GSI Aluminum Dutch Ovens

Gear of the Year Awards 2015: GSI Aluminum Dutch Ovens

At 50 Campfires we appreciate gear melding ultimate outdoor tradition with ultimate state-of-the-science technology. It represents the best of old and new.

Few pieces of camp cooking gear are more traditional that the Dutch Oven. Think of “camp food” and a chili or a stew bubbling in cast iron over glowing coals probably comes to mind. But cast iron comes with some drawbacks. The biggest is weight, especially for packing in to any kind of remote location. Another is maintenance. Unless you stay on top of it, cast iron will rust and lose its season pretty quickly.

Blending the qualities that make a cast iron Dutch Oven so time-honored with new materials to address their issues would be just the ticket.

Tah dah! GSI’s burly Dutch Oven cookers are offered in top-of-the-line Hard Anodized Aluminum or the more value-priced, lightweight, rust-proof standard aluminum. They both heat evenly at just one third the weight of traditional cast iron Dutch Ovens of the same sizes. And there’s no messy seasoning or re-seasoning required.

Loop bail handles allow for easy, safe lifting. Legs facilitate cooking on coals (except for the small 10-inch size). Tight fitting lids with extra tall lips hold coals in place for safety, neatness, and convenience.

The hard anodized aluminum Dutch Ovens are offered in three sizes including a 10-inch, 12-inch, 14-inch, and the standard aluminum Dutch Ovens are available in a 12-inch and a 14-inch. The 10-inch and 12-inch nest together for convenient transport even on rafting trips when space is always at a premium. A lid-lifter and a Dutch Oven stand are both available as add-on accessories.

Price: $49.95-$139.95