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Old 02-05-2012, 08:42 PM   #1
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Outside Cooking.

We enjoy cooking outside. We use our Weber 220 charcoal grill to grill and smoke. Ours is fueled by charcoal and no longer made. The gas version is still available. It will smoke a 12 pound Turkey, umm good. We also have a great rotisserie the AusSpit. Plus we use two dutch ovens, a 12 inch aluminum one and a small 6 inch. We also use a single burner Coleman stove.

Here we are on a cold drizzly day in Hill City, South Dakota last spring keeping warm with a fire in the Weber and cooking chicken and dressing in the large dutch oven while also preparing a cherry cobbler piggyback.



Last summer we did trail magic for The Woodlands Hiking club in Shenandoah National Park by treated them to dinner. Here we're cooking a couple of very plump chickens on our Auspit while we were smoking a huge chuck roast on the Weber. You'll notice the Coleman on the table with the Weber. We use the Coleman with a charcoal chimney to start the coals. It takes about 1 minute.



Well you can tell that we have learned how to post pictures. These pictures and tales of our travels may be found at our blog.
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I didn't realize that you were into this much outdoor cooking. I am pleased. Next time we are together we will have to exchange some ideas. I am always ready to get some new recipes for using the Dutch ovens. How have you found the aluminum one working in comparison to the cast iron? Your pictures make me hungry!
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Old 02-07-2012, 07:37 AM   #3
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We enjoy cooking outside. [...]
Yum.

Please post your travel itinerary. I'll be the one in your rear-view mirror with the cooler full of cold ones, napkin tucked in my shirt and a fork in my hand.
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I did not check the photos due to .. Limited bandwidth.

But if you are using a gas grill.. Did you put an "Extend-a-stay" on your motor home? This is a device, made by Marshall brass, which allows you to use the big tank on the motor home to fuel the grill.. I think camping world sells a competing product (Stay-a-while) made by Mr. heater. Both appear to be quality. I have the Marshall Brass.

In addition to letting you fuel the grill off the MH. they also let you fuel the MH off a portable tank should you run out in the middle of the night. Very handy.
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That really looks good. I only wish we did a little more outdoor cooking.
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Old 02-07-2012, 08:59 AM   #6
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When we first stated traveling we were in a 17 foot Casita. These are rugged little trailers, and we took this one to Inuvik, NWT 500 miles above the Arctic Circle in Northwest Territory, Canada and all over Alaska on our first trip in 2005 doing 2000 miles of gravel road in the process. We were gone for seven months and had a grand time towing for 19000 miles. We were towing with a four cylinder Chevy Sonoma mini pickup with a five speed standard transmission. We had done some dutch oven cooking with an old and cheap and very heavy cast iron beast before the trip. We loaded up the truck and the Casita and went to the public scales. The trailer was 800 pounds over weight and the truck was 700 pounds too heavy back to the drawing board. One of the weight reductions was this aluminum cooker. We also put overload springs on the truck. When we left we were down to only 1200 pounds overweight.

An aluminum dutch oven cooks pretty much like a cast iron one. The biggest difference is that after you remove the coals they don't keep the food hot for as long as cast iron, and they are more difficult to clean. But they do weigh a whole lot less. All things being equal I would prefer a good cast iron one, but weight is still somewhat of an issue, and we have this one. So we'll continue to use it. Incidentally, the only time our new rig has been weighed it came in at a little over 20,500 pounds. So we are a bit under our gross combination vehicle weight rating of 21000 pounds.

Hi wa8yxm

We don't use propane outside. We are really traditional cooking with regular charcoal and hardwood charcoal. We burn gas in our little Coleman stove.
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Old 02-18-2012, 07:25 PM   #7
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Wow, just found this neat outside cooking device. Haven't figured where we would carry it but sure would love to add it to our cooking items. The problem is that we carry a little Coleman stove that we use to start our charcoal, and I don't think I could make this one work for that. I don't think I could justify carry both.





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