_Buying A Dutch Oven

Serves: 5



Given the choice I prefer to buy products made in America! This includes, of course, Dutch ovens. In recent years I’ve seen DO’s of foreign manufacture appear on the shelves which like most imports have a cheaper price tag. Though I’m just a camp cook and not a trained metallurgist, the difference in quality is apparent. A friend of mine said he’d found a couple worth having after sorting through quite a few. This tells me two things. One, the overall quality is not as good as those produced domestically and two, the quality control process leaves something to be desired.

This past year my wife and I were treated to a tour of the Lodge foundry in South Pittsburg, Tennessee. On one line we saw DO’s manufactured utilizing the same methods used when the foundry opened, and on an adjacent line DO’s were being cast using the latest computer controlled technology. As we walked through the plant our guide would point out different individuals and tell us with pride how long a particular person had worked there and in some cases a person who represented a second or third generation family member to work at Lodge! In the quality control lab we saw Lodge products as well as the imports being subjected to the same tests. The pride and craftsmanship we saw at the foundry are mirrored in Lodge’s entire product line!

My preference for cast iron dates back many years but aluminum DO’s have a niche in my camp kitchen as well. A 12-inch aluminum DO weighs approximately seven pounds whereas a cast iron 12-inch DO weighs 19-20 pounds. The lighter aluminum DO’s are easier to handle for young kids who don’t have the upper body strength of an adult. The weight savings are also a definite factor in my decision to use aluminum Dutch’s for white water rafting and horse packing. Besides being lighter, aluminum DO’s don’t require seasoning and can be washed with soap and water. But, because the iron DO’s weigh more they retain heat longer and will reach the higher temperatures necessary to brown when baking biscuits on a cool breezy day. So, there are pro’s and con’s for each. If you’re considering buying a Dutch, analyze your outdoor cooking needs and purchase the type and size of DO which best suits your requirements.

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