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General Discussion => Food and Cooking => Topic started by: wolfy on August 18, 2012, 10:28:43 AM

Title: DUTCH OVEN ACCESSORIES
Post by: wolfy on August 18, 2012, 10:28:43 AM
I was doing some multiple D.O. cooking a couple of nights ago and, while tending my 'flock' of five that I had going for this gathering, a gal asked me what tools we found most useful in getting started and making the process easier and more efficient.

I thought it might be useful to new users or folks wanting to get started, to list or discuss some of the items we find most useful around the campfire.  A discussion of dealing with dead ashes that insulates the ovens from the heat of fresh coals ensued.  That gave me an idea for this thread.....to help new users get started off successfully and old users to pass on some of the ideas on tools that they have found most useful.  NO BADGES will be offered for any useful information you would like to add 8). I just thought this would add to everyones' enjoyment and skill-level in D.O. cooking.  My wife and I have been doing this together since we got married and it was one of the few things that I had been doing for a long time that she took to readily.  I just wish she shared my enthusiasm for fleshing and brain-tanning deer hides, half as much ;)

I will start out by offering a suggestion for one of the shovels that we use.  It looks something like this....
http://www.amateurgeologist.com/rockhound-tool-toolite-29-inch-square-end-sifting-shovel.html ,but is not nearly as expensive if you can make your own.  I went to Menard's when those 'el cheapo' light-duty garden tools were on sale and bought one of the D-handled square ended shovels.  I had my buddy cut out a rectangular section in the center of the bottom and weld a piece of expanded metal back over the hole on the inside.........it slides along the ground better if it's welded on the inside.  This makes a VERY handy tool for scooping coals out of a 'trench' fire pit......a little judicious jiggling of the shovelful of coals allows all of the dead and 'coal-smothering' gray ash to fall through the bottom of the shovel.  Now, when you transfer the shovelful of coals to the ovens you are not bringing along a bunch of dead ashes along with the good coals :thumbsup:

Title: Re: DUTCH OVEN ACCESSORIES
Post by: madmax on August 18, 2012, 10:49:39 AM
That is an awesome idea.  Thanks a bunch!
Title: DUTCH OVEN ACCESSORIES
Post by: Bearhunter on August 18, 2012, 11:03:07 AM
I like to use this while I'm cooking with my Dutch ovens on the wood stove.
It actually is fantastic. I couldn't believe how well it worked when we first got it!

http://www.campchef.com/dutch-oven-dome.html
Title: Re: DUTCH OVEN ACCESSORIES
Post by: Old Philosopher on August 18, 2012, 11:16:02 AM
Wolfy, brilliant!

Bearhunter, what the heck is the fabric?


I like to use this while I'm cooking with my Dutch ovens on the wood stove.
It actually is fantastic. I couldn't believe how well it worked when we first got it!

http://www.campchef.com/dutch-oven-dome.html (http://www.campchef.com/dutch-oven-dome.html)
Title: DUTCH OVEN ACCESSORIES
Post by: Bearhunter on August 18, 2012, 11:24:45 AM
Wolfy, brilliant!

Bearhunter, what the heck is the fabric?


I like to use this while I'm cooking with my Dutch ovens on the wood stove.
It actually is fantastic. I couldn't believe how well it worked when we first got it!

http://www.campchef.com/dutch-oven-dome.html (http://www.campchef.com/dutch-oven-dome.html)

It's what they use for the space shuttles heat shields :p

Just kidding OP! I really don't know. It's some type of cloth with the liner sewn in.
Some kind of cloth fiberglass maybe?

We've had it going on 4 years now and we use it all the time when we're burning wood. It's held up well for us.
Also, we ordered it online thru Wally-word. It's cheaper there.
I would defiantly recommend one. If or when this one decides to fall apart, we'll get another one.
Title: DUTCH OVEN ACCESSORIES
Post by: Bearhunter on August 18, 2012, 11:27:01 AM
Another thing...
We don't just use it for our Dutch ovens. We use it to get things hot quickly when we need to. Even for boiling water quickly. We have found many uses for it.
Title: Re: DUTCH OVEN ACCESSORIES
Post by: PetrifiedWood on August 18, 2012, 11:27:27 AM
That's pretty neat! I wonder if someone could make one out of polished aluminum sheets that are hinged to fold flat for storage?
Title: DUTCH OVEN ACCESSORIES
Post by: Bearhunter on August 18, 2012, 11:33:15 AM
That's pretty neat! I wonder if someone could make one out of polished aluminum sheets that are hinged to fold flat for storage?
It folds flat.
But, I bet you could make something similar. It's made out of some kind of material that really holds in the heat and produces a convection oven.
Title: Re: DUTCH OVEN ACCESSORIES
Post by: Old Philosopher on August 18, 2012, 11:35:09 AM
My standard fire "accessories":
The shovel is originally for a coal burning house furnace. The bellows is a hand-me-down from my Grandfather.
(Question of the Day: Is it really an 'antique', if it still gets used?  ;) )

(http://i976.photobucket.com/albums/ae250/Old_Philosopher/Cooking%20rack/42022e74.jpg)


Title: Re: DUTCH OVEN ACCESSORIES
Post by: Professor on August 18, 2012, 04:28:36 PM
This is a good idea for a thread; thanks!

My accessories:

* a couple of old disc blades for setting the ovens on outdoors.  They are great for keeping coals under the ovens, leveling the oven easily.  In the fireplace, the hearth serves the same purpose.

* a lid lifter- The one I have came with one of my ovens, but there are several designs that are easily forged.

* a shovel for moving coals.  I have made them, but bought 2 or 3 more at Wal Mart on close-out for $1.50 each.  These are the sheet metal ones; they're light weight but for moving a few coals they work ok.

* a fire rake- basically a straight handle with a curved piece of flat metal on the end.  These are good to rake coals out of the fire and up onto the shovel. The idea for mine was adapted from a similar forge tool.   

* Kevlar glove - great for grabbing hot ovens, lids and tools

* a trivet that is great to set lids on when they come off the ovens to check, stir, or serve the food.  They keep the underside of the lid clean.

(http://i1231.photobucket.com/albums/ee509/TheProfessor70/SANY0018.jpg)



Title: Re: DUTCH OVEN ACCESSORIES
Post by: wolfy on August 28, 2012, 12:03:41 AM
Here's a list of videos that I brought over from www.camp-cook.com .......

http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLF965C2D13FFEBDE9&feature=plcp

This guy and his wife are pretty good at slingin' iron.....enjoy!
Title: Re: DUTCH OVEN ACCESSORIES
Post by: Old Philosopher on August 28, 2012, 12:21:15 AM
Here's a list of videos that I brought over from www.camp-cook.com (http://www.camp-cook.com) .......

http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLF965C2D13FFEBDE9&feature=plcp (http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLF965C2D13FFEBDE9&feature=plcp)

This guy and his wife are pretty good at slingin' iron.....enjoy!
Nice collection! Thanks!
Title: Re: DUTCH OVEN ACCESSORIES
Post by: Moe M. on August 28, 2012, 05:14:23 AM
Quote from: Old Philosopher

(Question of the Day: Is it really an 'antique', if it still gets used?  ;) )

(http://i976.photobucket.com/albums/ae250/Old_Philosopher/Cooking%20rack/42022e74.jpg)

  It's an antique if it's over thirty years old,  after fifty it's a relic,  after seventy years old it's an artifact,  you do understand the inplication,  right,  even when still being used .... or abused.   :)
Title: Re: DUTCH OVEN ACCESSORIES
Post by: Old Philosopher on August 28, 2012, 08:45:13 AM

  It's an antique if it's over thirty years old,  after fifty it's a relic,  after seventy years old it's an artifact,  you do understand the inplication,  right,  even when still being used .... or abused.   :)
LOL! I prefer the term "vintage".  8) I think I have a T-shirt around here somewhere......
Title: Re: DUTCH OVEN ACCESSORIES
Post by: wolfy on August 28, 2012, 10:25:44 AM
OK, time for another 'accessory'......a whiskbroom.  They're kinda' nice to have for getting rid of loose ash on the lid, especially in the wind.  Keeps the ash from getting blown into the food when taking the lid off.  I made mine from a little crop of broomcorn I grew in my garden one year :thumbsup:
Title: Re: DUTCH OVEN ACCESSORIES
Post by: WoodsWoman on August 28, 2012, 10:32:03 AM
Briskbroom.   Have you tried finding one now a days?   I've been keeping an eye open for one for years.  I want one for in my car to sweep out the sand/gravel.    And now that I've got camp ovens I cant find anything thats not plastic bristles.     

I bushcrafted a simple broom out of a handfull of pine needles and a stick with some wire the last time I was out there cookin.   Didnt last all that long tho...  tossed it into the fire when I was done.   But it did the job for that perticular cook.

I'm wishing I had a lid lifter tho.    Anyone make a homemade one?  Or will I need a welder?   :S      Right now I'm just using a pair of thick leather gloves to grab the lids.

WW.
Title: Re: DUTCH OVEN ACCESSORIES
Post by: Moe M. on August 28, 2012, 10:59:57 AM
Briskbroom.   Have you tried finding one now a days?   I've been keeping an eye open for one for years.  I want one for in my car to sweep out the sand/gravel.    And now that I've got camp ovens I cant find anything thats not plastic bristles.     

I bushcrafted a simple broom out of a handfull of pine needles and a stick with some wire the last time I was out there cookin.   Didnt last all that long tho...  tossed it into the fire when I was done.   But it did the job for that perticular cook.

I'm wishing I had a lid lifter tho.    Anyone make a homemade one?  Or will I need a welder?   :S      Right now I'm just using a pair of thick leather gloves to grab the lids.

WW.

    Lid lifters at Walmart for six dollars in the cast iron section.
Title: Re: DUTCH OVEN ACCESSORIES
Post by: Old Philosopher on August 28, 2012, 11:01:58 AM
Briskbroom.   Have you tried finding one now a days?   I've been keeping an eye open for one for years.  I want one for in my car to sweep out the sand/gravel.    And now that I've got camp ovens I cant find anything thats not plastic bristles.     

I bushcrafted a simple broom out of a handfull of pine needles and a stick with some wire the last time I was out there cookin.   Didnt last all that long tho...  tossed it into the fire when I was done.   But it did the job for that perticular cook.

I'm wishing I had a lid lifter tho.    Anyone make a homemade one?  Or will I need a welder?   :S      Right now I'm just using a pair of thick leather gloves to grab the lids.

WW.
I use a simple lid lifter like this one on Amazon for $10. I don't use my D.O. that much, and it works for me. Any place that sells cast iron should have one on the shelf.

http://www.amazon.com/Lodge-Camp-Dutch-Oven-Lifter/dp/B0000TPDJE/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1346172965&sr=8-1&keywords=Dutch+Oven+lid+lifter

I can't believe you're having a hard time finding a natural bristle whiskbroom. Both O'Cedar and Rubermaid make them. Under $10.
The Rubermaid one:
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41cIgUf8duL._SL500_AA300_.jpg)
Title: Re: DUTCH OVEN ACCESSORIES
Post by: Gryphon on September 02, 2012, 03:38:11 PM
Pair of pliers.  I use my multitool.  Great for grabbing most anything hot.

Most of the rest I either have or is on my wishlist ...especially the perforated shovel!  I may go get a chinese e-tool and take it to the drill press...and the bellows.  Wished for one of those a couple times now.  May have to make one.

My lid lifter is a whalfart special.  Works great.  I need a trivet for sure.

I keep my DO in a kitty litter bucket.  Fits the oven, an aluminum cook-pan that I use as an ashtray if I'm in an area with no ground fires.  Set a couple bricks on a picnic table, then the tray and cook right there.

I also have a stuff brass and heavy nylon bristle brush and a plastic scraper from Pampered CHef for their stoneware.  Makes cleaning up heavy crud off the iron a LOT easier.

I also stock a roll of paper towels, a container of kosher salt (I like the big grains) and a can of pray cooking oil for cleaning and maintaining.

Oh yeah...TONGS!!!!  I have a few sets of long stainless steel tongs.  I can pick up lids, move coals, stir food and it hold the wadded paper towels for oiling the FREEKING HOT iron without burning my poor fingers...again.

I also always have my sunglasses with me.  A pair of clear safety glasses helps too.  My eyes are sensitive and sometimes I just can't get my face that close to a fire to work the iron without them...especially if we are cooking to the side of a campfire or in a pit because of the wind out here in the desert.
Title: Re: DUTCH OVEN ACCESSORIES
Post by: wolfy on November 16, 2013, 12:46:43 PM
I see people still visiting this thread once in a while, so when I saw a 'guest' looking at it today I read through it again myself.  In doing so, I found that no one (including me) has mentioned the BEST lid lifter on the market, bar NONE......MAIR!  MADE IN THE U.S. A.!  :thumbsup: :banana:

http://mairdutchovenlifter.com/

Lodge has one that is similar now, too, but it is made in China and costs you more of your hard-earned frogskins to boot. >:(
Title: Re: DUTCH OVEN ACCESSORIES
Post by: WoodsWoman on November 16, 2013, 01:00:47 PM
I'm glad this one came up again.. :)

Since I've posted on this thread I've acquired a lid lifter from the link you posted. A charcoal starter thingy (looks like a coffee can with handle and holes).  A smaller Dutch oven and a griddle.  A pair of leather gloves and tongs.   

I still need a shovel, and trivet. And a cast iron bacon press (with piggy please). And I'd like to find a sturdy small table to park next to this new kitchen.  :)

WW.
Title: Re: DUTCH OVEN ACCESSORIES
Post by: SIXFOOTER on November 16, 2013, 05:07:40 PM
I started out in life cooking On/In cast iron and in the last few years have rediscovered it. I have several DO's and skillets and a griddle. I have a regular lid lifter and it seems to work fine for me. Today I was teaching Blacksmithing to the boy scouts and one of the other guys got a request from one of the BSA guys for a Tall version of the lid lifter, it was produced and all were appropriately thrilled with it.
The fancy one with the moving parts looks neat and all that but I have never felt the need.
I think I'll forge up a batch of trivets though for give-aways and the next Krack trip.
I also make fireplace and camp fire cooking tools, so some of the things I use (no pics at the moment) are a "fireplace stand", 2 vertical tall stakes with a loop on top and a horizontal between them to hang hooks, pots, pans and DO's on. I make pokers, shovels and the like, fire tongs and all that.
I think I'll make a batch of grills to hang off the horizontals, be good to set a regular pan on, warmer rack or meat grill.
Title: Re: DUTCH OVEN ACCESSORIES
Post by: Yellowyak on November 16, 2013, 05:20:30 PM
I started out in life cooking On/In cast iron and in the last few years have rediscovered it. I have several DO's and skillets and a griddle. I have a regular lid lifter and it seems to work fine for me. Today I was teaching Blacksmithing to the boy scouts and one of the other guys got a request from one of the BSA guys for a Tall version of the lid lifter, it was produced and all were appropriately thrilled with it.
The fancy one with the moving parts looks neat and all that but I have never felt the need.
I think I'll forge up a batch of trivets though for give-aways and the next Krack trip.
I also make fireplace and camp fire cooking tools, so some of the things I use (no pics at the moment) are a "fireplace stand", 2 vertical tall stakes with a loop on top and a horizontal between them to hang hooks, pots, pans and DO's on. I make pokers, shovels and the like, fire tongs and all that.
I think I'll make a batch of grills to hang off the horizontals, be good to set a regular pan on, warmer rack or meat grill.

I've got some of Sixfooter's camp fire cooking tools, and they're great. I've got the Fireplace Stand set and the squirrel cooker set. These are great tools that will easily last my lifetime and beyond.

The hanging grill sounds like a great idea.
Title: Re: DUTCH OVEN ACCESSORIES
Post by: wolfy on November 16, 2013, 05:46:30 PM
I started out in life cooking On/In cast iron and in the last few years have rediscovered it. I have several DO's and skillets and a griddle. I have a regular lid lifter and it seems to work fine for me. Today I was teaching Blacksmithing to the boy scouts and one of the other guys got a request from one of the BSA guys for a Tall version of the lid lifter, it was produced and all were appropriately thrilled with it.
The fancy one with the moving parts looks neat and all that but I have never felt the need.
I think I'll forge up a batch of trivets though for give-aways and the next Krack trip.
I also make fireplace and camp fire cooking tools, so some of the things I use (no pics at the moment) are a "fireplace stand", 2 vertical tall stakes with a loop on top and a horizontal between them to hang hooks, pots, pans and DO's on. I make pokers, shovels and the like, fire tongs and all that.
I think I'll make a batch of grills to hang off the horizontals, be good to set a regular pan on, warmer rack or meat grill.
I use a pretty simple hook-type lifter at rendezvous that I built about 35 years ago and it works fine and I've got all the bells & whistles you list, too, but the MAIR-type lifter is a real handy item when handling a half-dozen or so ovens at a time.  It speeds up the moving of the lids from oven to trivet or lid stand without having to concentrate on balancing the lid with the simple hook.  They also completely eliminate those 'Woops' moments altogether :-[.    Where it REALLY comes in handy is tipping the lid to dump dead or dying coals.  They are an ingenious invention that gives COMPLETE control of hot ash-laden lids.  Most people that have ever used one would never be without it!
Title: Re: DUTCH OVEN ACCESSORIES
Post by: Old Philosopher on November 16, 2013, 07:25:23 PM

I use a pretty simple hook-type lifter at rendezvous that I built about 35 years ago and it works fine and I've got all the bells & whistles you list, too, but the MAIR-type lifter is a real handy item when handling a half-dozen or so ovens at a time.  It speeds up the moving of the lids from oven to trivet or lid stand without having to concentrate on balancing the lid with the simple hook.  They also completely eliminate those 'Woops' moments altogether :-[ .    Where it REALLY comes in handy is tipping the lid to dump dead or dying coals.  They are an ingenious invention that gives COMPLETE control of hot ash-laden lids.  Most people that have ever used one would never be without it!

I want one so bad I can taste it! I have a hook 'n' bar lifter that broke, and hasn't been replaced. +1 on the ability to dump the ashes without performing a balancing act!
Title: Re: DUTCH OVEN ACCESSORIES
Post by: imnukensc on November 16, 2013, 07:33:37 PM
Heck, I thought I was the DO accessory!
Title: Re: DUTCH OVEN ACCESSORIES
Post by: Old Philosopher on November 16, 2013, 07:44:39 PM
Heck, I thought I was the DO accessory!
My cats own me. My dog owns me. Why not my DOs, too?
Title: Re: DUTCH OVEN ACCESSORIES
Post by: wolfy on November 16, 2013, 08:17:40 PM
The Lodge lifter would be pretty easy to replicate.....

http://www.lodgemfg.com/cooking-accessories/deluxe-lid-lifter

If you click on the picture to enlarge it you can see that the sliding mechanism is comprised of a piece of square stock inside of a piece of square tubing.  The rest of it just needs a couple of easy welds and PRESTO, you have become a patent pirate! :-X
Title: Re: DUTCH OVEN ACCESSORIES
Post by: Old Philosopher on November 16, 2013, 08:32:06 PM
The Lodge lifter would be pretty easy to replicate.....

http://www.lodgemfg.com/cooking-accessories/deluxe-lid-lifter (http://www.lodgemfg.com/cooking-accessories/deluxe-lid-lifter)

If you click on the picture to enlarge it you can see that the sliding mechanism is comprised of a piece of square stock inside of a piece of square tubing.  The rest of it just needs a couple of easy welds and PRESTO, you have become a patent pirate! :-X
One of my favorite hobbies is looking at stuff like that and saying, "I can make that!"
Whether I ever get around to doing it is quite another matter.... :P
Back to the FWIF thingy.
Title: Re: DUTCH OVEN ACCESSORIES
Post by: Dano on November 16, 2013, 11:06:53 PM
Question- does anyone use their DO with a tripod?  When we went to the Lodge factory store, they stocked two different lengths.  I almost got the shorter one, but then thought about all the times I've used my DO and never saw where the tripod would have made any difference.  Maybe I'm just used to using it on ground.

I watched a video where RM cooks bread in a DO over an open fire using a tripod.  I've always just used charcoal or coals and cooked it on the ground.  Maybe I'm stuck in a rut and am not looking outside the box??

The only time I've seen one used was with friends a few years ago.  He fashioned a tripod and had a large metal rack from an old freezer hanging from 3 chains.  We grilled the meat over the coals on the rack and had a DO sitting on the rack off to one side.  That's the only time in my life that I remember using a tripod with a DO....
Title: Re: DUTCH OVEN ACCESSORIES
Post by: wolfy on November 16, 2013, 11:44:34 PM
I've been around them, but never owned one.  Most of the rigs I've cooked over were the traditional 'two uprights with crossbar' setups like the old chuckwagon cooks would have used.   Many of the rendezvous blacksmiths make these sets up for sale......that's where I got mine.   They can get quite elaborate and expensive, but the basic setup with a set of several different length 'S' hooks is a good setup to start with.  Many of them are designed to interlock on the ring-ends so you can make them into a tripod, too.   Personally I don't care for the tripod.....it always seemed like the legs were in the way & trying to tend something suspended on a chain while the pot or grill was swinging or turning was a huge PITA, but maybe I just wasn't used to it. ??? 

EDIT:  In post #9 you can see The Professor's setup.....much like mine & I'll bet he can hook those together to form a tripod, too. 
Title: Re: DUTCH OVEN ACCESSORIES
Post by: Old Philosopher on November 17, 2013, 01:07:53 AM
Question- does anyone use their DO with a tripod?  When we went to the Lodge factory store, they stocked two different lengths.  I almost got the shorter one, but then thought about all the times I've used my DO and never saw where the tripod would have made any difference.  Maybe I'm just used to using it on ground.

I watched a video where RM cooks bread in a DO over an open fire using a tripod.  I've always just used charcoal or coals and cooked it on the ground.  Maybe I'm stuck in a rut and am not looking outside the box??

The only time I've seen one used was with friends a few years ago.  He fashioned a tripod and had a large metal rack from an old freezer hanging from 3 chains.  We grilled the meat over the coals on the rack and had a DO sitting on the rack off to one side.  That's the only time in my life that I remember using a tripod with a DO....
Not a tripod, but this is our rig. Pot o' beans on the side. The lid is off for the photo
That rack setup is portable, but not as portable as a tripod.

(http://i976.photobucket.com/albums/ae250/Old_Philosopher/Cooking%20rack/ba57fd1b.jpg)

Same deal, but this time it's fried potatoes and onions.

(http://i976.photobucket.com/albums/ae250/Old_Philosopher/Cooking%20rack/7a9dd0d7.jpg)

Not sure what was in the DO this time around.

(http://i976.photobucket.com/albums/ae250/Old_Philosopher/Cooking%20rack/4f4cc3cc-1.jpg)
Title: Re: DUTCH OVEN ACCESSORIES
Post by: WoodsWoman on November 17, 2013, 01:20:49 AM
Those three pictures of that pit , OP, never ceases to make me drool...   I'd be giddy all summer long with a set up like that.  :)

WW.
Title: Re: DUTCH OVEN ACCESSORIES
Post by: wolfy on November 17, 2013, 07:43:26 AM
Back in the days when we were first married and thinking about our 'dream' house, one of the things I wanted to build was one of those BIG colonial walk-in type fireplaces that included a hand-forged, swing out fire crane and a wide hearth that would accommodate tin bake ovens, Dutch ovens, trivets for legless pans, spits for roasting large cuts of meat or turkeys, etc. 

Alas, it never came to be, but Ol' P's setup comes close to what I'm talking about.  I've seen those for sale and remember him showing us those pictures before.  I'm thinking of doing the same thing with our permanent fire pit, too.  Right now, we just use ours with Dutch ovens and occasionally with a plain non-adjustable grill for chicken, steaks, etc.  I like this idea for the option of swinging the supports off the fire or moving the cooking food to warmer or cooler parts of the main fire.  Endless possibilities there!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: DUTCH OVEN ACCESSORIES
Post by: Old Philosopher on November 17, 2013, 09:15:28 AM
Thanks! Like I posted when I first got that setup, my kid made it in h.s. welding shop. The only change I would make would be a bigger grill, with a 1/2" lip around it. Not a big project if you know how to use a 'stinger'.
This past summer, even with 3 charcoal BBQs and 2 gas BBQs, we did most of our outdoor cooking over the pit.
Title: Re: DUTCH OVEN ACCESSORIES
Post by: Yellowyak on November 17, 2013, 09:37:00 AM
OD'P What keeps the grill and pot holder from falling down the main support? Is that a threaded tee on the back side for locking in place?
Title: Re: DUTCH OVEN ACCESSORIES
Post by: Moe M. on November 17, 2013, 10:02:55 AM
Back in the days when we were first married and thinking about our 'dream' house, one of the things I wanted to build was one of those BIG colonial walk-in type fireplaces that included a hand-forged, swing out fire crane and a wide hearth that would accommodate tin bake ovens, Dutch ovens, trivets for legless pans, spits for roasting large cuts of meat or turkeys, etc. 

Alas, it never came to be, but Ol' P's setup comes close to what I'm talking about.  I've seen those for sale and remember him showing us those pictures before.  I'm thinking of doing the same thing with our permanent fire pit, too.  Right now, we just use ours with Dutch ovens and occasionally with a plain non-adjustable grill for chicken, steaks, etc.  I like this idea for the option of swinging the supports off the fire or moving the cooking food to warmer or cooler parts of the main fire.  Endless possibilities there!  :thumbsup:

  A friend of mine's wife was a history buff and loved 18th. century antiques which she collected when possible,  there also was a nationally know artist who lived in our are who dabbled in all forms of art, painting, clay,  blacksmithing, and furniture.
  He got the idea to build a late 18th. century colonial home using the same materials and building methods used in the period,  he even forged all the nails and hardware by hand,  and got rough cut lumber and beams and hued them out to size with period tools,  he ended up building three of them until he was satisfied with the results.
  My friend and his wife bought the third one,  an exact replica of an 18th. century farm house,  it had a period pantry,  full kitchen/dining room with a huge working colonial fireplace complete with all the irons,  and even had a brick oven and warming closet built into the side of it.
  The house had seven rooms (three bedrooms) and a fireplace in each room,  but that fireplace is what always made me drool,  another friend of mine from CT., a fine builder of beautiful early American firearms (you can look him up on line at Blackhart Longarms),  he and his wife also built a colonial style home about 15 years ago that has a full cooking fireplace.

  But, if I ever get the chance to build a new kitchen in a different home I'd like to explore the type of kitchen featured in the cooking series of Jas.Townsend & Son.,  he has a little higher than normal counter that is topped off with fire brick,  at the rear of the counter is a built in brick wood burning oven,  on the side of the counter near one wall is a swing out cast iron pot holder, and there is a large "tin" chimney (hood) over the counter to vent out the smoke.
  As can be seen in their videos, he builds his cook fire right up on top of the counter,  he can hang a pot on the swing hook to boil water or make a stew,  he draws off coals and uses a spider or trivet to cook with or uses his dutch ovens,  its a great set up in that us old timers don't have to be kneeling by the fire place or stooping over to check how the grub is coming along.
Title: Re: DUTCH OVEN ACCESSORIES
Post by: Old Philosopher on November 17, 2013, 10:03:53 AM
OD'P What keeps the grill and pot holder from falling down the main support? Is that a threaded tee on the back side for locking in place?
This is the locking mechanism. But with the weight of the grill, and even the pot hook, the sleeves won't slip down due to the torque.

(http://i976.photobucket.com/albums/ae250/Old_Philosopher/Cooking%20rack/4522159a.jpg)
Title: Re: DUTCH OVEN ACCESSORIES
Post by: Yellowyak on November 17, 2013, 10:12:03 AM
OD'P What keeps the grill and pot holder from falling down the main support? Is that a threaded tee on the back side for locking in place?
This is the locking mechanism. But with the weight of the grill, and even the pot hook, the sleeves won't slip down due to the torque.

(http://i976.photobucket.com/albums/ae250/Old_Philosopher/Cooking%20rack/4522159a.jpg)

Thanks, I now see how that works, great design. Gravity is a wonderful thing. I'm now in my backyard with a pork butt cooking on the smoker and some cinnamon rolls proofing in the Dutch oven, just looking where I can place a permanent fire pit in the backyard. I'd love to have something like this. Maybe I could talk Sixfooter into making me a custom rig? Thanks for the info.
Title: Re: DUTCH OVEN ACCESSORIES
Post by: Old Philosopher on November 17, 2013, 10:30:48 AM
With proper care, a fire ring like that is virtually a lifetime investment. Those bricks in the photo were carried from Washington 13 years ago, where they were used in a similar fire pit for 3 years before that. They cost all of about $.98/ea on sale at Home Depot.
Title: Re: DUTCH OVEN ACCESSORIES
Post by: Yellowyak on November 17, 2013, 10:49:18 AM
With proper care, a fire ring like that is virtually a lifetime investment. Those bricks in the photo were carried from Washington 13 years ago, where they were used in a similar fire pit for 3 years before that. They cost all of about $.98/ea on sale at Home Depot.

Yup, I think that's the perfect design for me. As far as the bricks, is it gravity once again holding it all together, or did you use some construction adhesive to keep it all together?
Title: Re: DUTCH OVEN ACCESSORIES
Post by: Old Philosopher on November 17, 2013, 11:02:05 AM
With proper care, a fire ring like that is virtually a lifetime investment. Those bricks in the photo were carried from Washington 13 years ago, where they were used in a similar fire pit for 3 years before that. They cost all of about $.98/ea on sale at Home Depot.

Yup, I think that's the perfect design for me. As far as the bricks, is it gravity once again holding it all together, or did you use some construction adhesive to keep it all together?
NO mortar. They are landscape blocks, and there is a lip on the forward bottom edge of each one. Gravity and friction is all they need to stay in place. Unless of course some drunk stumbles into the fire and kicks them over. Don't ask...... >:(
Title: Re: DUTCH OVEN ACCESSORIES
Post by: Yellowyak on November 17, 2013, 11:08:58 AM
With proper care, a fire ring like that is virtually a lifetime investment. Those bricks in the photo were carried from Washington 13 years ago, where they were used in a similar fire pit for 3 years before that. They cost all of about $.98/ea on sale at Home Depot.

Yup, I think that's the perfect design for me. As far as the bricks, is it gravity once again holding it all together, or did you use some construction adhesive to keep it all together?
NO mortar. They are landscape blocks, and there is a lip on the forward bottom edge of each one. Gravity and friction is all they need to stay in place. Unless of course some drunk stumbles into the fire and kicks them over. Don't ask...... >:(
Sounds perfect. I think I've found my next weekend project. As far as a drunken stumble, it would probably be me doing that... Thanks again.
Title: Re: DUTCH OVEN ACCESSORIES
Post by: Old Philosopher on November 17, 2013, 11:16:52 AM

Sounds perfect. I think I've found my next weekend project. As far as a drunken stumble, it would probably be me doing that... Thanks again.
Oh, and BTW, that pipe that supports the whole cooking appliance makes a great launching tube for pop bottle rockets.  8)
Title: Re: DUTCH OVEN ACCESSORIES
Post by: Yellowyak on November 17, 2013, 11:20:24 AM

Sounds perfect. I think I've found my next weekend project. As far as a drunken stumble, it would probably be me doing that... Thanks again.
Oh, and BTW, that pipe that supports the whole cooking appliance makes a great launching tube for pop bottle rockets.  8)

Bonus for that. I do happen to have some bottle rockets leftover from my last Tennessee trip. My neighbors are going to love my new setup...
Title: Re: DUTCH OVEN ACCESSORIES
Post by: WoodsWoman on November 17, 2013, 11:20:55 AM
I looked into those blocks in the local garden center.  They were 2.39 each.  And they had a simular cook set up that you pound into the ground there.  I could tell right away it wasn't as sturdy as yours..and the price tag on this one here was 149.00. 

WW
Title: Re: DUTCH OVEN ACCESSORIES
Post by: Old Philosopher on November 17, 2013, 11:26:39 AM

Oh, and BTW, that pipe that supports the whole cooking appliance makes a great launching tube for pop bottle rockets.  8)

Bonus for that. I do happen to have some bottle rockets leftover from my last Tennessee trip. My neighbors are going to love my new setup..

And when the cops show up, all the rocket sticks are down in the tube and there's no evidence.  ;D
Title: Re: DUTCH OVEN ACCESSORIES
Post by: Dano on November 17, 2013, 11:30:25 AM
My aching bones are really begging for one of those cook stands, but for the price, I am going to try to scrounge one together.   The Lodge brand model is $250 and it's made in China.  Pretty sure I can scab something together for a lot less-won't be as pretty, but who cares!
Title: Re: DUTCH OVEN ACCESSORIES
Post by: imnukensc on November 17, 2013, 12:55:49 PM
My fire pit set up is similar to Op's and there's pictures of it on here already (somewhere) so I won't bother to post them again, but a close friend has one of these.  Kinda pricey at $200, but it is very heavy duty and he sure has cooked some good stuff on it.  Have seen these at both Sam's and Home Depot.

(http://i1159.photobucket.com/albums/p632/imnukensc/CowboyGrill_zpsae0e590c.jpg)

Title: Re: DUTCH OVEN ACCESSORIES
Post by: wolfy on November 17, 2013, 01:02:20 PM
Just thought of another D.O. accessory that I've owned since my days as a Boy Scout.....aluminum pot pliers.   You used to be able to get them (complete with the B.S.A fleur-de-lis logo) from the local B.S.A. equipment suppliers, but they have quit carrying them. :-\.    Fortunately, another company has begun selling a close copy....

http://frybake.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/potgripz.jpg

They're now $10 per copy, but at least they are available again! :).  Scroll down the page for the pliers, but also note the aluminum fry-bake ovens for backpacking...

http://frybake.com/
Title: Re: DUTCH OVEN ACCESSORIES
Post by: Yellowyak on November 17, 2013, 01:24:13 PM
Kinda off topic, but here's that pork butt I smoked today. Unfortunately, I've got to go to a family outing in a few minutes, but it will be waiting for me on the smoker when I get back home.

(http://i1302.photobucket.com/albums/ag129/yellowyak/misc/ac0a633b49adfe1960016315b5022c8c_zps9ddddf10.jpg)

Title: Re: DUTCH OVEN ACCESSORIES
Post by: wolfy on November 17, 2013, 01:26:43 PM
If I lived closer, you wouldn't leave it there I'll bet! >:D
Title: Re: DUTCH OVEN ACCESSORIES
Post by: Yellowyak on November 17, 2013, 01:30:32 PM
If I lived closer, you wouldn't leave it there I'll bet! >:D

I've got my guard dog Lab Dakota standing by to fend off any intruders. Of course, she'd have first dibs...
Title: Re: DUTCH OVEN ACCESSORIES
Post by: wolfy on February 04, 2015, 12:28:17 PM
Well, it looks like the link to the aluminum cooking pliers in my last post (#49) has died, too. :'(

HOWEVER, the old faithful Boy Scout supply source, www.scoutstuff.org has once again brought the original version of these very handy cooking pliers back once again.  Don't miss out on this run of them....you never know when they'll disappear again! >:(

http://www.scoutstuff.org/hot-pot-tongs.html

                                                                             :tent:

Title: Re: DUTCH OVEN ACCESSORIES
Post by: Electric Cowboy on February 04, 2015, 07:30:12 PM
Wolfy, Good stuff. I like to keep a pair of Welding Gloves in the bag.
Title: Re: DUTCH OVEN ACCESSORIES
Post by: wolfy on February 04, 2015, 07:58:19 PM
Good idea! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: DUTCH OVEN ACCESSORIES
Post by: hushnel on February 19, 2015, 01:17:36 PM
Most of my cookware is cast iron and copper, though I have a couple modern layered SS pots too. My first Dutch Oven was scavenged, I found an old one that had been used as a planter for a couple of years, it still had it's lid. I had to take it down to the metal and resurface it. I used it for years until Debbie's brother somehow acquired it.

(http://i1260.photobucket.com/albums/ii576/hushnel/Camping/01EF57AE-13D8-4BC4-98A4-D94AF6F32EE7-3807-0000061D49C75927.jpg)

I like the copper wool type scrubbers for cast iron, they level the surface and help to cut down on too much build up, which can make a less than flat surface if allowed to get away from you.

Lately I've been unable to get the copper scrubbers at local shops. This last rendezvous I was BSing around the fire with a guy and we got on the subject of making jumprings and chain mail. I got to thinking about the copper chains I made out of various gauges of wire and wondered if I made a copper jumpring chain male piece I bet it would be a great cast iron scrubber.

Ha!!! it does.

(http://i1260.photobucket.com/albums/ii576/hushnel/Web%20Links/cd63509a034861ec5efec809142a25b1.jpg)
Title: Re: DUTCH OVEN ACCESSORIES
Post by: madmax on February 19, 2015, 01:19:32 PM
Cool.
Title: Re: DUTCH OVEN ACCESSORIES
Post by: Pennsylvania Mike on February 19, 2015, 01:27:35 PM
I use a home made bamboo brush, actually I made it to clean my woks but it works great on my cast iron overs and pans, but I do like the idea of the copper scrubber for something more aggressive for the food buildup.   I'll see if I can find them in my area.   Thanks.
Title: Re: DUTCH OVEN ACCESSORIES
Post by: hushnel on February 19, 2015, 02:09:42 PM
The problem is the copper scrubbers I've come across recently are plated steel, a bit too aggressive, you might as well use stainless steel.

The nice thing about the copper chain mail is it's so easy to keep clean. I made this one from jump rings I already had made up. I would like to make it a 5" X 5" square.
Title: Re: DUTCH OVEN ACCESSORIES
Post by: PetrifiedWood on February 19, 2015, 02:13:35 PM
Years ago I had the ambitious idea to make an entire chain mail shirt. I got about as far as your pot scrubber and gave up. There were just too many other projects to work on. I still have the scrap I made in a box somewhere.

That is good to know about the plated steel scrubbers. I have heard of people using the copper ones to get leading out of gun barrels but I wouldn't want to try that with a plated steel one.

In any case, the chain mail scrubber looks nice, and the pot roast looks even better!
Title: Re: DUTCH OVEN ACCESSORIES
Post by: hushnel on February 27, 2015, 06:55:46 PM
These copper scrubbers are pretty labor intense, but they work great. I used it this last weekend camping at Rainbow Springs SP and have been using it around the house on my regular cast iron cookware. I've made up two so far with enough jump rings to make mayber two more. I've stripped about 20 feet of grounded 14 gauge indoor wire for 60 feet of wire that has been processed into jump rings.

It's a little like weaving with copper "o)

(http://i1260.photobucket.com/albums/ii576/hushnel/Web%20Links/b9671c10ce536303b0029d54a8c45717.jpg)
Title: Re: DUTCH OVEN ACCESSORIES
Post by: zammer on February 27, 2015, 07:27:46 PM
Any chance you could put up a short tut one day showing how you start off making that hush?
Title: Re: DUTCH OVEN ACCESSORIES
Post by: hushnel on February 27, 2015, 07:43:10 PM
I pretty much used this youtube video, though I've been making the jump rings for years, I use a steel rod rather than a wooden dowel rod like the guy in the youtube video, and I cut the rings with a jewelers saw to get a cleaner close on the rings.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k1cJu7TOo5c
Title: Re: DUTCH OVEN ACCESSORIES
Post by: zammer on February 27, 2015, 08:39:26 PM
Well I'll  be, that almost looks easy.... but I can see how it would  be time consuming to open then close each link. Thanks for the video hush, appreciate it.
Title: Re: DUTCH OVEN ACCESSORIES
Post by: PetrifiedWood on February 28, 2015, 12:33:03 AM
I bet a dab of lead free silver solder would make them nearly indestructible.
Title: Re: DUTCH OVEN ACCESSORIES
Post by: hushnel on February 28, 2015, 06:44:43 AM
In the video he's using a set of small bolt cutters, that makes it go a little quicker than cutting them with the jeweler's saw. I've made a lot of chain and jumprings from copper and they don't part very easily.

See how tight the rings come together after being cut with a jeweler's saw.

(http://i1260.photobucket.com/albums/ii576/hushnel/Web%20Links/AD3833F6-5D7E-46F1-97DD-0B0E5E6CB632.jpg)
Title: Re: DUTCH OVEN ACCESSORIES
Post by: Unknown on March 18, 2015, 08:50:06 PM
Can anyone offer reasons why a cheap square point shovel with neatly spaced holes drilled wouldn't make an easier to craft alternative to Wolfy's version? I like the idea but I don't have a welder yet. What size holes and spacing do you think would work?

I am a fry-bake fan. I have had their small skillet, mini oven for awhile. I recently got the 10", pliers, and spatula. The pliers and spatula are pretty cool. I don't care for plain aluminum much, but hard anodized may well be my favorite outdoor cookware, other than CI. The frybake is USA made, high quality kit as the price reflects. The only problem is the small is small, especially for baking but is fine as a solo skillet/plate. And the large is pretty large. Why am I a fan? I don't know, but if they made a deep, medium size I could tell you why.

That one, River"something" grill looks neat-o in the pic. I'm going to keep an eye out for that. I have a cheapo lid lifter from Academy, a few pieces from an old habachi grill, not too many accessories to add to the discussion. I appreciate the advice on the tripod too. Not that I was heading out to get one, I like the uprights and horizontal support in my imagination. What is the name for those? I want/need something longer lasting than a few sticks. Good stuff folks. I enjoyed it.
Title: Re: DUTCH OVEN ACCESSORIES
Post by: wolfy on April 29, 2015, 08:49:06 PM
I noticed that the picture of that shovel that I copied in the first post in the thread has gone 'stale' and may not last much longer.  Here's a better one, straight from the manufacturer....

http://www.toolite.com/

Works great for sifting hot coals from the ashes in a firepit, before transferring to the D.O. lid. :banana:

Make your own out of a cheap shovel. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: DUTCH OVEN ACCESSORIES
Post by: Unknown on May 01, 2015, 10:56:18 AM
I found on ebay a "charcoal shovel" maybe it said scoop. I was as if it were made of heavy gauge wire which passed through a formed block that held the wire to shovel shape.

It wasn't cheap, but not all that expensive. What I didn't like was it had a short handle

Eventually I will find the right starter head
Title: Re: DUTCH OVEN ACCESSORIES
Post by: wolfy on May 01, 2015, 11:13:13 AM
I found on ebay a "charcoal shovel" maybe it said scoop. I was as if it were made of heavy gauge wire which passed through a formed block that held the wire to shovel shape.

It wasn't cheap, but not all that expensive. What I didn't like was it had a short handle

Eventually I will find the right starter head
Read post #1......make your own.  Cheaper & better! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: DUTCH OVEN ACCESSORIES
Post by: wolfy on August 17, 2015, 04:30:36 PM
I don't own any of these yet, but they have been given good marks from some that have.  Protection from 625 degree temperatures would negate the need for any other mechanical pot hooks in picking up Dutch ovens by the bail or lid handle. :thumbsup:

http://shop.grillbeast.com/products/beastarmor/
Title: Re: DUTCH OVEN ACCESSORIES
Post by: Quenchcrack on August 20, 2015, 05:29:51 PM
We bought a good sized DO to camp with but have used this very little.  I made a tripod trivet to hold the lid while you are fiddling with the contents of the pot.  It keeps the dirt out of the food.  You can also use it to sit the DO on it to elevate it over a fire.  I forged it out of one solid piece of steel 1" x 1/4" x 10".  The other item is a lid lifter I forged out of some 1/4" square rod.  Yeah, I used my Lincoln hot glue gun to put it together.

(http://i587.photobucket.com/albums/ss317/Quenchcrack/IMG_2953_zpsmqjwv8zx.jpg) (http://s587.photobucket.com/user/Quenchcrack/media/IMG_2953_zpsmqjwv8zx.jpg.html)
Title: Re: DUTCH OVEN ACCESSORIES
Post by: Dano on August 20, 2015, 07:23:46 PM
Those are really cool Max!!   :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: DUTCH OVEN ACCESSORIES
Post by: wolfy on November 16, 2015, 12:57:55 PM
I found this video that Kent Rollins did on his favorite tools for Dutch oven cooking.  He has been cooking out of the back of an original Studebaker chuck wagon down in Oklahoma for decades and runs a school for neophyte Dutch oven wranglers, too.  Anyway, I thought it was interesting that many of the tools that we have suggested here in this thread are his favorites, also.  Check out his shovel.....needs more holes, IMHO. 8)

http://youtu.be/cE1Oh8aQCFY
Title: Re: DUTCH OVEN ACCESSORIES
Post by: Unknown on November 16, 2015, 01:56:03 PM
Thanks Wolfy. I camp with his cousin but Kent's name has been escaping me. I made a preliminary shovel with 6 foot handle (big, hot, fires) but never got the holes in it. I donated it to the camp, but hopefully next time I see it, it will have some holes.

Actually as he and I were discussing it last weekend I also said I think it needed more holes than what he was saying. We will see.
Title: Re: DUTCH OVEN ACCESSORIES
Post by: imnukensc on December 31, 2015, 02:08:16 PM
wolfy suggested I put this here, too.

https://youtu.be/jOxouSQmQZI

Here's their web site:  www.campmaid.com

Title: Re: DUTCH OVEN ACCESSORIES
Post by: Quenchcrack on December 31, 2015, 02:46:23 PM
That is just slicker than snot on a glass doorknob!  And at $70 it is about half of what I guessed it would cost.
Title: Re: DUTCH OVEN ACCESSORIES
Post by: Yellowyak on December 31, 2015, 03:23:42 PM
That is really cool. I'll definately be picking one of those up. Thanks for the link.
Title: Re: DUTCH OVEN ACCESSORIES
Post by: wolfy on June 07, 2016, 08:44:21 AM
I received a notice that Kent Rollins has a new video out on cooking out of the back of a chuck wagon in a traditional 'cow camp' and figured some of you guys might enjoy seeing it, too.  :shrug:

https://youtu.be/dK7OJPGDO34
Title: Re: DUTCH OVEN ACCESSORIES
Post by: wolfy on July 19, 2018, 11:48:02 AM
We just ordered one of these on the big Amazon Prime sale the other day.....a REALLY good deal compared to the regular price.  They still have a few left and the $90.04 price tag will not hold for long, so strike now while the iron is hot  8),  or forever hold your peace.....

https://www.amazon.com/Lodge-A5-7-Dutch-Cooking-Table/dp/B0008G2W1Q
Title: Re: DUTCH OVEN ACCESSORIES
Post by: madmax on July 19, 2018, 11:55:46 AM
I've been looking at those for a few years now.  Seems it would be a great back saver.  Hope you do a review when you cook something on it.
Title: Re: DUTCH OVEN ACCESSORIES
Post by: Old Philosopher on July 19, 2018, 12:42:59 PM
We just ordered one of these on the big Amazon Prime sale the other day.....a REALLY good deal compared to the regular price.  They still have a few left and the $90.04 price tag will not hold for long, so strike now while the iron is hot  8),  or forever hold your peace.....

https://www.amazon.com/Lodge-A5-7-Dutch-Cooking-Table/dp/B0008G2W1Q
One of the reviewers said he paid $212 for the table previously.
Title: Re: DUTCH OVEN ACCESSORIES
Post by: Mannlicher on July 19, 2018, 04:47:28 PM
I'd love to have one of those tables, but I know that it would not get enough use to justify the even modest expense.
Title: Re: DUTCH OVEN ACCESSORIES
Post by: Spyder1958 on July 19, 2018, 11:34:38 PM
Now at $88.24
Title: Re: DUTCH OVEN ACCESSORIES
Post by: madmax on July 20, 2018, 05:37:18 AM
Well I just couldn't help myself... I ordered one at 88 bucks and a carrier to haul it in. Great deal!

And now you can borrow mine Sam.  Haha
Title: Re: DUTCH OVEN ACCESSORIES
Post by: Orbean on July 20, 2018, 06:02:33 AM
I have a couple and they work well, especially around here when it is windy. They break down real easy and are quick to set up. It sure beats using cinder blocks.
Title: Re: DUTCH OVEN ACCESSORIES
Post by: Orbean on July 20, 2018, 06:06:04 AM
We just ordered one of these on the big Amazon Prime sale the other day.....a REALLY good deal compared to the regular price.  They still have a few left and the $90.04 price tag will not hold for long, so strike now while the iron is hot  8),  or forever hold your peace.....

https://www.amazon.com/Lodge-A5-7-Dutch-Cooking-Table/dp/B0008G2W1Q
One of the reviewers said he paid $212 for the table previously.

I cant believe the reviewer paid 212 dollars for a lodge dutch oven table. The last one I bought at sportsmans warehouse, maybe seven years ago, was eighty or so dollars.
Title: Re: DUTCH OVEN ACCESSORIES
Post by: hayshaker on July 20, 2018, 06:56:45 AM
the pork roast photo made me drool.
Title: Re: DUTCH OVEN ACCESSORIES
Post by: wolfy on July 20, 2018, 11:35:08 AM
Well I just couldn't help myself... I ordered one at 88 bucks and a carrier to haul it in. Great deal!

Unbeknownst to me, Heather ordered the carrier, too.....$16 ain't too bad of a price for the convenience of keeping the ash and black gunk out of the car trunk and off of everything else when we cook out at the state park.  I doubt that we could even make one for that price. :shrug:

I just checked the price on the table again....$86.48!   

Only 10 left......better hurry!
Title: Re: DUTCH OVEN ACCESSORIES
Post by: madmax on July 20, 2018, 12:06:10 PM
Did you see all the impulse deals when you ordered?   It took everything I had to resist blowing some big bucks.  But yeah that carrier was a great deal too.  Glad I got that.
Title: Re: DUTCH OVEN ACCESSORIES
Post by: madmax on July 24, 2018, 02:54:00 PM
Got my table in today.  SOLID herniator.   I'm happy.
Title: Re: DUTCH OVEN ACCESSORIES
Post by: wolfy on July 24, 2018, 06:36:09 PM
I got mine day before yesterday, but the box looked like it had been dragged behind the UPS truck to get it here.:-\     I expected it to be bunged up, but it survived unscathed.....there are a couple of bolts missing from the fold-up legs, though.  :shrug:     That seems to be a common complaint from the 1 & 2 Star dudes on the Amazon reviews list, but they won't be hard to replace and 'so what,' I saved more than $50 over the regular price! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: DUTCH OVEN ACCESSORIES
Post by: madmax on July 25, 2018, 04:04:47 AM
Hey wolfy,  I found the one missing bolt and nut floating around the shipping box.  If you haven't thrown yours away you might check that first.
Title: Re: DUTCH OVEN ACCESSORIES
Post by: wolfy on July 25, 2018, 08:48:16 AM
Thanks for the suggestion, Tony......and I did, but there were so many holes in the box that I?m thinkin' it's rattling around in the bottom of the Chinese cargo shipping container it came over in.  :rolleyes:
Title: Re: DUTCH OVEN ACCESSORIES
Post by: wolfy on April 18, 2019, 01:19:20 PM
The ultimate Dutch oven accessory is made in South Dakota.....

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/chuck-wagon?utm_source=Atlas+Obscura+Daily+Newsletter&utm_campaign=ce68dea0b1-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2019_04_18_Not_NYC&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_f36db9c480-ce68dea0b1-69712057&ct=t(EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_04_1 8_2019_Not_NYC)&mc_cid=ce68dea0b1&mc_eid=537596707d
Title: Re: DUTCH OVEN ACCESSORIES
Post by: madmax on April 18, 2019, 01:36:13 PM
Man!  That made me salivate.
Title: Re: DUTCH OVEN ACCESSORIES
Post by: Old Philosopher on April 18, 2019, 02:07:39 PM
The ultimate Dutch oven accessory is made in South Dakota.....

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/chuck-wagon?utm_source=Atlas+Obscura+Daily+Newsletter&utm_campaign=ce68dea0b1-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2019_04_18_Not_NYC&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_f36db9c480-ce68dea0b1-69712057&ct=t(EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_04_1 8_2019_Not_NYC)&mc_cid=ce68dea0b1&mc_eid=537596707d
At $20K-$30K a pop, I'll just keep dreaming!  :-\
Title: Re: DUTCH OVEN ACCESSORIES
Post by: madmax on April 18, 2019, 02:26:04 PM
I was hoping some sugar daddy would send me 30K.
Title: Re: DUTCH OVEN ACCESSORIES
Post by: wsdstan on April 18, 2019, 02:32:29 PM
Hansen makes a lot of wagons and his workers are mastercraftsmen.  I have seen three or four of them and they are really well built and I suspect will hold their value very well.

I mentioned on another post a long while ago that my neighbor was selling his chuckwagon.  It wasn't
one of Hansen's but it was a good rig.  He used it at ranch parties, brandings, family reunions, and the like.
He is a rancher who also runs a western catering business.  He had a good one and it brought about what he had paid for it as I recall.  He had about ten big DO's and used all of them at one time or another.  Only used Mesquite lump charcoal in his fires too.

Good post Wolfy and Max is right, it does make one salivate.
Title: Re: DUTCH OVEN ACCESSORIES
Post by: Old Philosopher on April 18, 2019, 10:57:13 PM
Well I just couldn't help myself... I ordered one at 88 bucks and a carrier to haul it in. Great deal!

And now you can borrow mine Sam.  Haha
Good move, Max!  They're at $111 now almost a year later.  That CampMate D.O. kit has gone from $70 to $99!

I'm a cheap hick from Montana. Here's my lid lifter....

(https://proxy.duckduckgo.com/iu/?u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.johnrichardssurplus.co.uk%2Fmedia%2Fcatalog%2Fproduct%2Fcache%2F1%2Fimage%2F9df78eab33525d08d6e5fb8d27136e95%2F6%2F_%2F6._quality_18_inch.jpg&f=1)
Title: Re: DUTCH OVEN ACCESSORIES
Post by: madmax on April 19, 2019, 10:04:30 AM
LOL.  The crowbar and the sledge hammer are my favorite tools.  I have several of both.
Title: Re: DUTCH OVEN ACCESSORIES
Post by: wolfy on October 02, 2019, 11:11:31 AM
Remember that shovel I was talking about in post #1?  Well, it appears that Cowboy Ken Rollins (the YouTube chuck wagon cook) has come over here to B&B, pirated my idea & made another corny video of the process. :duel:   Nonetheless, the video illustrates how to go about making one of your very own....proving that a picture is, once again, worth a thousand words! :shrug:

https://youtu.be/MiaN_Pk7UN0
Title: Re: DUTCH OVEN ACCESSORIES
Post by: Old Philosopher on October 02, 2019, 03:17:17 PM
It's been said that there is no such thing as an original though....