what to use - 4.5 qt lodge or 6 or 8 qt stainless steel?
i have shoulder issues, so i'm not sure i can lug a 6 quart lodge (or other) cast iron dutch oven, but i can sling the 4.5 quart version, which weighs about 3 pounds less. it's still challenging, but i can do it. will the 4.5 quart be large enough for a variety of breads?
my option is to go with stainless steel DO with a stainless steel lid rated for 500 degrees. my options there include 6 quarts or 8 quarts (the 8 quart interior is 9.375" if that's large enough), and at just over 5 pounds for a pretty robust one, i can handle these fine. i could use a stone right under one if i needed to.
thank you for any thoughts on this. i've read about a trillion threads, and they don't all agree...