I'm fairly new to this forum but have camped and cooked outdoors for years. As I read some of these threads it's funny how some are started "This may be a dumb question" or "I'm afraid to ask" To be truthful we all have made mistakes in our cooking, so never be afraid of asking. My first experience with a dutch oven, many years ago, was to burry it in hot coals and cover it up for 2 hours. That wonderful 3 pound roast went from three to no pounds and I had even added water and seasonings. I leared alot quickly after that and I still have that oven as a reminder 20 years later. Sure wish there was a forum like this back the!