Sorry if I'm late on this discussion. One area of camping where I do have some experience is with Dutch ovens courtesy of my son's Boy Scout troop. We've made sacrificial burnt offerings to the gods so many times, I've lost count. You don't want to use steel wool on a DO, once seasoned, if you can help it but if you have burned the holy crap out whatever was in there, even if it was the initial seasoning, you can always scrub the sucker out and start over. If you have burned it as you say, don't hesitate to take the steel wool and start over. DO's are bullet proof in this regard. Now if you had done this to a non stick vessel, well... you might be looking at a trip back to the camping store for a replacement, but not with a DO.I think I burnt the bottom of my dutch oven when curing in the oven!!! can i just wash that out with some hot water and recure?