Friday, February 15, 2013

Volcano Dutch Oven

It was a tough decision whether to add a Dutch oven to our product line or not. There are a few very popular brands that we all have and love, so we had to determine what would we could to do to separate us from the already existing options? This took us on an interesting and educational journey through the history of cast iron and Dutch oven cooking. What we found was an old company called "Griswold" that use to make the majority of DO's in the early 1900's. The Griswold style of oven is extremely high-quality and a very nice DO (see the image right). These DO's have a domed lid and were just a bit thinner than modern day castings. We determined that we would try to create our own DO based off of many of the features of the famed Griswolds.

This led us to improve upon the existing camp oven designs, by incorporating all of the best features from the both the old and new styles. The Volcano DO is very high-quality, with a slightly thinner cast than most modern DO's. We also chose to go with a domed lid. Domed lids create better air circulation and moisture control, but are not as popular in the camping world, due to the common practice of placing briquettes on top. So, we fixed that by adding a briquette ridge on the lid to allow for top heat placement and stacking.

In addition to the exterior stacking ring, the interior of the lid has basting rings to better distribute moisture, a thermometer access hole, and a much higher quality handle than other camp ovens. We chose to go with a 12", deep version initially and are looking to bring on a 10" later in 2013. So far, the reviews have been excellent. If you are a DO enthusiast, or just getting started; the Volcano Dutch oven is a great choice. They come pre-seasoned and ready to use. As expected, they fit perfectly in a Volcano Collapsible Stove. 

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Were Back!

After a brief (1-year) gap in posting, we are back and will be actively updating our blog. If you have any topics you want us to cover, please let us know. We have added some great new products over the last year: our own 12" Dutch Oven, mini backpacking stove, mini cookset, and extendable roasting sticks. These new items are an excellent addition to our fine outdoor cooking line of products.

As always, check out our website:

Happy Cooking!


Monday, January 2, 2012

Ice Fishing w/ The Volcano

Ice Fishing is a great winter past-time for outdoor enthusiast. However, it is often cold and sometimes just plain uncomfortable. So, the Volcano is the perfect solution. Over the Holidays I took my 2 boys ice fishing in the high mountains of Utah. It was a gorgeous day, but at 10,000 ft. it was still cold. So, to help keep my young boys from getting too cold, I brought along the Volcano for a quick, easy and safe heat source. It performed perfectly and made a big difference for my kids.

Notice that it did not burn a hole in the ice, as my 7-year old was nervous it might do!

After they were warmed up and lunch time rolled around, it was time to rough it! So, I had brought a little frozen pizza that I could easily bake in the Volcano. In about 1-minute I had the wood fire dumped out and briquettes started. 15 minutes later, the briquettes were ready to I simply put my little pizza on the top grill, covered it with the lid and proceeded to land another fish.

I used 12 briquettes with the air vents open about 80%. In about 12 minutes it was done to perfection! It was literally baked just as it would have been at home in my oven. The Volcano performed perfectly.

What a great way to cook in the outdoors. Having a lid and being able to bake just about anything has really been a great improvement on an already incredible outdoor cooking system! Next time, I may just bring a pan of brownies as well. Once again, just notice that there is still no noticeable change in the ice under the Volcano. Amazing!

Former Employee

Friday, October 21, 2011

An Easy Way To Do Biscuits With Propane

How To Cook Biscuits On The Volcano Using Propane 

We decided to see what was the best way to cook biscuits on the Volcano in a regular pan. After a quick run to Wally World to get a suitable pan.. We got out our trusty Volcano, set it up for propane, lit the flame, turned it as low as we could, put the biscuits in a pan.. Covered them with the lid.. in less than 3 minutes FAIL. The burned smell permeated the entire warehouse (we were outside at the time)

Hmm.. Round Two.. Same set up.. flame as low as we could get it.. Made sure the hole was wide open in the top of the Lid, Temperature climbed to 250.. 260.. stayed there.. and: Fail. Burned them again. This did not bode well. 

Round 3: Same setup, used two diffuser plates to cut down the amount of air (and thus heat from the burner) turned the top diffuser plate to cover most of the open air. Fail. they burned too. 

Round 4. Same setup, made sure the two diffuser plates covered as much air as they could.. Fail. 

We scratched our heads.. What could we do? We thought of a variety of things.. but we wanted to start with the simplest. Being both geniuses and cheap... We covered the diffuser plate with aluminum foil. (this pic was taken after they were done)
We also got a cheap meat thermometer and put it in the hole in the lid so that we could keep track of the temperature.  
During the cook, the temperature got up to 400 degrees, we adjusted the flame and kept the temp between 325 and 350 for 15-17 minutes. (note: we took the lid off twice, your cook time could be faster if you do not)

This is what the top side looked like:
And this is what the bottom looked like:
These were the exact right consistency in the middle. Next time, Ill spray more butter on the top to make them even more brown. 

Round five was a raging success.. So, we suggest that in order to get the best heat for baking when using propane and the lid, we suggest aluminum foil on the diffuser plate.

Mark Infanger Utah

Sunday, October 16, 2011

A Lovely Day In the Canyon

Here in Utah, it is a pretty safe bet that October means "So Long Summer! Hello snow, ice, bad traffic and salt on my car. Ughh!
Not wanting to think about that prospect, my wife and I decided that a trip up the canyon was in order. 

The Premise: How long would it take to cook a great steak with 15 briquettes and no lid. (This might have been about the lid had I remembered to bring it) 

We decided on a very simple menu:

Fruit Salad
Potato Chips (Insisted upon at the last moment while we were at the Texaco)
Crystal lite (I can't drink soda until the end of the year, Im betting with someone) 

My personal Volcano lives in my jeep. I don't often cook with Propane and left the burner home. In that space, I keep a baggie with about 15 Match Light Briquettes,(be sure to get them mostly white or youll get lighter fluid flavor)  matches, couple of pair of surgical gloves,  and a few other things. This way, Find Coolers, fill with stuff, leave. Way less complicated
I dumped out all of the briquettes on top of the diffuser plate. This is the best way to grill with the volcano. I made the lovely mound you see.. 

And with one match, got the show on the road.
I arranged the potatoes around the edge of the diffuser plate, made sure they weren't touching the coals, and proceeded to go. I gave the potatoes a head start of about 15 minutes.
I added the steaks, salt and pepper. I cooked 9 minutes on one side, 9 on the other and about 5 to finish. I had the draft ring 100% open all the time. This made the steaks medium.

We decided that to pass the time we would watch a movie on my iPad. Not that great. The Ipad screen washed out, even in the shade, and with the river nearby, hearing was impossible. Happily it was  a foreign film.. so it was sub-titled. 
I smashed the potato with a plastic fork.. It was pretty tender and very delicious... I would rate it excellent!

Friday, August 19, 2011

How to Cook for 60 people with 2 Volcanos and Milk Cans

Milk Can Cooking on the Volcano
If I've heard it once.. Ive heard it 50,000 times. The Volcano is too small, unless you use a Dutch Oven and stack them, to cook for a big group. I say: Fiddlesticks.
And, tonight, (with help from my brother) I proved the naysayers wrong. :) 

Two 10 Gallon Milk cans
on two Volcano
Milk Can Cooking -
2 Volcano Collapsible Propanes
Two 10 gallon stainless steel milk cans.
Two 20lb Propane Bottles.
1 Pair of Heavy Duty Gloves
1 Pair Of Scissors
2 LARGE packages of Cheese Cloth
Long Tongs
A folding Colander That will fit through the throat of the milk can and expand to cover the bottom. Bed bath and beyond carries them. The ones at Walmart are too small.
Oven Mitts or Hot Pads

The Ingredients -
20 lbs of ham, (Water Added like Farmland) sliced into 1/3 lb slices. (I got the Deli at Walmart to do this for me.)
14 Lbs of Onions. (I used  a combination of Walla Walla and Candy, but you can use any white onion)
6 Lbs of Kielbasa
60 Fist Sized (Think Petite Womans Fist if you want them to cook more quickly)
4 Dozen ears of Corn.
Spices that you like. I used Trader Joe's Spices of the World 21 Seasoning Salute.

The Prep. This is where all the hard work comes in.
If you didn't have the Deli Do it, slice the Ham into 1/3 Lb slices. On a 5lb Ham, this works out to 15 slices per ham or a total of 60 slices. Put 30 Slices in one 2 gallon zip lock bag and the rest in another.
Slice the onions into at least quarters, if they are big, slice them into 1/8ths Divide the onions into two equally full big zip lock bags. (I used 2 gallon size)
Slice the Kielbasa ( I bought six 1lb Pkgs. so it was easy to divide them) into about 1/2 wide slices. Put 3lbs in one bag and 3 in the other.
Shuck the corn and break it in 1/2. Divide the corn 48 pieces for each can. 

Getting the Food into the Milk Cans
Put yourVolcanos on the ground. You will hate lifting full 10 gallon cans from height.
Get your Volcanos Started.
Put the Milk cans on the Volcanos
Put the Colanders in the bottom
Pour in about 16 oz. of water into the bottom of the milk can.

Cut the cheese cloth into about 3 foot long strips. The objective is to make a very loose bag. You have to bring the food out the same hole you put it down in. Put the potatoes on the cheese cloth and tie it, diaper style, so that you form a bag. (It should fit VERY loose) Put the potatoes down into the bottom of the Milk can. Repeat this for the 2nd.
Take your corn and place it on top of the Potatoes. There isn't any particular order. Repeat for the 2nd can.
Using the Cheese Cloth again, mix 1/2 of the ham and 1/2 of the kielbasa on the cheese cloth. Put your spice on the mix and then tie that into a bag, also and slip it into the milk can. Repeat for the 2nd can.
Using your cheese cloth, do the same thing for the onions. Don't add more spice.

Put the top on the milk can (We had to jiggle the cans a little bit to get it all to fit.) Wait.Pretty soon you will see steam coming out of  the top of the milk can. From that point it takes about 1 hour to cook. If the milk cans STOP steaming.. add more water if you dont think they are done or turn it off.

When the hour is up, turn the heat down on one of the milk cans, and turn the other one off. Take the lid off the one that you turned off. Put on your gloves. (Save you from Steam burns) And grab your tongs. Grab the cheese cloth in a thick spot, and pull out the onions. (Anything in a bag can take some finagaling to get out and/ or strong pulling) Put them in your serving platter (Sweet onions are pretty good this way) Repeat for the Ham/Kielbasa mix. With your tongs (Now you know why you wanted long) take out the corn and after that, take out the potatoes..
Let the people start to eat.. When you start to get low on food.. Repeat for the 2nd can... That way the food will stay hot.. and delicious.
Remember this is STEAMED food. That means at 5000 ft of elevation it comes out of the can at about 204 degrees. It cools of quickly. Don't lolligag in serving it.

Taste the corn.. All the flavor from the onions and ham and kielbasa should have filtered down on that and the potatoes. If the corn is delicious w/o any butter ... You did it right.. Likewise the potatoes.

Layout your cheese cloth and get ready to build a bag

Tie the cheese cloth into a bag. Sort of diaper style.
You have to feed them down into the milk can. They come out the same way. However, they were HOT and I was busy, so  I didnt take any pictures of that.
Ham and Kielbasa mixed. If you DONT use the water added ham, it will be really dry. Think shoe leather.
My Brother was worried that we wouldn't get enough heat with the Volcano. He was W R O N G.
You can see the steam if you look close
Looks delicious.. And it was..
Like Hungry Locusts, they came in swarms and it soon vanished.

mark infanger utah

Friday, August 12, 2011

A Recipe That Looked Tasty

Multi Pepper Flat Iron Steaks

I found (read stole) this great recipe for Flat Iron Steaks


    1 tablespoon smoked paprika
    2 teaspoons salt
    1 teaspoon brown sugar
    2 teaspoons chili powder
    1 teaspoon chipotle chile powder
    1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
    1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
    1/2 teaspoon onion powder
    1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
    2 pounds flat iron steaks


    Stir together the paprika, salt, sugar, chili powder, chipotle powder, black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and cumin in a small bowl until blended. Rub the seasoning mix all over the flat iron steaks, then wrap them tightly with plastic wrap. Marinate in the refrigerator 2 to 8 hours (the longer the better).
    Preheat an outdoor grill for medium-high heat, and lightly oil grate.
    Cook the steaks on the preheated grill until cooked to your desired degree of doneness, about 4 minutes per side for medium. Allow the steaks to rest for 5 minutes in a warm location before slicing.