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Can anyone direct me to or offer info on dutch ovens. Also, with a comparison to solar ovens - which is better, etc?

-- Dina (, July 20, 1999


Here are some links you can try: Check this out. I bought one and cooked muffins with it with no problems (just 9 charcoals!!!)

Good Luck !!!

-- Mitch (, July 20, 1999.

Dina- They are used in totally different applications- a solar oven is used for QUICK cooking/baking - the desire is high temperature, from either direct or concentrated (reflected)sunlight. The dutch oven was developed as a tool to be buried to the side of the fire in the embers where it basically cooks like a crockpot (remember those?) I would use a solar cooker to "fry up" morning eggpowder or to boil water for pasta etc... The dutch oven can also be brought up to cooking temperature and then placed in a "farm box" basically a super insulated container that allows it to continue cooking on its own energy- This is a bulky but time and energy efficient method. My family has tossed frozen chunks of ground burger into a crockpot, along with available misc. frozen veggies and spices, a little tomato flavoring- put it in the cooking mode- gone off for 8-10 hours and returned to a totally cooked burger "stoup"- As far as recipes- any good crock pot cookbook or camper's cookbook should have lots of suggestions- just one comment- the longer, moister cooking time would suggest a much better result (than solar) if you plan on using dehydrated foods (veggies etc) Chuck's wife

-- Chuck, a night driver's wife (, July 20, 1999.

Good dutch oven page: International Dutch Oven Society, Also look on for used books on dutch oven cooking. I just got one by Don Holm called Old Fashioned Dutch Oven Cookbook.

-- judy (, July 21, 1999.

I have four Dutch ovens. My father has twelve. We use them on a weekly basis. My family has used them since we came across the plains seeking religious freedom. They are "the" Y2K solution re cooking for our family. In urban environments, charcoal is cheap (now, anyway) and easy to store. Dutch Ovens work equally well in a rural environment where open fires are acceptable. You can pretty much cook anything in a Dutch Oven. You should definitely pick up a few and start tempering them and prepping the patina before you really need to use them on a daily basis...

Lodge is a good brand with which to start, and several of the posts have already dropped urls that are useful. I would suggest a size 10 or 12 for starters. So far, I have found the book "Lovin' Dutch Ovens" to be the best beginners' manual for my friends who have taken up the skill re their Y2K preps.

Good luck!

-- Pioneer (, July 21, 1999.

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