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Old 08-24-2015   #1
 
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Dutch oven cooking without a fire

So - no charcoal, no wood, no burning during fire ban but I want to use my dutch over. What ideas do folks have.

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Volcano cook grills makes a flame retardant hood. I've used a metal disk as a heat diffuser on top of a stove, then the dutch oven and then covered with the hood. You don't need much heat for this to work and it is easy to burn the bottom but they work.

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It's all about generating top heat. Perhaps a hood or shroud around it, but you need a heat source above. Heating rocks up prior to cooking may work, but beware the sedimentary types as they tend to explode, use schist and/or granite.

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Crank up the blaster and preheat your lid for a while, then cover in sand? Could get messy, but should retain a decent amount of heat.
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As a foodie and someone who thoroughly enjoys DO cooking on the river I am guessing any creative solution is bound to create uneven temperatures and poor results. I know there are chemical heating tools out there (MRE, trek mates) but I believe you lose a lot of their heat production if the system is not sealed.

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Volcano cook grills makes a flame retardant hood. I've used a metal disk as a heat diffuser on top of a stove, then the dutch oven and then covered with the hood. You don't need much heat for this to work and it is easy to burn the bottom but they work.

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I've seen one of these used before and it worked great for making a cake.
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I've made bread with mine, but the lid needs to be on to create moisture/steam for the crust. with a cake you may be able to leave the lid off. How did you use it???
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So We just got word today from the Rangers at Corn Creek, Main Salmon that Charcoal cooking is permitted during the ban. Is there conflicting info?

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I have taken to using a "Dutch Oven Dome" by Camp Chef. Looks very similar to the hood of the Volcano grill, but is used with the diffuser plate on a camp stove. Works well enough that I rarely use charcoal any more.
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I've made bread with mine, but the lid needs to be on to create moisture/steam for the crust. with a cake you may be able to leave the lid off. How did you use it???
I'm not sure if the lid was off or on.....but the cake turned out great.
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