My husband constructed this Dutch Oven Cooking Stand out of an old aluminum truck toolbox using an old bed frame to attach legs purchased from Home Depot for less than $30. All other materials were from his shop. It is light, folds up well for travel and storage and shows no signs of heat damage or wear despite several years of use. The wind screen latches in place with small holes at corner. I put my coals directly on table and use it for hours. You can see it is very heavily loaded. I bake bread and desserts in Dutch oven as well, using a cast iron trivet to avoid burning the bottoms.
He also built this fine tripod from scrap using the hollow legs of a rack from a truck. The actual tripod connector is made of 5/8″ cold roll heated in his forge and bent into shape. I love this thing!
I have a nice collection of cast iron, though not nearly enough, of course. I bought a few pieces new and picked up a lot at flea markets. I don’t shy away from a piece without a lid. You can get a good deal on them and pick up a lid some other time. When I am looking for a lid, I measure the inside diameter of inside rim and keep a tape measure in my pocket. I picked up my !4″ Lodge Dutch Oven for $37 without a lid and ordered lid from Amazon (No shipping) for around $20. Bought new, the Dutch Oven would have been over $100.
A flat bottom Dutch Oven works beautifully placed on top of pot lifter.