O.K., I'll bite. Just one catch: What size dutch oven should I buy? And why that size over any other?
Mike I would like to get started with dutch oven cooking at the Oregon gathering. Any suggestions on what size and type to buy? Sandy and I are in site B-20.
For size, there are two good choices, but whatever you buy, try to get quality cast iron. We like Lodge Manufacturing. http://www.lodgemfg.com/
We find our local Ace Hardware sells Lodge and often has discount prices.
The most versatile all around Dutch Oven seems to be the standard 12 Camp Dutch Oven.
That said, we have found that the 10 Camp Dutch oven is much lighter and is a great size for two people.
Now, we have figured out a great way to create a hybrid Combination that gives even better versatility for two people.
We buy the 10 Kitchen style Dutch Oven (no legs and dome lid) and an Extra Lid that is the 10 Camp Lid. With this combination, you can use the Dutch Oven at home in your standard Kitchen Oven or you can switch Lids and cook with coals on a camp out. Perfect size for two people.
(all I could find is 12 photos, but the 10 looks the same)
Here are their catalog numbers.
[b]10 Camp Dutch Oven
10CO2A - Camp Dutch Oven, 4 qt., 10" dia., Depth: 3-1/2"
[b]12 Camp Dutch Oven
12CO2A - Camp Dutch Oven, 6 qt., 12" dia., Depth: 3-3/4"
[b]10 Kitchen Dutch Oven Lodge Original Finish
8DO2A - Dutch Oven with Iron Cover, 10-1/4", dia., Depth: 4", 5 qt.
[b]10 Camp Lid only
10CL2 - Camp Dutch Oven Iron Cover, 10" dia.
We have Recipes for both 10 and 12 Dutch Ovens. We will base your recipe on your level of experience and size of Dutch Oven.
I hope this helps. Please ask if you have any more questions.