Last year, I bought these cast iron dutch ovens and griddle at Bi-Mart. They were unseasoned, and I got them in the camping department. It is much cheaper to season them yourself. (The seasoned cast iron is in the housewares department and costs $15.00 to $20.00 more per item.) Seasoning is not difficult, I just slathered them inside and out with shortening and baked them in the oven on low for several hours. You might want to do this on a nice day so that you can open the windows if things get a little smokey or smelly.
I figure that I have several of choices on using my cast iron. On the propane BBQ, on the propane stove in the travel trailer, with charcoal, and with fire. I think that I can figure out the BBQ and trailer stove, so I want to learn how to cook with charcoal.
I have learned so far that there is a real science to cooking with charcoal: so many pieces of charcoal on the lid and so many underneath equals 325*, for example. I bought a bunch of charcoal last year at Costco. Charcoal is kind of expensive, come to find out. If you get a good deal on it, go for it. You can always store it in a new, clean plastic garbage can lined with a garbage sack to keep it fresh and dry.
Also, I am printing out recipes and making a notebook on all of this stuff, because if you don't have electricity, you may not have computer access either.
Below are some links to dutch oven cooking. When I actually do some of, I'll give you a step-by-step photo tutorial of what happens. I know you are on edge waiting for that post. I just hope my first meal turns out better than that dang rock candy!
Byron's Dutch Oven Cooking Page
Dutch Oven Dude
U.S. Scouts Website: