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Postby ae6black » Thu Nov 16, 2017 12:09 pm

How many use a Dutch Oven Table? I've been looking around and I really liked that Chuckwagon table with the 12 inch windscreen and carry bag. I did not like the price and the extra shipping so settled on a Camp Chef table that I paid about a 1/3 of what I would have spent on the Chuckwagon table that was constructed really well and then spent a couple days converting some aluminum scrap I had into a windscreen to replace that skimpy one Camp Chef includes with their table. I also sowed up a make shift carry bag since they don't come with one. Question is how often do you all use one of these critters when you are camping. Around the house I just place a big cake pan in my gas grill to hold the bottom coals. Works good around the house but out camping this summer, I discovered that I really didn't like trying to cook on the ground particularly when I was using more than one do at the same time. The rainy weather sort of put a damper on the whole project. Camping with a td, I suspect having a table set up would also be a good place to place my coleman gas stove instead of having it taking up space in my galley. What does everybody else do?

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Re: Dutch OVen Table

Postby bobhenry » Thu Nov 16, 2017 3:17 pm

I like my fold up one ! $ 6.00 Goodwill walker and about 4 bucks in hardware.

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Re: Dutch OVen Table

Postby Pmullen503 » Thu Nov 16, 2017 5:23 pm

Nice idea. I've got a walker and a old satellite dish that just found a new use.
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Re: Dutch OVen Table

Postby swoody126 » Fri Nov 17, 2017 9:43 am

for a wind break try cutting an old(as in rusted out bottomed) galvanized wash tub cut in 1/2 w/ the handles centered on the back of each piece

they will stack in the same space as your DO's when nested with them

these wind breaks provide some reflectivity so the DO's will/may need rotating during the cook

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Re: Dutch OVen Table

Postby dmb90260 » Fri Nov 17, 2017 9:44 am

I have a Camp Chef table which I use occasionally. I have switched to a "Tye works" fire pan. Mine is steel and quite heavy.
There are aluminum versions I would use if I was starting over.
The fire pan is closer to the ground, nice if you use big pots and no worry about things tipping over.
The storage lid makes a great wind screen.
Most of us would not need the large version

Used by a lot of river rafters along with a fireproof mat to catch wandering embers.

https://www.amazon.com/Large-Fire-Pan-Package-Firepan/dp/B00APOLGXG/ref=sr_1_2_sspa?s=outdoor-recreation&ie=UTF8&qid=1510930779&sr=1-2-spons&keywords=fire+pan&psc=1

For single pot cooking (#10) I use the Dandi stand from Chuchwagon supply.
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Re: Dutch OVen Table

Postby gudmund » Fri Nov 17, 2017 11:26 am

The Camp Chef Explorer 2 burner stove it self can work double duty as the stove, which we use for the group camping breakfasts and a Dutch Oven table top with the griddles as a work surface. Camp Chef's ''dutch oven' work table is the same size as this stove and can be bought a lot cheaper seasonally being they are always putting them on sale for less than $100. BUT YES, I do also love my 'portable folding walker table' like seen in the pictures here along with my trailer side tables supported by the crotches and my folding wheel chair/walker that has been made into the "Dutch Oven Transport Walker" (removed the seat which was replaced with plywood than drilled 3 holes for the DO legs) with the DO weighing 20/25 lbs.++ with food when !!HOT!!, it works great for transporting it to the diner table at campouts. (along with now having a extra place to sit when not in use) Yes - it is nice to have a PU truck as a tow vehicle with all of the extra cargo space. Medically, the way I have been going this last couple years, I maybe needing this stuff eventually. :)
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Re: Dutch OVen Table

Postby CAJUN LADY » Fri Nov 17, 2017 12:19 pm

bobhenry wrote:I like my fold up one ! $ 6.00 Goodwill walker and about 4 bucks in hardware.

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Every time I see a used satellite dish on side of the road, I think of what you built Bob. One of these days I'm gonna build one just for the heck of it. I use a DO table I bought years ago but I like the home-made idea you did. :thumbsup:
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Re: Dutch OVen Table

Postby ae6black » Fri Nov 17, 2017 6:02 pm

Bob how important is a windscreen? Where I live in the laural highlands, we get wind and I would think that would be an issue.
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Re: Dutch OVen Table

Postby bobhenry » Sat Nov 18, 2017 7:36 am

I try and place the table down wind from the teardrop when I can. I also have a free standing wind screen made of old license plates and split ring key rings when needed. A wind screen does help to retain the heat near the pot. Without it you will experience longer cooking times and use a bit more coals but so what slow is good too and after all we are camping so what is the hurry.

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Re: Dutch OVen Table

Postby greygoos » Sat Nov 18, 2017 3:28 pm

I have used a chafing dish with a flat cover as a windscreen. Something similar to this model . 20 bucks. Remove the smaller pan and fill the larger with coals. Expanded sheet for a grill if needed. When you are done put the lid on for safety. https://www.forthechef.com/folding-fram ... p8EALw_wcB
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Re: Dutch OVen Table

Postby Dan242 » Sat Nov 18, 2017 6:27 pm

Pmullen503 wrote:Nice idea. I've got a walker and a old satellite dish that just found a new use.

hah, me too, Cool idea
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Re: Dutch OVen Table

Postby slowcowboy » Sun Nov 19, 2017 10:05 pm

okay this is what I was trying to get at with my cast iron wind chasers thread. so thanks for the great replys to this new tread. yes I use bobs table got one of my own here in windy Wyoming the license plates is the only way you can even use a do to cook. but some days like in summer eveing thunder storms them licnese plates ant even good enough and your biscuits take 35 mins instead of 20 if the wind is howling. so yea the washa mahine tub might work betta!. keep the ideas cookin because us wyomin guys got lots of wind to chase when we cook out side. SLowcowboy
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Re: Dutch OVen Table

Postby slowcowboy » Sun Nov 19, 2017 10:10 pm

kent rollins did a turk in a 14 incher yesterday he pretty much bured the hole do in the ground to cook slow for 3 hours. I guess that would kill a wind storm. but a lot of his do cooking is in texas they have hard wood there so they cook with way more heat than we guys do with brickets and he uses his dos on the ground around his chuckwagen he uses 3 horse shoes welded togher with legs on them as trivets to set the dos on with rings of wood coals around them and dumps the coals from the fire right on the top of the lid. I have a couple of his type of trivets I welded up in the shop with my daddys mig welder fooling around. they work great on pinci tables for hot pads and setting any thing on the dutch oven and your grilling tools. trow one at a cat to if he trys to raid your grill. haaaa!. slowcowboy
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Re: Dutch OVen Table

Postby slowcowboy » Sun Nov 19, 2017 10:14 pm

I will add photos of the turkey I did at new years on bobs type of a table and the ring of licnes plates and key rings to tye them togher and my horse shoe trivets. when I get around to it and am bored I have to figure out the photo thingy on here again its been ages. wish it was a easy as faceybook as I would flood you with photos all day long. slow
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Re: Dutch OVen Table

Postby slowcowboy » Sun Nov 19, 2017 10:18 pm

for Christmas send slow one like doug holder and oh I forgot her name they do the cooking out there on utube and I flow them a lot have that great cooking show. hes got a really nice custome made one with 12 inch side and its at least 4 feet long you got lots of room to work on with it. looks like a welding bench with tall sides on it. slow
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