The settlers and homesteaders relied on cast-iron Dutch ovens, and so should you. If you've got access to fire, you can make coals (or you may even have charcoal around). Then you can cook everything from bread,  stews, beans, and meat on this very heavy, well-made oven. The Lodge Seased Cast Iron Deep Camp Dutch Oven has  legs, so you can literally put it on a campfire. It's made to put charcoal briquettes both underneath and on the lid itself, for even cooking. Genius. Little wonder we're obsessed by cast iron and this pot in particular.

Lodge Seasoned Cast Iron Deep Camp Dutch Oven

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  • THE ESSENTIALS

    Importance: Handy.

     

    Bottom line: An ideal way to cook all kinds of foods over an open flame, in embers, or as a makeshift oven.

     

    Recommended for: Shelters. If you've got outside space to grill or make a campfire, you can use this oven.

     

    Be aware: This iron is pre-seasoned, but since it's cast iron, you'll have to care for it carefully. Never use soap!

  • FIELD NOTES

    Made by a company, Lodge, that's been doing cast iron for generations. This one is made in the U.S., and it's as heavy as you could hope. It's made to put briquettes on top (there's a special lip), and we've been using it for everything from campfire omelets to baked beans. It's pre seasoned and should last a generation or two in itself.

    Be sure to keep it in a dry place, and put some paper towels inside and between the lid and body to allow a bit of air to circulate. Never use soap to clean!

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