Best Cast Iron Dutch Oven for Camping [Top 5 Picks]

If you are going to cook over a campfire while RVing having a quality cast iron Dutch oven is the way to go. A Dutch oven lets you cook stews and soups, deep-fry chicken, braise meat, and bake bread. Let’s take a look at tour Top 5 Picks for the best cast iron Dutch oven for camping.

Top 5 Best Cast Iron Dutch Ovens

The Dutch ovens we picked as our Top 5 based on user ratings. In addition, we stayed away from enameled Dutch ovens and went purely with cast iron ovens and those that included or had available a lifter.

1. Lodge Deep Camp Dutch Oven, 8 Quart

Lodge Deep Camp Dutch Oven, 8 Quart...
  • 8 QT. DEEP CAMP DUTCH OVEN. The Lodge portable “camp stove” is the pot that does it all. The flanged lid holds hot coals and inverts for use as a griddle. The integral legs allow...
  • PRE-SEASONED COOKWARE. A good seasoning makes all the difference. Lodge provides pre-seasoned cookware with no synthetic chemicals; just soy based vegetable oil. The more you use your...

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The Lodge deep 8-quart Dutch oven is our favorite and for good reason. It is made of cast iron and it not enameled, comes pre-seasoned with 100% vegetable oil, and is extremely durable. Like most Dutch ovens it is easy to clean. Just hand wash, dry, and rub with cooking oil.

The heavy gauge wire bale can be used to hand this oven over a campfire or because it has legs you can just sit it on the fire too.

The lid is flanged so it allows you to place hot coals on top of the lid and they won’t fall off. This is great if you are baking, stewing, or roasting. The lid can also be flipped and used as a griddle.

The Dutch oven is not just for camping, it can be used at home on the stove or oven, on the grill, or over a campfire.

Pros

  • 8 quart size
  • Flanged lid for coals
  • Pre-seasoned

Cons

  • Can be hard to clean
  • Factory flaws (chips on some units)

2. Camp Chef Cast Iron Dutch Oven

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The Camp Chef Dutch Oven is another very good cast iron dutch oven. It has a capacity of just about 12 quarts. It features a true-seasoned finish with a built-in thermometer notch, and it is pre-seasoned.

The lid has three-small legs which allow you to use the lid as a skillet/griddle. The lid lifter is included along with a Dutch Oven starter booklet with seasoning tips.

Note: The description says this is a 12-quart Dutch Oven, some verified buyers on Amazon have measured the capacity and it is less than 12 quarts. Still is a very well-reviewed model and works just fine for the majority of recipes.

Pros

  • Big 12 quart capacity
  • Lid can be used as griddle
  • Includes lid lifter

Cons

  • Some arrived with cracks
  • Not the described capacity a bit smaller

3. Overmont Camp Dutch Oven

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Overmont Camp Dutch Oven 11.2x11x8in All-round Cast Iron Casserole Pot......
  • All-round Dutch Oven. The integral legs on both pot and lid allow the oven to sit perfectly over the campfire; the lid can also be used as a skillet for frying. Moreover, cast iron pots...
  • Well known as a Lifetime Pot. Compared with pots of other materials, the Overmont Dutch Oven is made of high quality cast iron, and will last a lifetime if cared for properly. It can be...

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The Overmont Camp Dutch Oven comes in 6,8 and 9 quarts. It is made of high-quality cast iron and if properly cared for should last a lifetime. Like most other cast-iron Dutch ovens int can be used in the over or on the stove.

A lid-lifter is included. It’s a durable handle that allows also you to hang it over the campfire. The integral legs allow you to place it right over the fire and the lid can be used as a skillet for frying.

Pros

  • 3 sizes available
  • Lod can be used as skillet
  • Lid lifter included

Cons

  • The handle can be flimsy
  • Cast-iron is a bit thin
  • Not properly weighted

4. Bruntmor, 3 Legged  Cast Iron Dutch Oven

Bruntmor, 3 Legged Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron Camping Flanged lid Deep......
  • The Bruntmor 6 quart 3-legged Dutch oven is an essential part of any outdoor kitchen
  • High quality Pre-Seasoned cast iron evenly distributes heat even when used over an open fire

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The Bruntmor is another excellent cast iron Dutch Oven you can use when RVing. It is available in 4 sizes ranging from 3 quarts to 8.5 quarts.

Like several of the others on our list, it is pre-seasoned. This model includes loop handles for easy carrying. The top can be used as a griddle or skillets.

Pros

  • 4 sizes available
  • Durable and strong
  • The lid can be used as a skillet
  • Handles for easy carry

Cons

  • Hard to use on a tripod
  • Pre-seasoned is not that good
  • Poor fitting lid in some cases

5. Bayou Classic 7410 4.5 Quart Dutch Oven

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The Bayou Classic Dutch Oven has a capacity of 10 quarts and preseasoned for a smoother finish. Like all cast iron cooking products do not place in the dishwasher.

The Bayou Classic comes with a handle. It measures 13.5″ by 4.74″ tall. The domed lid is etched with a Bayou alligator for unique cajun detail.

Pros

  • Pre-seasoned
  • Large 10-quart size
  • Comes with handle
  • Alligator etching on lid

Cons

  • Can be slow to heat up
  • Some arrived with cracks

Dutch Oven Accessories

7-Piece Dutch Oven Tool Set – Award Winning Accessories Turn Your......
  • DUTCH OVEN ACCESSORY SET - Kit Transforms Your Dutch Oven Cooking Experience
  • Turn Dutch Oven into a Grill, Griddle and Oven. Award Winning Lid Lifter and Stand keeps lids out of the dirt

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If you have a Dutch Oven than you should consider getting some accessories for it. This Dutch Oven accessories kit will change you cooking experience. It easily lets you turn your Dutch Oven into a grill, griddle or oven.

Included in the kit are the following:

  • Lid Lifter
  • Dutch Oven Stand
  • Collapsible Charcoal Chimney
  • Tivet/Grill
  • Charcoal Holder
  • Kickstand
  • Heat Safe Gloves
  • Accessories Carry Bag

The Dutch Oven is not included. Accessories work with 10″, 12″, and 14″ cast iron cookware.

Dutch Oven Accessories

Here is a video showing the 7 piece set.

Question About Dutch Ovens

Q. Can you use an enameled Dutch oven on a campfire?

A. No it is not recommended. Enameled Ditch ovens have temperature limitations and can crack if placed over an open fire. Best to use a cast-iron Dutch oven like the ones recommended above.

Q. What is the best size Dutch oven for camping?

A. The best size Dutch oven for camping is a 6-quart model. It is big enough for most family meals and it not so big that’s it a pain to carry an store.

Q. What can you cook in a Dutch oven while camping or RVing?

Just about anything such as soups, rice, pasta. You can sear steaks, cook chicken, vegetable, bake bread.

Q. Where are Lodge Dutch Oven made?

Lodge Cast Iron has been making heirloom-quality cookware and accessories since 1896. They operate two foundries in South Pittsburg, Tennessee.


Ray Roman is the co-owner/author of Go Travel Trailers. He is the main contributor of content and an avid researcher of travel trailers and the RV lifestyle. He loves fly fishing, vacationing in Red River, NM, and spending time with family and friends.