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Old 02-13-2014, 07:43 PM   #1
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What is a good size for a dutch oven? One that will fit perfectly in the oven and also good for outdoor use? I would like to get the biggest size that will fit in the airstream oven. Any suggestions?
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You'd need to measure the insides of your oven to determine the answer to that question. Once you know those dimensions, you can go to the Lodge website and see what size would fit best.
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Tough to answer that question as there is no standard size oven.
In fact, my 75 doesn't even have an oven. Never did.
One thing you might consider as you plan for your rig.
Weight adds up fast!
A pound here a few ounces there...
Maybe consider a Corning Ware type dutch oven as I'm sure it would weigh significantly less than an old cast iron one.
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What is a good size for a dutch oven? One that will fit perfectly in the oven and also good for outdoor use? I would like to get the biggest size that will fit in the airstream oven. Any suggestions?
Looks like you don't have a trailer yet, so if you want to use a dutch oven in the trailer oven you may want to hold off and measure the trailer oven when you get one. Some dutch ovens have domed lids, some flat-recessed lids, some have feet others do not. The ones with the flat lids are better for campfire or charcoal cooking as you can put coals on the lid for more uniform heat, but you do sacrifice some internal space. These almost all have feet too, which may not work well in the trailer oven. Check out the Lodge website to see what they make. Be sure to check the Dutch ovens AND the Camp ovens, but if you want to buy one I would shop around as the prices on the Lodge site are very high. I got mine for about half the price of what they are selling them for. Seasoned Cast Iron
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What is a good size for a dutch oven? One that will fit perfectly in the oven and also good for outdoor use? I would like to get the biggest size that will fit in the airstream oven. Any suggestions?
To take a slightly different tack from the previous respondents, if you're looking at indoor/outdoor use for a trailer you haven't even bought yet, get the smallest Dutch oven you can. That's more convenient for indoor use, plus smaller equates to "easier to store in transit." You can always trade up later if you find you've got roomó both in your oven and in your cabinetsó for a larger one.
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Trade? Cast iron cookers never get rid of a good piece, just add to the collection. I'm up to 22 pieces so far and mine is a small collection compared to some people.
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Dutch oven size

If you want to learn about cast iron cookware, contact the Panman. Panman.com. He has been collecting and selling for 40 years. After writing 3 books, few collectors can compare.
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Trade? Cast iron cookers never get rid of a good piece, just add to the collection. I'm up to 22 pieces so far and mine is a small collection compared to some people.
I have about 12 pieces not counting lids and includes my first piece which is a 6" fry pan. My Dad bought for me when I was 10 years old to use on Boy Scout camping trips. That was 48 years ago. It resides in the Airstream and is my favorite piece!

Remax gal, the interior of the gas oven in my Airstream is about 15"w x15"d x9"h if that helps you. I cooked a 14lb turkey in it on Thanksgiving.
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Shopping for cast iron. Find an old fashioned small hardware store if you're buying new. It's a LOT less expensive than a chi-chi kitchen store.

But an even better place to acquire cast iron is in the second hand market - thrift stores and yard sales. Just make sure that if the piece has legs they are big sturdy ones, and that if it has a lid, that the lid fits tightly. When you find one in the thrift store for $6 that you just bought at Walmart for $56 you'll get it.

Of course you'll almost certainly want to re-season the second hand ones.

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Great advise and I sure appreciate it! We are purchasing the 27FB Eddie Bauer - actually coming off the production line TODAY!!!! I believe the oven is either 15 or 17" - I will have to go back and check my notes. Quart wise - I wasn't sure what this equated too, but the advise regarding domed lid vs flat lid and feet vs no feet is good advise! Actually - everything I heard was great advise. You are all a great bunch of people and I sure appreciate it! My "True Love" will be with me soon!
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Laura, if you need any dutch oven inspiration check out Maggie's posts on the Alumalina 2014 thread. She's been making breads in her dutch oven - both in the oven and outdoors using coals. She's posting pictures of her different creations - they look fabulous!

Congratulations on your new baby!
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Trade? Cast iron cookers never get rid of a good piece, just add to the collection. I'm up to 22 pieces so far and mine is a small collection compared to some people.
Mmmmm, love my cast iron.

You want one with legs and a recessed lid for outside, one with a smooth bottom and domed lid for inside, imo.

A 12" 5-6 qt for outside would cook most anything. Could go to 8 qts for inside, and also use as a stock pot. There are some beautiful ones on sale right now.

I would go into Walmart, Cabela's, Bass Pro Shops, etc., who have lots of offerings. Look at them, pick them up and check them out. Then decide,

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Laura, if you need any dutch oven inspiration check out Maggie's posts on the Alumalina 2014 thread. She's been making breads in her dutch oven - both in the oven and outdoors using coals. She's posting pictures of her different creations - they look fabulous!



Congratulations on your new baby!

I have seen some of Maggie's posts and you are correct - they look amazing! Great job Maggie!! Thank you both!
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