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Lodge 5qt "Dutch Oven" Choices: I'm Torn

Muddirtt | Mar 26, 2014 03:23 PM

I can't decide between two (or four) products for a Lodge cast iron 5 quart "dutch oven."

The 5qt chicken fryer looks appealing because I do like having an actual handle. I have the Lodge 3qt 10 1/4 inch combo cooker and absolutely love it. I just wish they made a 5qt 12 inch version of it though, then my decision would be made.

Here's the 5 qt 12 inch chicken fryer:

http://www.lodgemfg.com/seasoned-cast...

Then there is the 5 qt 10 1/4 inch double dutch oven. The lid converts to a 10 1/4 inch skillet, which I don't need at all. I already have a normal Lodge 10 1/4 inch skillet and also the 10 1/4 inch skillet/lid to my combo cooker. So this double Dutch oven's lid would be quite redundant for me, and I'd have to use 2 hands on the lid -- No big deal but a normal lid that I can lift with one hand would be more convenient.

Here is the 10 1/4 inch 5qt double Dutch oven:

http://www.lodgemfg.com/seasoned-cast...

Or, do I get the legless plain 'ol 10 1/4 inch 5 qt dutch oven with loop handles here:

http://www.lodgemfg.com/seasoned-cast...

I'm also diggin' the spiral handle one:

http://www.lodgemfg.com/seasoned-cast...

Ugh, so many variables. Like I mentioned above, if Lodge made a 12 inch 5qt combo cooker just like their 3qt 10 1/4 inch one that I own, I'd be sold. I love the handles and a second 12 inch skillet is also needed.

I think I'm leaning towards the chicken fryer (I could also use the lid on a 12 inch skillet) but...

... Is there something different about cooking with a smaller diameter, deeper, straight vertical sided pot like the "dutch ovens" versus the wider, more shallow, angled sides of the chicken fryer?

Thanks!

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