Info for Dutch Oven cooking

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  1. nineoaks2004

    nineoaks2004 Every meal is a picnic and every Day is a holiday

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    The chart provided here tells how many charcoal briquettes to use when cooking in your Dutch oven, for the size oven you have chosen to use. You can, of course, cook using the coals of your campfire, and by using this chart, you can also get a good idea how many coals to use as well.



    Lodge Manufacturing recommends that you use the "3 up, 3 down = 325 degrees F" formula. This formula is based on the oven's diameter and the use of full-size charcoal briquettes. The diameter plus 3 equals the number of briquettes required for top heat. The diameter minus 3 equals the number of briquettes needed for bottom heat. This heats the oven to 325 degrees F.




    Oven Sizes 5 inch 8 inch 10 inch 12 inch 14 inch 16 inch

    Top Heat 8 11 13 15 17 19

    Bottom Heat 3 5 7 9 11 13
     
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  2. jmkay1

    jmkay1 2004 Fleetwood/Coleman Utah

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    Actually good to have, never realized it was by threes. I cheated and found a free Dutch oven calculator app for my phone. Plug in a little info and up pops the amount of charcoal you need. The way I look at it. My recipe is already on the phone so why not. ;) .Well except for the obvious when the phone dies.
     
  3. nineoaks2004

    nineoaks2004 Every meal is a picnic and every Day is a holiday

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    I have used that chart for a long time and used to give it out when I taught the camp cooking course.
     
  4. Fless

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    So is there also a general formula to increase the temp? For example, how many additional coals to raise the temp to 375°?
     
  5. nineoaks2004

    nineoaks2004 Every meal is a picnic and every Day is a holiday

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    Figure that each briquet will give about 30 deg. Temp. But will depend on the size of the DO.
     
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    Back in the dark ages (before smart phones) when I was a scout leader, we used a rule of thumb:
    2 x the diameter of the dutch oven with 2/3 on top and 1/3 on bottom.
    It worked well for my 10" oven, but would result in more coals on top and fewer on bottom than the Lodge formula. In my experience the oven baked at about 325* with this formula, which would agree with Lodge.

    Outside temperatures and wind will affect the number of coals needed. The harder, more expensive charcoal will provide a longer steady heat source, but we usually had the cheap stuff.
     
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    hvac1877 Old Dominion Iron Chefs Highland Springs, Va

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    take your dutch oven double the size that is the amount of briquets you need to get it to 350 F. each coal was 15 to 20 F. When starting charcoal in a chimney starter once the smoke goes from blue to clear your charcoal is ready. do not let them ash over you then have lost half your cooking time.
     
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    Very good stuff, never used the Dutch oven outside the stove in my house. Too much new stuff to try out and not enough time!
     
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    Thanks Peter or Amy, we probably got less than 350* because of outdoor conditions and the cheap charcoal. The 15-20 F is pretty much in line with what I had seen. "Use 2-3 coals for each 25*" I need a real charcoal chimney. We've only had adapted #10 cans. They work, but a chimney would be better.

    I went to your olddominionchefs website. There's a lot of good information there. My scouts were always baking, so the 2/3 on top and 1/3 on bottom makes sense.
     
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    hvac1877 Old Dominion Iron Chefs Highland Springs, Va

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    If you live in Georgia some friends of mine are getting a dutch oven group going in Ga. here is the link to the event.
    https://www.facebook.com/events/1812718115486273/
     
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    I got the message that the link was not available.
     
  13. hvac1877

    hvac1877 Old Dominion Iron Chefs Highland Springs, Va

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    October 12 – October 14
    Oct 12 at 6 PM to Oct 14 at 12 PM
     
  14. Sotovoce

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    The Peach State Dutch Oven Group is private, which I like. I have made a request to join, but have not received a response yet.

    That October weekend is a choice time for camping rallies and weddings. Of the four events we have to choose from, the one at Black Rock Mountain would be the easiest to attend. Unfortunately, we'll have to set our sights on the next Peach State Dutch Oven gathering.
     

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