - 01/05/09 09:30 PM Speaking of cast iron...
JohnE Offline

Registered: 06/10/08
Posts: 601
Loc: Southern Cal
I know that Benjammin will jump in here.

What's the best brand/place to pick up a new cast iron dutch oven?

Want something I can take camping as well as use at home as an "emergency" oven.



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#161459 - 01/05/09 09:39 PM Re: Speaking of cast iron... [Re: JohnE]
Russ Offline

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Don't know if it's the "best", but after checking a couple places. I found the 4 Quart Lodge Dutch Oven at REI to be my best option. It's the same size as a pot we use daily on the stove top so the size is right, and it has feet and a flat lid so it should work well for my camping/contingency needs. Lodge has a bigger 8 qt Dutch Oven available through Amazon; I didn't need one that large.
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#161477 - 01/05/09 10:49 PM Re: Speaking of cast iron... [Re: Russ]
OldBaldGuy Offline

Registered: 09/30/01
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Loc: Former AFB in CA, recouping fr...
Many hardware and sporting store carry lots of cast iron. Lodge is pretty hard to beat, some even come pre-seasoned now...

#161481 - 01/05/09 10:56 PM Re: Speaking of cast iron... [Re: OldBaldGuy]
Desperado Offline

Registered: 11/01/08
Posts: 1530
Loc: DFW, Texas
Just don't anger your spouse. Cast iron will dent the human skull really well.
I do the things that I must, and really regret, are unfortunately necessary.


#161487 - 01/05/09 11:07 PM Re: Speaking of cast iron... [Re: Desperado]
OldBaldGuy Offline

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"...don't anger your spouse..."

Known her 20+ years, together 11+, not an argument yet, so I think I am safe...

#161493 - 01/05/09 11:20 PM Re: Speaking of cast iron... [Re: OldBaldGuy]
Chris Kavanaugh Offline
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Registered: 02/09/01
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Lodge is #1 and Wagner is good too. For sizes get 14. You can cook smaller portions in a larger oven. 16" are a whole different animal with different cooking times and heating control.
You will need a small shovel and tongs for your coals and a 'gonch hook' to handle the lid and bale.

Edited by Chris Kavanaugh (01/05/09 11:22 PM)

#161494 - 01/05/09 11:38 PM Re: Speaking of cast iron... [Re: Chris Kavanaugh]
OldBaldGuy Offline

Registered: 09/30/01
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I like to have a pan under the coals when I use a dutch oven outdoors. One of the metal oil drain pans from an auto parts store works, or the bottom of one of those $10 table top BBQ's that a lot of stores sell in the summer...

#161502 - 01/06/09 12:46 AM Re: Speaking of cast iron... [Re: Russ]

Also check the second hand stores. The store by our home always has a good rotating selection of cast iron pans, grills and dutch ovens. The prices are usually a 1/3 of new retail and some of the older cast iron is real heavy and thick...perfect for even heat distribution.

#161504 - 01/06/09 12:49 AM Re: Speaking of cast iron... [Re: OldBaldGuy]
jaron3 Offline

Registered: 07/11/05
Posts: 20
Griswold is the best but they have been out of business since the 1950's. You can find it on ebay though. Very high quality.

#161505 - 01/06/09 12:52 AM Re: Speaking of cast iron... [Re: Chris Kavanaugh]
scafool Offline

Registered: 12/18/08
Posts: 1534
Loc: Muskoka
I really have no good suggestions about where to get one from except maybe to order it directly from Wagner.


Notice that they call their smaller ones casserole dishes and sell them with glass lids.

Maybe these people here would know better?


More Useless Information:

The last time I bought one new it was from Wholesale Sports in Edmonton Alberta. It was Lodge.
The one I had before that was from a thrift store. It was Wagner
I had two before that, one of those was a yard-sale antique with the Simpson's (Robert Simpson Company) catalog store logo on the lid and the first one came from a hardware store. I can not remember what brand it was.
All of them were no leg versions with rimmed lids except the Simpson's one which had a domed lid. It still worked fine.
The reason the earlier ones disappeared was that they were sold to antique buyers.

I don't seem to be able to find the flat lid with a rim for the Lodge or Wagner ones any more.

Yet the one I have has that lid and no legs.
No legs means it can be used on a stove.
If I need it up to have fire under it I can set it on rocks, a trivet, a grill or hang it from a tripod or something.

Do not buy an aluminum one ever.
The aluminum ones I tried were really dangerous!
Even worse than the fact they do not hold the heat well is the fact that they are too light to balance the food.
It makes them very tippy and extremely likely to spill.
The last thing you want is to be severly scalded by boiling hot water.

When I buy used cast and want to clean it I put it into the fire and burn all the grease and crud off. After it is cool I brush out the ashes and sand out any rough spots. Then it gets seasoned with oil.
Lard is the best, but almost any cooking oil will do. Wipe a thin layer of oil on it.
The idea is to get the oil soaked into the pores of the cast to seal it, and then keep it almost smoking hot until the oil has polymerized into a tough no-stick surface.
After that you should not scour with abrasives or use detergents in it. Just wipe it clean with a cloth or brush.
Once in a while wipe extra oil on it and let it heat to about 375 degrees (almost smoking) before cooking in it to thicken the seasoning layer.

Edited by scafool (01/06/09 01:18 AM)
Edit Reason: grammar
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