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    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
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 2 3:23 PM
      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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      Sent: Tuesday, July 02, 2002 10:40 AM
      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.
      > Joanne
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      > 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:
      > >Hi,
      > >
      > >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,
      > >rangeing
      > >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!
      > >
      > >Marie
      > >
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      > >
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      > Date: Tue, 02 Jul 2002 15:15:39 -0000
      > From: "billmccorkle" <billmc40@...>
      > Subject: attn: group owner
      > group owner will you please contact me off the list.
      > Bill
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