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Old 07-19-2017, 11:05 PM
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Question Needing help creating some sort of cooker.

Hello Net Cooking Talk forum,

By the sounds of the title and all the sub forums you guys have, I think I'm in the right place and might actually find an answer to my question. At the moment I am living in Cambodia and I have just moved into my first house. At the moment I have a couple of camping rings to cook on with pots, pans, and basic utensils but I have no oven. Oven's are rather expensive here and I don't see the point in buying one due to the amount of time I won't be here.

So this might sound a little crazy and might not even be possible but I have to try, is there any way that I could convert my pots and pans into a cooker by stacking them up boiling them in water? anything, just a method that you guys have tried and succeeded with.

Really looking forward to speaking with you guys and hopefully making an oven out of nothing haha.

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Example image below of what I'm guessing this looks like / what I have in mind.
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Old 07-20-2017, 09:48 AM
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Default Re: Needing help creating some sort of cooker.

I think you could just prepare whatever, maybe a roast, in the dutch oven, put it over the burner on low, and cook it just like you would in an oven. Oven cooking is dry heat, so I don't get the boiling water part.

I've never done it before, but if I were going to try a roast, I'd put the dutch oven over a medium high heat, add a little oil, and sear the roast on all sides. Then I'd add some kind of liquid, hopefully red wine , some seasoning, cover it, turn the heat down so that it just simmers, and let it cook. You can add vegetables later.

I think it's very doable. Good luck!
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Old 07-20-2017, 09:52 AM
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Default Re: Needing help creating some sort of cooker.

putting the pot in water will create a few issues
- first, the pot isn't sealed so water can get in. even if the water level is below the edges, steam will get into the interior and add moisture-make things soggy - the effect may be quite detrimental depending on what is 'in the oven'

- second water will never get hotter than boiling aka 212'F 100'C, ovens operate at much higher temperature.

the black cast iron 'thing' in the pix is a "real" dutch oven - the lid has a rim to hold coals, and it has feet so it can be placed on a bed of coals. hot coals on top/bottom makes "oven"

however, that approach requires a wood/coal/peat/other hearth - a safe place for an open hearth fire may not be available? the (aluminum?) shielding is I presume a design to mimic the heat distribution from top/bottom/sides - but with such a large cut-out as depicted it will have limits ....

some good tips here:
https://whatscookingamerica.net/Info...venCooking.htm
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Welcom, Tom!

More good tips on Dutch Oven cooking in our Outdoor forum: http://www.netcookingtalk.com/forums...splay.php?f=74

Are you considering stacking bamboo steaming baskets over a pot of boiling water?

Lee
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Default Re: Needing help creating some sort of cooker.

Thanks for the advice and thoughts I will check out the link above and look further into your suggestions.

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Default Re: Needing help creating some sort of cooker.

Right guys out of all these dutch ovens here http://www.used.forsale/dutch-oven what would you suggest to be my best option?
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Right guys out of all these dutch ovens here http://www.used.forsale/dutch-oven what would you suggest to be my best option?
I would think it depends on what you want to prepare in your dutch oven and will you be cooking outside or in the kitchen. I have a big dutch oven with legs for outside and the others are without legs and have rounded tops so they are used in doors. A few weeks ago I found one at a garage sale for 10 bucks - they are out there and it's usually dump luck stumbling on them. My neighbor has a Griswold dutch oven he uses to melt lead for down rigger balls. It saddened me to see that and doubt it's any good for food now.
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