New member here too!
- Hello all, I've lurked here for awhile; found some wonderful recipes; and
even more wonderful people. I see there's a couple from Wisconsin, and NE
Illinois. I live in SE Wisconsin; and like Ray Miller; can't do too much
when mid 90's outside.
Or maybe....does anyone have a recipe for mosquitoes in a Dutch Oven?
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Subject: [DUTCH OVEN COOKING] Digest Number 115
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> 1. Re: Altitude
> From: jdhart999@...
> 2. Re: New here / Lodge Foundry tour
> From: Dave <davidf@...>
> 3. attn: group owner
> From: "billmccorkle" <billmc40@...>
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> Date: Tue, 2 Jul 2002 10:49:18 EDT
> From: jdhart999@...
> Subject: Re: Altitude
> Hi all,
> Thanks for the information about using a DO at altitude. Unfortunately I
> checked with the forest service and they are not allowing any open fires,
> propane stoves only. I guess my first DO camping adventure will have to
> until the fire hazard subsides. Of course that gives me more time to try
> recipes at home.
> Message: 2
> Date: Tue, 02 Jul 2002 09:07:00 -0600
> From: Dave <davidf@...>
> Subject: Re: New here / Lodge Foundry tour
> aclty there not there are still other companies that make cast iron cook
> ware we have one here in Wyoming that makes it. also you said you church
> only uses campfire to cook what happens if there is a forest fire and you
> can't have a fire also do you bring all your own wood in. I don't mind and
> when I base camp before going backpacking I will have ma by one fire but
> have a fire every day were you gater the wood from the area you camping is
> bad on the environment because the trees and other things needs that
> wood. Becuse of the benefit rotting wood has rocky moutain national park
> Colorado has made it illegal to burn any thing other then wood you bring
> or you buy form them
> At 09:51 AM 7/2/02 -0400, you wrote:
> >I just signed up to this list and hope to learn a lot. I am new to DO
> >cooking, got interested in it because our church camping group does all
> >cooking over open campfire.
> >We were able to tour the Lodge Manufacturing Company cast iron cookware
> >foundry at the end of April. They are in South Pittsburg, TN, just north
> >Chattanooga. They are only open to tours one day a year during the
> >Cornbread Festival as the plant, understandably, is too dangerous for
> >when they are actively operating. The foundry production lines were shut
> >down but a few of the furnaces were on 'simmer' .
> >Here is what we saw:
> >We tossed our girls, the twins, and Nana Kay into the van and headed back
> >south to South Pittsburgh, TN, for the National Cornbread Festival.
> >Yuck. I hate cornbread, but this was the only day of the year that the
> >Lodge Manufacturing Company had foundry tours. Lodge is the only
> >company in the US that makes cast iron cookware, founded in 1896, and
> >family owned. I love manufacturing tours and wanted to see this place.
> >South Pittsburgh turned out to be a cute, tidy little town in one of the
> >most beautiful settings that I have seen. As we stood in the middle of
> >their downtown, I kept turning north to gaze upon the forested mountains
> >above us. We saw hawks and turkey vultures soaring on the updrafts. The
> >forests were all the different sorts of new leaf spring green. The town
> >so small that the foundry is virtually downtown, and yet the town is not
> >dirty from the foundry -- for the most part they use gas and electric
> >furnaces. There are trees and flowering shrubs and flowers all over
> >surrounding tidy little houses.
> >Foundry tours were conducted all day long as enough people collected for
> >tour group. As you can imagine it was very interesting. The only one
> >didn't pay much attention was Mary, as could be expected at her age. The
> >gentleman who conducted the tour was the foundry maintenance supervisor,
> >he had a good knowledge of all aspects of the foundry.
> >The tour started in the Human Resources department. They have 180
> >employees. We got to see all their photos on the wall along with their
> >names. There are NO id numbers. Everyone is known by their name. The
> >company is family owned and they work at keeping a family-type
> >The supervisor who conducted the tour said that there are no 'plant
> >managers'. There are shift and department supervisors. The company
> >encourages team work and discussion. If there is a production problem,
> >everyone on the line is expected to participate in the solution. They
> >the hands-on experience of the workers and listen to their input. As the
> >casting of iron used to be a master/apprentice thing, I can see how that
> >attitude has carried on here.
> >The foundry was not in production when we toured, due to insurance
> >considerations. They did have one man testing the melted iron
> >temperature -- it was 2674 degrees fahrenheit on the computer readout,
> >we could feel the heat from where we stood about 100 feet away. The
> >two girls were impressed by that. There were overhead conveyor lines
> >hooks to move partially finished products from here to there -- lots of
> >heavy cast iron things dangling overhead. This was not a safe place for
> >stranger to walk around. On the other hand, there was lots of safety
> >in place. The maintenance supervisor who guided our tour said that ear,
> >eye, and breathing protection was mandatory for everyone. Compared to
> >cloissone factory we toured outside Beijing, this was safety city!!
> >That foundry must be one of the lower circles of hell when it is in
> >operation, and not just from heat but noise too. They melt the iron on
> >for casting. It has to be 2700 degrees Fahrenheit before they can pour
> >into buckets to move via overhead rails to the casting area. They do
> >quality assurance tests on each batch of iron before it moves to casting
> >they know exactly what is being cast. That must certainly help with
> >shooting later. The melted iron is held in holding furnaces until they
> >ready to cast it. The casting forms are made from a steel master form.
> >casts are made from sand and a bonding polymer. They are used only once
> >are then ground up into sand and used to form new casts. The casts are
> >placed on a conveyor belt. They are moved under a semi-robotic station
> >where -- get this! -- the liquid iron is pressure injected into the cast!
> >Can you imagine liquid iron under pressure?!?!?!? Man!
> >The filled casts are moved down the conveyor belt, and solidify enough in
> >minutes that the cast can be cracked off, leaving the still hot new
> >or whatever on the belt covered with a residual layer of sand.
> >Now here is where the noise comes in. Most of the conveyor belts in the
> >foundry are shaker belts. The newly cast products are shaken to get
> >sand off. Then they go thru a section where they are blasted with steel
> >shot to get the rest of the sand off. Then they go down a shaking belt
> >get rid of any loose sand and steel shot and onto a carousel for the
> >human inspection. Workers lift each piece up and examine all sides. If
> >there are rough spots or burrs, they are immediatly ground off. Products
> >with serious flaws are tossed and remelted. Product that passes
> >is then sent to a conveyor line that passes the cast iron thru a gravel
> >grinder to smooth off things even further. The gravel is river gravel,
> >from pea to chicken egg size stones. Once it comes out of the gravel
> >grinding, it goes down a shaker belt to shake off gravel and dust. The
> >product is inspected again, dipped in a light wax coating, and packed.
> >The Lodge foundry employees must all be potential Olympic weightlifting
> >contestants. The cast iron products have to be lifted and hand inspected
> >several times. The folks in the packing department have to pick up the
> >products and put them in boxes. I hefted a lot of stuff in their outlet
> >store. This stuff is HEAVY! The foundry works 10 hours for four days a
> >week. I can't imagine lifting, say, 12 pound skillets over and over for
> >hours. Perhaps they rotate. I didn't think to ask.
> >If you are in the Chattanooga area, do visit their factory outlet store.
> >Everything is 50% off! I picked up a number of things, including the
> >omlet pan I have ever had in my life for $5.95!
> >"The silent pictures were the purest form of cinema." -- Alfred Hitchcock
> >Visit the Silent Film Society of Atlanta at
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> Date: Tue, 02 Jul 2002 15:15:39 -0000
> From: "billmccorkle" <billmc40@...>
> Subject: attn: group owner
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