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Cast iron recommendations

Thinking of asking Santa for a cast iron skillet. Any pointers on what to look for? I'm primarily looking to be able to sear steaks.
XL BGE; CyberQ Wifi; Adjustable Rig, Woo2 Green Bay, Wisconsin

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  • EggcelsiorEggcelsior Posts: 12,516
    New: Lodge 12 inch.

    Antique: Griswold or Wagner. Lots on ebay/CL
  • +1 - 12" lodge
    NW IA
  • MickeyMickey Posts: 17,439
    They both nailed it.
    Salado TX Egg Family: 2 Large and a very well used Mini, added a Mini Max (I'm good for now). 

  • Check out TJ Maxx - they have a never ending selection of CI, most by Lodge. Some really good deals if there is a store near you.
    Delta B.C. - Vee-Gan: old Indian word for poor hunter. 
  • I've been watching eBay...I've purchased a Wagner Dutch Oven and Griddle.  Have to be patient, lots of people spending lots of money.
  • Also, if you ever find yourself driving through TN, the Lodge Factory store as a huge section of "cosmetic defect" stuff you can get 1/5 the price that work just as well as the stuff that passes QA
    Chicago, Illinois
  • allsidallsid Posts: 488
    On Sat I was in Shopko

    do you have those in your area?

    Lodge skillets were $ 19.99

    Good price-  Good luck!
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  • EggcelsiorEggcelsior Posts: 12,516
    edited November 2013
    I've been watching eBay...I've purchased a Wagner Dutch Oven and Griddle.  Have to be patient, lots of people spending lots of money.
    Look for auctions ending in the middle of the night(Lots end at midnight pacific) and use an app like Myibidder o bid up to your threshold within preset parameters of the auction ending.I've scored Griswold griddles for really cheap compared to what they typically average.
  • yzziyzzi Posts: 1,793
    Go scout out some consignment stores, garage sales, craigslist, and fleamarkets. You can probably get some for a few bucks.
    Dunedin, FL
  • WeberWhoWeberWho Posts: 3,532
    edited November 2013
    (If you find some older pieces that need restoring)

    Focker has restored many pieces and all turn out beautiful:

    http://www.greeneggers.com/index.php?option=com_simpleboard&func=view&id=1227398&catid=1#
  • +1 on the lodge.  They are great, and reasonably priced
  • KruegsKruegs Posts: 128
    edited November 2013
    Thanks for all the comments everyone!  So is there a difference between the lodge and some of the high-end (i.e. expensive) cast iron?
    XL BGE; CyberQ Wifi; Adjustable Rig, Woo2 Green Bay, Wisconsin
  • EggcelsiorEggcelsior Posts: 12,516
    Kruegs said:
    Thanks for all the comments everyone!  So is there a difference between the lodge and some of the high-end (i.e. expensive) cast iron?
    What used to be high-end was everyman cookware that hasn't been made for over 50 years.Wagner and Griswold had excellent composition of ore and were machined at the foundry to give them a flat, ice-like finish. The bottoms are quite thin so they heat up more quickly and evenly while still maintaining the thermal properties of CI. If you knock on the bottom you get a bell-like ringing unlike Lodge, which is more of a clink/thunk. Just look at some of the better examples on ebay and you will see the glass-like appearance. This can be accomplished with Lodge by taking a grinder to the cooking surface and smoothing it out.

    Otherwise, the only difference is the fact that it is no longer made. I'd recommend one that needs refinishing because collectors are looking for prime examples(meaning premium prices). Yard sales and estate sales are great. You can find an old pan in the back of someone's cabinet with years of wear for a few bucks and have it like new with some elbow grease. It kind of annoys me to see when perfectly usable pans are hanging on someones wall as decoration when they could be in use, but I totally understand why they do it- it's classic Americana. No matter where you get it, someone's grandmother made many a meal in it so it holds quite the intrinsic value for some, unlike buying a new piece.

    Lastly, if you go with an antique, watch out for pitting. It can be all the way through the pan and covered by grime/dirt.
  • yzziyzzi Posts: 1,793
    And to add to @Eggcelsior good tips is make sure the bottom is flat. Easiest way to test is to put in on a flat surface and give it a spin. If it spins, there's a bump on the bottom somewhere preventing it from laying flat. If it doesn't spin, it's flat bottomed.
    Dunedin, FL
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