In this blog, I’ve compiled a list of the 9 best camp dutch ovens that I’ve used so far. Like any of my previous camping gear reviews are based on my personal experiences, this review is also out of my dutch oven experiences. It may or may not resonate with all, however, this will give you great insights and will help you make a better decision at buying the best suiting dutch oven for your camping trips. Here you go;

Top 9 Cast Iron Dutch Oven for Camping Comparison

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Lodge Deep Camp Dutch Oven, 8 Quart
Bruntmor Pre-Seasoned 2 In 1 Cast Iron Double Dutch Oven Set
Lodge 5 Quart Cast Iron Dutch Oven
Lodge Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron Double Dutch Oven
Lodge Pre-Seasoned Dutch Oven with Loop Handles and Cast-Iron Cover
Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron 2-In-1 Multi-Cooker Dutch Oven
Pre-Seasoned 2 in 1 Cast Iron Skillet and Double Dutch Oven Set
Overmont All-round Cast Iron Camp Dutch Oven
Tramontina Enameled Cast Iron Covered Round Dutch Oven

1. Lodge Deep Camp Dutch Oven, 8 Quart

Lodge Deep Camp Dutch Oven

This sturdy cast-iron made, 8 quarters deep Dutch Oven is one of the best things you could carry to your campsite. The best part is, it is pre-seasoned with soy-based vegetable oil and has no synthetic chemical coating. However, to save your food from sticking around, pre-season it again after a few washes. Since I have been using it for over 2 years now, I’ve realized that the more I use it, the best it has become.  With its flanged lid, it perfectly holds the hot coals and could be inverted to be used as a griddle. The round hook at the top allows you to hang the pot if you like some soup cooking. The legs underneath play an integral part in holding the pot over the fire in the right position without any tilting or toppling. The size is perfect for me and my family and we find the depth it offers just right for cooking curries, stocks, and soups. Thus, I enjoy a care-free cooking experience at the campsite.

The one factor that has won my soul over this product is that it is run by a dedicated American family for over 120 years. No one sticks to anything this long until they truly love and believe in it. They have built it as a community business rather than a commercial entity only. Also, it comes equipped with a well-sorted recipe cookbook which has taught me great handling tips and recipes over the journey of two years.

Specifications

  • Weight: 20 pounds.
  • Dimensions: 12 x 12 x 5.5 inches.
  • Capacity: 8 Quarts.

Pros

  • Comes equipped with a Camp Dutch Oven Cooking 101 cookbook.
  • Comes with perfect integral legs and a round hook at the top
  • Pre-seasoned and well structured.
  • It gets better with using it more often.
  • Can easily accommodate hot coal at the top.

Cons

  • A bit heavy.
  • The lid cannot be used as a skillet.

2. Bruntmor Pre-Seasoned 2 In 1 Cast Iron Double Dutch Oven Set

Bruntmor Pre-Seasoned 2 In 1 Cast Iron Double Dutch Oven Set

With Bruntmor, you can go carefree with what you’re buying. This round-shaped, heavy-duty, 5-quart, 2 in 1 cast iron double Dutch oven is a great investment in the cooking utensils for camping. The best part is, you can easily use it at home for regular stocks and soups. So, even if you aren’t a frequent camper, your money is not wasted. It comes with a multi-purpose lid that doubles down as a skillet. What more would you want at the campsite?

What I loved about this specific dutch oven are the integrated handles that are great to work with even without a lid lifter. Also, it is oven safe and offers uncompromised heat retention throughout the cooking. If you’re trying out roasting beef or chicken, feel free with its domed iron cover; it offers good space for it. With its pre-seasoned, non-stick surface, you don’t have to be on a constant watch and leads to hassle-free cleaning. In case, your food is stuck at the bottom, you can easily pull it out with a few soft scrubs. The use of hard scrubs is not recommended as it may chip off the coat.

Specifications

  • Weight: 9.98 pounds.
  • Dimensions: 14 x 12 x 8 inches.
  • Capacity: 5 Quarts.

Pros

  • The lid can be used as a separate skillet.
  • Integrated side handles.
  • Pre-seasoned with a non-stick interior.
  • Well-finished, versatile, and sturdy for both indoors and outdoors.

Cons

  • It does not come with legs.
  • It does not have a handle.
  • A bit heavy for the size.
  • It has a round lid top, not ideal for coals.

3. Lodge 5 Quart Cast Iron Dutch Oven

Lodge 5 Quart Cast Iron Dutch Oven

Another great addition to your kitchen accessories comes by Lodge in the shape of this excellent 5-quart cast iron dutch oven. It is preseason and has a unique coil on its handles to offer a tight grip and control over the equipment. It ensures easy lifting with great confidence.

With its exceptional heat retention and distribution capability, the food always turns out nicely done and juicy from all sides. However, I don’t recommend this specific piece by Lodge if you love having stocks, soups, or curries at the campsite. It’s best suitable for shallow frying, simmering, searing, or sauteing. I tried out a quick pizza recipe in it and it turned out to be a real treat in the wilderness. When it comes to its cleaning, it is advised to use hot water and brush without any hard detergent.

Specifications

  • Weight: 13 pounds.
  • Dimensions: 12.01 x 11.81 x 4.92 inches.
  • Capacity: 5 Quarts.

Pros

  • Comes equipped with a Camp Dutch Oven Cooking 101 cookbook.
  • Comes with a unique handle with a spiral design.
  • Pre-seasoned and well structured.
  • It gets better with using it more often.

Cons

  • Not ideal for liquid food like soups, stocks, or curry.
  • A few factory defects reported in some pieces.

4. Lodge Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron Double Dutch Oven

Lodge Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron Double Dutch Oven

This preseason 5-quart cast-iron double Dutch oven by Lodge is a must-have kitchen essential for both indoors and outdoor cooking experience. The lid can be used as a 10.25-inch skillet, offers enough space to sauté meat, grill cheese, or steam vegetables. Like all other Lodge dutch oven products, this too has unparalleled heat retention and distribution capability. So, whether it is searing, sautéing, simmering, baking, broiling, braising, roasting, frying, or grilling that you like to try, it offers an abundance of possibilities. I advise you to go ahead and cook in full confidence, this preseason dutch oven will not leave you unattended.

A few of my camping fellows have experienced that after a few washes or hard scrubbing, the base turns out to be brown that may look like a rusty metal but it is just a caramelized seasoning baked onto the iron itself. It disappears on its own with constant use and you don’t have to worry about it but if you’re not comfortable with it, you can always hit customer service for a replacement or refund within a year. One downside that I never expected of the brand ‘Lodge’ is that the base is very smooth and has no legs, it creates a bit of a stability problem if you don’t have a tripod or a camp stand to cook it. Other than this, I loved the product and its quality to the core.

Specifications

  • Weight: 12.37 pounds.
  • Dimensions: 12.62 x 10.38 x 6.3 inches.
  • Capacity: 5 Quarts.

Pros

  • Comes equipped with a camp dutch oven cooking 101 cookbooks.
  • The lid can be used as a skillet.
  • Pre-seasoned and well structured.
  • It gets better with using it more often.

Cons

  • Sometimes show brown surface, seems uncomfortable.
  • The curved lid makes it difficult to hold coals on top.
  • It has no legs, may lack stability on rocky surfaces.

5. Lodge Pre-Seasoned Dutch Oven with Loop Handles and Cast-Iron Cover

Lodge Pre-Seasoned Dutch Oven with Loop Handles and Cast-Iron Cover

By now, you must have known that I’m a Lodge driven camper when it comes to buying Dutch Ovens. When I first saw this 7-quart, Pre-seasoned Dutch Oven by Lodge with loop handles and a cast-iron cover with a round hook at the top, I felt pushed to buy and try this extraordinary kitchen essential. I finally bought it for another camping experience and I have to say, Lodge never fails to bring you back to its products more and more. Before I took it to my camping trip, I used it at home, and trust me on this, it was great in the oven, at the grill, on the stove, on the induction plate, and equally great at the raw campfire. The food I cooked on all different heats were nicely cooked, perfectly settled as I wanted to be.

This large-sized cast iron Dutch oven has a large 7-quart capacity, can easily accommodate food for over 10 to 15 people. So, if you are trying this beast product out on a group camping trip, you have a great tool in hand. Moreover, both of its features – integrated side handles and a bailing hook at the top allow you to have control over your food and you can check, toss, flip and shuffle more often and more a person like me, I loved the ease it brought to me while cooking. Overall, I loved what it is and I would recommend all campers to try it out, you won’t regret the investment.

Specifications

  • Weight: 15.16 pounds.
  • Dimensions: 12 x 12 x 5.5 inches.
  • Capacity: 7 Quarts.

Pros

  • Comes equipped with a camp dutch oven cooking 101 cookbooks.
  • Integrated side handles and a top bail hook too.
  • Pre-seasoned and well structured.
  • It gets better with using it more often.
  • Great for large cooking.

Cons

  • A bit heavy.
  • Hard to put coal on the top.
  • The lid cannot be used as a skillet.

6. Cuisinel, Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron 2-In-1 Multi-Cooker Dutch Oven and Skillet Lid Set Oven

Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron 2-In-1 Multi-Cooker Dutch Oven

I call it a culinary beauty for chefs! I was ambiguous of it while making a purchase but as soon as I was done with my first cooking in it, I was blown away by its overall precision heat retention and distribution capability. The chicken I was cooking, was beautifully done from all sides without getting any drier or sticking at the bottom. Moreover, I steamed my sideline veggies in the lid that worked as a perfect skillet. Since I’m a frequent camper, I don’t have to worry about the money I’m putting in but to my surprise, this pre-seasoned cast iron 2-In-1 multi-cooker Dutch oven and skillet lid set works well on the induction plate too.

As much as you can use it for regular meals, it is great for baking bread, sautéing meats, and settling pies. The top skillet can also be used for smaller meals, grilled cheese, and heating up tortillas. As recommended by the company, I don’t use any hard scrubber or soap until required, and it could be the reason that this Dutch oven is always smooth and ready to use. With its 1-year money-back guarantee, you know you have a way out and the money is in safe hands.

Specifications

  • Weight: 5 pounds.
  • Dimensions: 16.7 x 10.6 x 4.5 inches.
  • Capacity: 3 Quarts.

Pros

  • Works well on an induction plate.
  • Comes with a 1-year money-back guarantee.
  • Pre-seasoned and well structured.
  • The lid can be used as a skillet.

Cons

  • I didn’t find any fault.

7. Cuisinel Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron Skillet and Double Dutch Oven Set 2 In 1 Cooker

Pre-Seasoned 2 in 1 Cast Iron Skillet and Double Dutch Oven Set

This factory seasoned, 2 in 1 versatile double Dutch oven came out as a perk to all campers. It displays the true craftmanship and legacy of traditional Dutch ovens. This 5-quarter pan and 10-inch skillet can accommodate food for around 6 to 8 people in a go. So, whether you like broiling, braising, frying, or searing food for a group, you can make it happen without any struggle. Guess what least you could try in a dutch oven? Popcorns? Yes, I tried popcorns in this extraordinary cooking utensil, and trust me, those were the best popcorns I ever had in my entire camping journey.

The best part is that it works well on both, the raw campfire and on the induction plate as well. I’ve been using this product for over a year but I never had to preseason it with oils as I always find it smooth, ready, and optimized for cooking. All I do is, I don’t apply any kind of strong detergents or scrubbers. Even if you feel to pre-season it, do it with natural or vegetable oils and you’re ready to cook. With this specific product, Cuisinel took an extra mile by offering a lifetime warranty and 1-year money-back guarantee. Thus, this assures you of your money and help you in making the right choice without any risk.

Specifications

  • Weight: 14.43 pounds.
  • Dimensions: 13 x 13 x 6.5 inches.
  • Capacity: 5 Quarts.

Pros

  • Seasons up nicely turning that well known black finish.
  • 2 in 1 versatile multi-cooker.
  • Pre-seasoned and well-structured with a smooth interior.
  • Precision heat retention and distribution.
  • Integrated side handles for easy lifting.
  • Great value for money.

Cons

  • I didn’t find any fault.

8. Overmont All-round Cast Iron Camp Dutch Oven

Overmont All-round Cast Iron Camp Dutch Oven

I found the Overmont’s all-round cast iron Dutch oven quite innovative for its efficient product design and development. It has integral legs on both – the lid and the pot which allows the lid to sit perfectly over the camp stand or the campfire and behave like a full purpose cooking dish perfect for shallow frying, sauteing, or steaming. Along with the integral legs, the lid also has a bailing hook at the top of the lid which makes it easier for the person to cook with ease and convenience. Not just that, the big handle at the top allows you to dangle it over the fire on a tripod stand. So, whether you want to hang your pot or to check your dish often, this Dutch oven brings the freedom to cook as you like. What I admired the most is that it comes equipped with a smart lid lifter and I was happy not to spend any extra on buying it individually over any additional cost.

The pot with its long integral legs allows it to stay above the coal without touching the coals. Also, it sits well and offers ample space for cooking, baking, frying, or searing.  The best part is that the pre-seasoned non-stick base has no chemical coating over it, yet it is made up of high-quality cast iron which lasts a lifetime if taken good care of. With great heat distribution and retention capacity, it cooks perfectly at the raw camp fire, as well as at any regular stove. So, even if you’re a novice camper, you can efficiently cook and enjoy a great feast in the middle of the woods. If you want to roast chicken or bake bread, just place some coal at the flanged lid for seamless heat from all around. The post-cooking cleaning is simple, all you need is to watch it and dry it out thoroughly with a paper towel. Once dried, put a little oil and again rub it off with a paper towel. This will increase the life of the pot.

Specifications

  • Weight: 19.98 pounds.
  • Dimensions: 13.78 x 9.45 x 7.48 inches.
  • Capacity: 8 Quarts.

Pros

  • Can easily handle coal at the top.
  • Integral legs at the lid with a top bail hook too.
  • Pre-seasoned and well structured.
  • Great at retaining or distributing heat.
  • Durable, heavy, and sturdy.
  • Comes equipped with a lid lifter.

Cons

  • A bit small than the claimed size.

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9. Tramontina Enameled Cast Iron Covered Round Dutch Oven

Tramontina Enameled Cast Iron Covered Round Dutch Oven

This cool looking enameled cast iron covered round Dutch oven by Tramontina comes as a surprise and a great pleasure to the eyes. It is coated with gradated cobalt in an off-white smooth and easy-to-clean PFOA and PTFE-free porcelain enamel, giving it a shiny smooth body to the utensil. For convenience, it has integrated side handles along with a lifting knob at the top of the lid. So, if you’re one of the chefs that are very keen on their food, you can easily lift the lid and stir, shuffle and check the food. However, the lid cannot be further used as a skillet.

The best part is that whether you try this enameled Dutch oven on a regular stove, induction plate, oven, grill, or campfire, it works well at varying heat while remaining safe at over 450 F.  One thing that I’m not much appreciative of, is the visible difference in the color after a few washes. It looks faded and scratched though I never used any scrubber or applied hard detergents. Another downside is that the lid cannot hold hot coals. So, forget about baking in this colorful Dutch oven. While I’ve been using dark-colored traditional Dutch ovens, I was ambiguous about buying this fancy one but its lifetime warranty pushed me to try my luck over it. It turned out to be a good-looking Dutch oven for light cooking at the campsite. But I don’t think this fancy can last years. Also, I must remind you that there are variants available in different shapes and sizes so make sure you double-check on that before pressing the order button.

Specifications

  • Weight: 13.85 pounds.
  • Dimensions: 8 x 13.9 x 10.6 inches.
  • Capacity: 6.5 Quarts.

Pros

  • Lifetime warranty.
  • Integrated side handles and a top bail hook too.
  • Pre-seasoned and well structured.

Cons

  • A bit heavy.
  • Hard to put coal on the top.
  • The lid cannot be used as a skillet.

The Ultimate Buying Guide of Cast Iron Dutch Oven for Camping

As much as the entire camping trip is exciting, carrying the right cooking utensils and equipment to camping is great satisfaction and fun. With a set of suitable utensils, camping becomes more therapeutic and peaceful with freshly cooked food without any hassle. Cast iron dutch ovens are one of the most important utensils used countrywide on campfires to prepare delicious meals under the open sky. They can be placed directly onto an open fire, or set on a stove and even hung from a tripod so it dangles over the open flame. Either way, the cast-iron Dutch Ovens tempers down the direct flame heat by the thickness of the iron and allows you to make meals equally good as you would in your home.

As a frequent camper, I plan my gadgets and gears very seriously including the utensils for my meals and this is one of the reasons, a good Dutch Oven is my must-have utensil where I don’t mind investing. From steaming vegetables to grilling meat steaks, baking pizza or cakes to roasting the whole chicken, there’s nothing I can’t cook at the campsite. All I need is the right Dutch Oven.

Like always, there’s a myriad of Dutch Ovens available out there and it gets pretty overwhelming to choose the best Dutch Oven, however, I’m listing and reviewing the ones I’ve bought and used after deep research. But before we move forward, I’m going to take you through with the right information about what are Dutch ovens, which ones are specifically better for outdoors, and what best could be done with the right camp dutch oven.

What is a Cast Iron Dutch Oven?

A cast-iron dutch oven is a unique cooking utensil popular for its tight-fitting lid and cast-iron body. It is also available in different metal variants like aluminum or ceramic but I enjoy the legacy and rustic farmhouse look of the cast-iron body. With its great heat retention and distribution capability, it can cook almost anything that you cook in a regular stove, induction plate, and electric or gas oven. The best part is, it doesn’t require any maintenance and lasts pretty long for years. So, if you like to roast, stew, or have freshly baked bread at the campsite, all you need is a right-sized and shaped dutch oven for camping.

What accessories should you have to get the best out of a Dutch oven?

It is simple to understand that a dutch oven alone can’t do what it does to your food. You’re required to have a set of other kitchen utensils with you to bring the best out of the dutch oven and enjoy great food altogether. This is why I recommend other accessories alongside to help you have the best cooking experience at the campsite.

  1. Metal Tongs: This small piece of equipment is as important as the dutch oven itself. It helps you shuffle, mix, or replace burning coal.
  2. Heat Resistant Hand Gloves: Since Dutch Oven is a pure metal structure without any heat resistant handles or knobs, you must have a pair of heat resistant hand gloves to work fearlessly near the burning fire or coal.
  3. Metal Tripod or Oven Stand: Either a metal tripod to hold the dutch oven or an oven stand to place the Dutch Oven over the heat for unhindered cooking at the campsite.
  4. Lid Lifter: It is one of the main utensils to carry with a Dutch Oven to the campsite. Since the lid fits in tightly as it is heated, it is hard to lift the lid with bare hands. A good lid lifter is designed to carry the lid or the whole dutch oven off the fire without any struggle.

A lot of things listed above could be collected from our kitchens but if you don’t have them, it is important to buy them before landing at your campsite. If you feel buying everything individually is a hassle for you, look for a dutch oven set that comes equipped with everything you need while cooking at a campsite.

Tips and Tricks to Maintain Cast Iron Dutch Ovens

No matter how good a dutch oven you get from a reputed brand, there are a few things that you have to follow to extend the life, efficiency, and quality of the product. I’ve outlined how I take care of my collection of dutch ovens from a variety of brands yet all are in great shape till present.

  1. For cleaning cast iron dutch ovens, try not to use any kind of detergent or scrubs until necessary. Use warm water and a soft brush to clear out any residue in the oven.
  2. Once you’re done washing your cast iron cookware, dry it off with a paper towel or soft cloth and drizzle a little bit of natural or vegetable oil onto it and slightly glaze it as a coat it. Clear the surface again with a paper towel to soak in any visible oil.
  3. Before you store it, leave it out for a while and then store it properly. Stick to the above two tips to use as nonstick cookware.
  4. Buy a nice dutch oven tote bag of the relevant size and shape and carry it in the bag to keep it off from any dents, scratches, or mishandling.

Frequently Asked Questions

Many a time, I’ve witnessed people using regular cooking utensils at the campsite and ending up in frustration. The answer is simple, cooking at a coal fire or a raw fire is a completely different ballgame. If you don’t have the right cooking utensils for camping, you can’t expect any food to turn out as good as it does in a regular kitchen with high-end stoves, induction plates, ovens, etc. Here’s the list of questions that I generally receive from my followers and friends. My answers may or may not resonate with all but here’s what my experience has taught me.

As I mentioned above, regular metal or glass pots don’t work well on coal fire or a raw fire at a campsite for a variety of reasons. Firstly, there is no calculated control over your fire at a campsite so regular pot often overcooks or burns the food rapidly. Also, as the destination and altitude of the campsite changes, the cooking capacity, and needs change. A dutch oven for outdoors is thoughtfully designed to cater to the outdoor cooking needs irrespective of the destination or environment outside.

I know a variety of brands that offer top of the line Dutch Ovens in different sizes, weight, and metal variants. I love and prefer the brand ‘Lodge’ a lot for two reasons: it is very affordable and offers great value for money and the other reason is that I love the shape, sizes, and precision it offers while cooking. However, some other top Dutch Ovens for camping brands are Cuisinel, Overmont, Camp Chef, Utopia, Texsport, and Bruntmor.

 

Oh yes, it does! In fact, if you’re planning to camp over with a group of people, I strongly recommend you to look at the sizes available in the market. Since size and weight make a huge difference during the outdoor expeditions, I don’t recommend people to buy an extra big Dutch Oven until it’s a really big group. I suggest picking a size that suits and accommodates your group. But before you look at the sizes and make a decision over it, please note that the diameter alone doesn’t predict how much food you can cook in it. For better understanding, don’t forget to check the volume and capacity mentioned at the Dutch Oven. For example, a 10 inches diameter with varying depths will not cook the same amount of food, so just keep a watch on the volume and depth of the oven as well. Here is a generic size guide for choosing the right Dutch oven:

  • For 2 to 4 people: 8-inch 2-quart.
  • For 5 to 7 people: 10-inch 4-quart.
  • For 6 to 10 people: 12-inch 6-quart.
  • For 12 to 20+ people: 14-inch 10-quart.

If I answer you of my experience, I have cooked almost everything that I cook in a regular oven. I’ve baked apple pies and banana bread, have also tried potato curry in it. However, if you want to try some specialty food, all you need is to learn a few techniques about handling the Dutch Oven for the food you like.

  1. If you want to bake or braise it, you need to put some burning coals at the top of the lid along with the bottom-end coal heating.
  2. For boiling, simmering, or shallow frying, you can have fully-lit bottom-end heating only with no lid at the top.
  3. For deep frying or curry-cooking, it is ideal to have a deep Dutch oven with a fully-lit coal fire at the bottom.

Conclusion

Giving a final word is always tough because I don’t want to draw a line that others should follow. I just give the best advice and recommendations out of my experiences and camping trips. For me, ‘Lodge’ is the market leader in Dutch Ovens. I have used most of their Dutch Ovens and never have I ever found any lacking or major flaw in it. My second go-to is the brand ‘Cuisinel’ for Dutch Ovens. On the other hand, I’m looking forward to trying out other varieties of Dutch ovens very soon along with a Texsport cast Iron Dutch Oven to see how different they are in their performances and if they are great products for the money they charge.

For people who are not comfortable using Dutch Ovens at camping, I recommend them to try out good camping Dutch oven recipes, from pasta dishes to roasting whole chickens, you would be amazed by the results and might find yourself in love with the cast iron cookware.

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