HOME > Chowhound > Cookware >

Enameled Dutch Oven on Wood Stove?

hikinged Nov 20, 2010 10:49 AM

The weather is cold here in NH now, and the wood stove is going at a moderate pace.

Is it safe to place an enameled dutch oven on top of the wood stove to braise, stew, etc?


  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. kaleokahu RE: hikinged Nov 21, 2010 03:13 PM

    Yes, of course. Unless your oven's spot goes >500F or you leave it on--dry--for days.

    Most modern ECI is not enameled on the bottoms. But if yours is, theoretically you could get some minor crazing of the bottom. Almost always a cosmetic issue not affecting longevity.

    Go for it and enjoy.

    1. n
      Nyleve RE: hikinged Nov 21, 2010 04:21 PM

      My Le Creuset Dutch oven is best used on my wood stove. The steady heat, spread evenly over the bottom of the pot makes for a fantastic braise. In fact, I've just taken some short ribs out of the freezer to cook on the cookstove tomorrow. Chilly here in Ontario too.

      1. h
        hikinged RE: hikinged Nov 21, 2010 05:17 PM

        Thanks to both kaleokahu and Nyleve for your replies.

        Show Hidden Posts