Muzzleloaders love the smell of black power in the wind, my wife, not so much. “Take those smelly clothes off before you come into the house” is a standard greeting on Sunday afternoon. Probably the only thing better than the mix of black power and woodsmoke would be the aroma coming from the Dutch Ovens hanging over the fire. If you have attended one of the winter Fun Shoots or a Spring/Fall Rendezvous, (you will see sometimes many, sometimes few), Dutch Ovens around the fire. Muzzleloaders like to shoot round balls, but they love to eat.
The traditional Dutch oven bears a storied past that stretches back over three centuries. You see, what we know as the Dutch oven was invented by an English brass works owner, Abraham Darby in the early 1700s.