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Old 07-09-2016, 11:08 PM   #11
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So I've done mainly backpacking, or parks with no open fire available for the past two years, unfortunately. As such I just realized that my dutch oven probably got left in Tulsa in the last move (loaned it out to someone, as is my wont). Anyone know of a good sale, inexpensive dutch oven, or have one you want to unload? Going on a big car camping trip, Chincoteague Island, end of the month.

Anyway, I thought I'd post here, before I started to look on Craig's List. You got one, and I'll give you a fair price, and pick it up or pay for shipping (depending on where you are).

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Hi erehweslefox, sounds like your best bet is to start checking Craig's List.
I've never heard of the Chincoteague Islands, so had to look it up. Looks like a beautiful area! Have a great time - hope to see pics when you return.
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Old 07-09-2016, 11:43 PM   #12
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I've never heard of the Chincoteague Islands, so had to look it up. Looks like a beautiful area! Have a great time - hope to see pics when you return.
(Going way off-topic, so please don't respond, but...) The Chincoteague Islands are a magical place, the native horses amazing, but pick your time to go, because they're usually buried in tourists.
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Old 07-09-2016, 11:55 PM   #13
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but pick your time to go, because they're usually buried in tourists.
We're going to be right in the middle of tourist tourist, as we are going down for the Pony Swim, but I do have a tent campsite reserved well away from the madding crowd, and we are gonna park the car, have bikes, kayaks, and hiking boots to get around.

I want a Lodge, given the other costs I don't want to lay out $80, which is reasonable for new, so I'm hoping to find a new one that isn't that beat up. Cast iron is pretty indestructible, so as long as it isn't cracked, I can re season it easy peasy.

I have an enameled home dutch oven, but I'm not sure how well it would fare in the fire. I like to fill 'em and bury 'em. Sometimes when I'm precocious for cakes, I'll fill a biscuit tin full of hot coals coals and throw it in with the dough, makes a nice pound cake.

Looking for a beat up rusted old cast iron dutchie, can wire brush the heck out of it, got a friend that will let me use a kiln, oil it up bake it, and repeat until it is back in good shape.

Now I know it will never be a crouset, but perfect for camp.

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Old 07-10-2016, 12:19 AM   #14
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I see 5 quart Lodge dutch ovens both with and without legs on Amazon for under $50. THIS one without legs is pre seasoned and just $36.
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I am with you Craig. My first feeling is "Buy America." After that it is the quality of the product I would question. I don't trust any item made in China.
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Old 07-10-2016, 08:53 AM   #16
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I have an enameled home dutch oven, but I'm not sure how well it would fare in the fire. I like to fill 'em and bury 'em.
No worries there: any decent enamelled cast iron like the Lodge will take that kind of use, maybe with some discoloured spots, but I look upon those as well-fought campaign badges. Do you do the mess with flour-paste to seal it?
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I am with you Craig. My first feeling is "Buy America." After that it is the quality of the product I would question. I don't trust any item made in China.
Unless it is made in France like Le Creuset.
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No worries there: any decent enamelled cast iron like the Lodge will take that kind of use, maybe with some discoloured spots, but I look upon those as well-fought campaign badges. Do you do the mess with flour-paste to seal it?
Lodge recommends not doing this. On Lodge's use and care page for enameled cast iron cookware they state "Do not use in microwave ovens, on outdoor grills or over campfires".

https://www.lodgemfg.com/use-and-car...e-and-Care.asp

Do you have any actual experience using enameled cast iron over a campfire?
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Unless it is made in France like Le Creuset.
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Lodge recommends not doing this. On Lodge's use and care page for enameled cast iron cookware they state "Do not use in microwave ovens, on outdoor grills or over campfires".

https://www.lodgemfg.com/use-and-car...e-and-Care.asp

Do you have any actual experience using enameled cast iron over a campfire?
Thanks for the link, but their campfire warning confuses me. Didn't Lodge get its start over campfires? I can't imagine why they would consider that harsh useage. But I thought we were talking about burying the pot in embers and covering it like a clambake for an all-day slow-cook. That is harsh treatment, but I believe it was invented by American pioneers headed west, using Lodge cookware. The one time I tried it (on a magical schooner trip around the Maine islands), it worked really well.
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