Baking in a fireplace?

Discussion in 'General Food and Foraging Discussion' started by mdprepper, Jan 30, 2010.

  1. mdprepper

    mdprepper I sold my soul to The_Blob. He had candy...

    I know I can cook in a regular home (wood burning) fireplace, but what about baking bread/biscuits? I have a castiron bean pot (but not a dutch oven-it is on my wish list) and castiron skillets. I wanted to give it a try this winter, since we are burning anyway. Any suggestions, experiences?
    Last edited: Jan 30, 2010
  2. bunkerbob

    bunkerbob Supporting Member

    In the winter I cook on our wood stove constantly, just baked potatoes the other day, beans, soups, hot water kettle always on for coffee and tea.

    I just had a thought about converting my barrel smoker/BBQ with side firebox to bake pizza in, just line the grill with fire bricks and place the items in it. Its nice because the fire is outside of the unit.:dunno:

  3. NaeKid

    NaeKid YourAdministrator, eh?

    Follow standard outdoor cooking practices when cooking with cast-iron over a fireplace. Never put the iron into the flames, only on the coal bed or just above the coal-bed (rack). Depending on the type of food cooking, you may wish to have a lid on the cast-iron to keep the foods moist-n-tender.

    Try not to stir up the coals too much once you start cooking the food.

    When cooking with a dutch-oven, spoon hot coals to the top of the oven - the lid - when you are cooking. It will help create a better heat. Dutch-oven cooking is great for virtually any recipe you wish to try that is oven-based. Cookies, cakes, breads, buns, stews, chillies, roasts, chicken, turkey, etc. I have been cooking with my dutch-oven for years and recently purchased 3 recipe books specific to DutchOven cooking full of tricks, tips and hints for cooking all your favorite recipes.

    You can also practice stove-top dutch-oven cooking as well as oven-based dutch-oven cooking (follow normal recipe for oven baking and just toss it all into the dutch-oven first).
  4. NaeKid

    NaeKid YourAdministrator, eh?

    I cook pizza all the time on my propane BBQs. It adds a nice smoky flavour to the pizza. I have a 16" cast-iron skillet that I put on the rack of the BBQ and the pizza goes into the pan. I normally cook on fairly low heat in the BBQ (no built-in thermometer) and just watch it carefully. I am not a "timer" - cooker, I just go with what feels right.

    You could purchase some of the cheap pizza's from Walmart to test / try out the pizza cooking till you have it figured out - then start making your own (I believe that I put one of my pizza recipes into the RecipeShare section).
  5. pdx210

    pdx210 Well-Known Member

    you can mage very good bread in a dutch oven also home made wood ovens are not that hard to make

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  6. sailaway

    sailaway Well-Known Member

    Dutch ovens and other cast iron cooking equiptment can be found at garage sales. Backwoods Man had a good article about the Lodge Hibatchi and everything you can use it for. I'm looking for one of those.:2thumb:
  7. UncleJoe

    UncleJoe Well-Known Member

    We got all our cast at auctions or yard sales. Cheap. :2thumb: