Dutch Oven Travel Case

#1
No more excuses. It is easy to leave the cast iron behind when heading out. It’s dirty, fragile for its weight considering the pencil legs, and just doesn’t fit into a cube mentality of logistical formula. After some time designing this thing in my head, I finally grabbed a saw, square, and some screws and got to work. It was much easier in my head. Since reclaimed wood is all the rage today, every bit of this was scrap from a separate project’s pallets and end cuts except the hardware and stain. Total investment was around $25.
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The bottom of the case uses a platform to support the oven and isolate the legs 1/4” off the floor. The space in the corners will house a pot lifter and bottle of oil.
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Finally the lid has a cutout to lock the lid into place. Now it won’t bounce off or even spin.
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That’s it. Nothing fancy but hopefully it will inspire someone to get theirs out more and make something great. I know I am long over due because I could still smell the Appalachian Rendezvous birthday cake I baked in mine from last year. That is too long for the these iron magicians.
 
#7
Great idea! The build is kind of clunky but effective.
I'm not dissing yours, it's just that I'm a woodworker. I might borrow your idea if I may and make a few to see if I can sell them at least break even but preferably for a small profit. I enjoy working in my shop (especially when it's not 110*f inside with all doors open and fan blowing.)
 
#9
What was in the oven?
In the photo was a kind of pineapple/coconut dump cobbler. Needed rum.

Great idea! The build is kind of clunky but effective.
I'm not dissing yours, it's just that I'm a woodworker. I might borrow your idea if I may and make a few to see if I can sell them at least break even but preferably for a small profit. I enjoy working in my shop (especially when it's not 110*f inside with all doors open and fan blowing.)
It was clunky. My tools included a circular saw, drill, and angle grinder with flap wheel to smooth out the edges. I also used a square, so at least there was some effort to hold dimensions, but all the wood came out of a dumpster so I worked with what I had.

Suggestions for your build, 2x4 framing is probably overkill and makes is slightly more bulky than needed. I think I will also bore a space into the oven support for an oil bottle. I will probably keep the hasp in place, but a little more thought into a cleaner closure would have been preferred. The rope handles and lid handle cutout worked well as intended to save space but be functional.
 

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#11
Nice! I have 2 that I bring on trips depending on what I’m cooking. I have lodge travel bags for both but the square shape of yours makes packing easier! Only thing I would add are tie down points of some sort, that much mass flopping about could wreck gear or people.
 
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