Dutch Oven Cooking Charcoal Briquette Temperature Chart and Guide

Are you looking for an easy way to see how much charcoal to use for that dutch oven baking recipe?  Here is a simple dutch oven charcoal chart that you can use to determine the right number of briquettes to use.  Just match the size of your dutch oven to the desired temperature.

 

If you don’t have the chart handy there’s also a simple formula you can use.  Take the diameter of the dutch oven, double, and that is the number of briquettes to use for 350° F (about 180° C.) with roughly two thirds of the briquettes on top and one third on bottom.  For 8-inch dutch ovens a change of one briquette in either direction moves it 25 degrees.  For 10-inch and larger dutch ovens a change of 2 briquettes alters the temperature by 25 degrees in that direction.

Dutch Oven Charcoal Chart

Temperature/#
briquettes
325°F 350°F 375°F 400°F 425°F 450°F
Oven size 160°C 180°C 190°C 200°C 220°C 230°C
8″
15
16
17
18
19
20
TOP
10
11
11
12
13
14
BOTTOM
5
5
6
6
6
6
10″
19
21
23
25
27
29
TOP
13
14
16
17
18
19
BOTTOM
6
7
7
8
9
10
12″
23
25
27
29
31
33
TOP
16
17
18
19
21
22
BOTTOM
7
8
9
10
10
11
14″
30
32
34
36
38
40
TOP
20
21
22
24
25
26
BOTTOM
10
11
12
12
13
14

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