pans and tables

You can cook with coals using either charcoal or a wood fire. Many Dutch Oven cooks place their coals on a pan of some type or even a table made for use with Dutch Ovens. Most Scout units have their own methods they've used over the years.

Visit the Pans and Tables page for more details.

learn more about dutch oven equipment

Take a look at the Recipes section for more information about what to cook in a dutch oven. Check out these resources for more information on equipment and tools:

Dutch ovens

This is what you cook in, or you might even cook on the inside of the lid if cooking pizza.

They come in cast iron, aluminum, and porcelain. Sizes range in diameter from6 in. (1 quart), 8 in. (2 qt.), 10 in (4 qt.), 12 in. (6 qt.), 14 in. (8 qt.), 16 in. (12 qt.) for standard depths. You can also find deeper over versions which hold more. The larger the number of people to feed, the larger the oven needed.

Visit the Dutch Ovens page for more details.

Scout-friendly aluminum ovens

If you answered "dutch ovens" to the question above, you passed the test and can start cooking. Well, wait, read some of the stuff below so you know what you may need to work with the ovens (besides cooking ingredients!).


Wind shield with pan

lid lifters

Drip pan used with oven


Three styles of lid lifters

Most of the time, you will use a lid with your dutch oven. Lids get hot, so best to use something to lift and move them. Using a glove is not advisable; you may get burned, it's more difficult to rotate or move the lid that way, and, did we mention you may get burned. (Yes, yes we did.)

Types of lifters include prong lifters, squeeze handle lifters, and simple pliers. Each has it's own pros and cons.

Visit the Lid Lifters page for more details.

You will need tongs to move the coals, gloves to safeguard from burns, chimneys to heat your charcoal, windscreens to keep your heat on the ovens, and whatever else helps you cook and keeps you safe.

Visit the Accessories page for more details.