Best Car Camping Cookware?

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  1. willseeyalater

    willseeyalater

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    Jan 7, 2012
    Enamel ware will hold up fine to flames as long as you have some liquid inside of it. If it boils dry then it can warp and get wrecked. Dropping them or banging a spoon on an edge is also going to make them look like a dog that lost a fight with a cat.
     
  2. upnorth

    upnorth

    Nov 25, 2006
    I have a couple or three of these. Tough, but they have a bit of weight to them, if that is a concern.
     
  3. SweptEdge

    SweptEdge

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    Jan 25, 2013
    I've got a small one, and I am always thinking about my weight. Rock solid to hold a MSR Pocket Rocket though
     
  4. 22-rimfire

    22-rimfire Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 20, 2005
    Will have to get one of these enamal coffee pots. Reminds me of the 60's... perc perc perc. That was before the current type of coffee makers hit the scene. I want to just watch one "make coffee". :D
     
  5. PrestonPope

    PrestonPope

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  6. taldesta

    taldesta Retired :-) Time is the Gold Platinum Member

    Jan 24, 2013
    Welcome to the forums, Preston Pope :thumbup:

    The car camping cookware discussion is always worth a look, even more so here as springtime is around the corner. Although I didn't weigh in when this thread was originally circulating, I am happy to do so now. I use my backpacking pots which are aluminum and very, very old and well travelled even when car camping. However I add in the cast iron dutch oven and frypans and sometimes a grill when the vehicle can get them to the cook area. Aluminum is always handy for daytrips from main area. Some people are wary of aluminum but concerns don't trouble my enjoyment of the camp meal at all. I find both materials are easy to clean.
     
  7. Mannlicher

    Mannlicher

    Nov 19, 2008
    car camping means you can bring about anything you want. I like a combination of some cast iron and some old kitchen pans
     
  8. christina998

    christina998

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    Oct 23, 2019
  9. marchone

    marchone Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 13, 2013
    For car camping? I used to take a couple copper pans and a butane stove to use at state, provincial, and national park campsites. A good cutting board and a set of knives gave me a traveling kitchen.
     
  10. LostViking

    LostViking Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 1, 2009
    Really old thread.

    But cookware is a valuable subject. So here is my input.

    I have some ultralight stuff for backbacking some distance. Other than that it’s cast iron all the way.

    Even heat, wipes out with a paper towel. As non stick as any Teflon junk that has passed through my hands.
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    Makes a mean breakfast,
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    This was from scratch corned beef hash and Eggs,
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    Not a bad breakfast for a 17F degree start. It was just below freezing when I sat down to eat.
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    This shot sort of shows the cold,
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  11. LostViking

    LostViking Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 1, 2009
    There is an old saying,
    “If you ain’t Dutch, you ain’t much!”

    When it comes to ovens and cooking. I find it to be pretty true.

    Chicken on Thyme,
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    This cooking stuff is thirsty work!
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    Chicken, Carrots, Potatoes, and onions, with a hefty dose of Crushed Thyme.
    How could this not be good? Especially when it starts to snow.
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    Try this with your telon,
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    Almost done. Better do a one more beer simmer,
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    Yeah, this looks about right,
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  12. LostViking

    LostViking Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 1, 2009
    Sticking with the “Ain’t Dutch, Ain’t Much” theme.

    Don’t go running off half baked!

    Everybody thinks baking is so difficult.

    Grab some bacon and toss it in the oven,
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    Anybody can cook bacon, (That dark spot middle right is a wood coal, get over it)
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    Remove bacon, leave some grease, preheat your cover, grab yeast rolls,
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    Put back over fire, and cover,
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    Man, this is really difficult!
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    Crap, I didn’t even burn the bottoms, this ain’t camping.
    I got to get me one of those gas grill thingies so I don’t screw up so much!
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  13. LostViking

    LostViking Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 1, 2009
    If yeast rolls are above your pay grade, try baking powder biscuits.

    But for Kephart’s sake. Do it from scratch. Don’t go all Bisquick on yourself.

    Remember, mankind has been baking for thousands of hears. How tough can it be?
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    Don’t get all mixed up,
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    You knead to know this stuff,
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    Don’t “Pull Away”
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    It will all turn out fine,
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    A canning jar ring will work here too.
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    Make things round,
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    See next post!
     
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  14. LostViking

    LostViking Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 1, 2009
    Continued from above;

    Did I mention Bacon?
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    You could probably use Pam here. But Pam and Eggs, just plain sucks.

    Pour a little bacon grease into your prewarmed oven, add biscuits,
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    Cover and bake,

    While you’re waiting,
    Chop up that bacon and add some scrambled eggs,
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    If you like cheese add it. This was cheddar. I hate cast iron. Look at how much it sticks, this pan is ruined!
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    Done,
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    Let’s eat,
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    Hard to beat a wood fire with cast iron cooking away over it.
     
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  15. Halfneck

    Halfneck Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 30, 2005
    Damn now I want to do some camping with the wife. We did a trip to Unicoi State Park and the meals she made with her Dutch Oven were phenomenal.
     
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  16. 22-rimfire

    22-rimfire Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 20, 2005
    I like state park camping in the winter. Having a bathroom is kind of nice. Sometimes there might even be a hot shower available. Loved Petit Jean SP in Arkansas in the winter.... if it was really cold you could always go into the bath house. Nobody there so we camped very close to the showers. Good memories.

    At that time, there was electricity at all the camp sites and we didn't even take along things like lanterns. Just an extension cord and some lights to hang. It never occurred to us at the time, but we could have taken along an electric heater for the tent.
     
  17. leghog

    leghog

    Aug 10, 2013
    For car camping, do not overlook enamelware. Pot, cups, plates.

    Yes , enamelware holds up to flames whether from gas or wood fire; however, with wood fires, cook as much as possible and feasible on coals vs. flames.
     
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  18. leghog

    leghog

    Aug 10, 2013
    Google "GSI enamelware"
     
  19. bore

    bore

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    May 20, 2015
    Can't add much. Yep a big cast iron pan and one of those Dutch things w a lid if you want to get fancy. Portable propane BBQ but that's not cook ware. Just wanted to add a funny observation and may be you car campers can relate. I've done a bit of motorcycle camping.. Similar. I've noticed an influx of cars into the campsite after hours. After the ranger has left for the night and they're early risers out before 7ish lol I think a few campers are not following the rules.
     
  20. leghog

    leghog

    Aug 10, 2013
    And probably not paying the fees which ends up just jacking up the price for honest folks.
     

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