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May 8, 2009 10:21 AM

Dutch Ovens for use with a Big Green Egg

I recently purchased a Big Green Egg and I'm looking to purchase a cast iron dutch oven that I can use in it. I was interested in purchasing a Le Creuset enameled cast iron dutch oven, but I'm not sure if it will get damaged by me using it this way. BGE sells its own dutch oven, but it is not enameled. Does anyone have any thoughts?

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  1. Le Creuset recommend a maximum temperature or 375 / 190...

    And if you are cooking in a Dutch oven I can't really see any reason to go any higher than that.

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    1. re: Paulustrious

      That max temp refers to the phenolic handle/knob, not the vessel itself. Enameled cast iron can be used at very high temps.

      I second the idea of getting yourself a cheap enameled cast iron pot at TJ Maxx or the like. Just swap out the plastic knob for a stainless steel cabinet knob and you're good to go.

    2. I would never put a LeCreuset in my BGE. Get yourself a Lodge Dutch oven or dare I say even an el Cheapo at Wally World that you can keep separate just for egg use. I would forgo the enameled cookware for this use.

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      1. re: Fritter

        No way I would put an enamelled Dutch oven on a charcoal grill -- not that the oven would be damaged, but it would get way dirty. Black iron on the other hand hides dirt and soot well.

        The Lodge 5 qt. oven with the loop handles is nice and not too expensive ($30 at Target). Make sure the lid fits well -- no rocking.

      2. I"ve used my LC on my gas grill with an indirect set up. Turn on the outer two burners, bring to proper temp(not high!), put oven on the two inner burners that aren't turned on. Haven't had any issue. The exterior cleans up easily with some Barkeepers Friend.

        Haven't used my LC on our BGE but with a plate setter and indirect set up I don't know what the problem would be. Not sure I'd spend that kind of money to use out on a grill and agree go with something cheaper. But with the temp control on the BGE shouldn't have much problem I'd think as long as you're set up indirectly.

        1. Thanks all for the replies. Based on the advice below, I will be purchasing something cheaper, even if the LC would not get damaged by using it in the BGE with a place setter.