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Old 07-05-2018, 11:33 PM   #1
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dutch ovens

OK ,stupid question time. Do you preheat one before you use it ? Or just add the ingredients with it cold and then put the charcoal on the top and under??
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Old 07-05-2018, 11:38 PM   #2
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It is just like your oven at home... preheat before use. Using a temp chart, you can predict the temperature by the number of briquettes. I have a 14", a 12" and an 8" oven.
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Old 07-06-2018, 10:53 AM   #3
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Depends on what I'm cooking. If baking I usually preheat it but if I'm making soups, etc. I usually don't.
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Old 07-06-2018, 06:24 PM   #4
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I just put the stuff in the oven. No preheat. Never a problem. 12",10", 6".
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Old 07-09-2018, 12:34 PM   #5
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Thanks , I've been reading alot of recipes for different cobblers , apple / blue berry. I think after the weather cools a bit I'll try some of them.
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Really easy. Comes out great.
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Old 07-11-2018, 07:01 PM   #7
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I never preheat. I do use a charcoal starter chimney.

I do use those parchment paper liners. Makes cleaning up a snap. And oils from whatever you are cooking seep through the paper and keep the oven seasoned really well.

If buying a dutch oven, make sure the pot has legs and the lid has a rim. There are dutch oven pots made for home oven use that do not have these features. Great for home, all but useless camping. IMHO.
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Pre-heat for somethings, not for others. I typically do pre-heat for baking, not for soups or stews. To me the DO is mandatory for camp cooking!

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Great advise everyone, I'm thinking maybe a 10 in. with the legs. I also read where some put a metal plate of sorts under it all to help reflect the heat up ? Any of yall do that? Is it necessary ? I do have a metal plate laying around somewhere.
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Great advise everyone, I'm thinking maybe a 10 in. with the legs. I also read where some put a metal plate of sorts under it all to help reflect the heat up ? Any of yall do that? Is it necessary ? I do have a metal plate laying around somewhere.
Not normally, I may put down a sheet of aluminum foil to make the ash clean up easier.

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