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Livingston, Montana, U.S.A.

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DUTCH OVEN OUTFITTERS

This hands-on school is designed in 3 levels to get you well 

on your way to using Dutch ovens.


Dutch oven cooking is becoming a lost art. 

My vision is to introduce you to a way of cooking that is not only fun, but it will allow you to impress your family and friends, and possibly land you a dream job working with Dutch ovens.

If you love the outdoors and being in the mountains, you will certainly enjoy the relaxing method of using Dutch ovens over a campfire.



Level 1 - Beginner Class

This 2-day/2-night class is designed for those that want to learn how to use a Dutch oven as a hobby in their backyard. This class will give you the basic information to get you started with this fun way of cooking. 

The classes and sleeping accommodations will be held in a wall tent on our property at The Chicory House in Montana.

Areas of focus:

  • Basic Dutch oven skills- Simply being able to cook, and buying a Dutch oven does not guarantee you will know how to use it. There are some techniques that you will need to learn before you get started. We will discuss the History of the Dutch oven and why should you use a Dutch oven.
  • Your Dutch oven- Cleaning, caring and storing your oven. Choosing your cast iron, enamel or aluminum, and learning how to stack and cook on many ovens at once.
  • Heat sources- Cooking over charcoal, on a wood stove, an open flame and using propane. 

  • Tools of the trade- and kitchen supplies- Though not required, there are many accessories you can get that will make using your Dutch oven a little easier.

• Minimum age is 18 years old due to the nature of this class (i.e. lifting heavy Dutch ovens, handling hot coals).

• Basic cooking skills are required. No prior Dutch oven cooking experience is necessary.

• All instruction and materials supplied including instruction, Dutch ovens, ingredients, tent, cot, food, and tools.

• Certification of Completion.

• Refer to the recommended gear list.

• Cost: $400.00 per person



Level 2 - Intermediate Class


This 4-day/4-night class is designed to go a few steps farther than your basic skills. We will continue from level 1  that will give you stronger confidence in using Dutch ovens. The classes and sleeping accommodations will be held in a wall tent on our property at The Chicory House in Montana.

Areas of focus:

  • The weather– cooking outdoors can be unpredictable so you are going to learn how to prepare for the hottest day to the coldest night. You will encounter rain, hail and snow storms. 
  • Temperature control- You will be learning to control the temperature of your heat sources. How to properly store food in the backcountry; it is not uncommon that you do not have a refrigeration system. Food temperature, rotation of food.
  • Rules, regulations & safety- In this section, you will learn how to properly dispose of charcoal, fire safety, first aid, and proper food handling safety.
  • Cooking for crowds-You will learn how to set up any kitchen, menu planning, making a shopping list, grocery shopping on a budget, cooking for crowds, and setting up buffets. We will cover how to cook loaves of bread, proteins, desserts, potatoes in a Dutch oven.

• Minimum age is 18 years old due to the nature of this class (i.e. lifting heavy Dutch ovens, handling hot coals).

• Basic cooking skills are required. No prior Dutch oven cooking experience is necessary.

• All instruction and materials supplied including instruction, Dutch ovens, ingredients, tent, cot, food, and tools.

• Certification of Completion.

• Refer to the recommended gear list.

• Cost: $800.00 per person

Level 3 - Advanced Class


This 10-day/10-night class is designed for those seeking a hands-on experience learning how to earn a living as a backcountry cook. We will continue from level 1 & 2 and now cover everything you need to know to give you the skills to land your dream job as a camp cook from dude ranches to backcountry settings.

 The classes and sleeping accommodations will be held in a wall tent on our property at The Chicory House in Montana.

Areas of focus:

  • Leave no trace- Since 1994, Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics, a non-profit organization also known as Leave No Trace, exists to educate people about their recreational impact on nature as well as the principles of Leave No Trace to prevent and minimize such impacts. You will learn the Seven Leave No Trace Principles.
  • Packing for camp–  You will learn how to pack, what to pack for yourself, your pet and learn about weight and content. You will learn what a pannier is and how to pack it. We will discuss dogs in camp for safety. 
  • The life of a back-country cook- Stepping into the life of a back-country wilderness camp cook is not just about cooking all the meals. You will need good communication skills as you will be many things to many people. You will learn how to set up any wilderness kitchen. We will cover everything from gun safety, your wood/water source, from gratuity to knowing how to improvise in the wilderness. We will also cover all your personal needs that may arise off-grid. This information will prepare you to know and understand the full responsibilities and job duties of a camp cook. The position of a wilderness backcountry cook is not for the faint of heart, but the rewards are priceless.
  • Job locations– There are many types of camps. Primitive wilderness backcountry camps may require you to ride a horse into camp. There are fly-in camps in Alaska and other camps you can hike into, there are also camps that you can drive into. We will cover all these areas and assure you that you will be confident to tackle any location. 
  • Gear lists- We will cover all the supplies that you may need in the kitchen to everything you will need for several weeks living off-grid. 

• Minimum age is 18 years old due to the nature of this class (i.e. lifting heavy Dutch ovens, handling hot coals).

• Basic cooking skills are required. No prior Dutch oven cooking experience is necessary.

• All instruction and materials supplied including instruction, Dutch ovens, ingredients, tent, cot, food, and tools.

• Certification of Completion, Service Hours record, and Letter of Recommendation is awarded upon completion of the class.

• Refer to the recommended gear list.

• Cost: $2,000.00 per person