Horse shoe trivets for dutch ovens
We had a local guy make some horse shoe trivets for us to be used with our Dutch ovens for cooking outdoors. They hold the Dutch ovens up off the coals and are suited for baking cakes, biscuits and such. The shorter trivet also works well for setting a lid on when you remove it to stir or add ingredients.
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Why use a trivet?
Cooking in a dutch oven on a trivet allows you to better control the temperature. To add more heat to your dutch oven, or other cast iron, one simply adds more coals around the trivet. If your food is cooking too fast one simply uses a shovel or other tool to take coals out from under the trivet.
In addition to controlling temperature a trivet helps to keep dirt, leave or other debris out of your food. By putting the lid on the trivet you don’t get dirt or grass in what you’re cooking when the lid goes back.
I’d like a trivet but can’t weld
If you can’t weld or don’t have access to one you have a few options. You can hire a welder to weld up your horse shoes and stand for you. You can find the horse shoes by reaching out to farriers, farms that board horses, Amish and Mennonite communities. Interestingly enough, you can even buy used horse shoes on Amazon.
Lodge does make a stand for dutch oven lids. I wouldn’t use it in place of my trivets to hold a heavy oven, but I do use one for my lids. You can also find the dutch oven lid stand on Amazon or in the camping section at many Walmarts.