Dutch Oven Temperature Guide

 For Dutch oven recipes, click here. The number of charcoal briquettes on your Dutch oven lid and underneath the Dutch oven itself is different for the pot size and the temperature you want to bake at, so here’s a quick temperature guide for baking with your Dutch oven:

8-Inch Dutch Oven

  • 300°  top–9 briquettes;     and on the bottom–4 briquettes
  • 325°  top–10 briquettes;    and on the bottom–5 briquettes
  • 350°  top–11 briquettes;    and on the bottom–5 briquettes
  • 375°  top–11 briquettes;     and on the bottom–6 briquettes
  • 400° top–12 briquettes;     and on the bottom–6 briquettes
  • 425° top–13 briquettes;     and on the bottom–6 briquettes
  • 450° top–14 briquettes;     and on the bottom–6 briquettes
  • 475° top–14 briquettes;     and on the bottom–7 briquettes
  • 500° top–15 briquettes;     and on the bottom–7 briquettes

10-Inch Dutch Oven

  • 300°  top–12 briquettes;     and on the bottom–5 briquettes
  • 325°  top–13 briquettes;     and on the bottom–6 briquettes
  • 350°  top–14 briquettes;     and on the bottom–7 briquettes
  • 375°  top–16 briquettes;     and on the bottom–7 briquettes
  • 400° top–17 briquettes;     and on the bottom–8 briquettes
  • 425° top–18 briquettes;     and on the bottom–9 briquettes
  • 450° top–19 briquettes;     and on the bottom–10 briquettes
  • 475° top–19 briquettes;     and on the bottom–11 briquettes
  • 500° top–20 briquettes;     and on the bottom–11 briquettes

12-Inch Dutch Oven

  • 300°  top–15 briquettes;     and on the bottom–7 briquettes
  • 325°  top–16 briquettes;     and on the bottom–7 briquettes
  • 350°  top–17 briquettes;     and on the bottom–8 briquettes
  • 375°  top–18 briquettes;     and on the bottom–9 briquettes
  • 400° top–19 briquettes;     and on the bottom–10 briquettes
  • 425° top–21 briquettes;     and on the bottom–10 briquettes
  • 450° top–22 briquettes;     and on the bottom–11 briquettes
  • 475° top–22 briquettes;     and on the bottom–12 briquettes
  • 500° top–23 briquettes;     and on the bottom–12 briquettes

14-Inch Dutch Oven

  • 300°  top–19 briquettes;     and on the bottom–9 briquettes
  • 325°  top–20 briquettes;     and on the bottom–10 briquettes
  • 350°  top–21 briquettes;     and on the bottom–11 briquettes
  • 375°  top–22 briquettes;     and on the bottom–12 briquettes
  • 400° top–24 briquettes;     and on the bottom–12 briquettes
  • 425° top–25 briquettes;     and on the bottom–13 briquettes
  • 450° top–26 briquettes;     and on the bottom–14 briquettes
  • 475° top–27 briquettes;     and on the bottom–14 briquettes
  • 500° top–28 briquettes;     and on the bottom–14 briquettes

16-Inch Dutch Oven

  • 300°  top–21 briquettes;     and on the bottom–11 briquettes
  • 325°  top–22 briquettes;     and on the bottom–12 briquettes
  • 350°  top–24 briquettes;     and on the bottom–12 briquettes
  • 375°  top–24 briquettes;     and on the bottom–13 briquettes
  • 400° top–24 briquettes;     and on the bottom–12 briquettes
  • 425° top–27 briquettes;     and on the bottom–13 briquettes
  • 450° top–30 briquettes;     and on the bottom–14 briquettes
  • 475° top–31 briquettes;      and on the bottom–14 briquettes
  • 500° top–32 briquettes;     and on the bottom–15 briquettes