Scouts-L Mail Archive for October of 1998: Low Impact Dutch Oven cooking
Low Impact Dutch Oven cooking
Kenneth P. Utz
Mon, 19 Oct 1998 13:38:05 -0500
At 11:32 -0400 on 10/18/1998, Sharon Hahn digest mailed Camporee:
A question... with the minimal impact camping we are supposed to be doing,
how can you have the baked dutch oven dishes, when we are no longer
supposed to be digging up the earth?
In our troop we take a large wash basin, which (what luck) is just large
enough for the Dutch oven to fit in. Preparations to the basin are simple:
Three 3 inch bolts centered approximately halfway up the height of the
basin and evenly spaced around the perimeter of the basin upon which the
dutch oven will sit, allowing charcoal to burn underneath the oven. For air
flow to the charcoal we take a can opener and put air holes entirely around
the base of the basin - allowing just about one-quarter to one half inch of
metal between each cut for stability of the basin. This basin then sits on
three half-bricks on the ground. 18 coals in the bottom and 15 to 18 coals
on top will cook just about any dish to perfection (depending on the cook,
of coarse!) Let's just say the heat of the oven won't be the problem! When
finished, the bricks go to the inside bottom of the basin and the dutch
oven back in the basin over the bricks for easy storage!
By the way, when that meal is done, you can take the dutch oven off the
basin and replace it with a second (unmodified) basin of the same size and
heat water for your dishes! Stowage of the dish basin underneath the stowed
dutch oven cooker basin keeps any stray ashes from messing up your vehicle
on the way home!
Kenneth P. Utz
ASM Troop 221, CM Pack 200, Plano, TX
Just a plain 'ole (Plano) Texan, and a good 'ole Antelope, too but I will
always be an Eagle!