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Old 02-11-2013, 02:24 PM   #101
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I use the same method TXBlackpot. I believe it is called the Dinwiddle method or something close to that...lol!!! Lots faster and easier than, like you said, trying to do all that math in your head!!

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Old 02-13-2013, 04:56 AM   #102
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You don't need a calculator for this method. Take the diameter of your DO add 3 for the top and subtract 3 for the bottom. For a 12" oven 15 on top, 9 on the bottom.

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Old 06-09-2013, 05:24 PM   #103
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We cooked Lasagna in ours Saturday night. It came out fantastic.
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Old 06-10-2013, 07:24 PM   #104
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Old 07-10-2013, 03:06 PM   #105
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Baked Ziti
16 oz pkg Ziti pasta (Rigatone)
1 lb Italian Sausage
2- 27 oz Spaghetti Sauce
16 oz Cottage Cheese
6 oz Provolone Cheese
6 oz Mozzarella Cheese (Grated)
1/2 C Parmesan cheese
Cook pasted as directed. Drain and set aside. Brown sausage in Dutch oven. Add spaghetti
sauce and simmer for 15 minutes. In separate lightly oiled dutch oven layer ˝ pasta, ˝
provolone, and ˝ mozzarella, ˝ meat sauce and all cottage cheese. Repeat layers of pasta,
cheeses, and meat sauce. Then sprinkle with parmesan. Bake about 30 minutes, or until cheese
and sauce are bubbly. 6 to 10 coals on bottom and 14 to18 coals on top.

Tater Tot Hot Dish
1 1/2 lbs. hamburger or chicken
1 medium onion, chopped
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp Montreal Steak Seasoning
1 10 3/4 oz. can Cream of Mushroom soup
1 10 3/4 0z. can Cream of Chicken soup
1/2 cup half and half or milk
1 cup frozen peas and carrots
1 2 lb. bag frozen tater tots (3/4 of a bag covered a 12 inch oven)
2 cups shredded Cheddar Jack cheese

Saute hamburger and onions over a full spread of coals in dutch oven until onions are soft and hamburger is browned. Drain. Arrange 12 coals in a circle around the base of the oven. Stir in garlic powder, steak seasoning, soups, half and half and frozen vegetables. Mix until well blended.
Cover completely with tater tots.
Place lid on oven and bake at 350 degrees, with 16-18 coals on top, for 25-30 minutes or until soup starts to bubble.
Sprinkle with 2 cups of cheese, cook 10 minutes longer or until cheese has melted and hot dish is brown on top.
Serves 6-8.
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Old 07-15-2013, 09:43 PM   #106
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Between the last 2 camping trips we've made a meatloaf, Cinnamon rolls, two layered chicken enchilada
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We try to use the dutch oven on every camping trip. We use the plus 3 on top and minus 3 on bottom.
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Old 02-04-2014, 12:28 AM   #107
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We have 4 camp Dutch Ovens. A 10", 12" and a 14" in cast iron. The 4th is a 12" Aluminum Dutch Oven. Bought the aluminum DO for overnight canoe trips. Lighter and no rust. The 10 and 12 inch cast iron DO's are the ones we use the most. We've done deserts, roast, mountainman breakfast, biscuits, gravy, pizza, etc. In the DO's. Homemade pizza in the DO is really good! Going to a Dutch Oven Gathering (DOG) is a lot of fun an educational. Some folks are really creative and fix things that will surprise you (i was surprised by a cheesecake done in a DO).
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Old 05-15-2014, 08:47 PM   #108
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New to the dutch oven scene, but looking to try it out. Does it really only take 30 -45 minutes to have complete meal cooked and ready to serve? Are Lodge dutch ovens the best brand to try?
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Old 05-15-2014, 08:54 PM   #109
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I believe Lodge has the best reputation out there.

Timing will vary, depending on what you make. The mountainman breakfast(last photo below) sure seem to take a long time. If you're just baking some Grands/Pillsbury biscuits it's much quicker...

I highly recommend them, if you're an avid camper. I try to use my daily when camping, if not more than once/day.

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Old 05-15-2014, 09:09 PM   #110
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I have a Wenzel 1887 set. I like that everything in the set (DO, Griddle, Pan) come with heavy zipper covers.
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