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09/03/2017 06:15PM
Looking at adding a Dutch Oven to my gear. Interested in what folks like/use/dislike - sizes and materials. Thanks!
 
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WHendrix
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09/03/2017 06:27PM
I own several Dutch Ovens, most of them by Lodge. But the only one I take tripping is an aluminum 12 in. made by GSI If I were gong to do it over I would get the anodized oven. If you trip with a large group you may prefer the 14 IN.

Bill
PapaBear1975
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09/03/2017 07:25PM
Years ago, my dad and I hauled one in when we took our Boy Scout troop into the BWCA. But usually we base camped- taking one or two days to get to our destination with a multi-day layover before heading back in. Lemme tell ya...nothing like making cobbler out in the wilderness. We also made mountain man breakfast the first morning, and also ham and beans (we hauled in a whole shoulder ham on these trips), and if I remember right we made pizzas with refrigerator biscuits and also biscuits and gravy. We had a good crew of kids to haul in all the food and kitchen needs....now I fly solo, and I definitely would NOT want to take a dutchie out with me....too much hassle, haha.
billconner
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09/03/2017 08:10PM
You might look at the eoody dutch oven. Web sit seems messed up right now but scroll through to bottom. About a foot square, aluminum, 7 pounds.
09/03/2017 11:14PM
Had a GSI 10 inch, I believe, that I sold here unused. Too heavy. Got a fry bake from someone here and it rocks!
09/04/2017 10:13AM
I used to do a lot of Wisconsin River trips. Always took my Lodge cast iron dutch oven. There are so many great meal memories associated with dutch oven camp cooking. People are always amazed that you can bake things while camping.

The best smelling item was always chocolate chip cookies.
AtwaterGA
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09/04/2017 10:45AM
Love Dutch Ovens. Have two aluminum 12 inch and two cast Iron. The Aluminum definitely get the most use. Take one on annual river canoe trips but never to the Quetico. Just my wife and I are on the Quetico trips and the size and weight are not worth while.
PapaBear1975
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09/04/2017 02:17PM
Though the question does beg- would a 10-12" dutchie fit into the bottom of a 30L blue barrel??
WHendrix
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09/04/2017 05:14PM
As luck would have it, just I was reading this I was sitting only arms length from a 30 L barrel and a 10" and 12" DO. Neither of them will fit in the barrel. I didn't even have to get out of my chair !

Bill
PapaBear1975
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09/04/2017 07:00PM
One more reason not to lug it along, haha. Thanks!
ockycamper
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09/05/2017 05:32AM
I bring two sizes of GSI aluminum dutch ovens on trips. They are "stackable" and allow you to bake one thing on the bottom and another on top, saving coals. GIS makes really tough carry cases for them as well.

I abandoned cast iron a long time ago.
DeuceCoop
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09/05/2017 10:13AM
I have a box full of cast iron DOs and two GSI anodized DOs. I rarely use the cast iron any more as the aluminum ones are one third the weight and work almost (not quite but pretty danged close) as well. They're also much easier to clean and care for; as in they don't really have to be cared for. They both go on most of my trips, but I should point out that most of my trips are by truck, raft or canoe with no portaging required. They don't go on backpacking trips. I'm actually glad I saw this post as the anodizing is coming off the small DO. Just emailed GSI. I'm sure they'll take care of it pronto. Good company.
09/05/2017 05:51PM
I like Dutch ovens and have a 10 inch GSI model that I have used many years. I think thank for most canoe camping, for me, it is not worth the effort to bring the extra weight, even though I enjoy cooking with them. This is a personal preference. If you like them and what they can do then bring an alum model. JerryG
OldFingers57
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09/06/2017 07:11PM
I have two of the Woody Dutch Ovens which are the older 8x12 versions. They are fairly light but still to heavy for me to take them canoe camping.
Hub
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09/13/2017 11:12AM
I have the 10 anondized GSI and love it. Wouldn't be a BW trip without it. Biscuits and gravy, egg bake, brownies, pineapple upside down cake, fish frying etc. All my trips are with at least 4 guys (all big eaters) or with a group of young boys (all big eaters).





Hungry
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09/13/2017 05:22PM
quote Hub: "I have the 10 anondized GSI and love it. Wouldn't be a BW trip without it. Biscuits and gravy, egg bake, brownies, pineapple upside down cake, fish frying etc. All my trips are with at least 4 guys (all big eaters) or with a group of young boys (all big eaters).





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Thanks, now you are making me hungry. Can I come with you on your next trip?
s500yards
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09/17/2017 11:19AM
I also use one of the cast aluminum GSI ovens. I do an annual two week, two person trip and have yet to leave it behind. It's definitely not light but we realized that a WHOLE lot of the trip revolves around food, so why not carry the most versitIle piece of kitchen kit?
I'd say go for it if you really will be putting it to use, otherwise no, it wouldn't be worth the weight.
Birdknowsbest
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09/17/2017 10:55PM
I love to use DO's camping but I recently got both sizes of the fry bake pans.

I couldnt love them more. Using a lid creates a DO and are much lighter than the GSI DO. Also perfect size for frying fish or pretty much any other Bdubs cooking needs and work on grates, on the coals or on your camp stove. U can also clean them using sand which is an added bonus.

A 10.5 will work great for up to 4 ppl. We use the smaller 8 inch for prepping or cooking sides or a shore lunch for 2. I may buy another 10.5 and top and just bring both bc I like them so much.

They are also thinner so are easier to pack than a DO imo.


Fry bake pans
 
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