Scouts-L Mail Archive for October of 1998: Re: Camporee
Tue, 20 Oct 1998 15:00:13 -0400
> Various folks mailed Re: Camporee various suggestions for elevating a
> surface on which the coals and dutch oven can sit. One persons noted
> >cooks a little faster since the ground does not draw heat away
> >from the coals/oven.
> PROVIDED that the ambient air temperature is warmer than the earth, and
> there is no significant wind. If the air temperature drops below about
> sixty degrees, the earth may actually be warmer than the air. If you are
> cooking in the winter, that air is one heck of a lot colder than the
> ground, and will complicate your cooking no end. Sheltering the dutch oven
> from wind and cold air becomes a real problem.
-snip some other good stuff to think about-
Most people confuse temperature with heat. Without harking back
to thermodynamics 301, I think you'll find that the earth mass is
a better conductor (well a sink, actually) of heat than air.
Having used my D.O. both ways (i.e. on the cold ground and in the
cold air), my empirical data says: "go for the cookie sheet, while
standing up at a picnic table over squatting down on the ground
every time :)
Advisor, Crew 486
OK, OK, nobody is actually talking about backpacking with a Dutch
Oven? Are they? C'mon now. Really. Do I look that naive? You do
this at the local council camp, fixed site, car camping etc. Am I
right? Think about it. This thread came up as a leave-no-trace
issue. When Dutch Oven cooking, you leave no trace by making sure
you dump all your trash in the dumpster on your way out of the
site in the F-150.