There are four types of cooking while camping: * **Propane/isobutane** — Either a [backpacker stove](https://www.rei.com/c/backpacking-stoves?r=category%3Astoves%7Cbackpacking-stoves&origin=web&ir=category%3Astoves), or a [larger car-camping stove](https://www.rei.com/c/camping-stoves?r=category%3Astoves%7Ccamping-stoves&origin=web&ir=category%3Astoves). * **Wood** — Challenging because wood burns hotter and more spotty than other methods. Often involves a [cast iron skillet](http://montanahomesteader.com/cook-open-fire/) or a [dutch oven](https://whatscookingamerica.net/Information/DutchOven/DutchOvenCooking.htm) ([as long as](https://www.outdoors.org/articles/amc-outdoors/ultralight-wood-burning-backpacking) you're car-camping anyway). * **Charcoal** — People have more experience with this. Lower, more even heat than wood. [Dutch ovens](http://www.dutchovendude.com/campfire-cooking.php) are popular with this. * **Electric** — Either an electric skillet or an Instant Pot. Obviously requires a campsite with an electrical hookup. While staying at a hotel, you can use the electric option. (Though it's possible the hotel will look down on this for [fire/insurance reasons](https://www.reddit.com/r/Frugal/comments/4pxtvs/living_in_a_hotel_for_work_wondering_what/d4oogyn/). They will *definitely* have a problem if your cooking smells [infiltrate neighboring rooms](https://www.reddit.com/r/instantpot/comments/8nhuj4/is_it_legalpermissible_to_use_an_instant_pot_in/dzw38y5/).) Another consideration is how long it takes to start cooking. A wood fire is the slowest — requiring 30-45 minutes to build up a decent bed of coals if you're using the two-zone method, but still a fair bit of time otherwise. Propane and electric are the fastest, being basically "instant on". Charcoal is almost as slow to start as wood. . . . Packing lists for car-camping cooking: [[1]](https://www.campchef.com/blog/campsite-kitchen-checklist/) # Cooking over a wood fire Generally: * https://www.treadmagazine.com/campsite/5-star-fare-on-the-trail/ * https://www.extension.iastate.edu/4h/files/page/files/CookingOverCampfireCoals.pdf * https://cooking.stackexchange.com/questions/4401/how-can-i-control-the-heat-when-cooking-on-a-campfire * https://morningchores.com/campfire-cooking/ * https://amazingribs.com/more-technique-and-science/grill-and-smoker-setup-and-firing/how-grill-wood-and-master-campfire * https://wilderness.org/sites/default/files/Campfire_Cookbook.pdf * https://outdoors.stackexchange.com/questions/14606/can-i-place-a-dutch-oven-directly-into-next-to-a-camp-fire * http://50campfires.com/direct-heat-cooking-campfire/ Cast iron skillet: * https://www.mensjournal.com/food-drink/the-best-way-to-cook-over-a-campfire-20150610/ * http://montanahomesteader.com/cook-open-fire/ * https://rvfta.com/food/cast-iron-cooking-tips Dutch oven: * https://outdoors.stackexchange.com/questions/14606/can-i-place-a-dutch-oven-directly-into-next-to-a-camp-fire * http://www.ironcooker.com/blog/campfire-cooking/wood-coals-and-dutch-ovens/ * https://whatscookingamerica.net/Information/DutchOven/DutchOvenCooking.htm * https://outdoorconnection.com.au/camping-tips-post/how-do-i-prepare-and-cook-with-cast-iron-cookware/ * https://www.treklightgear.com/blogs/trek-life/dutch-oven Billy can: * https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sws1uKMem8c * https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V7BeV5Mjl-A