The Dutch Oven Cook website is all about providing Free Content related to Dutch Oven Cooking, Cast Iron Cooking, and cooking with charcoal and campfire.  With a bunch of recipes and cast iron collecting thrown in.

For the latest active articles that contain informative materials, recipes, and how too info please visit our BLOG.

We have a large following of members (in the thousands) on our Facebook Group also titled The Dutch Oven Cook

Our original venture was in on-line retail under the name of Topogear.  That name and trademark was sold off some years later.  We then became TOPONAUTIC and still operate providing free content.

We wouldn’t exist without the generous donations of Photos,  Recipes, and Articles from like minded chefs, friends, and followers.  We also appreciate the generosity of those behind the scenes that put this all together, and tend the coals, so to speak.

This site and associated social media accounts are all built and maintained with donated labor, money, and material.  This includes donated expenses for domain fee’s, software, server space, and so on.

Follow us, and also get involved in local Dutch Oven Cooking events. Join a group or start a group of Dutch Oven Cooks.  Events open to the public are posted periodically at locations across North America.  We do encourage other countries to join in, but do ask that posts and comments are in the English language.  We do not have the time or funds to screen or vett postings using translators.  If nothing else, gather a couple of friends and start cooking in your backyard.

We, along with a core group of friends, personally cook in competition events around the Las Vegas, Nevada area.  In addition to that, we have a group of Dutch Oven Cooks that also love camping.  This group tends to meet up roughly once a month throughout the year.  Our events  always involve at least one potluck meal.  It might be at a campground for several days,  one of the City Parks for the day, or a members backyard.  We are always open to new members or people passing through on vacation.   Watch for Event Posts.

Event organizers can send us your event info.  We will post them for free if they are Dutch Oven Cooking, Cook-offs, or generally Outdoor related.  Get the exposure, grow your attendance.  We need images in JPG format.

Don’t miss out on recipes and cooking techniques provided by some outstanding cooks.  Check back here often since our information is ever changing.

Are you new to cast iron cooking?  Don’t be shy.  Ask opinions of people with decades of experience cooking for fun and competition.  Better yet, team up with some in real life, and get some true hands on coaching.

Are you interested in cookbooks?  We plan to release one at some future date.  Our vision is to feature recipes and photos sent to us by our readers.  Name credits will accompany any that are published.   We will also be featuring them here on this site.   Be sure to submit your tried and tested recipes.  Only those that carry your stamp of approval.  These must be your original or tweaked versions of existing recipes.  Our hope is to offer the books to our published donators, at publishing and shipping costs.  Then sell off the remaining stock to anyone else at a more retail price.

By submitting media material to us (Photos, Recipes, Articles, Etc.), you agree,  and you give us permission and all rights to post, to alter, and to reproduce in any form, and all other forms of media, without any compensation, or implied compensation.  Your electronic submission is considered to be your electronic signature, and electronic acceptance of these policies.

When our Facebook Group topped 3000 members we decided to turn up an associated website February 2017 to better serve our needs of retaining files, articles, and photos for all to access.

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We welcome your donated media material that we can share with our followers.

Email to:   info@TOPONAUTIC.com



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About the Author

A fellow Cast Iron lover, vintage cookware collector, and Dutch Oven Cook.  Sharing thoughts, techniques, and decades of cooking experience.

With some experience, I feel most people can cook over charcoal, or coals of a campfire, just as easily as cooking in a modern kitchen.  Its all about heat management.  That comes easy with experience.

I retired as a Data Engineering Manager.  During my off time while working, and now during retirement.   I have always attempted to spend as much time outdoors as possible.

I started dabbling with websites about the time I retired.  I even had a joint business venture with my son.  A web presence “on-line retail” for several years.  We went the whole route including trademarking.   That name and trademark was sold off some years ago.  The software application of all of this website structuring is still relatively new to me and doesn’t come without a struggle.  Code is an issue like trying to learn a new language.  But things are coming easier with experience.  When leaving the business world.  Now providing free content on-line.  The whole effort and associated labor has become a hobby that I enjoy.

My real passion is spending time outdoors, outdoor photography, and traveling.  With that it always seems to involve outdoor cooking.  I wish I had the time and the talent to effectively share all the experiences I have had over a lifetime.  From backpacking trips to the bottom of the Grand Canyon, to traipsing jungle paths in Thailand.

After a very successful blog site on the outdoors in general (TOPONAUTIC), and accumulating a large membership following on our Dutch Oven social media group, we decided to dedicate a site just on Dutch Oven Cooking.   A site we hope will appeal to the beginner, and expert alike.

Some of the joys I find revolving around cooking, are competing in Dutch Oven Cook-offs,  instructing those new to the cast iron cooking world, and collecting and cooking with vintage cast iron cookware.


You will find me traveling the western part of the USA cooking,  camping, and backpacking.  Some of the cooking is for the love and fun of it.  Other times it is hard core competition with Dutch Oven friends or “soon to be friends”.  


Though not always blessed with a competition win, there have been trophy’s and prizes taken along the way.

Friends are always collected during travels and cooking events.  They are like fine vintage cast iron cookware.  Though some may be rusty around the edge, or properly seasoned and seemingly without flaws.  I find they are more valuable than any trinket trophy you will ever earn in any endeavor you may pursue.  Cooking and laughing with friends is the best form of living.  The best medicine you will ever find to cure your ills.

The greatest joy to a cast iron cook, is showing techniques and skills to someone new to the cast iron world.  Such a great feeling to see them catch the passion and fire, to start on the road to becoming a great Dutch Oven Cook.

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Contact Us

Email us directly at:  info@toponautic.com



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